There are many things I love about the Instax Camera, but my favorite has to be the small sized, white-frame pictures it produces. They just seem perfect for layouts and mini-albums (like our sold-out Savoring Summer mini album!)
Today I am going to share a few secrets on how to many your own "faux instax" with photos from ANY camera! It is really easy, and the results are just as wonderful (if not better, in my opinion) as if they came out of a real instax.
Mpix is a fabulous online source for high quality printing of your photos. It was suggested to me by my photographer friend, and I was shocked to see the difference between the quality of Mpix photos in comparison with drugstore prints. I have been ordering photos from Mpix ever since (regular sized, mini photos, AND frameable enlargements), and have been incredibly happy with the results.
I have always loved Mpix's mini-wallet size prints- it measures 1.75"x 2.5" and comes in a sheet of eight. Eight prints of the same photo may seem like alot- but i have found it to be perfect for those favorite photos I want to use in both mini albums, layouts, and other projects.
Recently I made an incredible discovery-- the Mpix mini wallet is the EXACT same size as the photo portion of the instax!!! It is the perfect print to use in a "faux instax".
So, once you have ordered your Mpix mini wallets, all you will need to do is trim a piece of white cardstock for the frame. The cardstock should measure 3.375" x 2.125".
Center your photo onto the cardstock leaving 5/8" on the bottom and 1/4" on top.
One final detail you can add, is to slightly trim the corners of the cardstock as shown below.
Now you have you have your own faux instax! (the two photos on the outside are from my actual instax camera). No one will be able to tell the difference!
Guess what, we have a special surprise for you today!! Mpix is generously offering Elle's Studio fans 20% off prints! Enter the promo code ELLE11 at checkout to receive 20% off your print order. The code will expire 7/29/11. Happy shopping!