Sunday, March 17, 2013

an app happy review: in InstaLove with InstaThis

You all know how infatuated I am with instagram, right? It can make little old me look like I have some semblance of photographic talent even if I have no clue what an aperture is. The only downside of Instagram is that you can't just send them to Walgreens to get printed....and when you try to print them at home- the results are always lackluster. [Tangent: Trust that I have tried and it usually looks like garbage.] Also, square picture frames are not as easy to find as one would think. Thankfully, several online retailers have jumped on this untapped market by selling frameless options for people to print their Instagram art!

After reading up on a couple, I was eager to try out InstaThis , because having my pieces printed on wood or acrylic seemed like an intriguing concept, so I sent them a quick note telling them I wanted to review their product and shabam....within a week or so- this was sitting on my doorstep. [Tangent: I know it looks like a pizza. Normally I would be let down, but this was better than a pizza, which is a hard feat. Few things are better than a pizza, let's just be honest with ourselves.]

Because the lovely people of InstaThis were doing me a solid by sending me a free sample of their product for review, I expected the smallest  6x6 size. To my surprise, I opened the cute geometric print tissue to reveal not one, but TWO,  full size 10 x10 prints printed on sturdy wood [Tangent: They also included the screws needed for hanging my new art,  but the walls of my abode already resemble a TGI Fridays. Thankfully,  I found some shelf space for them immediately]. SO SPOILED!

When I ordered them, I wasn't sure what to expect. Part of me thought it would just be an image basically decoupaged on the wooden or acrylic surface, [Tangent: Let's face it mod podging isn't that impressive.] but my assumptions were unfounded- these things kick ass! I wish you could tell by my shoddy photography, but the image is actually directly printed onto the birch wood, so you can see and feel the wood grain through the colors. That is what I think makes it worth the $30-$60 price tag. I am a sucker for a woodgrain after all.

Like a good blogger, I thought I would show you how I chose to showcase them as seen through the instagram filter. [Tangent: How else would you take a picture of your instagram prints?]. The top one was destined for my bookshelf given the subject matter. It's not everyday that I am able to take a picture of bridge grafitti whilst driving on a gloomy day on 8th Avenue.  Thank goodness for bumper to bumper traffic for giving me a chance to ditch my hand controls momentarily.

I see you...peeping my bookshelf. Don't judge.
Also,  I love the way the swing picture I took at the Wilson County Fair looks next to my Target dollar aisle "touchdown" Buddha! The Buddha looks so excited about it...nearly as stoked as I was.

At the end of the day, I'm very smitten with my new InstaThis showstoppers and think they are something I will cherish for a long time. In fact, I have already started brainstorming what I will order next. Because I am unnaturally thrifty,  I would probably feel weird paying $50 for another print for myself, but this would make an awesome wedding,  baby or housewarming gift.

Definitely give the user friendly site a look see by clicking here and remember that they have bundling bargains if you buy multiples. What do you guys think? How would you display these suckers? Have you had any experience with Instagram printing companies?


  1. *blink*
    You can actually see the woodgrain through the image? THAT IS SO COOL!

    I'd never heard of this service. Thanks for posting this!

    <3 jen @ librarian tells all

    1. I actually am a fan of this product...not just because I got free stuff!


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