Weekly Baby Photo Collages in PicMonkey

The 2nd post I wrote on this blog was about taking and editing weekly baby pictures. At the time, I was still really great about taking those pictures of my sweet Bella week after week (even without a reminder).

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Unfortunately, the last few months have been pretty sporadic with the picture taking, and she turns one this week! I am glad I got the most important weekly changes at the beginning. She changed a lot from one week to the next for the first few weeks.

Bella’s grandmas have been pestering me for actual prints of Bella, so I need a way to share her weekly pictures without having to print off every single picture.

Lightbulb!

I could make some collages…in PicMonkey,* too! They have great collage features for absolutely FREE! Some of the collages (like the one in the photo below) require a monthly or yearly membership to use.

Making a collage in PicMonkey is fairly straightforward, but here's a tutorial with a few tricks that might make it even easier to navigate.

To Edit or Not To Edit

If you’ve never done a collage in PicMonkey, it’s fairly simple. If you have any kind of editing software on your computer, you probably already know how to do it.

The first thing you should do before you get all slap-happy about collage-ee-ating is to edit all the pictures you want to use.

Ok, so I lied.

You really could put the original pictures in your collage and edit them once they are there, but for me it’s easiest to start with edited pictures.

It’s quite a process to edit all the weekly baby photos. That’s why I suggest to do the editing in chunks (like once a month) or each week as you take them. To get ready to print my collages, I had to edit 27+ pictures all at once.

The Math Behind Your Collages

If you are doing a bunch of collages for weekly baby photos (and you were better than I was and took 52 pictures for all 52 weeks), you could do 4 collages of 13 pictures each or 13 collages of 4 pictures each. Or you could do the first and last picture together as one collage and then do 5 collages of 10 pictures each or 10 collages of 5 pictures each. You know, maybe I should just let you do the math! Ha.

I decided to do 21 collages of 2 pictures each (obviously, I didn’t have 52 pictures so do your own math! ;)).

How to Create a Collage in PicMonkey

Here’s how I made my collages:

Making a collage in PicMonkey is fairly straightforward, but here's a tutorial with a few tricks that might make it even easier to navigate. Go to PicMonkey* and click on “Collage.”

Making a collage in PicMonkey is fairly straightforward, but here's a tutorial with a few tricks that might make it even easier to navigate. It will bring up a box titled “Open” and you can choose the pictures you desire to use. I like to just upload the pictures that I will be using for the current collage. If I upload all the pictures for all the collages I get totally lost.

Making a collage in PicMonkey is fairly straightforward, but here's a tutorial with a few tricks that might make it even easier to navigate. Click “open” and the pictures will end up on the left side in the Photos area. There will also be a new collage ready for you to work with. If you’ll notice, it is 2000×2000 pixels by default.

You definitely want to change that box FIRST before doing anything else. HERE is a great reference to know exactly how many pixels to change that box to for your own photos.

I personally chose to do 4×6 pictures. So my dimensions are 1800×1200 because I want horizontal 4×6 photos. In my case, since I edited the pictures first, it makes sense for me to only use 2 photos per picture.

Making a collage in PicMonkey is fairly straightforward, but here's a tutorial with a few tricks that might make it even easier to navigate.Just as an example, if I did vertical 4×6 photos, like the one above, it would cut off a lot of the writing I had on the pictures and it wouldn’t show Bella very well.

Making a collage in PicMonkey is fairly straightforward, but here's a tutorial with a few tricks that might make it even easier to navigate. Click on the first dimensions box and type in the desired number. I put in 1800. It automatically changed the second number to 1800 because it’s locked to keep the dimensions proportionate.

Making a collage in PicMonkey is fairly straightforward, but here's a tutorial with a few tricks that might make it even easier to navigate. However, since I wanted the second number to be 1200, I clicked on the little lock symbol (to the right of the numbers), and then I was able to change that second number to 1200.

Making a collage in PicMonkey is fairly straightforward, but here's a tutorial with a few tricks that might make it even easier to navigate. I then deleted all the boxes except one. I just clicked the little “x” button in the upper right hand corner of each box I wanted to get rid of.

Making a collage in PicMonkey is fairly straightforward, but here's a tutorial with a few tricks that might make it even easier to navigate. I added my first picture to the only box left by clicking and dragging it over there. It looks like it’s going to cut off a lot, but just wait.

Making a collage in PicMonkey is fairly straightforward, but here's a tutorial with a few tricks that might make it even easier to navigate. Then I clicked on my second picture and dragged it to the very right side of the picture where a long, blue rectangle appeared. This is where I dropped the second picture.

Making a collage in PicMonkey is fairly straightforward, but here's a tutorial with a few tricks that might make it even easier to navigate. After I was satisfied with how the pictures were arranged, I clicked on the background tab for some more options. I took the spacing down to 0, but you can play around and do it how you like.

Making a collage in PicMonkey is fairly straightforward, but here's a tutorial with a few tricks that might make it even easier to navigate. In the final step, I saved the picture as a jpg file and named it. Then I found the location on my computer where I wanted to save it and clicked “save.”

That’s it! Here’s my final collage.

Making a collage in PicMonkey is fairly straightforward, but here's a tutorial with a few tricks that might make it even easier to navigate.Why do you create collages?

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