Monday, April 29, 2013

DIY Instagram Sticky Notes

I'm always looking for new ways to use my Instagram photos besides storing them on my computer.  Because Instagram photos are square in shape, I got the idea to print them out on sticky notes.   After a little trial and error, I got the process down so I'm sharing it will all of you today. This project is good for leaving a special note or using it as a unique gift tag.  You probably wouldn't want to print out an entire pad on your printer (there are printing sites that will do that for you).

To get started, you're going to need some kind of photo editing software along with knowledge of the program.  I used Photoshop for this project.  Whichever program you choose, I recommend using one that gives you the option of layers. 
1.  The first thing you will need to do is make a template.  You can copy this one if you want.  You'll want your squares a little bigger than a sticky note.  I made these squares 3.1" x 3.1".  Once you have your template made, print it out on cardstock.

2.  Attach the sticky notes to the inside of the boxes.  I taped the sticky notes down with washi tape to ensure they wouldn't come off during the printing process. Trust me when I say, you don't want to fish a sticky note out of a jammed printer.

3.  Using my Photoshop square template file, I added all my pictures in a different layer.  The whole point of adding the pictures into the squares ensures your images will be printed on the sticky notes.  For the photos above, I changed the opacity to 50%.  I also had to scale them to size.

Now hide the "square box" layer so the boxes will not print, only the pictures.

4.  Your project should look similar to the photo above, once printed.  In the above photo I removed the tape.  Once dry, your sticky notes are ready to use.  Slowly pull your sticky notes off the paper so you can use your template again if you want.

Keep sticky notes on kitchen parchment paper until ready to use.

Another idea, use your Instagram sticky notes for special reminders. What would you use them for?

3 comments:

Michelle L. said...

Oh! What a cool idea! Looove this, Jessica - thanks for the very important 'taping down the stickies' tip, too.

Michele Pacey said...

I have a gajillion photos I could use for this too. Can you imagine it? A whole pad of custom sticky notes? It might take a while but I love that idea!

jessica okui said...

Michele P,

I want to make an inspiration wall with them. The only problem, I don't have an empty wall for it :(