Thoughtful gifts are the best kind of gifts. However, sometimes we can all get a little stuck on the same few “thoughtful” gifts–a framed photo, a scrapbook, and personalized gift basket, etc. This idea is one that will be a big hit.
“Grown up coloring” is all the rage right now. It’s literally everywhere and it’s seemingly inescapable. The adult world has finally embraced the zen of coloring books and the world is a better place for it. We’ve all seen the meticulously designed books with sheets of mandalas or flowery designs. They’re beautiful, but not necessarily personal. This gift idea is super crafty, personal, and is something that will turn these coloring books upside down. We’re making a personalized coloring book with photos of your life or your gift recipient’s life! I know it sounds hard, but bear with me, it’s not as much work as you’d think!
For this project, you’ll need:
- A computer with internet access
- A printer
- Printer paper
- 22x 17 cardstock of your choosing (for cover–you may need two pieces)
- A hole puncher
- Twine, ribbon, sting, etc.
Step 1: Gather your photos. Do some sleuthin’ on Facebook, maybe crack open those dusty scrapbooks, or even stalk your gift recipient and snap a few new shots for a super creative and admittedly creepy book. Maybe skip that last suggestion.
Step 2: Turn these photos into coloring book pages. This is a lot easier than you might expect. Visit an online photo editing website like Pixlr or iPiccy and toy around with their “Pencil Sketch” photo filter. This will give you great outlines in black and white format, and the more you play with it, the more defined your lines will be. Tip: higher quality images work MUCH better. Photos from a digital camera will look a thousand times better than iPhone photos.
Step 3: Print your photos, and three hole punch each sheet. If you want to handwrite some captions for a personal touch, go crazy! The goal is to make this gift a memorable one, and nothing says memorable like a personal touch–not that kind, ya pervert.
Step 4: Fold your cardstock over the printed sheets like a book cover. Grab your three hole punch, and do the cover the same way you did the pages. Try to approximate the holes to the same spots. You got this.
Step 5: Slip the pages into the cover, then take some twine or ribbon and tie all the sheets into the book. Now you’ve got a super rustic and artsy-fartsy binding on your handmade gift. Someone is about to be hella impressed.
Step 6: Design your cover! This step is optional, I suppose, but adding a nice, hand drawn cover can be a really great final touch. It doesn’t have to be crazy. For mine, I titled the book “Part of Your World” after the song in The Little Mermaid, because the gift was for my friend Nikki and that’s “our song”. Try to think of something along those lines, so that you can hit your gift recipient right in the heart-hole and earn the title best gift giver ever.
There you have it!! Your coloring book is personalized and ready to go. Grab some colored pencils and a few shots of tequila, and your night is planned! Color to your heart’s content, my friends.