Toddlers love pictures (of themselves)

It’s a fact. Toddlers are vain creatures. Alex can’t handle walking by a mirror without giggling at his reflection, pausing to take a closer look. I note that there is not much this kid pauses for in general, other than the aforementioned mirrors, and choosing a snack.

I happen to enjoy looking at my cute munchkins as well, so it is my mission to put their faces on as much stuff as possible. I think it also makes them feel important, something the under-3-foot-tall crowd needs.

Below are several ideas for incorporating your kids mug shot into daily life. Some of these require only uploading a few photos and doing some simple cropping via the respective company’s customization tools. Others I made myself using Photoshop Elements, which I recommend if you do any kind of photo editing or like to dabble in graphic design. Elements is much easier to pick up than feature-heavy Photoshop, and doesn’t cost $600 (hooray!).  As an added bonus, the software license can be installed on up to two computers. Just the ability to control the dark/light levels in your photos is worth the investment, but it’s also useful for creating posters and any other printed material you can dream up. If you’re not ready to make the leap, though, Pixler might be worth checking out! It’s a free web-based editing tool with features similar to Photoshop.

This is the newest entry to my personalization collection: custom wrapping paper. It’s from, a company that makes adorable customized art and gifts. I can’t wait to wrap gifts with these cute faces. Bonus — everyone will know who the gift is from. I recommend signing up for Minted’s emails. I got a deal for five free additional sheets of wrapping paper, so double the cute.

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Truck parking sign

Alex’s collection of giant-sized vehicles keeps expanding, so I made this truck parking sign to keep them all corralled in the playroom. I created the design in Elements, and ordered a standard 8×10 print from Mpix. To make it a bit more sturdy, I chose to have the print mounted on mat board. The print arrived ready to hang with some tape, and now Alex has parking for his trucks. (And I have a place to throw them at the end of the day.)

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Custom stickers

Everybody loves stickers. Stickers with your kids face are just two times the awesome factor. I used these to seal up goodie bags from Alex’s second birthday party. I ordered mine from Pro Lab Express, but Snapfish has an even easier ordering tool, no special software required. Snapfish always has coupon codes, so make sure you check before completing your order. Are you an Ebates user? Cash back is almost always 10%!

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Book of names and faces

One of my favorite projects to date is Alex’s names and faces book. It has pictures of our family, and the name of each family member on a brightly colored page. This was a big hit in the 12-30 month range. After age 2 1/2, Alex only wants to see your face if you’re handing him a Danimals smoothie (just kidding, I hope).  You can make your own book at Pinhole Press.

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Custom canvas print

Last, but not least, is the ever popular canvas print. You’ve seen the Living Social and Groupon deals, now bite the bullet and order a giant canvas for your house. We gets lots of compliments of the one I took of Alex at 15 months. At some point I’d like to get a nice picture of the boys together to hang in their room, because I think that would just be adorable. The company I’ve ordered from in the past is MyPix2Canvas. They offer their own canvas and print specials from time to time, so you may want to sign up for their email list. Or visit your favorite deal site and see what’s available!


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  1. Grandma says:

    Katie you are without a doubt the most creative Mom I know!! Love these and especially the truck parking idea…adorable!

  2. Natalie says:

    Busy Mom!
    Eeek I am honored to have my photo on your blog! Woo! You should blog about portrait sessions! ;)

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