20th, December, 2014

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Christmas-time in the Summer is so fun! Wasting no time when good weather came-a-lurkin’, last weekend I decided to spend my morning at the beach. Shamefully, this is one of the first times I’ve ever gone out of the ‘city’ city, and I had no idea what to expect – aside from a beach, really! Turns out it was a stone beach, not sand, so I can honestly say that my feet have never felt so darn exfoliated in my life! It was such a lovely day of lying in the sun, taking silly Instax photos, and just appreciating my little home country of New Zealand.

Oh, and after I left, I found out that this is actually a nude beach! Luckily we didn’t run into anyone even remotely nude, as I can honestly say I wouldn’t have been able to keep a straight face if I did!

Swimsuit – Vintage (similar here)

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15th, December, 2014

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This December I’ve teamed up with Instax to create a bunch of ideas that work perfectly for Christmas. Today I’m going to teach you how to make a visually stunning pop-up Instax card - after all, these would make pretty nifty Christmas cards don’t you think? I’m known to be a bit slack when it comes to Christmas cards, so I’m telling you right now that this is easy. And quick. Two things that make me very happy.

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For this DIY you will need:

- A craft knife (& scissors if you like – I do, I’m pretty terrible with the ol’ craft knife!)

- Access to a printer

- Card in the colour(s) of your choice

- Glue

- Sellotape

- A pencil

- An Instax camera & fim (alternatively you can use your smartphone & Instax Share)

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1. Start by taking a photo of your Instax camera, or finding a generic one online. I used one of my favourite photos ever, from this yellow blog post, which also doubles as my sidebar picture! Print out your photo & use your craft knife or scissors to cut out the camera photo.

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2. Trace around your camera picture onto a piece of card. Then cut that out too.

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3. You need to use your craft knife to make a slit near the top of the camera, where the film would come out. I measured against an old Instax photo I had lying around – but if you don’t, it’s around 54mm. I marked mine with a pencil first.

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4. The best bit: time to add the Instax photo! I took a photo on my iPhone – complete with tinsel and silly reindeer ears – and printed it with my Instax Share, but of course it’s fine to use your Instax camera too.

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5. Slide the Instax photo through the hole you made earlier and secure it at the back with sellotape.

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6. Finally, cut two slits on your piece of card, as this will be your ‘pop-up’. Bend it in half, then tape the Instax picture onto it.  And voila, there you go!

Let me know if you have a go at this DIY (my twitter is @l0stinthehaze & my Instagram is @lostinthehazeblog) – I’d love to see the results!

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