I love seeing my friends kids grow up and move on to the next grade. I like to see how others get creative with their pictures. This year I wanted to do the same for my kids.
I contemplated how I was going to do this. I searched online and found printable templates that had the look I was going for. But they cost money. And I did not want to spend any more money than I had to. Being a homeschool family, school is already expensive on its own.
So what is a mom to do? Why create your own printable of course. With the the help of other tech savvy geniuses I was able to create a faux chalkboard printable for FREE!
Here is how. I found a website, www.picmonkey.com, that has several background options and filters, texts, frames, and effects.
Under Themes, I added crayons, glue bottles and other pictures for my back to school theme. I added Overlays to give my printable a finished look.
There are a lot of free options on PicMonkey but some features cost money. I just used the free ones. After I was finished I downloaded it and printed it on cardstock. I was really pleased on how my project turned out and couldn't wait to put it together.
Now, I just needed an adorable frame to put the printables in. What's a thrifty mom to do? Why look around your house of course, see what you got.
I found some old cheap frames that needed to be reloved. I took out the pictures and glass and headed down to my workspace.
I decided to use Annie Sloan Louis Blue chalk paint for this project. The paint went on smooth and dried fast. After two coats I was able to distress the edges with sandpaper and apply clear wax for a finished look. After a few hours of drying the frames were ready.
I placed the printable in the frame. I didn't want glare from the glass in the pictures, but I needed the glass to fill in the empty space in the picture frame, so I placed the glass behind the printable.
Now the hard part.
Getting three children dressed and smiling... and sitting still for photographs. Is it possible?
Here are the results.
|Joy Roesch - Third Grade 2016-2017|
|Jonathan Roesch - Second Grade 2016-2017|
|Joshua Roesch - Two Years Old|
After several shots, three cranky children, and two stressed parents, my back to school picture project was complete. Thanks to my talented husband and his gift of photography, I was able to get these three pictures of my lovely children.
Happy Back to School!