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You know I’m a fan of clever couple’s gifts, so it’s no surprise that I was looking for something clever to commemorate our wedding anniversary. As usual, I wanted to come up with something that veered from the beaten path and I’m so pleased with the result, that I had to share it with you.
DIY Wedding Anniversary Magazine Cover
Call me narcissistic, but the thought of creating a personalized magazine cover might be the best idea I’ve had in a while ;-). This is a perfect gift regardless of the anniversary year (though I hear year one is the “paper” year) and it’s very easy to do.
First, we hired Karl Davis for a mini couple’s photo shoot (if you’re in the Raleigh area, find him at GoDavis.com or @karldavis on Twitter. He’s AWESOME). We let him know about our plans to create the magazine cover, so we could be certain we had a photo with enough room at the top for the masthead.
I think that first step is hugely important, since it’s the professionalism of the photo that makes it look like a magazine cover. You could definitely do it without a professional photo, but if you have a friend who takes great pictures, opt for that instead.
Once we chose the perfect picture from our photo shoot, I simply added text to the picture. I use a VERY old, no longer sold Microsoft product called Photodraw, but you can easily add text to photos online using Canva or PicMonkey (or PhotoShop for you fancier folk!!).
Both Canva and PicMonkey have great instructions, so I won’t include a tutorial here. You can upload your picture and add the blurbs of text using either site.
The only thing I did that you can’t do on those sites is place our name behind my husband’s head (I “cloned” his head and placed it on top in another layer to accomplish that). You can still have a great looking cover without that minor detail and while you might not be able to personalize your UPC code with the date like I did, it’s easy to find a free UPC image using Google.
Once I was satisfied with our cover, I popped over to Target and used the Kodak kiosk to print. Thanks to their handy dandy app, you can print directly from your phone to their kiosk wirelessly. To get your magazine cover on your phone, connect your phone to your computer and copy your photo to your phone’s drive. You can also do what I do and use a DropBox account. You can save a copy of your photo in your DropBox folder, access it from the app on your phone and download it to your Camera Roll.
The print was less than $5 and I found a great frame on sale to match our decor. We love the result. It was simple, inexpensive and unique–three recurring themes here at The MamaZone. Let me know if I missed anything in this little tutorial and I’m happy to answer any questions. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear about it and even see it if you share it online!
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