I have to admit, right this second that I am completely and utterly addicted to PicMonkey. It makes my day when I can take a picture that is kind of eh and make it fabulous by touching it up and adding some bling. I am also in love with their text options as well.
I have seen Subway Art all over the place and have been wanting to create some of my own personalized subway art for the longest time. Last week, my friend Barb from A Life in Balance wrote a guest post for me on a bunch of Fall Subway Art Printables that she had been using. She ended up sparking my creative desire to make some of my own. I turned to my fav, PicMonkey, to do so.
Here are some things to think about before you get started:
- What seasonal icons do you love or want to include?
- Are there certain words that remind you of YOUR family this time of year? I like to include little memories that only pertain to us. For example, in the fall, my son G always spends hours pondering over his Halloween costume by looking through catalogs. So, on my subway art, I put Costume Magazines because it makes me smile every time I see it.
- What color background do you want? White or another color?
Step 1: Open your PicMonkey Account. If you don’t have one, it is free to create one.
* I will say, I do have the upgraded version which is super cheap and valuable because I use it all.the.time. But you can easily create subway art without it.
Step 2: Click on Create a Collage.
Step 3: Create Your Layout
Over on the left hand toolbar, there is an icon that is for layouts. Click on this icon. At the very top of the screen, there will be an option to “Create Your Own”. Click on this option. The layout will look like a single square. You can now use the guides to change the shape of this square to smaller, larger, or a rectangle.
* I wanted mine to be square so I kept it as is and in the bottom changed the pixels to 2000 x 2000.
Step 4: Click over to the edit screen and get creating!
Step 5: On the left hand side, there are all different fonts to use as well as frames, textures, and icons. Spend a few minutes browsing through them all. Each season, Picmonkey adds new season-specific elements to the mix that are always fun to look at. Right now there are TONS of fall-themed icons, fonts, and backgrounds. And they also just added a bunch of Halloween ones.
Step 6: Pick a font or an icon and get going….
* Create this subway art however you imagine it! You can make some fonts big, some small. You can make the wording crooked, you can make it straight…Whatever you want!
Step 7: Save your subway art. I save mine as the largest size possible (in this case, 2000 x 2000). It will save as a jpeg. In order to end up with a sharp, crisp print, make sure you save it as the largest file possible.
Step 8: Print off your subway art. I don’t have a nice color printer at home so I decided to get it printed at a store. The ONLY store that worked was Target. I tried Shutterfly, Staples, Walmart print centers and none of them would print to an 8×10 size. They were shrinking the JPEG significantly. Target printed the 8×10 same day.
Step 9: Grab a frame and decorate Then smile for years to come!
I must say, I ADORE mine. The personal touch I have given it will bring many days/years of smiles.
I can’t wait to make a few of these for gifts around the holidays for relatives and my children!