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How To Make A Birthday Photo Collage

by - Wednesday, August 08, 2012

A few weeks ago my mom turned 70 and we'll be celebrating with a big birthday party this weekend. I can hardly believe my mom is that age. She still looks fabulous and manages to keep up with Chloe. My mom watches Chloe a few days a week and its a huge help to me but also an incredible gift - I'm very lucky to have Chloe spend so much time with her grandmother.

Beautiful mom in her 20's. Love that beehive!

In planning her party, one thing we wanted to have was a collage of her photographs. I was going to print the individual photos out and display them, but I found an easier and cheaper way to do it with a few simple steps.

A photo collage is a wonderful way to celebrate a special person and relive memories. You can make a photo collage in any size and use as many photos as you want. And you can use online tools to put this together.

How To Make A Photo Collage

  1. First, I had my little brother take photos with his phone of old photos in the family album - much easier than scanning each individual pic! 
  2. Then I loaded all the digital photos into a Flickr album. You can also load them into a Facebook album.
  3. Using Mosaic Maker, I created a grid of the photos and saved the image. You can create a grid of up to 36 photos at a time. If your album has more than 36 photos, Mosaic Maker can be used to create multiple images. Just be sure to change the Page # at the bottom of the Mosaic Maker (Page 2, Page 3 and so on) to access the additional images.
  4. Then I arranged the multiple grid images in Photoshop and overlaid some text. You can also do this in the free version of Canva.
  5. And presto, I have one large collage. I'm going to have this printed poster size at Staples and mount it on poster board or foam core for display at the party.
birthday collage, diy birthday photo collage

I love looking at old family photos and getting all sentimental. It's so fun to see my mom as a young girl, to a newlywed, and then a mom with four kids. I don't know how she did it all! 

I used to have lots of family photos in frames around my old apartment, but since we've been renovating this house (forever!) and my life in general has 'gone digital', I find I don't have as many on display. I think we'll have to change that. I have hundreds of photos that haven't been printed out nor seen by anyone but me. And that makes me kinda sad.

What do you do with your photos? Are you good at printing them out? Or creating digital albums? I wish I were better at that!

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  1. Such a great idea - thanks for the tip! Your Mom will love it!

    I still print out my photos and put them in albums. My daughter especially loves going through them. I can't bring myself to stop doing the albums even though the photos are all online. Have fun at the party! 

  2. Your ma is completely gorgeous (and i agree with others, you Do look like her!). My mom is turning 70 this fall too and i wonder what to do? i love this idea and thank you for sharing. Also? Yes i have frequent pangs of fall down guilt for not printing photos, never mind framing and hanging them!

  3. Maganda! My inang is turning 80 this year and woud love to do this. Sadly I don't have Photoshop. That should be on my to do list.

    I have all my digital photos saved on Flickr since 2001. I am in the midst of scanning the film photos. So far I am up to 2005. I went entirely digital around 2006.

    What part of the Philippines is your family from? My mom is from Tatytay, Rizal. My Dad is from Bicol.

  4. Jennifer Flores1:04 PM

    Salamat! I used to use Flickr a lot more. Its a great way to share your photos. My mom is from Quezon City and my day is from Pampanga.

  5. Lovely idea! We did something similar for my grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary. I make photobooks for every year - one of my favourite things to look at.

  6. Jennifer Flores1:04 PM

    Hey! You can leave a comment! Yay.

  7. Thanks for this tip! I had wanted to do something similar for my Dad's 70th, but ended up just printing them all and stringing them out with clothespins. I'll remember this tool for the next party! 

    I really try and make an effort with photos - I frame as many as I can and dot them around the house. We don't have much bare wall space! I have also started to do a family "yearbook" photobook. It takes a while to put together, but is so worth it. I also did one for my wedding (

  8. Jennifer Flores1:04 PM

    Your wedding album is beautiful! I'm ashamed to admit I still haven't compiled our honeymoon photos from 5 years ago. I love the Blurb books. I may have to give them a try.

  9. jbhat1:04 PM

    What a beauty!  Wow.  And this is a thoughtful, touching gesture.  Brilliant execution too, Jen.  She and the others attending the fete will love it.


  10. This is a project closer to my heart too. I have done something similar where I've taken older photos from a reel which used to be looked at thro a photofinder( binocular looking thing) & developed them as 4x6. there is software out there maybe photoshop itself where you can repair the crease line in the original picture so the white line doesn't show up when you reprint it.
    Michael's - craft shop in US has a service but they are pricey.
    Good luck with the party prep.

  11. Such a great idea to speed up the process!! Turned out great too! :)

  12. This is such a great idea! I love looking at old family photos as well. Brings back so much memories. Your mom is beautiful! 

  13. You're Mom is absolutely beautiful!
    I love this idea Jen...I'll devinitely be keeping this in mind for future parties ;)

  14. Happy Birthday Christina!! You indeed look like your mom Jen!  Thanks for introducing me to another great tools for photo collage.

    I used to print out my photos and have them organized into photo albums until just recently.  Then I got too busy with all the other things in life and gave up the printing process.  Though there is something special about the printed ones and I do want to get back to it.  

    There is nothing more special than to open up an old photo album and looking at old pictures thinking "yeah, that was a fantastic trip and the sandwich was so tasty" 30 years later! 

  15. Ben@Nuevo Living1:04 PM

    This is very informational post. It has helped my find something that I was looking for a long time on internet. It is so unique and great work. I will follow your posts in future.

  16. What a lovely collage - you are a thoughtful daughter!

    I am bad for not printing out photos. I do have them filed digitally by year, and I have started to create yearbooks for each year. Hoping to print them all out once I find a sale somewhere!

  17. Craftberrybush1:04 PM

    She's beautiful and you look a lot like her...:) I don't print my photos anymore they're all filed away...:( have a great week...xo


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