Monday afternoon we attended Open House/Meet the Teacher and you could see the excitement in my little guy as he ran up to classmates he hasn't seen all summer with a huge smile and ready to share information about what's been happening in their time away from one another. We entered his classroom, found his desk and learned what could be expected this year -- we even got the chance to snag a picture of the school mascot!
Last year I decided I would start a school tradition, first day of school pics which you can see in my Back to School post. So to keep with tradition, I redesigned his sign to welcome him to first grade.
I searched the school website for a picture of the mascot and saved it to my computer. Using PicMonkey, I used the 'Create a Collage' feature. After playing around with different collages, I decided the one that worked best was 'Square Deal'. I wanted this year's sign to reflect the school itself, so the first order of business was to change the background color to yellow. I then uploaded the mascot picture and placed it in the first square. I had to make some adjustments to the size of the squares because the picture was so large and I didn't want to loose any of it with a crop. Once I was happy with it, I moved on to adding the very cool school paper 'Swatch' feature to the bottom two squares. Perfect! Now, it was time to click the 'Edit' button in order to add the text. In the second square using the 'Bilbo Swash Caps' and 'Impact' fonts, I wrote "Welcome to First Grade" in the coordinating blue color. In the two bottom squares, using the new 'Freshman' font I added the text "First Day of School" and the date he started. Aaa-mazing!
I printed this on a piece of cardstock, replaced last year's sign with this one and look....another memory in the making!