Wednesday, August 29, 2007

WFMW: $10 Keepsake

Use free online photo editors to make simple changes to pictures. Use your craft store's 40% off coupon to buy an inexpensive frame and voila! Instant, custom keepsake for under $10.

Today's Works for Me Wednesday tip is simple! I photographed the boys one hot summer day in just their matching jean shorts:

Then I cropped the photo, uploaded it to Kodak Gallery, and applied the black-and-white and "soft-glow" effects. Took about 30 seconds. Cost: About $2.50 for a 5x7; includes shipping. Then off to Michael's I flew with coupon in hand, where I chose a frame with a rustic feel for around $7 with discount. Here's the result:

The artistic quality may be a bit lacking, but it is a true illustration of Alex and Mickey right now. Mickey's the protective big brother who attempts to hold Alex's hand, but must settle for his wrist since Alex is so reluctant most of the time. Someday, I suppose, Alex will realize the security of big brother's hand...

Inexpensive, meaningful keepsakes Work for Me!

For more great tips, visit the home of WFMW here.


Amy said...

That looks great! I'm uploading some photos online today... now you've got me thinking about what else I can do with them! :)

Rocks In My Dryer said...

Love that!

Anonymous said...

Christine, you are so creative and that picture is so cute especially when you explain it like that.

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