*DIY Insta Heart Collage

I first got into photography back in University.  Only back then I didn’t call it “photography”, it was just something I did.  Taking photographs to capture moments was something that – for whatever reason – I felt was important. Long before I had a fancy DSLR and was obsessed with Instagram (it didn’t even exist back then!), I lugged around disposable cameras on drunken nights out, drunken nights in, adventures away and trips down the beach (Swansea University is literally right on the beach).  It was a point, click, fingers-crossed world where you never knew how the photographs were going to turn out until you popped down to Boots to get them developed, and then laughed at them with housemates as you stuck them up on the wall with all the others. Photographs really were – as Angela Carter once wrote – chunks of time you could hold in your hands.  Good times!  And that’s probably the last time I actually got a proper film of photographs developed.

Nowadays I’m taking more photographs than I ever have in my life – and yet they remain in digital suspense on Instagram, my blog and on Facebook.  They can be seen by the entire world and yet I only get to see them if I log in and scroll!  What happened to those walls covered in photographs? So when Printiki got in touch with me recently and asked if I’d like to try their photo printing service, I said, yes please!

You can order prints, posters and albums of your favourite grams straight to your front door in varying sizes and shapes (matte or glossy), from retro Polaroid-style photographs to the square ones I chose.  You can even add text to them in their easy to use editor.  Choosing which photographs to print was the hardest part, and once I’d ordered them they dropped onto my doormat barely three days later! 🙂  I was really impressed with the colour and quality – and you guys know how much I love colourful things!

There’s a very boring bare wall above my sofa at the moment that Sunny and I have been having arguments over what to put up there, so I took a tip from my university days and decided to brighten it up with a heart shaped collage made with my new prints!


What do you think?  ♥  Do you ever print your photographs?  What do you do with them?

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2 thoughts on “*DIY Insta Heart Collage

  1. I absolutely LOVE your heart collage! What a fab idea, it looks great above your ‘sunny’ looking sofa. Your article was also a little trip down memory lane for me. Being in my ‘later’ thirties, I had forgotten what fun it was taking a disposable camera out with me to capture my Uni antics. When I was in Uni I had a board filled with photo memories, not sure why I ever disposed of it. Over the years as ‘disposables’ grew less trendy and Uni a distant memory, I no longer captured my memories. Its’ something I deeply regret. Only now have I started to realise the fun behind it all again. Thanks for reminding me 😊 x

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    1. Thanks! 🙂 I had one of those memory boards too. While I love the ease of digital photography it’s a shame that the ‘printing out’ bit gets left out of the process. It’s nice to have photographs in frames and on the wall instead of being buried away online.

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