Grandma turns 90!

My Grandma had a special birthday this year, a whopping 90! We can all only be so lucky! But what to get someone who has everything or needs nothing more? A fantastic default is something sentimental, unrepeatable, irreplaceable.

This project took some time, I planned about a month or so to gather all the pictures from my family. I finished it up just in time to print and send - love when that happens!


I used Photoshop to cut out and edit all the people and then transferred them to a base background. Everyone here is my Grandma's blood line, sorted by age. I thought about including husbands and wives, but this picture would probably be double the size!

My Grandma lives in assisted living and all the members eat their meals together. I know this is a place where people talk about their families and share stories of their past. I wanted her to have something portable and easy to carry around so she could share her stories with reference - a coffee mug! So when she is talking about her family, she can point right to her mug! Perfect!



Because there are so many people, the image was pretty small on the mug, but I know she'll be able to tell who is who. I also had the image printed large so she'll be able to clearly see faces.


It was fun to see how the genes were handed down. Let me know if you start this project and I can give you some pointers for the Photoshop piece.

12 comments:

  1. Awesome. We love it. Grandma loves it. She did not know all the names were on the back, so I showed it to her.
    Again, thank you.
    xoxoxox
    aunt Ursula

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  2. Kristen that is a fantastic idea and it looks so modern and polished. You really came up with a gift that is unique and heartfelt for your Grandmother.

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  3. LOVE this. How do I find out how you did this? Thanks. sbieber@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Shae, I used Photoshop for this, a simple lasso and cut technique if you're familiar. Also, just a lot of resizing. You can easily find out on google how to use Photoshop, the real challenge is collecting all the pictures. Good luck!

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  4. Love this- what a great gift! How did you transfer the image to the mug?

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  5. I woulds love to do this for my mom. with pictures of the family from all over so the pictures would have to be merged somehow. I stupid with this stuff so i have no idea! do you glue it on and bake and stuff or what?? i'm not familiar with photoshop..i have a Mac so they might have an app for this??? (I haven't even had this for a month so i'm still trying to figure it out! lol so cn you send me some directions?? my email is tracibowman@ymail.com I would so appreciate it LOTS!!!
    Thank you so much! Have a Merry Christmas

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  6. Hi Kristen, I really love this project and plan to take it on as 60th & 65th anniversary presents for my in-laws and my parents respectively. I understand the lasso/cut technique. I'm interested in finding out your photo's finished size, and where you had it printed. Thanks! ~Margie

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    1. Hi Margie - This one ended up being 25" long and 6" high. It really depends on the amount of people in your family though. I did another one that ended up being 30" or so. It was trial and error for me, I had to constantly resize the canvas in Photoshop as I added people. Have fun! :)

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    2. Thanks for your response Kristen. Where/how did you have it printed? ~Margie

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    3. I had the mug printed at snapfish.com and the print I just took to Kinko's. You could probably get it done elsewhere but I really wanted to see in person how it turned out before I bought it. Especially since it's somewhat of an odd shape. Have a great day!

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