Instacanvas iPhone Cases: Show off Your Instagram Photos in New Ways!

Just got an e-mail from the Instacanvas, letting me know that I can now turn my favorite Instagram photos into iPhone cases! Pretty marvelous if you ask me!

Choose between Instacanvas favorite pickings, or design your own.

If you’ve signed up for Instacanvas (it is easy and free), give me a shout – I’d love to see your photos! 🙂

Check out my Instacanvas Gallery here.

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Insta-lovin: A 101 Guide to Instagram

It’s hardly a secret that I’m an Instagram fangirl, if you read this blog somewhat frequently you might even have grown tired of all my Instragram talk ( I dedicated my love to the picture-sharing-service here, here and here). Today I felt like doing more than just talk about how great Instagram is, and actually show it. So I have put together a little Instagram 101 guide.

*Insta-heart it

To indicate you like someones photos, you can click the heart icon below the photo. Liking (or hearting) is a key feature of Instagram, and serves as both giving reconginitons to others and saving the picture so you can easily find it later (stored in the “photos you’ve liked” tab on your profile).

A faster way of adding a heart to the picture, is double-clicking it. A pretty basic tip, but it saves you a lot of time if you are browsing to a large stream of photos.

*hashtags and mentions

Like Twitter, Instagram lets you add hashtags (#) to your updates.
Hashtags makes it easier to categories your photos, and helps others finding your pictures. If you e.g. search for #cupcakes (I tend to do that a lot!), more than 400 000 pictures pops up.

Hashtags are also used to enter contests and shout-outs.

To interact with other IGs, Instagram lets you – again like Twitter, mention others using a @ and the username of the IGer you are talking to.

*Create photo magic

A key feature to why Instagram’s popularity keeps on growing, is the fact that it enables everyone to take great photos. With all it’s filters and features, you almost can’t go wrong.

The photo to the left is taken with the Camera+ app for iPhone. To the right, the same photos is given som Instagram magic.

To make this effect, simply to as follows: 1, upload to Instagram, 2,tap the sun icon ( low left corner) to add brigther colors, 3, tap the drop icon and select the radial / round shaped icon to make one area of the photo focused and the rest blurry.

*Insta-Widgets

To add even more value to the Instagram experience, check out some of the numberous widgets and services such as statigr.am for all your Instagram statistics and pingram.me to showcase your IG photos the Pinterest way.

With Instacanv.as you can showcase and sell your IG photos in your very own online gallery.

What’s your best IG trick?

My Gallery Is Open!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about signing up for Instacanvas and getting my own gallery, and yesterday I got the message I’ve been waiting for: My gallery was finally ready, and all I had to do was to decide what pictures I wanted to showcase (there’s no limit) and “cut the ribbon”!

The galleries with most weekly hits / traffic, are featured on the main page, so if you want to help me out my gallery, you can find it here: instacanv.as/mariannemixi.

You can request your own gallery at: instacanv.as.

Does any of you have an Instacanvas gallery already? What are your thoughts on and experiences with it?