Thank you to Carter's for sponsoring this fun post! Every year we try to come up with the best and cutest ways to capture exactly what our kids are thankful for at each age. With chalkboard signs and art being such a big thing this year, I thought it would be fun to make a chalk thankful wall outside. This way we can take a picture and put it in a scrap book every year. It will be so fun to go back and flip through the book to see how their ideas change and they grow.
There's only one problem. I'm not a chalk artist.
But, I do know of a great photo editing website that can make it look like my chalk skills are up to par. Here's how to get the effect with your laptop and no chalk.
Step 1: Take a photo of your child against a brick, concrete, cement wall. Make sure your subject is towards the end of the frame so you will have room to write your message. If you have a Madeline, this can be more difficult than it seems. We have a lot of outtakes!
Step 2: Upload your photo to PicMonkey. Under 'overlays' select your favorite banner or label. After you select the color, go to 'Blend Mode' and select 'Add.' That gives the effect of your brick or texture showing through the background.
Step 3: Have your child tell you everything they are thankful for and start typing the list in the photo. I like the 'School U' theme because it has preselected chalk board style fonts selected. Pick your favorite colors and fonts to coordinate with your background and your child's outfit. Above Madeline is dressed in a cozy fleece lined vest, hooded tunic and black fleece pants. It's easy for her to pull looks together in the chilly months because girls fleece pants match effortlessly with Carter’s winter tunics and tops. Fleece pants are super soft and perfect for playtime. Have a little guy? He will be sporty and stylish in a striped boys fleece hoodie.
Step 4: Admire your work and then print or share your image! Like I mentioned, I am going to do this every year to create a memory book for the kids. You can tell what's on Madeline's brain these days. Santa and presents are all of the talk at preschool. We've also been talking a ton about our new baby coming this March and "Sissy," what she calls her big sister is always at the top of her list.
This idea is also fun for a holiday wish list, birthday or any fun milestone.
How do you commemorate what your kids are thankful for each year?
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