Friday, January 23, 2015


For awhile now, I have been stalking Typo’s online shop for these mini polaroid note cards that come in a tin box. They have different themed boxes, but I liked the pretty, dreamy vintage looking ones. I waited until the US shop got the Frankie Flowers one that I initially wanted, but then I changed my mind and didn’t buy them. I love the concept of these little cards, but I really didn’t want to buy a tin full of them, when they only come in eight designs per tin, meaning I’ll have duplicates of each of the eight designs. I really only wanted one of each design from the various theme choices, but it seemed a bit pointless to buy multiple tins, each containing 40 cards, to have all these multiples.

So I thought about it and figured that I could just make my own cards. I remembered all those Instagram printing websites and did a little search. I came up with a ton of places online that print your pictures in different sizes, but it was Printstagram that really caught my eye. Printstagram gives you the option of printing straight from your Instagram feed or to print directly from your computer using Print Studio. I opted for using Print Studio because all of the pictures I found online that I wanted to print were on my desktop and I didn’t feel like uploading them to my Instagram.

The site offers you a bunch of sizes to choose from. I opted for the miniprints, because they were closest to those Instax Mini sized instant photos. You get 48 prints for $15 plus shipping (US shipping in $7; international is $12).  So, I uploaded all of the pretty pictures to their very user friendly site, which allowed me to crop them and print preview them, so I got my prints exactly the way I wanted.

Since I didn’t have 48 pictures to print, I had about 21, I decided to add a few pictures from my recent trip to Turkey and Greece that I had been meaning to print anyway to finish my travel journal scrapbook. I choose 29 photos from my trip that I had yet to print and added those to the batch to then come up with the 48 pictures I needed. Now, you can always add more than 48 pictures to print. I believe it goes up to 68 prints after the initial 48 and I think that comes out to $20 (I’m not 100% positive on that, but that’s sort of the sense of the scaling price).


I ordered my prints on Sunday and received them Wednesday morning, which was really fast shipping! While the company is based in San Francisco, CA, I believe they print the photos in Taiwan, because that’s where my package shipped from, via FedEx.

I love my mini prints. They are super cute and fit my needs. The cardstock they used to print them on is very thick and the finish is a smooth matte. My only complaint is that the photos are printed a bit lighter than how they look on my computer. It wasn’t a problem for the dreamy vintage cards that I had made because it adds to that dreamy aesthetic I was looking for, but for my trip pictures, a lot of them would have looked way better had the printing not been so light. But I love them anyway. It was a great deal for only $22.

These are super cute! I’ll probably get some more printed in the future with different designs on them. They’re great for sending to pen pals and for scrapbooking or putting in your planner. They also would make really pretty gift notes for friends and family. I made this cute little stop animation gif above and this little flip through video below, just to show you how the pretty dreamy ones came out! Enjoy!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

ISBN: 9780142401750

I finished my first book of 2015! I decided to begin my reading challenge with Dreamland by Sarah Dessen. Sarah Dessen’s books always get me in the mood to read, so I decided to start with her just to make it easier to get the ball rolling. Out of all of her books, I own all of them except one (That Summer, her first book). And out of all of them, I had three left to read. Seeing as I only had two of those three (Dreamland and The Moon and More), I decided to begin with Dreamland as it was the older of the two.

Going into it, I honestly had no idea what it was about. I remember back in high school when my friend and I would devour her books, we’d always skip over Dreamland because something about it felt depressing. Maybe it was the cover or that the book jacket summary seemed a bit ominous, but I remember my friend always saying “No, not that one. It seems depressing,” and that was enough for the both of us to dismiss it entirely. But after meeting Sarah Dessen at BookExpo 2013, one of my goals in life was to be the fan that I always thought I was. I was going to own all of her books and I was going to have read all of them as well. So, I went on a search of the two books that I needed left to own: That Summer and Dreamland. And that was how I got to own Dreamland and why it was there for me to choose from when it came to my reading challenge.

Spoilers after the jump. (more…)

Monday, January 12, 2015


I have seriously fallen off the reading bandwagon. In 2014 I read a total of 15 books…which isn’t that bad (I actually had to check my reading log for that number and I swear I thought I did much worse). But it could be better. I remember the days when I would read over 100 books a year! What happened to that girl?

One of my intentions for this new year is to read read read. So I’m setting a challenge for myself to read at least 25 books this year. I’ve already hand picked the books I’m going to read too. All of them are from my bookshelf and most of them are past BookExpo books that I got but never read (and I got A LOT of books from both years I volunteered at BookExpo that I have yet to read). I figure I should make a dent in my book collection before I begin to add even more books to it come May. I think 25 is a good number. That’s about two books a month, with one month adding a third. I haven’t started a book yet for January so I’m already behind.

So without further ado, here’s my reading list for 2015: * designates a BookExpo book

  1. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  2. *Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne
  3. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  4. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
  5. *Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
  6. *The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
  1. *The Diviners by Libba Bray
  2. *Drawing Amanda by Stephanie Feuer
  3. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
  4. Eldest by Christopher Paolini
  5. *Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
  6. *How to Love by Katie Cotugno
  1. *Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
  2. Love & Misadventures by Lang Leav
  3. *Love Is The Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  4. *The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
  5. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  1. *Rock Angel by Jeanne Bogino
  2. *Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
  3. *Sublime by Christina Lauren
  4. *The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor
  5. You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
  6. *We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sunquist

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

  1. Wildwood by Colin Meloy