These days, everyone owns a digital camera — whether it is an instant camera, a DSLR, or their smartphone. Digital photos are brilliant — instant gratification and wireless sharing in one itty bitty package. But sometimes, don’t you just wish you were back in the good old days of instant print?
The Instax line of instant print cameras are produced by Japanese film and camera manufacturer Fuji. The prints come with plain white or printed borders — however, we are more partial to the plain white ones due to their endless decorative options. Here are five quick and easy ways you can jazz up your Instax prints!
Not all markers and pens can write on Instax prints — Sharpies are one of the few and is possibly the very best at that job. With a huge range of colors plus a broad number of pen tips, you have endless possibilities for writing, drawing, and doodling on the white borders of your Instax prints. Our favorite place to source them are the larger branches of National Bookstore, which usually have a display cabinet just for Sharpies.
Washi tape are tiny spools of Japanese washi paper in tape form. They were initially created and sold in Japan, but these days you can find them in places such as Saizen-Daiso, National Bookstore, and The SM Store. They come in thousands of designs, and you can use them to decorate the borders and back of your Instax prints in a million different ways!
Another way you can decorate the borders of your Instax prints is by using miniature rubber stamps — which can be purchased at bookstores and hobby stores. The only thing you have to be careful of is the kind of stamp pad and ink you are using on the instant print, as the wrong kind may bleed and/or refuse to dry. One trick we learned is to use Sharpies instead of ink pads! We just rub the tip of the Sharpie on the stamp until it is laden with marker ink, and then stamp away 🙂
Who can go wrong with stickers?! No one — that’s who! We are particularly enamored with the sticker sets sold at local Toys R Us, which are glossy, embossed, and look like tiny gemstones — brilliant for creating some really girly Instax prints!
Remember those embossed labels you used to tack on to lunchboxes and notebooks as a kid? Looks like the Dymo Labeller is back, banking on a combination of nostalgia and new users to bring their clacky-clacky customized labels back into vogue. You can purchase both the embossing labellers and refill canisters at bigger branches of National Bookstore or Office Warehouse, and you can use them to date, label, and cause general shenanigans with your Instax prints.
Got any more ideas? We’d love to hear your tips in the Comments section 🙂
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I’m new to instant film and stumbled on your blog when I was looking for markers to write on the mini Instax films. I thought Sharpie would do the job, but I wanted to make sure since I haven’t goofed up on any of my photos yet lol. Thanks for this post! I appreciate it 🙂