Friday, October 19, 2012

Document your child's milestones the fun way :)

When I first had my son I saw one of those cute pictures on Pinterest of the toddler holding up a chalkboard saying his name, age, weight, & milestones. I thought it was such a cute idea and wanted to do that with Cole from day one... but obviously there is no way to have a newborn hold a chalkboard.

So... I made up my own version using Picasa, Google's photo editing program. I use it for all of my photo editing and really love it, it's free and if you don't have it here is the link:

Below are all of the pictures I've done so far, I was going to stop at 12 months but I kept on going and I just did the 18 month one! I think I'll do it until 2 years old... why not. It's easy.

Here they are from the beginning, and below is the tutorial:

Cute right?

1.  Download Picasa if you haven't already done so.
2.  Upload your picture to Picasa... or search for it on the left hand side bar because Picasa will automatically upload your files.
3.  Double click on whatever image you want to use to open it up.
4.  On the left hand side of the screen you will see the different tabs for editing tools. Click on the tab with the wrench on it, and click the "text" box.
5.  Click anywhere on the picture to start typing in your text.  After you've done so you can choose the font, size, and color on the left hand side. Then you can move the text box around if you would like.
6.  Once you are finished, click "apply", and then at the bottom of the screen click "export". This will allow you to save the photo anywhere on your computer. Start a folder with all of your child's pictures in one place. Upload to Facebook and/or share with friends/family.

I made a collage of all of them just so I could see how much he has changed from the beginning until now... okay I promise I'm not getting choked up.

I did a neat project with these photos for Cole's First Birthday party... I will do another blog post all about that very soon, so stay tuned. :)

Have a fabulous weekend friends!

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