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Project Life | Instagram collage

Today’s the last day of January. One month of year 2012 is gone just like that. How time flies!

Anyway, remember I showed you a peek of the photo collage of my Instagram images in my last post?

Yes, I’m back here today to share some tips how I created a collage of my Instagram images which will be inserted into my Project Life Week 4 to conclude the month of January. And I thought it would give you a heads up too so you can do this on your Week 4 spread.  

Ok, shall we start?

Remember to save your Instagram photos into a special folder so it’s easier for you to print them when you need to. Or you can organize it the way you want it and feel most comfortable with.

Next, open Picasa. This is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website. I’ve been using it for years and it’s great for minor editing and photo collage. It’s free and you can download it HERE. 🙂

Step 1 – Select your Instagram folder as shown in the image below.You sould see all your images in that folder if you move the sliding button on the right or use your mouse to scroll to view the images in the folder.

Step 2 – Highlight the images you want to collage.

If you ask me, I have more Instagram images to fit into an A4 photo paper but I decided to randomly pick 30 images instead. I don’t want the image thumbnail to get too small that I can barely see them at all. An A4 size print can fit 6 rows of images x 5 images in a row = 30 images in total.

Press & hold “Shift” key (for Mac) or “Ctrl” key (for Windows) and use the mouse to select multiple images. Your selected images should be highlighted in blue outline like shown in the image.

Step 3 – Once your images are selected, click on the “Collage” button at the bottom menu bar as circled in red below.

Step 4 – Once you click “collage” and it will bring you to another window that will show all your images you want to create a collage. On the left bar, click on the drop down arrow on “Setting” (1) and select “Contact Sheet: Thumbnail with an information header” (2).

Step 5 – On the left side bar again, click on drop down arrow under “Page Format” and select “10 x 15:Large Print” option.


Step 6 – Last 2 steps would be to select

1. No border under “Picture Borders” option.

2. Then click “Create Collage” and you’re all done! The collage will be saved in a folder named “Picasa” > “Collage” (sub folder). Mine is saved in my main “Picture” folder, I think yours should be the same.  

Now we’re done creating a collage of Instagram images in a 10″ x 15″ size for large prints, I’ll show you a few simple steps how I printed out the collage.

Remember, I’m using a Canon Pixma printer and it comes with the Easy-PhotoPrint utility. If you’re using other brands, you should have it installed or would have done so. I won’t go into that.

First, open the printer utility and look for the folder where the collage photo is saved, in this case it’s “Picasa” > “Collage” for mine. Select the collage image as shown below.

Next, select A4 photo paper size and semi-gloss for media type.

Final step would be to pick the type of layout.

I selected the option Bordered (full) because I need the size to be smaller than the 8.5″ x 11″ page protector insert. I’ll show you what I mean later.

 And click print and we’re done!!

The steps are pretty simple right?

I love the overall collage look as it gives me an overview of the Instagram images I captured in the month of January and a lot of the images depict my everyday life. When I look at each image it reminds me the story behind it, where I was, what I was doing, who I was with etc. This is a cool idea to review all the images at one look. 🙂

Remember that when this collage is printed on an A4 photo paper it will also include the information header. Just trim it away like I did. I also clipped the 4 corners with a rounded punch.

Then I mat it with Kraft paper, leave a border of about 2-3mm width, cut it out and finally adhered onto a pattern paper (can’t remember the brand) with 8.5″ x 11″ size which fits the protector perfectly!

I just added a label sticker from Echo Park Paper Victoria Garden collection on the top page and AC Thickers alphabets with the word January at the bottom page. Both of these items are purchased from Scraplicious store. 🙂


 I hope you enjoyed this post and find the tips useful.

Try creating the collage yourself and you’ll be addicted to it! Really really! *laugh*

Happy Tuesday and I’ll be back with my Week 3 update tomorrow!

  • June GohJanuary 31, 2012 - 8:02 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. I forgot all about using the collage function in picas.

  • Angie UFebruary 1, 2012 - 1:30 am

    I’m new to the addicting habit of instagram pics. Thank you for sharing how you did your collage. I’m hoping to make one for the February pics I take and add it to my Project Life album.

  • DanielleFebruary 1, 2012 - 3:40 am

    What a great idea. Now if only I had an iPhone because that app is so fantastic 🙂

  • JessicaFebruary 1, 2012 - 3:48 am

    I am new to using digi elements to my scrapping. It is my 2012 resolution to learn more about it this year and master some techniques. I love tutorials like this. Thanks!

  • Melanie GoreFebruary 1, 2012 - 5:10 am

    Lovely lovely! I adore your photos and I adore you. I am trying to reread your last post and learn how to print them at home. Getting very frustrated trying to resize etc. I just want to print and work on my book. Thanks for the tutorial.

  • TanathFebruary 1, 2012 - 5:57 am

    Wow that is a great tutorial of how to use picasa. I have it on my computer and am not sure how to use it. So a big thank you.

    Do you have other examples of you using it?

  • BelindaFebruary 1, 2012 - 6:34 am

    I love what you have done with your instagram pics!! Quick question do you use iPhoto to store & organize your photos on your Mac or do you just use picassa?

  • FindingnanaFebruary 1, 2012 - 10:13 am

    Hi Tanath,
    At this moment, I don’t have any other examples on how I use Picasa except this one. May do more tuts in time to come. 🙂

  • FindingnanaFebruary 1, 2012 - 10:18 am

    Hi Belinda,
    I use a bit of iPhoto to organize my photos. I will import all photos taken from my iPhone and cameras into iPhoto and then move them to my folders. I only use Picasa for making collage or resizing photos in batches.

  • geneviveFebruary 1, 2012 - 11:22 am

    Love love,love it! Been using pica sa for years and it’s an awesome idea for project life 🙂 thanks for sharing Leena 🙂

  • BelindaFebruary 1, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Thank you for responding to my comment. Just another quick question. 🙂 You mentioned that you import into iPhoto and then move into folders – are these folders in iPhoto or do you export your photos out of iPhoto into folders somewhere else? Thank you!!

  • FindingnanaFebruary 1, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    Hi Belinda,
    I forgot to mention about that. I will move the images (copy & paste) from iPhoto to my other folders which I saved under “Picture” folder. Inside the “Picture” folder I will have many sub-folders I named according to my subjects/events/dates. This is where I organize all my images. When I no longer need to use certain images or I use less of them, I will move them to my external driver for back up to free up some memory on my Mac. Let me know if you have any more questions and I’ll be more than happy to share more details with you. 🙂

  • Jackie O.February 1, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    Thanks for the idea Leena.

  • BelindaFebruary 1, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    Thanks heaps for the information Leena. I love what you have been doing with your Project Life. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Linda in AusFebruary 9, 2012 - 7:34 pm

    Thank you for a wonderful tutorial, I will be giving this a go or sure, and your PL is looking great.

  • RosalynnFebruary 14, 2012 - 2:04 pm

    Dear Leena, Thanks for sharing. I downloaded Picasa but there is no collage icon. 🙁 Did I do something wrong?

  • FindingnanaFebruary 14, 2012 - 9:13 pm

    Hey Ros,
    Try deleting Picasa and re-download again. The collage button should be there. It has to be there! 🙂 I’ve used Picasa for years and collage option is always available.

  • Julie {CalleLillyCafe}March 20, 2012 - 12:33 am

    Thanks for sharing! I used Picnik in the past w/PSE & now that Picnik is gone, I’m wondering how long Picasa will last. LOVE the collage. Do you keep all your photos in Picasa? I have a Mac & iPhoto gets on my last nerve. I have so many photos but it doesn’t organize like I would like them to. Does Picasa organize your Instagram photos by date too w/in your folder? Or do you load from your phone directly into Picasa?

  • SharonMay 5, 2012 - 6:52 pm

    I saw this on Picasa and I absolutely adore it! Great job! As for the collage button, I don’t have it either with the lastest update on the Mac version. However, all you have to do is click on Create at the top of the page and the collage option will drop down.

  • ElisaJanuary 18, 2013 - 12:13 am

    Leena, thanks for this amazing tutorial 🙂 i tried it and it´s perfect 🙂
    I´d love to ask you something about your pics in Instragram: is there any way to download them from Instagram website online? or you just download them from your phone?

  • FindingnanaJanuary 18, 2013 - 11:13 am

    Hi Elisa,
    From my knowledge, you can only dowmload your Instagram pictures from the phone’s camera roll folder. You can’t download all the Instagram images from the website at one go, I don’t think there’s a function that allows that. Unless you want to right click on every image on the website and save the picture one at a time. It’s too tedious! I googled and found this You may want to give it a try. 🙂

  • HilaryMay 28, 2013 - 8:00 am

    This is a wonderful tutorial! I am wondering if there is a way to shuffle the pictures when using the “contact sheet” format? I cant for the life of me figure out how to change the order that they are displayed in. Thank you!

  • FindingnanaMay 28, 2013 - 10:31 am

    Hi Hilary,
    I’m afraid there’s no option to shuffle the photos in the “contact sheet” format. You can only shuffle on the tile collage images.

  • JenahleeAugust 4, 2013 - 6:41 am

    Your instagram images turn out so beautifully, I am curious what filter you use to give them this appearance?

    Thanks for the tutorial! Also, I gave Instaport a try the other day and it works great to get instagram images to your computer!


  • FindingnanaAugust 5, 2013 - 10:21 am

    Hi Jenahlee,
    I don’t use IG’s filter on my pictures for the past 1 year. I just use Snapseed and VSCO apps to edit my photos. These two apps are one of the best editing tools out there. 🙂

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