DIY Polaroid Notice Board

Monday, September 19, 2016

In association with Ocean Finance & John Lewis

This summer, John Lewis and Ocean Finance challenged me to get snap happy and save memories of the world around me using the power of the polaroid. With back to school season in full swing I decided to add a personal touch to this DIY cork board, showcasing a few of my memories from summer 2016 whilst moving forward into the latter part of this year. Want one for your own office?! Then here's what you need to do:

First off, you'll need a cork board. These are usually fairly easy to find and are quite cheap too. Hobbycraft currently have a selection on sale for just £2.50!! Take your cork board and wrap around one layer of tissue paper in the colour of choice. I've chosen blue as it's a colour that works quite well all year round and really let the colours of my polaroids 'pop'. 
To design the polaroid photo wall you'll need your polaroids (of course!), string, wooden pegs and some tape to keep everything in place. Simply measure out a couple widths of string, long enough to reach the back of your cork board, attach to the two back corners of the board and keep in place with a few pieces of tape. Once this is secure, attach your polaroids to the string using wooden pegs. I purchased a set with a diamante finish for an uber simple yet effective added touch. To finish, simply decorate with stickers of your choice and use pins to attach any to do lists or reminders for yourself each week!

I'm not a DIY queen in the slightest and so this is such an easy yet cute way of vamping up your office noticeboard. If you do recreate this please feel free to tweet me any photos of your designs @ClarkeCouture  or use the hashtag '#toocouture4school'. 

A polaroid camera is something that has been on my wish list for the longest time. As an avid photography buff, this quirky and updated vintage find is something that everyone should own for holiday snaps and days out alike. You're able to take a moment, capture and print it all within seconds. It's rather quite magical to watch the film develop before your eyes. 

The FujiFilm Instax Mini 8* is available to purchase from John Lewis for just £64.95 which features a 2 year guarantee, 10 shots of film, one set of batteries and a hand strap. This truly is a bargain price to pay for memories which are certainly worth saving. 
When setting up the camera simply slot the batteries into the holder, open the film pack and place into the larger holder at the back of the camera. Once this is slotted in correctly do not open again until you have used up all of the 10 shots of film otherwise the film may become over exposed to light leading to damage and your prints producing plain white shots. 
The camera itself is extremely easy to use, simply push in the panel button by the side of the lens to switch the camera on. The lens settings shall then light up orange, highlighting the recommended setting dependant on the lighting within your location. This added feature to the camera makes it super easy to produce high quality shots time and time again. 
Visiting Barcelona this month was believe it or not my first ever holiday abroad and being able to capture these moments forever in time on my polaroid made my trip a whole lot more memorable. From now on, I'll be sure to always have my polaroid on hand for any future trips and adventures.

Do you own a polaroid? Where's the craziest place you've taken some snaps?!
Until next time,

Shake it like a polaroid picture!
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DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored. Any products which have been sent to me for review have been marked with an asterisk (*). All opinions however, are my own. 

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