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Title: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: autumnxbutterfly on October 21, 2007 04:35:52 PM
One thing I am doing for Christmas this year is making the children in my family personalized coloring books. This is so easy and quick. If you have Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop you can use that, but I am using this free program to turn pictures into sketches that look like coloring pages.

http://downloads.zdnet.co.uk/0,1000000376,39180842s,00.htm?dl=1 (http://downloads.zdnet.co.uk/0,1000000376,39180842s,00.htm?dl=1)

I will find pictures of the child and do a whole book of just him or her. I plan on making a cover that will say something like "_____'s Coloring Book" or something and having it laminated. Our local office supply store charges .75 per foot for lamination.

Here is an example of how the pages come out using a picture of my own kids.



Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: marcusandila on October 21, 2007 07:13:08 PM
What an adorable idea. I have alot of small children in my family & I think that they would love something like this. :) Thanks for the idea.


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: autumnxbutterfly on October 23, 2007 08:08:08 AM
Thank you :) I think I can edit it to add a picture now. I will try that.


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: missmeganmisery on October 23, 2007 10:39:26 AM
wow this is such a book idea. I think i will do this with my little sisters favorite tv shows and stuff. Thanks for the great idea. 


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: Caine on October 24, 2007 10:11:52 PM
How neat! I must check this out.


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: smuhlen on October 25, 2007 07:04:27 PM
Just what I've been looking for.  My nieces & nephews will love this.  Thanks for the great idea and link!!


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: ica171 on October 30, 2007 05:48:01 PM
What a great idea!  My son loves to color, so I think I will make some of these up for him. 


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: Sarahdipity85 on November 01, 2007 01:35:02 PM
This is such a great idea.  No little ones in my family though...I wonder if my fiance would like it LOL


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on November 01, 2007 01:58:02 PM
what a fabulous idea! I don't have a printer atm, but I'm off to play with that program regardless  ;D

btw I'm 40 and have a new colouring book every year for Xmas  :D it's tradional!


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: 6in1 on November 01, 2007 03:44:47 PM
I too am closer to 40 than 4 but I can't wait to play.  Thanks for the great link.


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: disgruntledgoat on November 02, 2007 05:26:25 AM
That rocks I  am downloading it now! My nephews thank you in advance!


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: Silverrose11 on November 02, 2007 06:06:04 PM
This is an awesome idea!


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: jloveg on November 05, 2007 10:13:49 PM
great  idea  thanks for sharing adn BTW  the  pic you used is  heart warming to say the least. and the kids are adorable!


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: HippieKender on November 06, 2007 06:21:05 PM
When I first saw this, I thought it was cute.  I also found out that I have picked my cousin's 3 yr old daughter for a grab bag gift.  I decided to see what I could come up with.  I ended up using 2 different programs to get the result I wanted.  This is what I got:

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Now I don't think it's cute ... I think it's an amazing idea!  Thank you so much for this idea!!

I may also have to make one for my kids, too!  :D  They have been stealing my test images and coloring and painting on them.


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: rhettsmommy on November 06, 2007 09:05:58 PM
I know this is a Christmas post, but I am going to use this for the kids coloring books at my wedding.  What a great find! Thanks!


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: MandaBeads on November 07, 2007 07:24:56 PM
I love this!  I'm definitely going to do this with the kids at work.  I think they would really have fun with this!


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: Usagi-chan on November 07, 2007 09:24:12 PM
Woot!!

I played. If anyone wants to see the final outcome, I made a post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=206802.0

I made it for my boyfriend's daughter for Christmas. It from their first trip to Disneyland. Mainly of her and the characters.


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: hancakes on November 11, 2007 11:50:29 PM
wow what a fantastic idea! they look awesome


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: autumnxbutterfly on November 25, 2007 07:42:16 PM
I love the way the other pictures came out.  :) I'm glad you guys liked this idea!


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: cheesedip on November 26, 2007 02:22:00 PM
i love this idea. i made some little colouring books for my little friends (17 :D) that i'll post when i put up pictures of all my christmas crafts at the end of the season. i'm so proud of them! they're really sweet.


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: jnaos on December 14, 2007 09:45:04 PM
This is way cool and way too lost among the other posts.  It needs to get bumped up so others can easily find this for a last minute xmas idea..


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: goodluck on December 15, 2007 10:25:49 PM
Ahhhh! :D  You are an absolute genius!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I'm totally using this idea, if you don't mind.  I love printing old 80's cartoon coloring book pages off the internet, but I never imagined doing something as cool and personal as this.  You rock.


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: jnaos on December 15, 2007 11:08:05 PM
I just did my sister's cat and it came out beautiful.  I think I am gong to make her a tote bag with the kitty onthe side of the bag.  i will post late tomorrow or monday.. eeekk cant wait.


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: autumnxbutterfly on December 19, 2007 05:57:25 PM
I am going to buy printer ink tomorrow and actually do this myself. LOL


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: Kpooh on December 20, 2007 07:07:57 AM
I did this for two of the tots on my Xmas list this year...will let ya know how it goes over with them & the parents!!


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: trinashere on December 21, 2007 08:34:26 AM
I made one of these for my nephew. If he has half as much fun using it as I did making it, It will be a hit.  Thanks for the link!


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: kaleesi on December 21, 2007 09:39:28 AM
OMG - thank you thank you!!!
I've been trying to do this with paint shop pro and haven't been able to do it but this program works wonders!!!!


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: trinashere on December 24, 2007 05:02:19 AM
My nephew loved his book - as soon as he opened it, he immediately asked for some crayons and started coloring a picture of himself! Thanks again for the great link.


Title: Re: Personalized Coloring Books - Christmas Idea
Post by: kaleesi on December 24, 2007 07:06:26 AM
very interesting hat trinashere ;)