I love Instagram, yes I do! I love Instragram, how ’bout you?
I do. I adore Instagram. As a Droid smartphone user, Instagram only became available to me last summer though before that I had Insta-envy. For those who don’t know, Instagram is a photo sharing app for smartphones where users can add various filters to their images giving them a unique and funky look. While the photo filter part is very fun, my favorite part of Instagram is getting a peek into the everyday life of the people I follow and my very favorites to follow are my far flung family members.
Most of my images are of my babes as we are a little wanting of sweeping mountain vistas here. :) However, the only way I was getting enjoyment was through looking at them on my phone. I wanted them in physical form and I knew we would like the magnet version.
Sweet J really likes the Instagram magnets. I actually had to remove them from the refrigerator for a time because he was pilfering them and hiding them all over the house.
His favorite hiding place is right underneath the fridge.
Here’s what you need:
-printed Instagram images
-adhesive backed magnets – I used these which I bought for $6.90 (4-4″ x12″ magnet strips)
First, print the Instagram images. I used Photoshop to make a image grid. To coordinate with the magnets I purchased, I resized the images so each was 2″ x2″. On a 8.5″ x11″ piece of paper, 12 images fit with plenty of margin space. Don’t have Photoshop? There are a number of other programs you can use that allow you to dictate the image sizes. Work with what you have.
Once the images are printed, trim away the excess paper. Again, with the magnets I purchased in mind, I cut it down to a 2-image column with 2 1-2 image stacks. Cutting it this way made the next step very simple. If you want to add a clear coat to protect the printed image, add it before cutting the images apart. It’s less work that way. :)
Peel away the cover on the magnet’s adhesive and carefully stick down the images. Cutting it as I did made this step a cinch.
Using a sharp cutting blade, cut out each individual magnet. Trim away any excess magnet which again, because of the measurements used, there shouldn’t be much.
That’s it! Real Insta pics for all to enjoy.
If you have trouble choosing which images to print like me, just print a bunch. It’s so easy and cheap, why not have a lot, right? I was able to get 12 magnets from each sheet and after doing the math, the price for each magnet is around $0.14 – pretty darn good.
Are you on Instagram? Come say hello! Find me @amy-thisheartofmine.