Homemade Personalised Photos

Homemade Personalised Photos

Here's a really simple way to make a unique and treasured gift for the loved ones in your family - homemade personalised photos.

All you need is:

  • A computer (with a printer)
  • A camera
  • A piece of cardboard

As it was Daddy's birthday recently, we decided to make him a collection of photos detailing "10 Reasons We Love Daddy!"

Homemade Personalised Photos

We began by cutting out a huge heart shape from some recycled cardboard. While we made a heart-shape, you could do any shape. For example, you could use a speech bubble shape.

Note: We found a piece of very strong cardboard. If you have 'gentle' children, you'll probably get away with a lighter piece of cardboard. When working with our two energetic boys ... well, let's just say I was glad the cardboard was sturdy as it took a bit of knocking as it was flapped and carried around.

Homemade Personalised Photos

Next, the camera came out and we took a whole pile of photos of the boys in different poses. The idea was for them to hold the heart up so that there was a flat surface facing the camera.

Homemade Personalised Photos

As I'm definitely no photographer, I had to take a zillion photos in order to obtain enough in which both boys were fully featured ... i.e., full bodies as opposed to feet only or elbows, etc. As I said, my photography skills are still developing.

Homemade Personalised Photos

Finally, we used a photo editing programme to add in some text. (If you don't have a photo editing programme, you could always just print the photos and write the text in by hand ... or better yet, encourage your child to help with some of the writing!)

In this case, the text typed into the different photos were the words that the boys gave me to write down. This is where asking open-ended questions works really well.

Homemade Personalised Photos

The text was positioned over the top of the heart.

By the end of the project, we had ten homemade personalised photos with ten reasons which we printed and stapled together with a cardboard cover.

The result was a booklet to be treasured. I know I'd love to receive one of these (... hint, hint Daddy!).

So guess what the relatives are going to be getting for their birthdays this year!

Do you make homemade personalised gifts with photos? I'd love to hear about them.

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