Tutorial: DIY Anniversary Gift for Less than $10

Sample 1We said we weren’t doing gifts for our anniversary this year, but I still wanted to do something inexpensive, simple, yet meaningful. After looking around on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to do something with our “Importand Dates.” I stumbled upon this tutorial, which walked me through most of the process—BUT it seems that the website has changed a bit, so I’m going to detail how I did mine as well. It turned out so cute!

  1. Go to picmonkey.com
  2. Click “Collage” and upload a photo (can be anything, it just gets you to the template…you won’t use it).
  3. Delete the two smaller boxes on the right by hitting “x” in the upper-right hand corner of each.
  4. Go to “Swatches” in the left-hand column…it is the 3rd one down and resembles 3 tickets.
  5. Pick a background. Drag & drop your desired background into the large square. Make sure you don’t choose a pattern that’s too busy! (The chevron pattern I used is under the “Winterland” tab at the top).
  6. Save the background as a jpeg to your desktop, and exit the program by hitting “x” in the upper right hand corner. You will be back at the main screen.
  7. Now click the “Edit” tab, and upload the background you just completed.
  8. On the bottom left, hit “Resize” and change dimensions to “1440 x 1800” for a portrait orientation (uncheck both boxes beneath the dimensions). This will allow you to print up to an 8×10.
  9. Next, click the “Tt” button on the left to add text. For my text, I used one text box per date & event. You can still change the size and font for each line by highlighting. ((I used the fonts “Special Elite” for dates, and “Amatic Small Caps” for the events and/or names. Sizes 150/140 respectively.))  I chose a dark gray for font color (color code 504A4B), and spaced as evenly as I could.
  10. To add hearts, click the Butterfly Icon at the left, they can be found under “General>Hearts.” I used the fade tool to 82%, but you can have it as visible or transparent as you choose. Some other ideas might be to add a banner, which can be found under “Scrapbooky>Banner” tab of the same Butterfly icon.
  11. Save and you’re done! Just have fun with it and be creative!

I’m no expert, but feel free to ask any questions. It got a lot easier the more I played around! =) I printed it at Walgreens (one 5×7 for less than $2!), bought a simple frame, and it turned out awesome! For less than $10 you can’t go wrong. The possibilities are endless!

P.S. I obviously changed our kid’s names/dates. Don’t want any weirdos stealing their identities! Those were our back-up kid names. ;)