Spottly – A New Travel App


Spottly is a great new app which allows you to create an instagram-like travel magazine on your phone. Snap pictures and add notes to create your own up-to-the-minute guidebook. Share yours and follow others to see where they’re been, where they are and where they want to go. The best bit? Use Spottly when you’re off somewhere, (anywhere!) to find other people’s top places to eat, sleep, drink and camp! The bad bit? You can only log in using Facebook and Weibo (a kind of Chinese Facebook). Let’s hope they change that soon.



01instagramAs someone who started life in magazine publishing, I have greeted the move to digital with some hesitation. Does anything really beat the smell of newsprint, the joy of flicking pages in a newly delivered magazine, relaxing by a campfire with a book in your hands, or going through old photo albums? I have loads of photos I barely look at because they’re all on my iPhone or my iPad or my iWhatever …. Anyway, a few weeks ago I posted about an Australian company who will print your Instagram images in gorgeous retro-style prints, Origrami. Well, I’ve just discovered an American company, Artifact Uprising who are doing the same. Inspired by the “disappearing beauty of the tangible”, the options they offer are just stunning. Hard and soft cover books, print sets and calendars. Sophisticated, elegant and beautiful, they’re a gorgeous way to keep your Instagram images out in the open.┬áMy favourites are the wooden boxes made with Colorado Beetle Kill wood. This means only wood from trees that have fallen due to nasty pine beetles is used. It’s a beautiful greyish-blue colour which serves as a soft backdrop for your images and keeps healthy trees safe. And the boxes hold all the books they make too. Prices start at just over a US tenner. Aren’t you tempted?




Origrami: Print Your Instagram Pictures

I’ve got a thing for Instagram. Everyone in their right mind does, right? And I’ve got loads of great pics of our camping trips sitting on my phone not really doing much. Well a cool Australian couple has come up with Origrami – a fabulous way to print your Instagram images. Upload your choice of photos and they’ll print them polaroid-style with map, date and the number of likes on the back and all packaged up in a cute little cardboard box. A great way to keep your camping memories within easy reach. A package of 36 Instagram photos will set you back $AUD19.95 and there’s free world wide shipping! Love it. Check it out here.