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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Personalized coloring pages

I keep a gift list for friends and family throughout the year. This list gets pulled out as a birthday or Christmas approaches so I can be on the lookout for something my loved ones will really enjoy. I shop throughout the year so that I don't miss out on that perfect gift, and so that I can find the best price. This year I've been keeping a list of craft ideas that I think will work well as gifts. I saw a post recently at lifehacker that stepped through how to turn photos into coloring pages - what a great idea!

I scribbled the idea down in my crafts list...and then last night when I was laying in bed wishing I was asleep, I had an idea - I could take that idea a step further to make personalized coloring pages! I think Sweetpea is still a bit young to really understand and appreciate this idea, but my niece, who is seven, would totally love it. She loves to dress up and has a fabulous imagination. She also loves to draw. I think she would totally adore seeing her own face integrated into various coloring pages, sort of like coloring a version of herself playing dress up!

So I got to work - First, choose a photo that has a face you think will fit well into a coloring page.
This is one of Sweetpea getting her first haircut! She is facing the camera but not quite straight on, which seems to match well with a lot of the coloring pages I was finding.
Next, find a coloring page you like. I found this one at the Crayola site - they have a great selection of free printables!
Next I took my original photo and made it into an ink sketch. You might also try a pencil sketch. Play around with the various setting options to get the look that best blends with your coloring page. Here is what I came up with.
Next use the freehand select option to trace your subject's face out of the original photo. Copy and paste it into the coloring page (in my software that is paste as new layer). Then I integrated the layers by flattening them. I repeated the ink sketch option to further integrate the face into the coloring page and erased the edges of the face. Here is what I came up with:
Little Sweetpea turned astronaut! I plan to make several of these as part of my niece's Christmas gift. I will likely also include some additional art supplies to go along with it.

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Matt - MMwine said...

Ok .. i LOVE this idea! My son has his own blog at 9, and I think he'd LOVE to do this and post it there! I also know that my niece who is also 9 would spend hours coloring in photos of herself!

I will try to google find the link you were talking about, as I'm not very talented, yet, with photo editing software. If you find it, you can toss it over to me via twitter (mmwine) though I'm sure you'll post it here and I'll find it!

Thanks for the GREAT idea and fun post!

T with Honey said...

This is such a cute idea!

Now if you could just dream up an idea just as awesome and inexpensive for the teens I'll be forever in your debt.

Shelly said...

That is such a cute idea! My daughters would love that.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Genius idea!

BPOTW said...

That's such a cool idea! My six-year old loves personalized things (don't all kids) so this will be great for her. And she's all the time asking to print out coloring pages. I'm going to have to give this a try!

Alisha said...

What a great idea! I've been thinking about turning some photos into coloring pages, but I didn't really like the result of just converting the photo. This is a great alternative.

Anonymous said...

If you have girls, there are personalised coloring pages that feature a Princess Teddy Bear at http://princesscoloringpages.blogspot.com - they're called Name Bears and they have names such as Emma, Jessica etc - but also unusual names like Evie and Mia...