Monday, August 14, 2017

25 Back to School Photo Ideas

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One of my favorite things about the back to school season is seeing all of the creative ways that my friends celebrate the first day of school with their kiddos. There are so many ingenious ways to commemorate the back to school season. Here are some examples of memorable first day of school photos.
So many creative mommas out there. Here are what they've come up with...
Paint a chalkboard number and use it as a photo prop.
Create chalk art that depicts what grade your child is going into.
Take a first Day of School picture using this printable.
Take a picture of the first and last days of school to compare the changes in your child.
Grab a shot of your kiddo under the school's marquee.

Grab these photo booth printables and have a fun, impromptu photo shoot.
Don't focus all your photos on faces, take a few shots of the elements of the first day.
Set some extra room in your picture and add important stats about your child.
Take a pic with this chalkboard background and ruler height measurer. I'm in love with this!
Snag a photo of your child holding a picture of themselves on the first day of school last year.
Make funny signs for your child to hold during the first day.
Grab some props and create a "bookworm" photo shoot.
Take a picture of your kiddo with their bestie or sibling on the school playground.
Draw out a large picture of your child's grade and have them pose in it.
Skip the typical and go for an authentic photo shoot that captures your child's spirit.
Create a chalkboard with your child's name, grade, and other important stats.
If you can't take a picture of your child in their classroom, snap a photo of their backpack.
Have your child write their name (as best they can) and take a picture of them with it.
Capture your little (or not so little) one walking down the hall towards their classroom.
Multiple kiddos? Label the stairs with their grades for a group shot.

Take a picture of your kiddo in front of a school bus with a handwritten sign of the school year.
Grab a shot of your child before and after their first day.
Line up multiple kids in height order and take a picture. Interesting how the order may change.
Make a t-shirt with your child's graduation year on it and snap a picture of them in it every year.

How do you capture your child's first day back to school?

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

First Day of School Signs for Kids {free printable}

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The first day of school is fast approaching. I always love to see pictures on Facebook of my friend's children headed off for their first day of school every year. There are so many cute back to school photo ideas out there. Last year, I created a First Day printable and it was a huge hit. So I decided to make them again this year.

The first day of school pictures are some of the most treasured for many parents. Get other first day of school picture ideas here. I love taking them of my kiddos and seeing those shared by my friends on Facebook. It's always such a joyful occurrence to see how kiddos grow from year to year. It definitely adds a bright spot to my social media feeds.
Below you can find the link for my free printable first day of school signs. I made sure to cover all the grades, even transitional kindergarten (this seems to be a much skipped over milestone for some kiddos). I've also included the titles of the high school classes instead of just grade number. Use whichever you prefer.
All you have to do to get the sign, is go to the link below and save the file. Then you simply print the page(s) that you need. You can print on regular paper or on cardstock. I've also seen people print and put them in frames for their children to hold.

If you happen to use these signs and share them on social media, I'd love it if you tagged me or used the hashtag #crayonfreckles so I can see. That's where the joy is for me.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

How to Turn an Old Picture Frame into a Cute Photo Holder

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I've had this tigerwood picture frame for years. It was originally my great-grandma's. An oil painting of her as a young woman used to be in it.  I've always wanted to do something with it so that it could be within my view everyday. Finally, it came to me.  I decided to convert it into a shabby chic, but ultra cute photo holder. Find out how I did it below!

What you'll need:
An old picture frame
Fabric scraps
Hot glue gun
Chicken wire (and wire cutters/tin snips)
Staple gun

I had some leftover fabric from a previous craft, so I cut it into 1.5 inch strips. Then I wrapped it around the frame several times, to make 3 inch sections. To preserve the integrity of the frame, I glued the fabric to itself. That way the frame could remain unmarred in case I want to do something else with it in the future. 

I didn't follow a set pattern in putting on the fabric because I didn't want to worry about it being symmetrical.

Once done, I nailed in a toothed picture hanger into the back.

The last step was to add the chicken wire. Using tin snips, I cut out a piece and stapled it to the back with a staple gun.

I am sooooo in love with the finished project. I used wooden clothespins to fasten some of my favorite square pictures to the chicken wire. I think I may get some mini clothespins so that they aren't so prominent.
This old picture frame project adds such a charm to our master bedroom. It's also incredible to wake up to something of my dear Gram's every single day.

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