Instagram- it’s a tough social media nutwork… errr network to crack, but I’m sure gonna try! As usual when I work on something I love, I like to share with you! I am going to show you how to make a feed that stands out- an easy Instagram puzzle feed using Canva! It seriously can be done for free in like an hour, and you’ll have 15 posts so enough for maybe two weeks:) and you’ll have a beautiful feed that will make ’em insta-envious!
Instagram Feed Ideas
I recently created my first Instagram business account… I know shame on me for not doing it sooner being a social media gal and blogger, but hey I wasn’t ready! I wanted it to be the best it could be and I wasn’t sure how I was going to create a feed that stood a chance of standing out!
Check me out @Steph__social and I’d love if you would follow me so I know you stopped by:)
Instagram Themes | How Do You Choose
First, choose your vibe! Are you going for minimalist vibes, bright and colourful, grunge and moody, playful and sweet, classy, fashionista, boho, or tropics? Ya, my head was spinning too just trying to decide and I hadn’t even created my first post yet!
Instagram Grid Layout
Once you decide on your vibe, now you can choose your grid layout. It’s not totally necessary, but it helps keep your feed looking cohesive! It really helps give your profile a theme so when someone clicks on you, they scroll down your feed and see a neat and tidy look! There are several Instagram grid layouts to choose from:
- Black and White
- Puzzle Feed
- Row by Row
- Line in the Midde
Check out how to create each grid here.
My Instagram Theme
Instagram themes help you create a cohesive, beautiful feed. When someone clicks on your profile, they look at (and judge) your feed. Your theme could be the difference between another follow or unfollow.
I decided to combine a few of my favourite Instagram themes to really express my creativity. I love experimenting with different social media designs, so I’ll probably change it up in the future, but for now this is my favourite look.
I am deep in to a sweet pastel phase, and I’m diggin the sketch look, so I combined them both to create a unique vibe! Check it out and follow me @steph__social.
Create An Instagram Puzzle Feed
Okay so here’s how you can make an instagram puzzle feed in an hour for free, using your Canva and Photo Grid!
Step 1: Follow me @steph__social so we can connect!
Step 3: In Canva, create a custom image size 2300 wide by 6900 high. This will give you 12 individual Instagram posts once you’re finished!
In the beginning, you might find it easier to mark out the individual Instagram squares within the image grid, so you can see how each tile will look on it’s own. That’s what I did my first grid. You want each tile to look good on it’s own so when you post individually, it doesn’t look odd.
Step 4: Use your brand colours to start adding some background colour and texture. These are what you call hero images. They’re not the main focus of your tiles, but more like accents! They’re there for texture and colour and to add to overall vibe. You can add frames and background images or colour blocks. Add in different shapes and sizes to see what fits where and what looks good!
Here’s what mine looked like at step 1:
Step 5: Start overlapping, by adding a main image to each tile. Try a few images that have multiple pieces in them, so you can spread it out over a few tiles, giving it a real puzzle look but each tile will still make sense on it’s own! For example an image with a plant on one side and a desk on the other so one tile can show the plant and the next will have the desk, but they’re connected in the grande scheme of it! Make sense?
Here’s what my grid looked like as I started layering
And a few more layers
Step 5: Pop in a few quotes and accent graphics/blocks here and there. Play around until it feels right.
Step 6: Upload to the InstaGrid app and see how it looks, paying attention to how each tile will look. Make sure you hit the proper grid format. You might have to go back and move a few things around. I usually have to go back and fourth a few times before it’s perfect but by once you’ve created a few puzzle feed templates, you’ll get the hang of it and it’ll be much easier!