There’s this thing that happens to parents — I like to call it the Documentation Fail. You have a kid and you totally mean to take photos all the time and print them out and put them in a baby book for the kid to enjoy for years to come. And then you have a baby and thanks to your smartphone maybe you realize to snap some photos, but they pretty much just sit there in your camera roll collecting dust, never to be seen again. I can’t tell you how many adorable photos I have of my babes that have never seen the light of day. I don’t even really remember I have them. BUT! I just fixed the Fail. I discovered that Fujifilm has a printer that will print instax film using any photo you’ve got in your phone. So like any mother obsessed with her adorable kids, I decided to finally get a book together of Henry’s monthly photos from his first couple of years.
- smartphone with photos
- Instax SHARE Printer SP-2
- FUJIFILM Instax Mini instant film
- spiral bound book or album
- patterned paper
- washi tape
- double stick tape
The printer is super easy to use (I didn’t even need Ryan to show me how to set it up, ha!) and I had Henry’s prints in my hands in about 10 minutes. You just download the app that connects with the printer, jump on the printer’s wifi, and select the photos you want to print. You can even edit them, make them into collages, or add little templates for holidays. So because I had all of these photos on my phone, I was able to just choose and print one from each month. They print on FUJIFILM Instax Mini instant film, which is so fun!
Once you’ve got your photos all printed, find a blank spiral bound notebook. Grab some washi tape and fun paper to decorate your book. We added a background paper to each page with double stick tape and taped the images onto the background with patterned washi tape. If you like, label each month.
I love that I finally have a really simple way to get our daily snapshots off of my camera and into my life! We’ve already got these plastered all over our fridge, too. Even though we take posed monthly photos of both of the kids, this is a chance to print some of the photos that we take while we’re just doing our normal day-to-day stuff. I will always love holding a photo in my hands better than looking at it on my phone, especially the little moments we catch that aren’t part of some photo shoot. And by the way, you could make a book like this for anyone! It would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart or your bestie, a fun birthday gift, or a great idea for a teacher gift from the whole class.
I showed Henry his album and he wants to flip through it every day and have me tell him where we took each photo. That kid loves a story. He also wants us to make one for Maggie (hello, melt my heart), so I’ve been letting him pick photos and press the Print button which totally floats his boat. I’m thinking we’re gonna need to get some more film. 😉 xoxo
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25 thoughts on “DIY Photo Album with Instax Film”
great diy album using instax film!!! thanks for all the pictures of how it came together.
Thanks doll! ?
This is so lovely, I’ve been wondering how to compile all of my instant photos, but all of the purpose built albums are expensive and not really what I want. This might just be the thing though
Right?! I love how I can make my memories come to life in a photo book and not break the bank! ?
This is the cutest! I have a ton of Instax shots that are just in the box the film came in…I really need to do something like this!
Thanks boo! ? And p.s., this DIY photo book is totally calling your box of film’s name!
I love this! I desperately want an Instax but I know I’ll never take it with me and use it!
I hear ya! Thank goodness for our phones to capture those magic moments! ✨
Love this! Great gifts for grandmas, too! 😀
Love this idea!!!! Do you find the washi tape holds up over time? I want to do this for a bridal shower activity, but am not sure if washi tape or a different adhesive will be better for the pages.
Hi Kate! Our washi did great. The paper in the book I used was archival paper, so I’m not sure if that made a difference. I would just do a test run ahead of time and make sure the washi cooperates with your paper choices! What a great idea to use it for a bridal shower. Have fun and let me know how it turns out!
Wow, Great Idea. I want to make it. Thanks for sharing.