Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day 2013 | Instagram Magnets by StickyGram {International Giveaway} + {Promo Code}

Hi, I'm Ai and I'm an Instagram addict. Anybody else wants to confess? :)

I'm really snap-happy and love sharing moments of my life on Instagram. It's so easy to just take a photo, and post instantaneously to a community that I'm so involved in. Yup, I check in almost every waking hour so if you don't see me on Twitter or Facebook, you know where to find me haha.

The problem is, I'm not that great at actually doing anything with my Instagram photos.. which is a shame, since I have nearly 1,600 photos there, and some are very well-taken if I do say so myself ;p  A good thing that I was introduced to StickyGram, which makes magnets of your favourite Instagram photos.

The creation process on their website is rather idiot-proof and only takes about 15 minutes. The hard part is choosing which photos you'd like to print out!

Their 5x5cm magnets come in sets of 9 with a matte finish. The photos seem to be printed on the magnets itself and are pretty light & flexible. The photo quality is also excellent with colours to match the original image. A thing to note though is that there is a white border around each magnet, which does not appear at the preview during the creation process. You can just snip off the extra borders on the magnets if you don't like them.

They definitely make wonderful gifts to liven up any fridge door! To celebrate Valentine's Day and spread extra love to my readers and friends, I'm giving away THREE sheets of 9 StickyGram magnets {worth US$14.99}! Here's a special way to keep love in the air, outside your smartphone! Open to readers and friends worldwide. There will be 2 fun ways to enter and win. You can choose to enter via a random draw or photo challenge, or do both for extra chances! :)

Method 1: Random Draw
This is good for those that a) don't like photo challenges,   b) have private Instagram accounts or c) just feel lucky! To enter, simply,

1. Be a Sakura Haruka Facebook page fan
2. Follow me on Instagram {@AiSakuraHaruka}
3. Leave me a blog comment telling me your best Instagram tip + name of your FB account that you used to like the page + Instagram Username you used to follow me on IG. For those unsure of how to comment, choose "Name/URL" option then add your name and comment.

TWO random winners will be chosen. Just complete all 3 simple steps!

Method 2: Instagram Photo Challenge
For those that love photo challenges and want to get creative! To enter, simply,

1. Follow me on Instagram {@AiSakuraHaruka}.
2. Tag @AiSakuraHaruka and #sakuralovechallenge, and post Instagram photos along the theme of LOVE. Show me what it means to you! Multiple entries allowed.

ONE winner will be chosen based on the photo that touches my heart the most. Just complete all 2 simple steps!

* Open to residents worldwide.
* Ends Sunday, 3 March 13 2359hrs {Singapore time}
* Participants may enter in both methods.
* All winners will be announced on Tuesday, 5 March 13 via Instagram. Winners has 5 days to reply, or the prizes will be redrawn.

Promo Code: Get US$2 off your first purchase with "FRIENDIMXD". Free delivery worldwide.

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Thanks for your support!

* Disclosure: StickyGram provided the StickyGram magnets for review and giveaway. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.



Emma Wilkinson said...

Hi, I follow you on instagram (emma_crochets) and like you on facebook (emma Wlkn) My tip is to embrace the hashtag! you can make them funny, and you can share with like minded people

MummyMOO said...

Comment Take 3:

Liked as (Regina Soejanto-Moo) and followed as (@reginamoo) - short of stalking you!

IG Tip: Colour, Contrast and Crop, essentials to great IG shots. But taking pics of the kid, I don't have the luxury of that! Each moment is fleeting and precious... so it's usually Snap and Send! :)

Delphine said...

Instagram: mummydelphine
Facebook: Delphine Tan

Tip: Select the option to leave out the borders so that when you use your Instagram pictures for StickyGram or Casetagram, they will look more uniform and pleasing to the eye!

Unknown said...

Instagram: Mylollipopdays
Facebook: Angeline Sim

My IG tip? Always go close to the subject so the distracting background can be cropped out of the frame. And do use one of the filters to add mood or enhancement to the photo :)

Isaiah Kuan said...

Instagram: isaiahkuan
Facebook: Isaiah Kuan

Tip: use an external photo edit app to clean up the photo before posting on IG, people are drawn to nice photos.

Jolin said...

Instagram: Jolin82
Facebook: Jolin Justin Jayden

Tip: Use filters to create the mood of the photo that you want to express.

Ginny said...

Instagram: myvintagebaby
Facebook: Ginny Low

Tip: there's a lot of good photo-editing apps out there but try not to over-process and let the picture speak for itself

Mum in the Making said...

IG: justtey
FB: Justina Tey

Thanks for the giveaway, super love IG so this would be great! My tip for IG: For black and white shots, try running the picture twice through the filter to increase contrast, for sharper BW pictures! :)

~Summer~ said...

IG: ahappymum
FB: Summer Goh

My IG tip: for taking pics of kids and babies, keep snapping away instead of stopping to check if you got a nice shot. Some moments just pass too fast and you might end up missing those precious smiles. Hopefully we can get one beautiful shot for every ten tries!

Emily @ Have a laugh on me said...

IG: Emilyhavealaugh
FB: Have a laugh on me

My tip for Instagram is to take images a little off centre, on an angle as this can sometimes enhance a filter's effect. xx Emily

Kylie Purtell said...

Facebook: Kylie Purtell
IG: kyl21z

I have wanted to get some of these stickers for so long and just keep forgetting about them. I have bookmarked the page now so I remember!

Kylie Purtell said...

Oops, forgot to add my tip! My tip is to take as many photos as you can and go through them later to choose the ones you want to load on IG. When I am out and about in the moment, especially with Mia, I don't like to fiddle around adding filters and such so I often snap a quick one and post,then later on I go through and pick one or two to play around with and edit before I upload later. Means you still get to share stuff on IG without having to miss out on what you were actually doing at the time!

Mommy Chuck said...

Instagram: geraldineguo
Facebook: Geraldine Gigi Guo

Tip: When taking a photo that you will want to post on Instagram, make it wider than normal since you will be cropping it into a square.

Grace said...

IG: _withsomegrace
Facebook: WithSomeGraceBlog

Tip: Photos come out best from a phone when you take them vertically rather than horizontally.
Also, leave plenty of space around the subject you're taking a photo of so that when you frame it on IG, you can get a better close up :)
Ha! 2 tips!!!

oomph. said...

FB (oomph)
IG (rockoomph)

tip: don't forget to back up when taking pics to make sure everything you want will fit in the square instagram border!

mummybean said...

instagram: mummybean
fb: veraday poh

tip: remember that instagram crops to the pic along the shortest edge of the photo. as a result, i find it easier to take pics in portrait than landscape. zoom out where possible so that it'll be easier to crop!

Madeline Heng said...

Followed and liked! You know my fb and instagram accounts ^_^

Tip: add watermark.. free publicity haha

Susan said...

Liked and followed :)

I'll throw in two tips
1. Use hastags, this way your photos can be seen by others who like the same things like you like #hellokitty #foodpic #kids

2. Watch your compositions to make your photos more interesting.

MotherofXander said...

Already followed your FB and IG accounts nong nong ago :)

My tip is when taking photos of food, sometimes it is better to take a long shot and with minimal filter effects than a closeup. Some food just doesn't look very pleasing up close or digitally enhanced.

jas said...

Instagram tip: You can use the blur tool to blur out items in the photo so that the main thing is in focus only!

Name of your FB account: Jasmine Wong
Instagram Username: whit3dot

Connie Huang Low said...

Liked and followed!

IG: sherbetgal
FB:Connie Huang Low

Tip: I use bokeh as a tool to shift focus on the particular in my pic. Caption is very impt too!