Of all the ways to label a box, we like this the best: IMAGES of what’s inside rather than the usual ugly scrawl. We became a fan of this method when we stumbled on Virginia Sin’s black-and-white photo of her version in 2009; she catalogued her shoes by pasting a Polaroid image of the shoe right on the box.  As in the image above, Polaroids give the snazziest, most finished look (at a cost).  A photo of the box’s entire contents would tell you in a flash what’s there.

polaroid-shoe-box image labeled box
Virginia Sin

You can produce images for your storage boxes in several ways:

1. Use a Spectra Instant Camera or a Polaroid SX-70 camera. Although the cameras are no longer being made, you can buy them on Ebay, Etsy and at The Impossible Project (at the highest price we’ve seen). The Impossible Project various kinds of instant film (Yay. For a while, you couldn’t get it anywhere.).*

2. The Impossible Project is now selling The Impossible Instant Lab, a pricey device that you can attach directly to your iPhone 4 or phone to print out images using instant film. (You can also buy it and the film at Amazon.)

3. If you don’t want to go the Polaroid route: take pictures with a digital camera or your cellphone, email it to yourself or upload to your computer, print the email out and cut out the image (be sure to use heavy-ish weight paper).  Then paste it on your shoe box.

Eh voila!

*For our money, owning an instant camera is worth the cost of getting hold of one and the film. Instant film often has a mind of its own, making for unusually beautiful and unexpected effects. There is nothing like seeing the image appear before your eyes, like magic.

via Livet Hemma

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