It’s Monday! That means it’s time for Making It Monday. Some weeks the crafts will be super simple, some times they’ll be a bit more complex, and sometimes they’ll be perfect for toddler participation. Regardless you can be sure that you’ll always find something adorable with instructions so easy to follow that even the craft-challenged will be able to replicate the project in their own home – promise!
For the longest time I have been ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the adorable birth statistic prints I have seen on numerous websites, but being the frugal mama I am I just couldn’t justify spending a lot of money on one. I had contemplated making one myself, but I’m definitely not a graphic designer and figured it would just be too difficult to do myself. But guess what. I decided to give it a shot and I am so glad I did because it turned out great.
Materials & Supplies:
8.5”x11” White Cardstock, Ink Pad, 8”x10” Picture Frame, Computer with Paint Program, and Color Printer
1.) I used my computers paint program to make Willow’s name and birth statistics. You could use any program, but for those that are graphic design illiterate (like me) this worked wonderfully. I resized my work area to fit the cardstock and began playing around with fonts and colors. To get the vertical text I first made the text horizontally, selected it, and rotated right. Each name or statistic was a separate text box.
2.) Next I loaded the white cardstock into my printer and made about six copies because I was sure we wouldn’t get it right on the first shot.
3.) I patted the ink pad onto the bottom of Willow’s feet and made the prints… and made the prints… and made the prints… one foot at a time. Yes, it took numerous tries to get them right – babies aren’t the best at cooperating with craft projects, hehe. When we were all done I used a baby wipe to remove the ink from her feet.
4.) I then used the glass from the picture frame as a template to cut the paper down to the 8”x10” size I needed to fit in the frame. I reassembled the frame and sat it on top of Willow’s dresser or you could also hang it.
I really wish I would have decided to try this a long time ago when Willow was brand new, but even at 8 months her feet are still relatively tiny and I am very happy with how my print turned out. I have thought about scanning the hospital prints into my computer and manipulating the color to match my words, but I prefer the real prints. Though I may do that for my older girls so they have their own as well. And as always be sure to check out my other Making It Monday posts for more craft fun.