, Life, Authenticity

Our Instax Tree

Meet our goofy lil’ Christmas Tree.

Now, note. I love clean. White, bright blues that are grounded with a lil’ earthy feel. Our almost pure white upstairs is a good example (yes I know I will probably eat my words when our young ones arrive with Crayolas galore) Yet, I just love the feeling of organization and clarity. Which is completely what my Christmas Tree this year is NOT.

Honestly, I had a hard time actually putting these photos up to post. See there is this curse that some photographers have called…..perfection. ESPECIALLY over your own personal photos. We want the perfect shot, the prettiest of pretty. Sometimes wanting the perfect shot, trumps the memory. Sad, but true. Now…Did I think about perfectly straightening each branch? Perfectly draping or re-pinning the instax? Sure, maybe like 300 times. But while all those things were pondering through my head, I had my camera in hand and decided to let all that stress go. I chose to be grateful that I didn’t have the time, nor energy to do those things and having a perfectly lined up Christmas tree isn’t at the top of my priority list. I realized thatย our life is fullย and this tree was representing that.

So everytime I walk up the stairs, I peek at the tree, all the memories in those two years of instax and……..

LOVE the imperfect that we are in right now.

All you need for your own lil’ goofy Instax tree is ::

  • -Twine (which I look for at 5 stores before realizing the only local place by us was Home Depot)
  • -Mini wooden clips (Which I got at Michaels)
  • -Gold Ribbon (or any ribbon of that matter, I used 3 rolls. Probably could have had 4)
  • -Lights (any kind)
  • -Instax (Wide or mini, we used both throughout the tree)

Also, this was an awesome Pinterest idea that I saw and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the results. We already have 4 cabinets covered with cards and more to do! I love being able to see these photos every time I prepare a meal or just walk through. It is definitely one of my favorite things to see my clients cards and what their favorite photos were that they chose!

  1. Megan Floyd

    That was almost too much goodness for one post, lady! I’ve got to say that the good thing about having rowdy boys and living in about 800 square feet is that I’ve GIVEN UP on my personal photos being perfect. And our tree this year is Leyland cypress so there’s no rhyme or reason to the branches or the lights or the ornaments, ha. It’s a mess and I love it. ๐Ÿ™‚ love you!!

  2. Emily steffen

    Looooooove this idea of the Instax tree…..it’s perfect and full of life! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Erin Davenport

    How awesome! Both projects are fabulous, I want to do the cards on the cabinets for sure next time! On another note, I am so with you with the perfection curse…but that’s one of the things I have been working on letting go of, too. Thanks for sharing, Gina ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Kate

    Your tree is perfectly imperfect. Is there anything better? Love it!

  5. Victoria Derrick

    The purest beauty lies in imperfect. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great find with the cabinets, and tree is beautiful.

  6. Sara

    I love this idea!! So clever and fun!! Thanks for letting go and sharing it ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Gina

    Oh… so charming, so loving, so pretty! I loved this idea! Bravo!