I love the way Instagram has inspired so many people to more intentionally capture the little moments of everyday. It’s like a mini-scrapbook, available at your fingertips at a moment’s notice. I’m reminded by my Instagram of so many fun and precious memories that I would have failed to capture or forgotten about otherwise.
The only downside to this method of quickly preserving little daily moments is that ultimately, so many precious memories are seemingly trapped in an app, hard to access except from a phone, impossible to access without excessive scrolling, and difficult to preserve through photo books, traditional scrapbooking, or backup systems.
But this weekend, I found a solution! Within just a couple of hours, I had downloaded and organized YEARS of Instagram photos. Now the photos are organized on my hard drive in a way that allows me to quickly find them, sync them with other photos I’ve taken, complete projects, upload them to my backup drives, whatever. Hooray!
Here’s how you can quickly do the same:
- Sign into your Instagram account on Instaport.
- Choose an export option. I chose “all”, but if you have really a really enormous quantity, you may want to set date limits and download in batches.
- Let Instaport do its downloading work.
- Make your files. This is where the real fun starts. I organize my photos by year, then month. In each month file, I created a file specifically for the Instagram shots. So, for example, my file for March 2016 Instagram photos is called 2016_Mar_Insta. Incorporate whatever system you are already using for the rest of your photos. I highly recommend keeping the Instagram photos near other date-related photos for simplicity.
- Working backwards, starting with the most recent Instagrams, copy and past the photos from a given month from the download file into the appropriate chronological file. For example, highlight and copy all of the March 2016 photos from the download file and then paste them into the 2016_Mar_Insta file.
- Once you’ve copied and pasted the photos over into the correct file, DELETE them from the download file for simplicity.
- Continue working backwards until you reach the beginning of your Instagram history. The most painful part of this is the scrolling. Thanks to Instagram’s new format, figuring out the upload date of a picture is easy.
Voila! Now your Instagrams are available, in organized fashion, at your fingertips as .jpgs.
Now what? Whip out a quick Artifact Uprising photo book or Chatbook with your favorite shots or order a bunch of square prints and fill a physical scrapbook using Becky Higgins’ Design I or Design J pages or these 12″ x 12″ square pocket pages.