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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. 

DIY Pom Pom Magnets by Julia Walck

If you're like me and want every part of your house to feel like a party, these pom pom magnets are for you. They basically scream, "FUN!". Plus, they're super easy to make and you don't need a lot of supplies. 

So let's get this party started! 

SUPPLIES: 

  • magnetic tape. You can buy some here. (If you want extra secure poms, you can use hot glue)
  • pom poms. I used these. (I found the purples/pink pack in stores)
  • scissors

HOW TO DIY: 

  • Cut a 0.5" to 1" piece off of the magnet strip.
     
  • Peel back the paper to reveal the sticky tape.
     
  • Place the magnet square sticky side up in your workspace.
     
  • Press the pom pom firmly onto the magnet square.
     
  • If corners are sticking out from the front view, cut the corners off of the back of the magnet square.
     
  • That's it! Now photos and to-do lists on your fridge will be super fun! 

Bobby Pin Polka Dot Nails DIY by Julia Walck

Last week, I painted my nails in a cute floral pattern using a bobby pin and nail polish. I got so many compliments and people asking how I did it so I thought, why not do a DIY?!

Here's a super simple polka dot nail tutorial; skip the salon for those fancy "extra design" charges and do it yourself for free! 

SUPPLIES: 

  • 2 contrasting colors of nail polish.
  • topcoat
  • a pulled apart bobby pin

HOW TO DIY: 

  • Paint your nails with the base color (double up on this!)
     
  • Let your nails dry.
     
  • Dip the bobby pin into your second color. It doesn't matter what side of the bobby pin you use.
     
  • Press down gently on your nails making a polka dot pattern. Use more polish for bigger dots and less polish for tiny dots.
     
  • Sit back and wait for the dots to dry. You might want to give yourself a few extra minutes on this to prevent smudging. 
     
  • Apply topcoat.
     
  • Voila! Now you have super fun patterned nails. High five! (but make sure your polish is dry first)

DIY Painted Necklace Anthropologie Hack by Julia Walck

I was in an Anthropologie last week and saw this necklace. I swooned over it but then saw the pricetag. $158?! Come on Anthro... I love you but that's a bit much. 

I remembered that had someone gifted me a similar bib necklace that was gold and silver. I instantly thought, "I can make that!" So I did.

SUPPLIES: 

  • gold necklace (some suggestions below)
  • 2 colors of acrylic paint, one slightly darker than the other
  • gold paint pen or gold acrylic paint
  • paint brush(es)

NECKLACE OPTIONS: 

  1. Paddle Necklace, $16.80
  2. Spike Statement Necklace, $8.90
  3. Stick Bib Necklace, $15.40

HOW TO DIY: 

  • Put a paper towel under the necklace
     
  • Take your lighter paint color and paint the tips of the the necklace, going a little over halfway up.
     
  • Dabble the darker color on top of the lighter color. Don't worry, you can get messy! It actually adds more style if you do.
     
  •  Draw little circles/scribbles with your gold pen or paint.
     
  • Let dry and then wear it out for a night on the town! 

Piñata Wall Backdrop DIY by Julia Walck

I felt like my new studio space needed a pop of color, so I made a DIY piñata wall backdrop. How can you not smile when you're surrounded by a vibrant, wall sized piñata?! 

When it comes to projects like this it's go big or go home for me. I was already home, so I went big! 8ft x 7ft to be exact, but you can make your DIY piñata wall however big your heart desires.

SUPPLIES: 

  • 2-5 colors of tissue paper (we used a total of 80 sheets)
  • scissors
  • double sided tape

HOW TO DIY: 

  • Start by taking one piece of tissue paper and cut it in half.
     
  • Fold each of those pieces in half.
     
  • Try to make it as even as possible and press down to crease. Don't worry if your fold is a bit wonky, you can take your scissors to the non folded edge and trim off the wonkiness to straighten it out.
  • Starting at the edge where the paper is separated, cut lines about 1" apart from one another. Don't cut all the way through the folded side; you want to leave about .5" of a solid piece above each cut.
     
  • Cut until you've completed the strip.
  • Continue the folding and cutting process with all of your pieces.
  • Pick a surface to mount your tissue paper strips onto. You can put this directly on your wall, or a large piece of paper such as butcher paper.
     
  • Grab your double sided tape and stick little pieces on one side of your strip. Place the tape on each edge, and in the middle for security.
     
  • Flip your tissue paper strip over and press down to adhere onto your surface. Make sure you start this process going from bottom to top of your final piece, and continue side to side for your desired width. Make sure you start this process from the bottom of your final piece. Continue side to side until you've reached your desired width before you start your second row. You'll be working upwards from here.
  • Take a different colored strip and place it on top of your first color. Line it up so a bit of the first color peeks through.
     
  • Tape the edges and middle of this second strip and push down to stick.
     
  • Continue this row by row process until you've filled up your area entirely! 

Bam! Now you have a super fun piñata wall that's always photo ready. Time to strike a pose!