Hi Everyone! I’m Sue Purdy from the DIY/Home Decor blog, A Purdy Little House, where I love to create and decorate using as little money as possible. I’m so happy to be here to show you this fun and unique take on a timeless tradition;
The Coloring Book.
With the growing trend of coloring books being used as a stress reliever and creative outlet for adults, I was inspired to create my own version of a coloring book for my family. I absolutely love anything that can be personalized, and came up with the idea of using family photos to create our very own unique coloring book.
I decided that about 25 coloring pages would be a good place to start, giving the kids lots of variety to choose from. I uploaded my photos on to Pic Monkey (which is a free online photo editing site), and then went to the Comic Heroes feature, and switched the photo to Sketch.
Here is what the picture looks like in Sketch format. Perfect for a fun personalized coloring page, right?
I continued until I had 25 pictures of various friends and family (and Queen Elsa), and simply printed them out in black and white. I love this project, since anyone with a printer can do this, and no special skills are required. 🙂
Once all the pages were printed, I created a cover page for my coloring book, which is meant to look like a family photo that is in the mid-stages of being colored. This process can be done using Pic Monkey with adjusting the color settings in Sketch. I also picked up an inexpensive plastic booklet from Staples to protect and house the coloring pages. I opted for this version of booklet, so that the pages could be removed and added back easily. Also, if the kids want to display their picture, they wouldn’t have to tear it out of the book.
Here is the completed coloring book. For the cover page, I added moustaches to all of us, because I like to laugh at myself, and I also like to thoroughly embarrass our 14 year old. Lol.
The kids loved it and wasted no time busting out the crayons to start coloring their personalized pages. I love seeing them bring the pictures to life, and my youngest daughter even asked if we could also make another coloring book for other family members using pictures of them, and I think this is a wonderful idea for a future gift for loved ones 🙂
Happy Crafting all, and I’ll see you again next month,