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.
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.
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:
Go to PicMonkey* and click on “Collage.”
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.
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.
That’s it! Here’s my final collage.
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