12×12 Cool Kid + PicMonkey Tutorial

Hey friends! It’s been a good, long minute since I’ve posted any new content. To be honest, the pandemic zonked a lot of my mojo and I was struggling to be creative. Thankfully Project Life is a pretty simple process, so I have been able to keep up on my weekly documenting, but anything other than that has been slow going.

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

When it comes to documenting, I tend to have a one size fits all mentality. By that I mean that I don’t like to document my memories in multiple formats. I was struggling to fit 12×12 layouts into my memory keeping since I started Memory Planning and Project Life. This is a rule that I completely impose on myself and doesn’t apply to most people. I’m not sure why I find it to be such a struggle?! Because Project Life comes together so quickly, I was finding myself bored on the weekends. I can get my weekly spread done in just a few hours and then I’m left with nothing to do. <<<How many scrapbookers do you hear say that?! HA! I decided that I have YEARS of memories that still need documenting and there’s no reason why I can’t create 12×12 layouts for those photos.

Face swap tutorial using PicMonkey.

I came across these photos from 2011 of when we took our son to his first movie in the theater. [I’m so impressed with how far photo quality has come in just these past few years! These pics were so washed out from my camera, but photo quality is always greatly improved by a simple switch to black and white.] One dilemma I faced with these pics was I didn’t have one where my both of my subjects [my husband and son] were looking at the camera. I used PicMonkey to do a bit of face swapping with my photos. [A full tutorial is shown in the video below.] 

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

After my photo editing was complete, I used the Super Star Alpha Cut File from The Cut Shoppe. I cut my title on kraft cardstock and backed the cut file with numerous 6×6 patterned papers from the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule scrapbook collections.

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

I used my sewing machine to add a bit of texture to the letters before adhering fun foam behind each of the letters. I then grabbed numerous embellishments from the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection including cardstock stickers, vinyl/epoxy stickers and chipboard stickers.

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

Before I adhered anything to the layout I used my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter to add journaling directly to my patterned paper background. After everything was adhered I added black splatters to add a bit of a messy, mixed media touch the layout.

Now you can take a look at my process video that includes the face swap PicMonkey tutorial.

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me!

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