Confession: I’m an insta-addict! I know I’m not the only one here, but sometimes I feel like I might be annoying even my most loyal Instagram followers. I’m sure they don’t mind my occasional photos of baked goods or pretty San Diego views… but the multiple daily photos of my toddler might bring some to hit the unfollow button. I used to be more self conscious about my addiction, but I’ve decided that I really don’t care anymore. I will admit that I used to post photos and then delete them immediately just so I could save the shots with the awesome filters without anyone knowing that I took photos of my kid and “edited” them in Instagram like it was my job. But I gave that up and surrendered to the fact that I can’t help it… the girl is cute! And I love knowing that these early years of her life are being well documented.
At the beginning of 2012 I committed to a photo a day project with (surprise!) my little girl as the subject. Instagram became my tool of choice to share my photographic journey with my friends and family. Somewhere along the way my Grandma even joined Instagram so she could follow me. The end result of the project was a book containing all 366 photos, and its amazing to see my daughter’s growth and development unfold through those images. My daily photo became a happy habit, so it was a no brainer for me to continue it into 2013.
(Disclaimer: These kid pics are on my personal account. I assure you that if you follow my a la Mo instagram account (here) that I will refrain from filling your photo stream with my child’s face.)
Even though I made the 2012 album, I still hadn’t printed any of my Instagram pics. While planning the decor for my little girl’s second birthday party I came accross an idea on Pinterest (a whole different addiction story) about making a number photo collage for a birthday or anniversary. That was just the excuse that I needed to print out some of my Project 365 Instagram photos! I found several online printers that now offer photo prints in the square Instagram format. As it turns out, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the printer that I used, but Mom*Tog has a great write up about several printing options. She also has some great tips about Project 365 if you’re interested.
Now, of course you can make a number photo collage with any size photos and they certainly don’t have to be Instagram prints. But I was going for a more organized (less organic) look for my collage. So I actually charted out the shape of a number 2 and calculated how many 3×3 prints it would take to complete. I love how it turned out, so I thought I would share the process with you. This free file is available to download and includes numbers 0-9 charted out for you to duplicate with square 3×3 photos on your wall! I hope you get to use this project for your next birthday or anniversary party and love the results.
Download the free template here:
Here are some helpful tips for creating your number photo collage:
- The templates were designed based on using square 3×3 photo prints… the perfect size for all of your Instagram photos!
- You will need blank wall space (or a large sheet of paper or poster board) of at least 45 inches high and 27 inches wide to properly display your single-digit number.
- You should place the photos side by side so that they are touching. The spaces in the template were used to aid in visualizing each row.
- I recommend using double stick tape to adhere the photos onto your chosen surface. If attaching them to the wall, consider using “permanent” double stick tape. Just be sure to test it out on a discreet part of your wall before trying it out in a more obvious area. Removable double stick tape might be best if using poster board or another paper surface.
- After your event, place your photos onto pages of an album as you take them off of the wall.