Make a whimsical Scrapbook Collage for your gallery wall using the Polaroid Zip Printer. Using an instant print tool makes the process super easy and fast. It’s a great way to get your memories off your phone and printed in a fun manner super quickly! Check out my tips to make this collage even easier.
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How to make a whimsical scrapbook collage for a Gallery wall
Like so many serendipitous occurrences, my idea for a Gallery Wall Scrapbook Collage came to me out of the need for last minute creative problem solving. I had my mind set on completing my long-awaited living room/entry way Gallery Wall. I had 3 matching frames—2 4X6 size and 1 8X10, however as I was creating the wall, my plans changed and I decided to use different pictures at the last minute.
If you read my recent post on How to Create the Perfect Gallery Wall, you’ll remember I spoke about the 5 essential elements to creating a cohesive design.
As part of element #4 –pick a consistent color and /or style—I chose to work with the colors blue, gold, and black with an overall theme of Walt Disney World. Since I didn’t happen to have any 8X10 photos on hand, I decided to make a quick collage using my Polaroid Zip instant printer.
I first learned about the Polaroid Zip printer from Erin Condren Planners. She sells a beautiful EC branded Polaroid collection and has lots of great ideas on how to use the small pics (they measure 2 X 3) for memory planning and journaling. The printer functions via a free mobile app and connects to your phone via Blue Tooth. So you go into the app, pick your favorite cell phone pictures and press print! Easy Peasy!
I usually use them in my EC Life Planner to commemorate a special day or a funny moment.
Here’s an example spread from the last day of school.
The Zip printer uses a special Zink paper that has a peel off sticker, so it’s super functional—no glue, no mess.
So when I was in a hurry to put this last-minute collage together—using my Polaroid Zip printer was a no-brainer!
Supply List for the Gallery Wall Scrapbook
- Scrapbook paper in a color that relates to your theme
- A few scrapbook embellishments (like stickers or quotes, etc)
- Scrapbook tape for the embellishments
- Small Pictures
Step 1: Use a piece of scrapbook paper for the background
Grab a piece that compliments your color scheme or them. I chose this blue with gold mermaid piece. The colors went perfectly with my blue/gold design and I liked how the mermaid scallops added some whimsy.
Step 2: Trim the paper to 8 X 10
Since scrap book paper is usually 12X12, you’ll need to trim it down. I took the sample picture from the frame and traced it, then used my paper cutter to slice it.
Step 3: Print Your Pictures
Now for the fun part! Choose the pictures you want to use and then print them from the Polaroid Zip app.
Tip: The Polaroid app enables you to sort your photos via your iPhone folders/albums. So, if you’re using many pictures that might have been taken a while ago, tag them as a favorite. THEN open up the Polaroid app and sort via Favorites. (Or maybe even tag them to a new album and sort that way). Either way—doing a little quick organization, will save you lots of scroll time!
Don’t have the Polaroid Zip?
Just use any kind of smaller sized picture. You could use wallets, or you could also go old-school and cut out 4 X 6 pictures (like we used to do in the olden days).
Step 4: Design your layout.
Lay everything on the scrapbook paper: embellishments, pictures, etc. Decide how you want everything to look, and then when ready—start sticking.
Like I said earlier, the nice thing about the Zip Printer is that it uses Zink paper which has a peel-apart backing so you can stick it to any surface. But if you aren’t using that, then just go ahead and use your scrapbook tape.
Step 5: Frame, hang, and Enjoy!
What started as a quick fix, ended up being my daughter’s favorite part of the gallery wall. They now love to sit on the shoe bench and relive all the fun Disney World moments captured in the collage.
Do you have any home decor projects that came out better than you intended? Leave me a comment below.
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