The failsafe thing to get your guests in the mood and to get them to photograph themselves doing silly faces: to equip them with an instant camera. Nobody – and I mean NOBODY – can resist the pleasure of seeing the photo slide out of the camera, or of waiting for the photograph to appear and hoping to have managed to take a good snap.

But then, here’s what generally happens: we pack them away in a box and… well that’s it. Today, we’re offering you another clever idea to allow you to collate these instant photos, as well as little messages and other treasures collected throughout the day (a flower, a little piece of the menu, a small gift…), and put everything together in a special mini album. Or several (sorted by group of guests, for example).

What you will need:
– The downloadable template
– A sheet of grey card (1 or 2 mm thick)
– 1 sheet of kraft paper
– Matching fine drawing paper
– Little clear plastic envelopes (optional)
– Stick of glue
– Double-sided tape
– A plastic or metal scoring tool

Time: 
Set aside about an hour to make two or three albums

Price:
Not too much, about 5 euros per album

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1. With a penknife, cut 3 rectangles in the sheet of card using the downloadable template: two of 8 X 12 cm and one of 8 X 3 cm

2.Start by putting together the cover. Position edge to edge the three cardboard rectangles (those that are all 8cm) spacing them about 2 mm apart (the thickness of the card). cut 1 rectangle in the sheet of kraft paper : 5 X 20 cm and insert it under carbox rectangles.

3. Hold the pieces of cardboard together with the kraft paper with glue.

4. On the sheet of drawing paper, cut two strips of 7 X 29 cm wide. Mark along it at each 1,5 cm interval apart from at the ends. Fold it into an accordion shape using your scoring tool and glue them together to obtain a long accordion.

5. Fully stick stick down one of the two sides of your accordion so as to maintain its different folds.

6. Stick the whole think onto the inside cover of your album using double-sided tape.

7. Your album is finished, all you have to do now is to fill it.

8. How? On the big day itself, leave little envelopes around to fill with surprises, and little boxes cut to the right size (7x11cm) to leave little notes on or to stick on photos taken by your guests. You’ll only have one thing left to do: stick all of these little treasures on the little internal flaps of your album, arranging it all as you see fit. For example by alternating between little messages, envelopes and photos.

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This free downloadable Un Beau Jour DIY is available to you thanks to the sponsorship of Instax Fujifim.

The brand offers a wide range of products for instant cameras, including the world-famous Instax Mini. And tada! This year, Instax Mini is also available as a complete wedding pack containing:100 instant photos, the Instax Mini camera (in white), as well as an album and a silver Posca felt-tip. In short, exactly what you need to document your day. You can discover it all in detail here, on the brand’s website!

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