My mom knew that I was making it for my dad. But it seemed a shame to leave mom out. And we really needed to take advantage of all 8 of them being together. So when she wasn't looking, I snuck in a letter m.
I really liked the black and white, but black and white pictures aren't her favorite. So I went with some color for her.
I was going to buy letters, but the only ones I could find were almost $3 each. I just found a font I liked on the computer, printed them out really big, then traced them onto white posterboard and cut them out. It worked perfectly. I wrote the names and ages on the pictures at Picnik.com. I got them printed at ScrapbookPictures.com because they have such a variety of sizes you can order. These are 3 x 3.
A few of you have mentioned wanting to do this project.
So here's a couple things I learned...
* think about how big the pictures will be and make sure your kids hold the letters close enough to their face. I had to cut off a couple heads in order to see enough of the letter to know what it is (g, d, m/p) I was thinking 4 x 6 prints when I took the pictures, but that would have ended up being huge. 3 x 3 was perfect, I thought.
* if your letters are white, make sure no one is wearing a white shirt. I had to outline my first a so that you could see it.
In all of Lawson's pictures, he was holding the n too low. I would have had to cut off a lot of his head in order to be able to see the letter. But I thought this pose was appropriate for my ornery little guy...
Put a thin coat of Modge Podge on the back of each picture to glue them down. I was too lazy to measure anything, so I just eyeballed them all. Then cover the whole thing with another coat of Modge Podge. I made sure to get plenty of the Modge Podge in the little strip between each of the pictures. It looks just like glue, but it will dry clear, I promise.
Happy birthday to one of the best grandmas around...
And for all you crazy people who thought I was going to say I'm pregnant... NO!
I'm pretty sure God wants me to keep what little sanity I have left.
And I can't imagine a sweeter baby than Gretchen. (except for this whole not sleeping/eating thing lately. That's a bit annoying.)
3 is perfect for us. :)