Instagram Photo Collage Canvas

Hi, my name is Miranda and I am a social networking addict.  I love all things Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, Pinterest, Instagram...the list goes on.

But hey, at least I'm not in denial right? I can fully admit I love it.  Me and my iPhone - we are BFFs.  We go everywhere together and we've been through a lot.  And my Facebook account?  It's seen me through countless moves, some relationships and break ups, some heartbreak, some joy, some family changes, some life changes...what can I say, we've been through a lot.

One recent addition to my social networking apps was Instagram.  There is something really appealing about documenting your life via pictures - and Instagram allows you do that easily and while using cool filters.  It's one of my favorite ways to photograph all the little moments during  my day.  And these days, the only one in my family that doesn't have the right to tell me no when I pull out the camera is the littlest.

My husband is well known for making ridiculous faces in all our family photos - yes, on purpose.  The older boys aren't too keen on being photographed and plastered/tagged all over Facebook, and that leaves the baby.  Since I'm still finishing up his nursery (oops) I thought this project would be a great way to put all my Instagram snapshots to good use.  I found the tutorial on A Beautiful Mess.  If you haven't seen this blog, go check it out, develop a blog crush and never look back.

I followed her tutorial and ordered my Instagram pictures through PostalPix, which is an awesome app you can download for free - it was super fast and easy to order my pictures with my iPhone and they showed up on my doorstep in a matter of days.  And they were CHEAP.  It cost me a few dollars for 9 pictures.  

You'll need:

12x12 canvas
9 4x4 pictures
Mod Podge
Paint for canvas sides (optional)
Sealant (optional)

I painted the edges of the canvas a dark brown, so the white wouldn't be so noticeable against the dark pictures.  Once the sides were dry (ok, almost dry - I'm impatient), I arranged my pictures where I wanted them to go and covered each section with my handy dandy Mod Podge.  Once the Mod Podge was on the canvas, I stuck my pictures down gently and let dry.  

When the pictures were dry (ok, almost I said - impatient...) I went over the top of the pictures with a pretty thick layer of matte Mod Podge.

Full disclosure here - am I the only one who freaksoutjustalittlebit when using Mod Podge?  It's not a bad freak out, it's more like a healthy fear of Mod Podge.  I respect the Mod Podge.  I fear the Mod Podge.  I just covered 9 really cute pictures with a gooey substance and tried to pretend it AINT NO THANG.  

But, like always, it wasn't no thang.  It was fine, because Mod Podge never lets me down.  

Once the canvas was dry, I sprayed a few coats of gloss sealant over the top and ta da!  A beautiful, personalized, easy as could be DIY photo canvas.  

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