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10 Creative Photography Crafts To Bring Your Instagram Feed To Life

If your photos are good enough for the feed, they're good enough for creative crafts and photo gifts!

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If you're anything like me, you take photos of anything and everything. Whether that be the food you ordered at a restaurant, photos with your friends when you're all glammed up for a night on the town, or the beautiful atmosphere you're exploring while traveling. But what do you do with these photos after you take them? Sure, you can post them on Instagram and bring in hundreds of likes, but what if you could do more with them and make them more special? I love getting creative with my photos, and I want to share some of my favorite "Pinterested" photo crafts with you. Enjoy!

1. Simple frames

I have these frames on my dorm room desk (along with five others!), and I love that I can work on homework but also look at them and remember fun times with my friends and family. This is a super simple and cheap (these frames are from Dollar Tree) way to showcase your favorite pictures! With solid colored frames like the ones I have above, you can even use a Sharpie Paint Pen to decorate them how you'd like.

2. Picture cubes

I haven't tried making this photo cube yet, but it is on my list of "crafts to try!" By getting artsy and keeping some of your favorite photos on this creative box, you will be able to have a small keepsake of some of your favorite memories, saving space on your countertop or desk while still including multiple photos! Plus, you'll have fun as you spend some time crafting to make it.

3. Scrapbook

Call me a grandma, but scrapbooking is one of my favorite things to do—I have made a scrapbook of every family vacation we have been on in the last five years. I also made a giant scrapbook of my senior year of high school which is one of my favorite ones! Personally, I enjoy making them by hand because you can add your own artistic touch to each page, but websites like Shutterfly make scrapbooking even easier by helping you create one digitally!

4. Wall collage

My walls in my room at home are covered in pictures. My walls in my dorm at college are covered in photos. It's so easy to print out photos at a local store such as Walgreens or CVS and hang them up! Make sure to use masking tape on the back so it is easy to peel off later.

5. Travel map

One of my life goals is to travel to all 50 states—I've already been to 29 so I'm already over halfway there! With travel and photography both being two large aspects of my life, one thing I have always wanted to do is create a photo map like this one from Etsy. Whenever you visit a new state, add a photo of the state in the right spot on the map. This will definitely be something I have in my future home!

6. Photo blanket

Let's be real, blankets are great for any occasion, but especially if you live in a cold climate like me! These photo blankets from Shutterfly are great gifts for birthdays, graduations, or just for the family! My mom and I have made these for graduations and put pictures of the grad spanning from kindergarten to senior year!

7. Mod Podge wooden letters

Perfect for a friend or as a decoration around the house. Pinterest has lots of ideas, but it is up to you to make it your own and give it your own personal touch! Add sparkles, do black & white photos instead of color, get creative!

8. Anything on Shutterfly

I've mentioned Shutterfly a few times already, but it is truly the hub for photo gifts and decorations. Besides making your annual Christmas card on it, check it out to create notepads, calendars, mugs, phone cases, and more! One of the many items I have made on Shutterfly is this is a mug that I made of our Hawaii trip a few years ago.

9. Ornaments 

You can make this digitally, but handmaking ornaments to include pictures makes them special! The ornaments on your Christmas tree represent important parts of life such as your first house, a vacation, a first Christmas, so why not add some ornaments with photos in them too! You can print out photos and mod podge them onto small wooden squares, you can frame them using popsicle sticks or small sticks, you can even use cookie cutters and place the photo behind the cutout and cut the parts of the photo that fall outside of the shape.

10.  Magnets

Perfect for your dorm room fridge, a magnet board you have behind your desk, or for your home fridge so your mom can see your smiling face every time she goes to grab milk :) Purchase tiles from any hardware store such as Home Depot, apply mod podge, stick on the photo, and then hot glue a magnet to the back! Click here for more details.

Test out some of these photo crafts so you can show off memories and photography more places than just your social media feeds! These ten crafts are simple, easy, and a lot of fun, hope you try a few of them out!

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10 VSCO Presets That Make You Look Tan As All Heck

Because come on, we can't all be sun kissed while also working 40 hours a week.

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I don't know about you, but I cannot seem to get to the golden shade that I so desperately want. Think I'm silly all you want, but being tan makes me more confident. Now, working 40 hours a week, during prime sun hours doesn't exactly help this dilemma, so I have taken the matter into my own hands. These are a few of the VSCO Filter pre-sets that make me feel just as sun-kissed and stunning as I aspire to be, from the comfort of my cubicle.

1. E8 +8, Contrast +1, Temperature -1, Saturation -1, H. Tint Magenta +3

2. HB2 +7, Contrast -1, Exposure -1, Temperature +0.5, Saturation +1, Fade +1.5, Grain +4

3. C8 +12, Exposure -2, Saturation -2/+2, Grain +3 (Optional)

4. C1 +12, Fade +4, Contrast +2, Exposure +2, Saturation -2, Tint +3

5. A4 +7, Exposure -2, Contrast +1.7, Temperature +1.7, Tint +1.0, Saturation -2.0, Skin tone -1.0

6. M3 +12, Temperature -1, Contrast +2, Saturation -1/+1

7. E3 +12, Temperature -1, Saturation -2, Skin -2

8. HB1 +8, Exposure -1, Temperature -1

9. C1 +12, Exposure -1, Contrast +2, Temperature +2, Saturation -2, Skin Tone -3

10. G1 +8, Exposure -2, Contrast +2, Saturation +2, Temperature -1, Fade +2

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The Peculiarities Of A Photograph

We're all dynamic characters in the stories of our lives.

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It is interesting how you can look at a photo of yourself from years ago and decide that the person forever captured and embodied there was immensely happier than the person you are now. You might have had a different friend group, you might have attended a different school, and you might have been more involved in activities that you used to enjoy so much (but can't seem to find the time to partake in now). We tend to reminisce about how life was much simpler during those times, and perhaps, we may even wish we could return to those times.

What is also interesting, however, is how a photo can also remind us just how miserable we were at a certain point in our lives, despite how happy we may look in the photo itself. It may be a cynical way to view it, but sometimes a photo can remind us of how differently we can choose to portray life from our reality. A photo could be deceiving, a glamorous story we've made up as a method of coping with some atrociously messy emotions we are dealing with in our lives. We are all-too-familiar with this phenomenon with our social media usage as well.

However, despite how we may feel about who we were in the past, I think it's important to recognize the significance of that timeless saying, "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence." Perhaps we are always romanticizing different times of our lives (apart from the ones we are currently living in) because we only remember the idealized versions of those times and can only presently dwell on the negative aspects of our current circumstances. In this way, there is no winning, but if we reverse that principle, perhaps we can feel more fulfilled in our current lives. If we could think of the present as "ideal," no matter the state of it, accept the past with whatever flaws were prevalent, and hold a profound desire to continue ahead and never look back, we would probably live much more happily.

As beautiful as people may be in photos, they only capture an instant of us. We are much more than that. We are peals of uncontrollable laughter, stubborn tomato stains, random trivia facts, the songs playing non-stop in our heads, breathlessness after an unexpected sprint, the stars pinned delicately to a deep, dark sky, the peace you feel on your way home. And we can always strive to remember that our lives are as ideal as they can be right now, in this present moment. And if we don't like how it is, we can always start moving towards something better.

Attempting to live without idealizing our past selves can be very difficult. Frankly, it makes me a little sad to see photos of me in years past and remember the good qualities I possessed. However, I can acknowledge that a lot of those good qualities I can strive to regain or build upon. I also like to think that the present version of me is a better and wiser person than before. So, I am thankful for the person I was, but I also am even more thankful because she served as a vessel to help me evolve into the person I am today.

And I'm confident that I'll always be evolving, no matter when a photograph was taken.

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