Tips and Tricks for Creative Instagram Stories
We’re a huge fan of Instagram stories over here at Mint & Maple. Not only is it a fun way to share moments and messages, but it’s also a great way to express your creativity! One reason in particular why we believe Insta-Stories are the best is the fact that it’s essentially a blank canvas and Instagram has given loads of tools to use - some you might not even be aware of. Here are some of our tricks for boosting your insta-story game!
-Utilize the Entire Color Wheel-
Instagram has provided great basic colors to work with but did you know that you can access the entire color wheel? Simply hold your finger down on one of the colors and slide it around once the color wheel pops up. You can also swipe left to access more colors. There are millions of colors at the tips of your fingers, creating endless possibilities for an awesome color scheme.
-Create Solid Background-
Sometimes, instead of posting a photo, you need a solid background to draw or type on. First, take a photo. Then, as before, pick any color you’d like from the paint tool. Finally, hold your finger down on photo and the color will cover the screen. From there, you can doodle to your heart’s content and the solid background will help your artwork stand out!
-Use All the Fonts-
Mix and match! Use multiple fonts to emphasize certain messages or just to create a cool, fun effect. Layering fonts is also a really great way to add a little something extra to your text.
-Stickers and Gifs!-
To access these two features, click the square smiley face in the top right corner. We love this lil square smiley because it’s a treasure chest of goodies. Add a location while you’re traveling or tag a friend while you’re together. GIFs are so fun to play with because you can search whatever is on your mind and so many options pop up -- anything from flowers to dancing to celebration to love!
-Use All the Tools-
One of our favorite things to do is to add fun doodles to our photos! We challenge you to experiment by layering colors and textures with the endless options. Use colors you don't normally choose or try changing the size of your brush. What if you only use the same color scheme all week? This could be a really fun way to make cohesive stories that you can add to your highlights.
-Save and Upload Multiple Frames-
A great way we love sharing news or asking questions is by uploading multiple frames because it makes the story more interactive and engaging. As you’re using all of the fun tips from above, click the save button in the bottom left corner for each frame and add a new element with each post. We love doing this because it keeps things interesting and adds emphasis to the most important part of the story!
-Use the Poll Tool to Your Advantage-
Conducting a poll on instagram can be really fun and interesting because you get to see your friends response to your questions. The “poll” option is located under stickers. You can use polls to be funny, answer any burning questions or conduct little experiments with them! We love this feature because it is a really cool way to interact with friends and get something accomplished at the same time.
Be creative with Instagram! Even social media can equip you to live creativity, you just have to let it! The best way to learn is to have fun with it and experiment with what works best. We can’t wait to see how you use these tips!