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Cactus / Julia Walck

This past Monday, Jackson and I had the day off of work for MLK Day and we decided to go to the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena. Getting out in the sunshine felt nice, plus everything just feels better when it's a 3-day-weekend.

Rose Gardens / Julia Walck

We spent most of our time in the desert garden and rose garden, my two favorite spots at The Huntington!

Portrait / Julia Walck
Cactus Cooler / Julia Walck

In an Instagram poll of "who wore these glasses better" between this cactus and myself, the cactus won. I mean, as it should. Just look how cool it is. 

Rose Gardens / Julia Walck
Cactus / Julia Walck

I shot all of these photos on my Instax, and am going to put them into albums!

Getting Organized With Your Photos by Julia Walck

Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck

I'm an avid instant film photographer. I love all of film's little quirks like the unexpected light leaks and cool exposures.

As of last week, all of my polaroids were all piled in a huge coffee cup (pictured above) and weren't exactly easy to "flip" through. I was searching through the stack to find this one specific photo, when I had an epiphany: photo albums!  

I went down the internet hole of searching, and everything I was finding looked terrible! I finally stumbled upon some amazingly cute and practical albums from Urban Outfitters for my Polaroids and Instax photos. I bought practically every color-way they had because I have so many pictures! 

Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck

The task of organizing all of my photos was daunting, so I broke it down step by step. Hey, maybe it'll help you get organized, too!

Before we go any further, I just want to say even if you don't shoot film, printing your photos out and putting them in albums just has a different feel then scrolling through them on your phone... and I recommend doing it! It could be a fun weekend project, or a cute lil' Valentine's roundup gift for your love or your bestie!

STEP 1: CATALOGING

I chose to catalog my photos chronologically. (Obviously do yours however you want! Random, all flower photos together, alphabetically? It's your album! Mix them up and randomize to your liking.)

I started by making stacks, sorting by by event or general time in which they were taken. Going through my Instagram feed actually gave me lots of great insight about dates photos were taken! 

I stacked them up and wrote timeline notes on top before tackling the task of labeling them. 

Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck

STEP 2: LABELING

On the backside of each photo, I dated and gave context to who was in the photo and where it was taken. That way when myself or someone else down the line wants to flip through these memories, they know all the deets.

For the Instax photos, I stuck washi tape on and then wrote the info on that, and on the Polaroids I wrote straight on the photo.

Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck
Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck

STEP 3: PLACEMENT

I added all of my photos to the albums just as I sorted them: in chronological order. If I had a lot per general timeline, I grouped the best contrasting ones next to one another. 

Make sure to pick your favorites out for the album covers!

Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck
Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck
Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck
Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck

STEP 4: GIVE THE ALBUMS A HOME, IN YOUR HOME

Bookshelves are the obvious spot here. Ours was full, but we had some extra space on our bar cart. The albums add even more fun color and pattern to the already stocked shelves. 

And now, the giant coffee cup that had all of my photos in it before is used for beer cozies! 

Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck
Getting Organized With Your Photos, via Julia Walck

Who knows, maybe I'll even leave my favorite album out on the coffee table to show off to friends. 

(More) Embroidered Vintage Photographs by Julia Walck

Technicolor Dreams, 4"x6"

Technicolor Dreams, 4"x6"

The long weekend gave me time to catch up on some projects I've been working on (and to start new ones!)

I also had time to go antiquing! I scored this cute, 70's sewing box which is now the home to my needles and threads. 

I felt like this black and white photo needed some color, so I gave it a rainbow and let that family see in color. 

Here's what the back of the photo looks like, too. Little frayed rainbows! 

Sweet, 3"x3"

Sweet, 3"x3"

I started "Sweet" a while ago and finally wrapped it up this weekend. It was my first typographic embroidered photo and was slightly more challenging to finish. 

I hope your 3 day weekend was as sweet as this couple! 

PRINTS AVAILABLE!

Click here for prints of "Sweet"
Click here for prints of "Technicolor Dreams"

You can check out my first round of embroidered photos here.

Instant Confetti by Julia Walck

Desert Stars

Desert Stars

I confetti-ed some Instax photos this weekend. AKA spilled some confetti on a picture and thought, "Huh. That'd be cool together". 

Love Is In the Air

Love Is In the Air

So I shot them again on digital, and loved them so much I added prints to my Society6. Links to shop the art prints are below. 

Click here to shop "Desert Stars"

Click here to shop "Love Is In the Air"

Embroidered Vintage Photographs by Julia Walck

The Face of an Angle, 2.5"x3.5" 

The Face of an Angle, 2.5"x3.5" 

I've been seeing a lot of embroidery everywhere lately and thought I'd give it a shot. I started with embroidering a washed out polaroid a few weeks back; it was kind of tough due to the thickness of the film so I tried it out on thinner photographs.

I found an assortment of vintage photos at the Melrose Trading Post and stumbled upon a 20 pack of colored thread while I was there, too. If that wasn't a sign to start new projects I don't know what is. 

Searching for Rainbows, 2.5"x3.25"

Searching for Rainbows, 2.5"x3.25"

So far I've just done these 3 pieces but I'm overflowing with ideas. I'm excited to try out different techniques, color mixing and size variations. 

Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?, 4"x5"

Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?, 4"x5"

More to come, soon!