When I blogged about using the INSTAX Mini 8, I laid out a plan for this instant film camera to be a travel companion. The trip was a success and I documented my journey with the camera and an Amy Tangerine daybook.
In this post I’m sharing a peek into my album as well as a giveaway for your own INSTAX instant film camera. As a refresher, the only things I brought with me were a pen and a small adhesive roller.
I created the cover last, after returning home. On my last day, I took a photo from my friend’s balcony. I knew it would be the perfect image for the cover, along with a Kelly Purkey stamp and a Studio Calico geotag embellishment.
I treated this more like a photo journal than a traditional scrapbook, which also helped me focus on the basics of documenting my experiences and reactions. It was an intentionally casual project and I’m really happy with the result.
The main pocket area houses a variety of INSTAX prints that didn’t otherwise make it into the album. I took around 50 photos of the trip and there are 10 in the pocket. Most of these were either under- or over-exposed, or just weird.
I approached the design of each page from a very minimalist and again, casual, perspective. It was more about getting the photos, words, and a little bit of memorabilia in there than anything else.
I loved all the different page types in the daybook and how they provided nice homes from my photos and my journaling. I really tried to let go and journal everywhere I could. Really enjoyed that!
I did write quite a lot throughout this journal, but not just about what we were doing. The trip itself was fairly relaxed with some dinner, adventures, and a lot of packing for my friend’s big move.
I focused my journaling on our friendship over the past decade as well as stories about her life and parallels with mine. The project became as much about us as it was about the trip itself.
Note: I’m not sharing all of my pages as some are very personal and others are unfinished. I was actually surprised by how much you can get into the daybook.
I dedicated the last third of the book entirely to our trip to the zoo. This was our biggest (and most exhausting) adventure as we ventured out on a very hot day. Thank goodness for trams and buses!
I was stoked when we spotted a photo book, but then realized we picked the one with the goofy frames. Seriously, I have done that so many times! We paid again and got a traditional photo strip too.
As the end of the album I included a menu from a winery I visited as well as the zoo map. I re-folded the map so that it could be adhered into the album and unfolded in the right orientation. (I’m so clever!)
Toting around an instant film camera added to the touristy fun of my trip. I think it helped me relax and get into the memory making more than I might have otherwise.
I found there was also a fun side effect of using the INSTAX Mini 8. Everywhere I went, I received comments and questions about it. Was it really instant film? How does it work? Where could they buy it?
One of my friends even bought one right after my trip – and then shared her INSTAX photos on Instagram. How meta!
I’m excited to be able to give away an INSTAX Mini 8 camera to a Simple Scrapper reader. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm CDT on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
The winner is… #54, Olinda who said:
love your journal!! awesome giveaway, thanks for the chance.
The winner will be contacted directly with prize claim instructions.
Disclosure: Fujifilm provided me with an INSTAX Mini 8 camera and film for my review, but all opinions are 100% my own.