a little surprise.

Last June, I was honored to stand beside one of my best friends, {eh}, as she became {eb}. 
{I posted a little more of her wedding lead-up back in February...check it out here!}
Amidst all the wedding craziness, I snapped a few photos with my Instax camera that 
I had actually purchased to use for the guestbook at our own wedding in April 2010.

As a fun little gift, I decided to assemble those Instax photos into a little makeshift album since 
there aren't any ready-made albums for photos that size. This may seem like a rudimentary craft, 
but let's be honest: when was the last time you spent much time thinking about photo corners
I had kind of forgotten about them--I'll admit. When trying to troubleshoot this lack of album
situation, I beelined for my local Michael's and created my own solution with those little 
sticky things that slipped my mind...

The ingredients for a simple and clean album
kraft paper photo corners from Michael's - $3.99
8" X 8" scrapbook from Michael's - $14.99
TOTAL = $18.98 (plus tax)

Even if you don't have an Instax, this little handmade album might just be the perfect gift. 
Photo corners give off a kind of retro vibe to me...and I just love them. As a tip, be sure to
load up all the photo corners first (as seen in step 2) before flipping it over to stick onto the
page. It worked a lot easier that way!

Do you have any easy, go-to crafts which aim to please?

I'm aching to get my hands on some fun DIY projects...so please pass on a few
of your favorites :) Hope your Wednesday goes by quickly! xoxo {av}


  1. How fun - and thoughtful! She will love it :)

  2. This is so amazing- such a great idea!

  3. cute! what a great idea! im sure she will love it. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  4. This is a really cute idea! Have you given it to your friend yet?
    Jenn @ Going the Distance

  5. i have a couple on my blog. if you try any of them out, let me know how it goes.


  6. This is such a cute idea! I'm sure she's going to love it!

  7. Okay--the kitten in the last picture got me! What a cutie!
    Also--a couple DIYs that I came across that I love are making an old letter/envelope etc into a piece of art http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/decorating/craftsman-style-home-decorating-ideas-00400000064639/page6.html
    and framing vintage hankies. http://www.bellemaison23.com/2011/03/10-ways-to-rejuvinate-your-decor-for.html
    I think I'm in full-on home decorating mode!
    Love, Leigh

  8. I've always wanted an Instax!

    Your album turned out great, too! :)

  9. i have been wanting an instax camera for awhile and you just reminded me how badly i want it! great idea for a makeshift album & what a cute cat!

  10. Oh wow! This is a cute (not to mention way-cheaper) idea and would be great for all types of events. That's so sweet of you, by the way.. this is very thoughtful and meaningful.

  11. love it! And I love my instax 210 too, what a great solution, I just have them laying all over the house and the walls :)

  12. Great idea! Thanks for the tips!


  13. This is such a great idea! - And such a bargain, I love the old school feel to it :)


  14. this is so great :) you have a lucky friend!

  15. What a fun little project! I love the way the photos look too :)

  16. The album is such a great idea. It looks fantastic and I'm sure she loved it! I'm trying to do more diy projects and recently attempted to make my own coasters. Check them out here: http://virginia-belle.blogspot.com/2011/06/diy-wine-coasters.html

  17. What a sweet gift, and a fun DIY! I love this!

  18. aw good idea!


  19. What an awesome, fun gift to give your girlfriend! I'm sure she is going to love it. For a fun DIY you should do make a small mini album with scrapbook paper and ribbon - I'll be making one soon... And put your fave pictures in it. Really, your gift is so sweet.

  20. such a great idea! this would be perfect for grad party gifts too

  21. I love the instamax cameras! What a great project. And yay for Photo corners. I've been working on scanning my grandmothers old albums and have been reworking the albums to be more photo archival (instead of the sticky pages! Eek!).