Besides the fun of taking shots with an instant film camera, the next best thing is decorating them! I think adding embellishments creates a personalised touch and feeling to the photos puuu

I’ve been collecting deco stickers from G-market since a few years ago and last month I received another batch of stickers I bought from Taobao. Finally glad that I can use them! I got my recent haul of sticker from this Taobao store. Apparently Taobao ships overseas now, though I’ll still use a shopping service until there’s an English help desk since my Chinese is horrible. The agent I’ve been using for the past year is Bhiner and I haven’t run into problems with them :chuuu

The stickers I got are mainly to decorate schedules/planners but they’re also perfect for instax snaps. While hunting, I mainly kept an eye out on stickers with:

  • Captions/banners so I could write inside them
  • Mini expressions/kaomoji
  • Speech bubbles/words/phrases
  • Mini hats/hair accesories
  • Patterns/borders
  • Cute characters!

Mini stickers are the best so you can fit them around the border or in the photo so it doesn’t cover anyone. Personally I like ones with kaomoji/faces and words so you don’t have to write on the cheki. I think character stickers also adds more expression! I have big writing so I’m always scared I’m gonna run out of space before I complete the word :buuu

Thanks to my friends who helped me decorate most of these

Besides stickers, markers are also a must for me if you don’t have any frame/banner stickers or if the photo is too dark for the stickers. Sometimes I like to write in the date or add little drawings/effects.

I have the Sakura Deco Cute Metallic Photo Marker – 6 Color Set which a friend got for me in Hong Kong. These markers by Zebra are also pretty popular to use, otherwise I’ve seen people use Posca markers as well. I’m planning to buy a set so I’ll probably post about them after I use them! I think as long as they’re made to write on glass/plastic you can use them on the photo’s surface and opaque ink will be visible on dark parts of them film, so buying paint markers are probably the best if you’re not too sure on what to buy.

I’ll definitely be buying more stickers so I’ll probably be posting update every few months. My main problem at the moment is finding albums and ways to display all the photos since I’ve taken so many in the past few months :sweat

10 Comments

  1. I really like the way you deco your chekis! Makes me want to buy kaomoji stickers too haha. Looking forward to seeing the ones for the rest of the year 🙂

  2. They are so sweet – it seems to make a picture more special. You don’t just snap the picture, then put it away to look at later, the decorations mean you have to take so much time to think about what the picture means and the feelings in it. Aw, that’s lovely. The stickers are so cute too!

  3. Your decorations are so cute! I’m not really artistic and even though I buy a lot of stickers, I can’t ever bring myself to use them. (I’m not sure why.)

    • I used to think like “hey I could use this for something else” so I always just kept them in a box but then I thought I might as well use them to decorate something meaningful.

  4. I love that you decorate your photos! The stickers you got are soooo cute 🙂 I tend to buy stickers and then not have a use for them. I should try to find things to decorate with them too!

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