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Create a Personalized Heart Map

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Another easy Valentine’s Day gift that you can make yourself using PicMonkey (a photo editing site)! You don’t even need a printer, just a computer!

how cute is this framed art?

Have you ever searched for personalized prints when thinking of what to get your significant other? Stop searching… it’s easy to make this yourself!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Computer & photo editing site
  • Printer (or use Fedex Office to print for you!)
  • Frame of your choice

I’ll be showing you how to create this using the photo editor, PicMonkey. If you don’t already have a subscription, they have a 7 day free trial to sign up – just long enough to make your creation if you’re not interested in joining a subscription plan. There may be other editing sites you can use to create the heart cutout, but I’m just showing you my preference. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we need to have a photo to edit!

Open up google.com/maps on your phone and enter in your special location. Take a screen shot once you have the location centered and email it to your computer to edit.

here’s my screenshot

Now we can head over to PicMonkey to get started.

In the upper left corner, click “create new”, then “computer” and add your map screenshot. Next you’ll click on “Frames” and choose the heart shape.

you’ll find the heart shape when you click on frames

Using the Edits tab, click on “color” and use the tint and temperature sliders to change the map to your desired color. Once you’re happy, download your heart shaped map as a .png.

Then we’ll “create new” again and this time choose “blank canvas” and then scroll down to select whatever size print you’d like to make (I’m using 8″x10″).

after you click “blank canvas”, scroll down to find your desired print size

In the upper left corner, you’ll select “add image” and add your heart shaped map. Resize it to fit the center of your blank canvas.

Now it should look like this:

almost done….

Now we’ll add our text! In the upper left, click the “text” button and find a script font you like to add your names. I have used the font “love lovely” for the names, and “breamcatcher” for the location and date in my example photo. As long as you are using these fonts for personal use, you can download them from dafont.com. Any font you want to use in a project that you’ll sell, you will need a commercial license. There are very reasonable commercially licensed fonts (including these 2) on Creative Fabrica – that’s my go-to for commercial licensing fonts and graphics!

What’s left? Just print and frame! If you are near a FedEx Office location, I suggest having them print it for you – cost is typically around $1.50 and they print within a couple hours. I usually use their Ultra Bright White Card Stock 80lb or Laser 80lb.

If you have any questions about this project, please leave a comment or send me an email!

here’s the final product!
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