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!