I’ve always wanted to start journaling, but was never motivated enough to actually do it, until I came across a photo printing app called LALALAB that inspired me to finally get started. I looked through their Instagram and found so many cool ideas to display photos, but I knew I wanted to incorporate my prints in my journal as a keepsake. My new obsession with journaling is all thanks to this awesome company. Why I was attracted to their service was because they offered affordable vintage styled polaroid prints (in two different sizes!); I love white-framed photographs way more than regular prints since they give an alluring and nostalgic retro feel. However, if you want regular prints, they offer that too, along with a ton of other products like photo books, calendars, posters, magnets, and more!
The app was super easy to navigate and use. I placed an order for twenty vintage prints ($0.45 each) with a total of $9.00, plus $2.49 for shipping to the US. This is a France-based company, so their shipping fee was ridiculously inexpensive for an international order and I was hella happy about it! My order shipped promptly and took exactly one week to arrived. I was waiting anxiously for my photos to come — when they finally did, I was so ecstatic! The photos are printed on very high quality paper and have a glossy finish. I’m completely infatuated and ready to place another order already!
If you would like to order, you can use the discount code “PGZUDWJN” for $5 off of your order!
Here’s an inside look at my journal and how I displayed my prints. Don’t limit to just photos when ordering — you can print quotes, drawings, anything that you want! I chose to print out some of my favorite memories, as well as words that I loved and colorful floral illustrations that will work as wonderful decor.
I’m incredibly thankful my mom kept these childhood photos of me — check out that baby photo! I have a digital version of it, but I wanted to have it on a print as a backup and also because there is something satisfying about holding an actual photo in my hands.
Digital files are stored away and forgotten. By having some of my favorite memories printed out, I can go back anytime to relive those precious moments. There is sentimental and emotional value to these prints, and you simply can’t get the same feelings from a digital photo.
TIPS on how to create a beautiful journal:
- Add lots of details! This depends on your personal preference and style, but I love to incorporate a lot of writings, drawings, and colors to my pages; it just makes everything look so artsy and cool!
- Recycle old paper bags — they make great decorative accents for your pages. If you have brown paper bags, that’s even better since they can be used as good ol’ paper to give that vintage-esque appeal. Take the photo above, for instance, I used an old brown paper bag that I cut and pasted onto the pages to use as a background for my photos; it instantly gave a charming retro vibe!
- Burn the edges of paper with fire to make it look old and distressed. You can see that I did this with majority of the papers in my book because I absolutely love the way it looks. I used a lighter and moved the flame along the edges a little at a time to create the effect. I recommend doing this outside as it gets really smelly and messy!
- Another way to roughen up the edges of paper is to use an eyebrow razor to create a deckle edge / ragged effect. This is really simple and quick to do!
- Use a nail file to buff the edges of a photo to make it look grungy and old. I found photos that my mom kept from twenty years ago that looked “too new”, so I quickly thought of a way that I can make them look older (i.e. the throwback photo of me in the yellow outfit in the “Oldies” section above).
I hope you enjoyed looking through my journal with me and found some inspirations for your book!
Make sure to check out LALALAB and don’t forget to use the discount code “PGZUDWJN” for $5 off of your order!
(Products were purchased with credit gifted by the company. I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed in this post were 100% my own. )