I have a wonderful solution for transferring your kids, or grandkids, paintings to nearly anything – Scrapbooking Attitude!
It’s the age-old question: what do I do with all the paintings my kids make when my refrigerator is already covered? Ok, maybe not. But if you have littles, you know how they love having their paintings proudly displayed, right?
If you’re a grandmother? Forgetaboutit. You love receiving them as much as they love making them for you. Especially me. My grandson didn’t want to paint or draw for quite a while. “You do it, Gramma.” I thought the poor child was gonna have a complex because of me.
Somehow he has a bit of perfectionistic tendencies. I have no idea where he gets that! But if his drawings didn’t look “perfect” he’d color over them. Huh. Imagine that.
Thank goodness he’s gotten past that and now he loves painting pictures for me. And, believe me, he checks my walls every time he visits to make sure I still have everything he’s made me. He’s now five. He’s now in kindergarten. *ahem
Exhibit A – the darling punkin Santino painted for me last Halloween. It’s been on my wall all year long thankyouverymuch.
A trip to the Dollar Store changed my life. Ok, maybe not, but I saw this black nylon backpack and since I was buying all things black that day, this went into the pile. I figured I’d paint something Halloweenish on it.
But what kind of paint works on nylon? I honestly don’t know.
That’s when I pulled this lovely product out.
I’ll admit, when I first received Scrapbooking Attitude, the name threw me. “Scrapbooking”? Do they know me? But when I read the instructions (I know, a first) it said it adheres to all kinds of surfaces.
Hmm. How about nylon? How ‘bout a nylon backpack? Let’s give it a try, shall we?
I took a new photo of my precious punkin, white spaces & all. (I love the white spaces because it shows he’s not as ‘perfectionistic’ as he used to be. phew)
I did, however, fill in the white spaces in Photoshop.
No, this is not a tutorial about Photoshop, mkay? I knew I was gonna cut the pumpkin out anyway since I read the instructions.
But just a pumpkin on the backpack that really isn’t so much a backpack as it is a totebag?
I added some text on a black rectangle. The rectangle was completely unnecessary, I might add, because Scrapbooking Attitude is clear. It’s a printable film. For some reason I thought I’d have to cut all around the letters. No, you don’t have to, ok?
I said I read the instructions. I didn’t say I understood them. Totally kidding. The instructions are extremely simple. I just over-thought the process. asusual
You don’t have to have Photoshop or any other fancy photo editing program either. Anything that works with your inkjet printer will work with Scrapbooking Attitude.
Just remember to reverse your image before your print, especially if you’re adding text.
You can probable reverse your image in your printing software, but also in your photo editing, like Ipiccy above, which is a free online program.
Print off your image on the Scrapbooking Attitude sheet.
I darkened the orange in Photoshop, just so you know.
Next, you just cut out your image and line it up on the totebag, or whatever you’re transferring your kid’s painting onto.
With a glue stick, put glue onto the totebag and peel the white backing off of the film.
Gently smooth out any air bubbles and wipe off excess glue with a damp paper towel.
That’s it! Print, cut out, peel off, and glue on. Done!
You see how I didn’t need the black box under the text? It would’ve looked better without it.
Since I can never leave well enough alone, I outlined the pumpkin with puffy paint.
It dried darker and I’m loving the ‘looseness’ of the outline. (Gramma’s working on her own perfectionistic tendencies, see?)
A few little foam stickers and I have the cutest little totebag for Halloween! It will probably go straight to Santino, of course. Do you think he’ll recognize his pumpkin? I do. He has eagle eyes.
I just love this totebag just because it has Tino’s painting on it and it was so very easy to make!
And I still get to have the “original” on my wall! Isn’t this a fun idea for your kids paintings? I see some fun and easy Christmas presents coming up shortly.
But, you know, Scrapbooking Attitude will work for any image, not just paintings – printables, photographs – you name it. And you can glue it or heat laminate it to just about any surface. Seriously! Can you imagine?
Check out some of my bloggy friends’ projects down below.
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