Living in a digital age is great — the connectedness it provides, along with the easy way to send updates on the go, cannot be understated. However, sometimes you might be looking for a way to bring it all back to how it was before smartphones and tablets — to tangible items, like books.
This is especially true of photo sites like Instagram. While smartphones have virtually replaced cameras and photo-sharing sites have replaced scrapbooks, sometimes it’d be nice if the technologies could be combined into print Instagram books we can actually flip through and show off.
Fortunately, they can be. Check out the seven options below for turning your Instagram feed into a book:
Available in three sizes and starting at just $12.99, Mixbook showcases Instagram photos on white backgrounds. Various layout options exist relating to the number of pictures for each page, and users upload photos directly from Instagram. The service autofills the book, but users maintain control over exactly which order they’d like their photos displayed. Hardcover and softcover options are available, and each item is backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.
If someone isn’t on Instagram, they still have the option to view your photos and activities when they visit. This works especially well for personal use, as older relatives may not be on the social media network.
Keepsy allows users to transform Instagram feeds into albums, calendars and pocketbooks, among other items. Most relevant is the Instagram Photobook, which uses a drag-and-drop system to give users complete control of the final product. Albums are 11.5 inches by 8.5 inches with hard covers and up to 30 photos per page. Pricing starts at $29.95 for 30 pages, and additional pages — up to 100 — can be added for 50 cents per page.
While similar to Mixbook, you pick and choose which elements to add to your scrapbook and which to leave out with the drag-and-drop feature. This gives the user more flexibility than some other options that are more automated.
For users looking to mix it up, PastBook offers a variety of appealing options. From multiple page backgrounds to the ability to add photos from friends via a hashtag search or even from Facebook, PastBook is not limited to Instagram alone. Prices range from $13.07 for 24 pages up to $92.27 for 500 pages, with multiple sizes and varieties in between, including hard and soft covers.
The ability to add photos friends have posted brings another element to the PastBook. If you’ve attended an event and someone else took a photo of you, for example, you can easily add that picture to your printed album.
4. Artifact Uprising
Connecting directly to Instagram with a design especially for the network, Artifact Uprising’s Instagram Friendly Books combine simplicity with attractiveness to create a coffee-table worthy final product. With two sizes — 5.5 inches by 5.5 inches and 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches — the square pages bring Instagram photos to life. Pricing starts at $17.99, and additional pages can be added for 75 cents each.
The site also offers one-off prints if you want to pull a few individual pieces out and showcase them. In addition to pulling photos off Instagram, you can add photos you didn’t yet get a chance to upload to Instagram.
For Instagram users looking for an easy way to take photos from smartphone screens to hardcover books, Printstagram fits the bill. For $25, users create a photobook that includes 38 pages of thick paper with a cover that is completely customizable. The service offers the option to include captions, unlike many other Instagram photobooks.
Each book can contain between 38 and 319 images, and the design process puts the user in complete control. Printstagram is simple and straightforward with an attractive final product. Simply drag and drop the photos you want to include. Be aware that this particular option does not integrate directly with Instagram, so your photos will need to be on your computer or phone for uploading.
Blurb’s claim to fame? The ability to take photos from Instagram into a fully customized book in just five minutes. After logging into the system, Instagram photos are automatically displayed. Users can then pick and choose the images they’d like to use, starting at 60 and ranging to almost limitless — whatever would fill 240 pages. Each Blurb book is 7 inches by 7 inches, and pricing starts at $20.99.
Because their books are smaller, they are better suited to the resolution of social media photos. You can also add in photos you may have on Facebook but haven’t shared on Instagram.
7. 100 Happy Days
Have you participated in the #100happydays challenge? If so, this book is designed with you in mind. Meant to display photos that were part of the challenge, a $25 donation to the 100 Happy Days Foundation earns users a fully customized softcover collection of photos displayed during the challenge. Measuring 9.6 centimeters by 9.6 centimeters, the book contains 100 photos and is available without a delivery charge.
If you’re looking for inspiration on what makes people around the world happy, then you’ll find snapshots of their lives in this book. Bookmark the page, as they may wind up putting out another book and you could have your happy moment photo included.
Whether you’re looking for a way to remember your digital photos without a mobile device or just want a conversation starter for the coffee table, the options above make it easy to bring your photos to life. Creating an Instagram photo album is a great way to show off your portfolio. If you’re like most small business owners, you put a lot of time and effort into your social media marketing campaigns. The ability to use those posts in another way to reach even more consumers stretches your marketing budget even further.
About The Author
Eleanor Hecks is the Editor-in-Chief of Designerly Magazine, an online publication dedicated to providing in-depth content from the design and marketing industries. When she's not designing or writing code, you can find her re-reading the Harry Potter series, burning calories at a local Zumba class, or hanging out with her dog, Bear.