Homemade Photo Paper

I discovered this method of photo printing because I am disorganized, forgetful, always in a rush and I hate going to the store for only one thing.

It was a Saturday when my husband and I were going to get our one year anniversary pictures taken. I wanted to do a cute picture I had seen on Pinterest, where you are holding your picture from the year before. Like THIS. I want to continue to the five year mark, but the only thing I can't wrap my head around is once we get to that point, is the final picture going to be so big it covers the wall? I mean, you want to be able to see all of the pictures in one, so it's going to have to get bigger...I guess we will see in four more years.

Being a late afternoon on a Saturday, I was covered in paint, had sawdust in my lungs and needed a sandblaster to get ready for our photo session. I rushed to the computer to print off a picture, looked all around...and no photo paper. I have like three packages of this stuff somewhere, and there was no limit to the choice words I was yelling as I tore the house apart looking for it. I was just about to sit down in a corner and cry when I had an idea.

I showed y'all how I make my reusable transfer paper using wax paper, and I started thinking about the flip side of it. It feels a little different than regular paper, but would it work? At this point I had nothing to lose and I know where that stuff is, so I ran to get it.

I did it the exact way I make my transfer paper, only I used spray adhesive to glue the wax side to regular paper. Yes, I'm cheating and using the pics from the Sachet's post.

Cut it to fit the paper.

Then print. This is the picture side by side with the one printed on a plain sheet. The plain sheet pic is on the left, and my homemade photo paper is on the right...

You can see that the one on the right is darker and richer than just printing on plain paper. It has more of a vintage feel...if black and white can get more vintage. I haven't tried it on color yet. That is my next project, for when I print pics for my Gallery Wall. No, I still haven't gotten that up. I'm trying to figure out which of the 5,000 pictures I want up there.

This is our session! Thank you so much to Fading Moments Photography! All proceeds from this shoot went to the victims of the West explosion.

And P.S. I found my photo paper yesterday. It was in the hall closet, which I am in the process of turning into my craft closet. So technically, it was right where it was supposed to be. Isn't that always the last place you look?

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  1. I wouldn't have thought to use the wax paper for printing out framed photos but I can really see the difference. Your photo shoot pictures turned out beautifully!

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I was really surprised how well it worked.

  2. So Cool!! and Congrats on your anniversary!! :) Michelle

  3. That's an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing.

  4. What a fabulous idea! Pining it to my DIY board! New follower from the Pin it Monday hop.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sugar Me Pretty


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