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Winter Activity #5 - Shoot an I Love You Photo Collage

By February 6, 2013

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Just in time for Valentine's Day, this week's winter activity lets the whole family get creative to shoot an "I Love You" photo collage. It's a great gift for grandparents, but you'll soon see you want to make one for yourself too. These step-by-step instructions show you how to make a unique collage.

A picture of an I Love You photo collage
Get creative with the camera and the kids this week.
Photo © Apryl Duncan
My son was barely 2 when we started creating these for Dad. I printed off the letters in "I Love You" and "Daddy" on 8.5x11 sheets of glossy paper.

This gets the letters to pop in the photo because they come out of the printer shiny. Plus, it makes them more durable than printing the letters on regular paper since little hands will be grabbing them.

Turn on your camera, and snap pictures of the kids with a letter ... in the background, in their hands, etc. You'll need one picture per letter. Use this larger picture of a finished photo collage as a guide.

Photos around the house work great. Take natural shots of the kids playing dolls, but sneak in a letter behind them. Snap shots above them while they color, as one of the letters just happens to be scattered among their coloring pages.

After you've taken all of your shots, it's time to lay them out. Many photo sites have a collage template, or you can design your own.

I used Photoshop to design our collage as an 8x10 photo. I then uploaded the file to Walgreens.com, used a coupon code for a free 8x10 and ordered my photo collage. In an hour, I had the collage in my hands and ready for framing.

It's a fun project that makes a wonderful keepsake. And it's so easy, you can create one each year to show how much the kids have grown.

It's a perfect winter activity for kids that engages their creativity. Just watch them run through the house coming up with ideas on where you should take their picture next!

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