So you have lots of stunning photos taken using your beautiful film cameras. What's next? Do more with your photos and get busy with some crafty projects!
After getting shutter-happy with your favorite LC-A, Fisheye, Diana, or other analog cameras, you must already have lots of beautiful photos. You must be thrilled with the results, so why not show them off to your friends, family, and the rest of the world? It’s time to get crafty and do more with your favorite shots by trying out these easy DIY projects.
You will need:
Prints of your best photos (size depending on project/s of your choice)
Cardboard paper (200 GSM)
Scissors or paper cutter
Pen or marker
Let your photos fly! Make some postcards out of your best Lomo shots and let them become ambassadors of your film photography style. Your photo prints must ideally be 4R (4 in x 6 in) in size, with no borders. You know the drill: paste them on cardboard paper, and once dry, cut along the edges. How the postcard backing will look like is up to you—a simple one with just the lines and box for the address and stamp, or an elaborate one with vintage-y lettering or sketches!
Do you love books as much as your film cameras? Then, it’s about time for you to make your own bookmarks! The simplest way to do this is to cut your prints (again, borderless, and either 4R or 5R [5 in x 7 in] in size) lengthwise, then paste the two pieces back-to-back. Another method is to cut/use only the portion you like and paste it on cardboard paper. You can even cut squares of photos with the same theme or color scheme, paste them side by side on cardboard paper, and cut along the edges. Don’t forget to punch a hole and put a ribbon or string! There are many ways to make bookmarks, so be creative!
Whether you’re an amateur looking for fellow film photographers to collaborate with, or a professional photographer who still has the heart for film, you will need a unique business card to catch people’s attention. What better way to do this than create calling cards featuring your best film photos! Printing companies such as MOO can do the work for you, but you can always make them yourself and add personal touches. You can have your photos printed full frame (as is) in credit card size, or if you have 4R/5R prints, cut the most interesting portion of your photos according to the size you like. Write your contact details or add personal touches at the back and you’re all set to impress!
Is a friend or family member going to celebrate his/her birthday in the coming days? Create a personalized greeting card to make the occasion extra special! Prints of any size and orientation will do great for this project. Paste your photo on a cardboard paper, fold along the edge to create a card body with the same size as your photo, then cut along the photo’s edges (leave out the folded part). Voila, you have a personalized greeting card that will surely make someone smile!
Have you tried any of these crafty projects? Tell us about your creations with a comment below!