The adorable and talented family at The Nerd Nest sent me one of their Custom Initial Faux Bois Wood Notebooks to try out and turn into my own keepsake. I totally have a thing for woodgrain so I knew I would love it! I decided to fill mine with Instagram photos that I have taken so far this year.
I printed my photos out by sending them to Fedex and paying for them to be printed in color on glossy cardstock and picked up at the local store. I downloaded all my Instagram photos with Instaport and used PicMonkey to make collages (Square Deal) so I could fit a lot of images on one page. I left some space between photos so that they would have a white border. Then I took each collage image and inserted it into a word document on Google Docs. (Hint: Go to file > page setup > change margins to "0")
Then when I logged in to the Fedex website, I was able to connect to my Google Docs and order prints without having to upload any documents or images. From my experience, this is the best way. If you simply upload your collage images, they may be cropped or not formatted correctly. The process was actually really quick! I was able to do this on my lunch and they were ready and printed for me by the time I got off work. The most time consuming part was cutting up each photo. But again, Fedex came to my rescue with their huge and sharp paper cutters that you can use at the store.
Your notebook also comes with the stamp they used on the cover. How cute is that? I can use this for all sorts of projects like love notes for the mister or thank you notes. I also love how the cooper ink looks on the cover, emphasizing the woodgrain look that I like so much!
I have started to fill the pages by categories, like cats, thrifting, food, etc.
I can't wait to keep adding photos!
Here is a little more about The Nerd Nest:
We're Megan and Jake, and we run The Nerd Nest: a family lifestyle blog where we post a kitchen sink of topics. We love memory keeping, recipes, thrifting, books, technology, DIY projects, and our two mini nerds. We also have a shop filled with an eclectic mix of vintage and handmade goodies. Our favorite things are our bookends made from vinyl records, typewriters, and handmade journals.
Aren't they adorable! On top of being one of the coolest families I know, they make and sell awesome stuff. I hope you check them out!