More to the Calendar

The calendar I made had very small boxes, partly because I use a small format (A5), and partly because I see it more as an overview.
Here are my more useful pages for the binder . There are a total of three pages, where one page is two. 😉

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Holidays (the purple one) provides an overview of our Swedish holidays and a few other days as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day Valentine’s Day and so on.
Dates to remember (blue in front) I myself like very much. I filled in the birthdays, major events and other important dates. The pages give a quick overview of what will come.
The weekly plan (the other blue) is the one I use most my self. This one are my regular calendar. There is plenty of space to write what I do every day. If you are able to use my file for Silhouette Studio you also get a perforated corner that you can remove from when the week is over. Would you rather put the pages in a regular binder you can decorate a paper clip and use as a bookmark.

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The file for Silhouette Studio is a print n cut. The holes at fit in the binder I have chosen, but you can easily remove these holes and put in you own.
Would you rather use a binder with Swedish holes (ore some other binder) you can download the PDF containing the same blades. They are laid out on an A4, so you print them easily on a desktop printer and then cut out your pages.

File for Silhouette Studio

PDF for printing

 

 

Quick book marks

I use quite a lot of small post-it, paper clips and clamps when I work. I love cute small accessories and often need to have a mark in a book or in a compendium when I read. Post-it in all its glory, they come in many beautiful colors, but they are not always enough.

To solve this, and reduce the amount of post-it, I started to decorate paper clips in a very simple and fast way.

Material

You need washitape in nice colors and patterns, a good pair of scissors and a lot of paper clips.

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Tear a fairly long strip of tape and fold it lengthwise with the sticky side out. Thread the paper clip on the tape and drag it to the center.

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Fold up the sides so that they attach to each other. Depending on the width of the tape it can be somewhat awkward at the bottom of the paper clip.

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Use scissors to cut small flags. I have chosen to cut a V at mine, but you can cut in other shapes if you want.
Avoid using a punch. The glue on the tape is easily caught in the punch and make it sticky. When you then use paper it can get caught and your pattern becomes ugly.

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With these paper clips you will easy match together a kit with paper clips, pen and notebook.

Material List:

My Binder

The cover of my binder is finished and I’m so looking forward to start using it. All that I need to do now is to print out my content and to ensure that the binder will fit on my desktop 🙂

My Binder

I bought my binder at Panduro and painted it white with ordinary wall paint. I used  a paint roller to get some structure.

The decorations are made of vinyl that I cut with my Silhouette. I can not share these files because they come from a group on Facebook. I changed the monogram a little by choosing a different font and put stars around it instead of dots. (see below what I used)

My Binder

On the inside cover, I put an image I created using an online course at Kit and Clowder, Mindfull Me. I will show what I used a little later.

Materials:

 

Swedish calendar for 2016

Step one in my new more organized life 🙂
A calendar with Swedish holidays, and some other goodto-rememberdays like Mothers- and Father’s Day, summer- and winter time, etc.

I will use this as an overview. The boxes are relatively small, I use A5 format, so there is not very much room for notes. For bookings and things like that I use Google Calendar. I will also add a few other pages.

Swedish calendar 2016

When I created these I realized that I never find a good calendar to put on the fridge. I‘d love to have one there, not to fill in a lot (again, that I use Google Calendar for), but to get a little overview, or just to check how many days ago I was suppose to throw out the milk.
I printed every month on thicker paper and fastened all of them with a clip. Perfect overview and you can squeeze in a birthday or three in the boxes.

Calendar on the fridge

I have made this calendar as a print n cut for those who want to use a silhouette cameo or portrait. There are holes in the cut file suit for the binder that I have selected (more about that as soon as I got the front finished). Do you want to have other holes, select ungroupe and takes away the my holes.

Calendar Januari 2016

If you would rather print the calendar and then make holes with a regular hole punch, choose to save the PDF file. It is done so that you can print on A4 and then cut out the calendar.

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New Year’s resolution, Lists & Order

New year new challenges? I have a couple of challenges for myself, but otherwise I’m hoping for a quiet year.
Last year, I promised more crafts here in the blog, and it actually went really well until September. Then I just came to a stop and this is the first blog post since. The main reason was the lack of time and that the blog has become quite heavy to mange. I translate everything I write in to English, which means that each entry is written twice, and all images must be presented twice. A post takes about twice as long to write with translation then without translation. I also wanted to have more substance in the post than just show card after card after card. My guides is what is read most and therefor I will of course put some time on these. How it will be this year, I don’t know, but it will be a little less pure crafts and much more organizing.

The organization is my challenge to myself. My craft room is still in need of a good cleaning up and sorting. My webshop (only in Swedish) helps, but there is so much more to be sorted out. The rest of my life also requires a little organization, so whoever wants to will get a peek into my sock drawer, in the freezer, and indeed in the medicine cabinet.
I started with some reorganization in the fall, and were then getting information and tips online. I created a board for this on Pinterest, I now release it.
When I sat down and thought about the things that work and do not work for me and in our home, I got together a too long list for it to feel comfortable. One thing was that my desk is always too messy. I want it pretty clean to be able to work (whether it be work work, or crafting work) but the desk is always full of post-its, loose patches, pens, stuff and things.

Messy Desk

The solution to this was to create a folder with a number of different papers for different occasions. I will share the content of this binder here in the blog when I get it finished.

The blog will also be organized, but it will probably be a lot of shuffle in the background.

So, welcome to a year of crafts and organizing hand in hand!

Time for some tea?

If you give away tea as a gift, what can be more perfect then a card on the same theme? I have longed for this digital stamp a long time and now finally I got a reason to buy it 🙂

Time for Tea?

The frame is made of pink cardstock and measures 6×6″ (double folded). The digital stamp are from The Paper Shelter. On top of the patterned paper (from Maja Design) you find a piece of white cardstock that I have embossed.

Time for tea?

The little tea holder are from a kit with buttons. I have cut off the loop at the back.

Time for tea?

A small pile of mixed flowers. For once I haven’t used any roses (I’m totally blind to the buds, they are not real roses😉 )
The purple and white flowers come with a pearl in the middle, so I matched them by attaching tiny micro beads with Glossy Accent on my big flower.

Time for tea?

My embossed pattern was just begging for beads. Each bead is glued separately and I used a toothpick to dab the glue on the paper before I mounted the bead. The beads are more white than yellow in reality.

Time for tea?

The digital stamp are colored in with Promarkers, and the hole list of colors are:

Apple Meadow Green
Soft Green Pebble Blue
Spice Cerise
Pink Pearl Dusky Pink
Pink Carnation Blossom
Fuchia Pink Ginger
Yellow Sunflower
Canary Lemon
Pale Pink Baby Pink
Powder Blue

 

 Material list:

 

 

Freebie – Polaroid frames for Silhouette

I use this frames in my Project Life Album. When each new month starts I create a bigger page with that month frame.
The frames uses both the knife and the Sketch pens from Silhouette.

Polaroid frames for Silhouette

I have split the file in two, so you will find six month in each file.
In the Zip-file you find:
2 files fore Silhouette Studio (V3)
2 images that shows what easch file contains
1 Read Me.pdf. It’s important that you read this file. I don’t have many rules, but I want you to follow the ones I have.

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Polaroid frames for Silhouette Studio

 

Challenge in Blue, Red, Yellow and White

Just in time for Midsummer, I participated in a challenge on Facebook. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the rules, but I think it was:
Using the colors blue, yellow, red and white (or if it was green)
Two handmade strawberry
The text Glad Midsommar (Happy Midsummer)
A little more advanced folding

Card - Happy Midsummer

I chose to do a Criss Cross card in a little more elongated version than the square.
The card body is light blue Cardstock and the Patterned paper are from a 6×6” paper pad from Maja Design.

Card - Happy Midsummer

Around the card runs a red ribbon with red swirls. I have done my strawberries with shrink plastic that I’ve colored with ProMarker (Berry Red, Black) before I shrank it.

Card - Happy Midsummer

My image comes from Far Far Hill and one of the kits with Pin-Ups. It was a good substitute when I didn’t had the inspiration to color my own.

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There’s room for a greeting on the big tag that’s made of blue and white cardstock and decorated with lace, bow and my second strawberry.

Material list

More pages to my PL-binder

This isn’t going fast. I get stuck with everything pretty you to do with PL. I can sit for hours on Pinterest and look for ideas if I didn’t watch my self.
I have created a new board where I collect things that I like to do with the PL, especially Sn@p because I use one of there binders.
Project Life - Januaris Titel page
I have mentioned that I worked some with my own cutting files to PL, This Polaroid frame are one of those. They will come up here in the blog at the end of this week I hope, or maybe later tonight 🙂
This is the first page for January. I used cardstock, patterned paper, a little bling and my Silhouette. January is written with Silhouette Sketch Pen.
I’ve done the little calendar in two variants. One with the month printed and one without (the one I have used here). They will also come here in the blog, I just have to find time to make all months :). The calender will go from Monday to Sunday.
Project Life - Januari Polaroid frame
The frame is like a Polaroid, and you might as well put a picture in it.
I’ve printed the calendar on cardstock and then filled in a bit about what happened during the month, including the coldest day. Where it became very empty, I put a piece washi tape as little decoration.
Project Life - Hole page Januari
The back of the title page became a small Layout. It’s fun to mix in all possible techniques in this. I used a cardstock as base and put lace on the edges. I’ve made the small journaling card, including a digital paper from Peppermint Creative, the series is called Frozen Slush. I’m sorry I can not share it with you all. Around my photos you find a narrow edge with glitter glue.
Project Life - June Titel page
June has also got a title page. I jump wildly between months when I’m doing this. I pick a picture I have inspiration on right then and go on.
The page’s done in the same way as January’s title page. The border is the strip on the edge of the paper I have used.
Project Life - June Polaroid Frame

Material List:

Get started with Instagram – Part 4

Time for some details about Instagram. I intend to go through what a hashtag is and how it works, how you change your profile picture and a lot more.

Shortcuts section

Search for a person, a tag or a place
Make a call out to a person
Tag a person in an image (and how it looks when you get tagged?)
I wrote something wrong or I want to delete the image, how do I do it?
Comments and Likes
Use a Hashtag (#)
Change Profile Picture

Start the app and go to your profile (the Man in the lower right corner)

We start with a small overview of a few buttons
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I will
quickly go through these four buttons that you see just above your photos on your profile.
Square – Viewing your images in rows of three each.
The stripes – Viewing your images the way they appear in feeds. One by one straight down with the comments.
Pushpin – Showing a map where you can see where your photos are taken, depending on whether you are using the Photo Map or not (See Part 3 for more information about Photo Map).
The painting Here you find the pictures which you have been tagged
in.


Search for
a person, a tag or a place

Before we begin with a call out or anything else, it’s good if you follow someone. You can follow me if you want to; miensdotorg. You can safely do this without following precisely me, you may already follow a lot of accounts that you can send a shout to 🙂
To find me it’s easiest to do a search.

Search

Click on the magnifying glass at the bottom of Instagram. Then type in what you are looking for. You can choose Top, which brings up the most popular result on that keyword, or  you can look for a person, tag (hashtag) or a location.
As you can see in this picture, I’ve searched the top because I got a good hit at once. Its me who are the top one 🙂.
Don’t look to much at the picture, look for the correct account name instead. There is a possibility that I changed my profile picture after this screenshot was taken.

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Click on my name (miensdororg) and you will come to my account. There you can easily follow me by clicking on the large button that says Follow.


Make
a call out to a person

Now that you are following at least one person, we try to make a call out.
Select the image you want to upload, and do exactly as in Part 2, but stop when you typing your text to the image.

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To get a list of names, you must follow the person you want to call out to. Otherwise, it’s good if you know the full Instagram name. I follow Kit & Clowder and can therefore invoke that account here.
Start by writing the @-symbol, then type the first few characters of the name and it should come up in the list. Select the account you want to call out to, and then make your picture ready (continue writing text or click on the check mark).

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The person you did the call out to will get a message on his account that you mentioned her or him.


Tag
a person in an image (and how it looks when you get tagged?)

Now that we‘re at it we can tag a person in a picture too. This is most common on photos with people. I have chosen a picture of something I crafted, I don’t want to shoe people with their account name here.

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Add a picture and type in your text. Then click Tag People before you click the check mark in the upper right corner.

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You see your picture in a larger format and can tap on it. Click on the face (in my case the paw) that you want to tag. (I clicked on the left paw).

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Start typing the name of the person you want to tag and you will get a list that you can choose from. Click on the correct name.

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My left paw has received a tag. Do you want to add more people, click the next face and type the name. Click on the blue tick mark when you are finished.

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This is how it look when you are tagged in a picture (when you click on the button with the painting, see the top of this post). Click on the image to see who else are tagged in it. You can tag yourself in a photo (which I did here) if you want.


I wrote
something wrong or I want to delete the image, how do I do it?

Sometimes you are in a bit of a hurry and write wrong or forgetting to mention something before you  send the image. Then it can be good to go in and do some changes. You can change the text, make a call out or add a hashtag. You can also tag a person. You can only edit your own pictures.
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When you look at photos in the feed or on your own profile you’ll see three small dots to the right of the comments. This is a small menu that you can click at.
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In this menu, you can select Edit. Select Delete to delete the image from your account. Click on edit, we will change the text to the image. (you don’t have to change anything, but click the edit in any case so that you can see how it looks.)
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Change the text or tag a person, and then click the check mark in the upper right corner.


Comments and
Likes

It’s not difficult to comment on a photo or like a photo on Instagram.
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If you look just below the image you’ll see a heart and a balloon. Click on the balloon and you can comment on the image. You can make call outs and use a hashtag as usual in a comment (for the hashtag, see the next section).
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To like a picture, you can either click on the heart below the image, or double-click on the image itself. You will see a transparent heart on the image that disappear pretty fast. When the heart under the picture is red, you liked that picture. To remove your like, click the heart again.


Use
a Hashtag (#)

When you use a hashtag you can say that bookmark an photo. You write you hashtag in you text to the photo and it becomes a link.
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When you click on such a link you will see all images with that hashtag. (there are not that many pictures with #miensdotorg, but feel free to use the tag if you want to try 🙂) If you choose to share your picture on Facebook or anywhere else where the hashtags works the hashtag follows with your text.
There are hashtags for almost anything, and if it doesn’t exist, it creates when you use it. Be nice to your followers and don’t tag every word in your text. #It #Becomes # Very # Tiresome # To #Read. Large and small letters have no meaning in your tag, but can make it easier to read. #MiensDotOrg is easier to read than #miensdotorg. You can’t use spaces, dashes or other characters in your hashtag.
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Try not to overuse tags, but if you want to use many tags it is better to write your text in plain text and write all tags at the end.


Change
Profile Picture

Sometimes you want have a new profile picture. You may have a better picture of your self, or you want to celebrate something special.
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Go to your profile and click on your image. You will then see a menu where you can choose how you want to change the image. I have chosen to take a picture from my archive (Choose from Library).
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Place the image as you want it, and then click the check mark. You have a new profile picture.

Get started with Instagram – Part 3

I should have written this part as Part 2, but it’s more fun to get going instead of looking at a lot of settings, right?
In this part I will show you the usual settings and how to pair your Instagram account with your Facebook account and other social media.
Some of these settings may be different if you use an iPhone or iPad. Make your settings the way you used to, which you usually don’t do directly in the app like I show you here.
Launch the app and go to your profile (the Man at the bottom right)
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In the upper right corner you will see three dots. Clicking on these will take you to the Options where you can do some settings. Click there to get started.
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If you chose Instagram not to check your Facebook account for friends when you created your account, you have the opportunity to do this below Follow People. You can also check your contacts here. When you do this, you get a list of people who have accounts in both places and you can choose which ones you want to follow.
Below Account you can adjust your account. Here you can edit the profile (we will return to this), change password etc. You can also make your account private, just drag the slider to the right. A private account means that your photos do not appear in searches. You also accept those who want to follow you.
Please note:
Your account will not be a secret. If someone who has an open account like one of your images, that image will appear when someone else is looking at the liked pictures. Therefore, think before you upload a very private photo on Instagram. You can never be sure that they do not spread. (This is true all over the Internet!)

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Scroll down, you will find more Settings. We will return to the option Linked Accounts and look instead at Puch Notifications. Click here and you get a lot of options, see image below.
Under Camera, you choose if you want good or a little worse quality of your images. As long as you don’t have a very bad connection, I think you can have it on HighQuality.
The rest of the settings depend so much on what phone you use and how you use it so I leave them totally open. Generally, you can leave it as it is.
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I can’t go thru everything here in Notifications, it is not so difficult to choose how you want your phone to tell you what happens. Personally, I have everything on From Everyone, but it is because I have an open account and it’s an easy way to keep track of what happens. I have not very much traffic, so it’s fun to see at once when anyone has commented on one of my pictures. Do you have an account with many followers, it may be more comfortable to turn off notifications. It is perhaps easier for you to go into your account and see what has happened over having the phone vibrate in your pocket all the time.
You can always go back here and make changes when you notice that it’s working or not.
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If you now scroll back up to the Linked Account (below Settings) we will connect your Instagram with your Facebook (you can choose any account, just follow the instructions that appear on the screen).
Start by clicking on Facebook. The text will turn blue and you receive a blue check mark to the right. Click on the text again to get a new screen. If you do not have Facebook on your phone, then Instagram will ask for more specific information. Here I assume that the account already are on the phone.
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After you click OK, you can always change your mind. Select Unlink and the pairing is removed and you only show your pictures on Instagram. (these settings are accessed by going to the Linked Account, and then click the account you want to disconnect).
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If you go back a step and instead go into the Edit Profile (under Accounts) you can fill in some information about yourself. This is seen when someone goes in and looks at your account. There is nothing you have to fill in, but it is a good idea if you want to distribute or refer to your blog or website.
We start from the top, all these settings can be changed whenever you want. However, I recommend that you do not change the top two too often. This will only confuse your followers.
The little advertisement board – This is your username, it does not appear out in the flow, just on your profile.
Man – This is your name on Instagram. It is visible in the flow, and if want someone to give you a shout they use this name.
The Globe– the address of your web site, blog, or whatever you want, on the internet. The address must be a correct web address and end in .org / .org / .com / or anything else.
Quotes – Here you can write a short text about you, your website or your Instagram. Simply what you  want.
It’s completely up to you whether you want to fill in private information. The email address is the same as when you registered the account.
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This is how does look when everything is completed and anyone looking at your profile. The name in the blue bar at the top is your name in Instagram (man).

There you go, now you have come a bit further with your Instagram account. In the next part we focus on fun things like changing the profile image, how to give someone a shout and how to use a hashtag.

Get started with Instagram – Part 2

Now that your account on Instagram is registered you may want to post your own pictures and find more people to follow?
We start here with uploading your own picture. Make sure you have an image on your phone or tablet that you feel you can add up.

Start the app Instagram

On the following pictures you will see three buttons that’s on my tablet, they have nothing to do with Instagram so just ignore them 🙂

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Let’s begin with some more buttons. Along the bottom are four buttons. I describe them left to right.
1. House. This is your flow, here you will find all the pictures that the people you follow have published.
2. The magnifying glass. Do you want to search for a person or a hashtag? Search here.
3. Camera. Click here to upload a picture to your Instagram account.
4. Balloon. When someone likes one of your photos, comments on one of your photos or mentions you in a comment, you see it here.
5. Man. This is your profile. Here you can change your profile, view your own pictures and changing settings.

Now click on the camera, so we can put a photo on your Instagram.

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The big picture is the image that is selected, below you’ll find the pictures that are on your phone or tablet. If you want to use an image stored on Dropbox, Google Photos or another cloud service, you must first download the image to your phone or tablet.
Under the pictures you have three options. Gallery showing pictures, Photo lets you take a photo right away and Video let you shoot a video instantly.
Let it stand at the Gallery and select an image you want to upload. Instagram using a format that is square. If your image is elongated, which is most common, you can move the image to get what you want in focus in the middle. Move around your image a bit to see how it looks. Click on the blue arrow at top right to get on when you are finished.

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Now you are
in the Edit, if you want to change the image, click the arrow at the upper left.
Here you can change the light in your image, go on and experiment with some different options.
Click your way around and see what happens to your image. Between your selected picture and the different options you have three buttons. On these you can change different things. Try it out so that you feel at home. When you are satisfied with your image, click on the blue arrow to the right.

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Now you see your image as a tiny thumbnail and it’s time to write a small text to it. You type the text as usual with the keyboard that appears on the screen when you click on the Write a Caption
There are some options here too.
Tag people Here you can tag people in the picture you put up, just as you can tag people in photos on Facebook. Chose this and
click on the face of the right person and enter their name.
Add to Photo Map Here you can specify where the picture was taken (or where you are located). You can specify both a real place (New York) or a custom location (My crafting table). Drag the slider to the right to activate it or to the left to turn it off. Type in the place you want under the slide.
Share Select where you want your image with text to appear in addition to Instagram. Right now you can not choose anything at all, because you have not paired Instagram with any other service yet.

If you look at the upper part of the screen you’ll see that you can choose two options here. Followers are selected by default, then all those who follow you see your picture. If instead you want to send an picture directly to a person, choose Direct. There you can select who should get the picture.

Are you ready to send your picture? If so, click on the blue check mark top right.

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As soon as Instagram is finished your image is in your flow and the flow of all who follows you.

The next step is to check on some settings.