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Friday, November 18, 2011

{photo gift tags}

Honestly, I cannot believe that it's November!  CRAZY.

Miracle of miracles, I am *almost* done with my Christmas shopping (yay!), which means it's time for the wrapping to begin! Often times it's just small and simple touches that gives gifts that extra little*something* that can make such a huge difference.

One of my favorite things to do is use photo gift tags. Kids love to see themselves in pictures, and to have it attached to a present and know that it belongs to them? So exciting!  It's just a really fun way to both give and receive. Instead of having the picture of who the present is for, how about switching it around and using a picture of who it's from?  Grandparents would love getting a gift with a darling photo gift tag of their children and grandchildren!

It is so easy to do, and anyone can do it using one of several options.  If you have and use Photoshop, that's an easy way to go.  If you don't, there is a free program called Picasa that I love, and highly recommend. It's super user-friendly and provides many photo editing options, as well as a superb way to organize all your pictures.(Click HERE to download for Windows and HERE for Mac.)

Today I'm going to give you a tutorial on how to add text to your pictures in Picasa, and show you how fast and easy it really is--anyone can do this, I promise!

Step 1: 

When you're in Picasa, open the picture that you would like to use for your gift tag. Click on the "Basis Fixes" tab (circled, top left), then on "Text" (circled, bottom middle).

Step 2: 

Select the font (the same fonts you have on your computer), size, and color of your text, then just start typing! For two or more separate lines of text (see picture below), once you've finished one line, just move your mouse, click a different spot on the picture, and repeat the process. You can just do it within one text box, but it's easier to line them up if you do it separately.

Step 3:

Once your text is written, click on the text, and a large gray circle will appear.  If you click on that circle, you can move the text anywhere on the picture that you want it to be. 

Step 4:

Select "Save As", and save your picture in your desired folder.

Step 5:

Insert picture into Word (or similar program) by selecting "insert" (at the top, the tab next to "home"), then "picture". You'll browse for your picture, and it will open in Word when you select it.  Click on a corner of your picture, and move your mouse to re-size it. If you want more than one tag on a page, you can copy and paste them as many times as you like.  Or if you want to add another tag to the same page, just repeat the process. If you make them small enough, it's easiest to create two columns--you'll be able to fit a lot more tags on one page.

Step 6:

Print it out--I used just regular white copy paper--but you can use white cardstock, photo paper, or even get the pictures developed if you like!  Mat the picture on cardstock, distress the edges (using Distress Ink--Vintage Photo color--my favorite), punch a hole in the corner, then tie it on to your gift.

So fun!


Blogger Amanda said...

This is such an adorable idea, I have some perfect photos for tags, thanks for sharing!

November 18, 2011 at 5:09 AM  
Blogger Marcia (123 blog) said...

You are a genius! I'm so glad I got a particular photo done - I can use that as a family gift tag :)

Also a tip - in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, you can make one picture print up to 12 times (that's what I'm going to do) and it's the perfect size for gift tags :)

November 18, 2011 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger The Miller Five said...

I love this!! I am definitely going to do this for the grandparents' gifts this year. Pure awesome!!

November 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Thanks for sharing such a great idea. I use Picasa but I'm not sure how to insert the photo into word. Also how do you distress the edges of your cardstock tag? Thanks again. I can't believe I didn't think of this!

November 18, 2011 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Semper Wifey said...

What a great idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing it! :)

November 18, 2011 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...


I added a little section about how to insert a picture into Word--hopefully that will help. If you have any other questions about it, please let me know!

I distressed the edges using Distress Ink--the Vintage Photo color. You can buy it at any hobby/craft store, or online.


November 18, 2011 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Rachel W K said...

this is a really really cute idea, what a special way to wrap your gifts. And did you say you're almost FINISHED holiday shopping?!? I haven't even started!

-rachel w k

November 18, 2011 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger The Allen Family said...

What a cute idea! And thanks for the Picasa tutorial. I need that to be able to do anything! And by the way... not only is it November... it's more nearly 2/3 over!! Now that's crazy!! :)

November 18, 2011 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Okio B Designs said...

What a really sweet idea! My parents would love something like this for their gifts!


November 18, 2011 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Trish and Bonnie @ Uncommon said...

This is the sweetest idea I have seen in a long time! Our parents would love to get a gift tag with our girls on it!

We would love for you to share this at our Home for the Holidays link party!

November 18, 2011 at 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is AMAZING! i just downloaded Picasa and started playing with some photos. I am so excited to use these along with the homemade gifts I am giving this year. Thank You for sharing this idea with us! Now can you help me to get my daughters to both cooperate with me for a picture?!?

November 18, 2011 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

These are really awesome. I love that they are so personal and use a's refreshing to have something that doesn't involve sewing.

Would be lovely if you are these tags can visit my Christmas link-up on Monday, along with any other projects which are Christmas/gift/food related.

Hope to see you there,

Rosie x

November 19, 2011 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

You have just made my day. I just wrapped the cutest 2 year old's birthday gift with a picture of the 2 year old and the 1 year old twins he is receiving the gift from. This idea is great because it is personal, and it's great for the little ones who can't read gift tags. Thanks for adding the instructions on inserting a picture into word, and thanks for the great idea!

January 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger kh-jeremiah29.11 said...

Thanks so much for this info. I'm kind of new to blogging and I have wanted to learn to do this but I don't have Photoshop. I can't wait to try this. I love your blog and all the great crafting, home decorating DIY ideas you share.

January 28, 2012 at 11:48 PM  

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