Love her with all my heart! xx
I just LOVE this image of my beautiful girl….she was actually looking at a bird – she LOVES ‘birdies’. I captured her special excitement at just the right time…then with a few little apps, I created some ‘MAGIC’. Children really do see the magic in everything, it’s just so wonderful to watch…we could really learn from them.
How to make your own Mother’s Day themed Canvas
Jenni and I both love taking pictures of our kids – we are certified ‘Mamarazzi’ lol.
We started doing this a few years ago with the kids – making signs and getting the kids to pose to make Mother’s and Father’s day gifts. It’s now evolved to include making them into an awesome Canvas.
The Photo Shoot –
What you’ll need is some regular black cardstock and some white paint (unless you are lucky enough to have a chalkboard at your disposal). We painted each word onto the cardstock, you can reverse them and fit two words on one piece. I also made a sign for their Grandmother’s – (Granty & Nan).
Then we headed to our favourite picnic spot to have the ‘photo shoot’. I have to admit it was not easy to get my 1 year old son to sit still long enough to get a good shot. That’s the beauty of using a multi frame app as you can arrange the pics to include ‘hopefully’ one good shot of each child ;).
Hints and tips for getting good shots-
Technically – try to find a nice well lit spot where there isn’t too much shadow or full sunlight on your ‘subject’…the best time is a few hours after sunrise or a few hours before sunset. I was unable to take these at that time so I found a nice shaded area that still had some nice lighting.
You can always use a reflective car visor to reflect some extra light onto your ‘subject’.
Use photography aids –
Use one of these Camera Buddies – especially if you have younger aged children. My son gets mesmerised by their googley eyes and therefore I can usually sneak a couple of good pics with him looking at the camera.
Another great aid is a simple feather duster to tickle the kids with.
Dressing your children is important – what looks best on them? Brings out their eyes? You also probably want to keep the clothing simple and comfortable. This is a photo you want to have hanging forEVER so make sure the kids are dressed in something you will like the look of for a long time;).
Try to capture a special ‘moment’ – DON’T ask for ‘Cheese’
Ask your kids to tell you a funny story, or in this case I asked Miss M what she loved doing with her Mummy, Granty and Nan. All of my favorite photos of my kids are when they are naturally smiling NOT when they’re being forced to ‘say cheese’.
Last but not least – Make it fun!
Be prepared with all the above and try to relax and enjoy some family time together. Don’t let the shoot drag on too long and try to time it when the kids aren’t hungry or tired.
The editing process –
I don’t like to spend hours editing photos…I find some of my best editing is done on my iPhone or iPad.
I used ‘PicFrame’ to place the photos into the collage. This is such a simple app to use and has a huge number of different layouts to choose from.
I then used ‘iDarkroom’ to edit the filters, black & white, cross processed, Faded, Sepia etc. iDarkroom link . Find the link here.
Lastly I wanted to add the date ‘2013’ – for this I used the app ‘Over’. Find the link for that here.
Making the Canvas
Because PicFrame makes a square image I needed a square canvas – I found some nice flat ones that were 8” x 8” in a pack of 2 for $2.50 at our local discount store – BARGAIN!!
I printed each finished collage onto some Matt Photo Paper using my home printer then cut them out.
My little assistant (Miss M) then applied a layer of Mod Podge before I placed each print ‘roughly’ in the centre. Miss M then applied one final layer of Mod Podge to seal the photo and the canvas.
Then you just need to allow them to dry.
These make a great gift and look beautiful hanging on a wall or placed on an easel. It also makes for a lovely family tradition to do each year.
PS. I thought you might get a giggle from these ‘Out Cuts’…things don’t always run to plan ;).
These are so effective and very easy to do. We had done something very similiar to these for Valentines Day where we had the kids ‘hold’ a chocolate rose. Everyone who received one of these special cards just loved them. (http://pagingfunmums.com/2013/02/11/diy-valentines-day-card-for-kids-jen-lou/). We got our inspiration for this one from ‘Rachel Richter Photography”. Such a cute idea!
We just wrote the Happy Easter in chalk on a blank wall, got the kids to stand in front of it with their hands out then took their photo (aren’t they just the best little actors!).
Then print the photo & add on your chick!
You could also add a little Easter Egg too!
I had the pleasure of having Louise’s little Miss M over for a playdate with my Master L this afternoon! It had been raining so I wanted to do something FUN indoors. I made these very easy & very cute Masks/Props. The kids looked so adorable with them & we had fun hosting our very own photo shoot! These are also great for parties, weddings, hen’s nights etc. I did some Easter themed bunny faces & a few others for their entertainment.
All you will need is
White Card Stock
Pink glitter card stock (could use red or colour in white card stock)
Paddle pop or long Lolly Pop Sticks
Black Permanent Marker
Using your glue gun, add a large dob of glue to the top middle of your paddle pop stick. Glue the first two pipe cleaners in a cross formation, then glue the third straight across the middle.
Add a large cotton ball over the middle for your nose & that’s all folks!
For the others, it’s just a matter of drawing what you want. I did a moustache, lips, & glasses. Cut them out & glue gun them to your sticks!
Super Easy! Enjoy! Jenni x
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Give a Girl the right Shoes and she can conquer the World!
I had seen a very similar pic to this on Pinterest and HAD to do it! After having a little boy first, I was amazed to see the differences with my little girl. She definitely likes all things girly. She tries on my shoes, gets out my handbags, plays princess dress ups and LOVES anything sparkly! It just seems to be the girly code of life…to which I have become rather accustom to!
These are so easy to make & look so adorable!
We did was draw some hearts with chalk for the background (optional)
Then the kiddies stand in front of the background with their little fists out! (make sure you get them to do it to the side so the lollypop doesn’t cover their face!).
Don’t you just love their little poses!
Now print off the pictures.
Then pierce two holes, one above and one below their fist, then thread your choice of Valentine’s delight through. We found these really cute Chocolate Roses & Lollypop Hearts! Give it a try, you’d be surprised how easy and how effective these are! They will be sure to melt the heart of any loved one!
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We, here at Paging Fun Mums, just love Australia Day! It’s a day for celebrating this amazing country we are blessed to live in. It’s a day to hit the beach, throw a snag on the barbie, don some Australian attire (thongs are essential) and be grateful in knowing that we live in the best country in the world. We have beautiful beaches, amazing food, fantastic sport, friendly people and we live in the best place to raise happy and healthy children!
I was raised safe in the knowledge of all of the above and I am raising my children to be the same! To learn just how very lucky they are to be an Australian and to understand the amount of opportunity they have and to never take it for granted. I’m so proud to be an Aussie, Aussie, Aussie…Oi, Oi, Oi!
Louise & I have (once again) hit the pavement and had some fun with chalk. I hope you enjoy our photos and perhaps you might give something similiar a go! Louise also took some beautiful shots of Little Miss M wearing an Aussie Sombrero! Such a gorgeous little tike! We’d love to hear why you love being Australian & perhaps let us know what you’ll be doing to celebrate this January 26th. Have fun!! Jenni x
We took to the street again this week for some more Chalk Fun! With New Years Eve right around the corner, we thought this would be a great inspiration! We had the idea to dress up the kiddies in formal attire to make it look as though they were heading out to a fancy New Years Eve Ball! An old Suit and Bridesmaid Dress did just the trick! We then hit the $2 store for some party gear – party hats, sun glasses, gloves, and of course party whistles and horns! The kids loved dressing up – don’t they all! They just looked so adorable in their giant clothes! I think we managed to wake a few neighbours with the blowing of the horns & whistles too!
There are so many fun activities to do with the kids on New Years Eve! Why not try making your own party poppers? Just take some toilet paper tubes, fill them with confetti, glitter and little lollies (if you wish), wrap them in tissue paper, tie off each end with a ribbon and voila personalised party poppers! (you might want to do this little activity outside ; )
Another nice idea is to create a ‘Time Capsule’…this activity would involve kids of an older age – I’d say from about 6 onward. Get all the family together and fill a shoebox or Mason Jar with photos, drawings, art work etc that represented your highlights for the past year. You could even add a list of ‘favourite’ things for each child. For example: favourite song, favourite food, favourite toy. They can then look back each year and see how their taste has changed.
It’s also nice to ask each child what their New Years Resolution is! They might want to conquer writing their name, or climbing that big mountain, or learning to ride a bike. It’s lovely for them to have a goal and to accomplish it!
We wish you all a very Happy New Year from us here at Paging Fun Mums!
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