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Gift a Daisy! And a Bass Pro Shop Giveaway #ItsADaisy #CollectiveBias

If you’re looking for cool Christmas gifts for boys and girls (ages 10+), I’ve got an idea for you! My kids been begging for a BB Gun for a long time and we promised them, that when they were old enough and more responsible, we’d get them one.
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How to Make a Printable Photo Collage using PicMonkey ~ DIY Tutorial

How to make a printable photo collage in PicMonkey

The other day I made an awesome photo collage in PicMonkey. If you haven’t heard of PicMonkey but like photography and picture gifts, you’re in for a treat because it’s a mostly free, web-based editing software that’s super easy to use! I’ve been using it for blogging purposes almost since its inception and I love it. After I made this collage, I thought some of you might be interested in making your own, too. So here’s a DIY tutorial you can follow to make your own photo collages! {Bear with me… it’s a long tutorial! But it’s really not hard.}

Family Christmas Collage

How to Make a Printable Photo Collage using PicMonkey ~ DIY Tutorial.

Using this tutorial, you can create your own 4×6, 5×7, or 8×10

printable photo collage.

ow to make your own printable photo collage

First, head on over to PicMonkey and click on Create a Collage. You should see it in the middle of the screen.


The Collage screen should pop up for you. Open photos you want to add to your collage and insert them from your computer by clicking on the top button on the left – the one that looks like a picture. If at any time you want to add more photos, just hit the photo button and add more. It’s easy peasy.how to make your own printable photo collageBeneath the Photo button, you should see the Layout button. Click on that second button and browse through the different layout options. There are a lot of free options, but about 40% of PicMonkey’s features are accessed through a paid subscription only. I actually pay the $33 a year for this subscription because I love PicMonkey – but you don’t have to. You can stick to the free options, buy a year’s membership, or also pay $4.99 for a one month plan for a one time use.

how to make a printable photo collage

I used the Tile Border layout to create my collage and added five pictures. To add pictures – just drag them to the cell and drop them. You should see a highighted area and that’s where the picture will drop. If you mess it up, a new cell will be created but don’t worry – they’re super easy to get rid of.

How to make a printable photo collage in picmonkey

And to get my collage to look the way I want, I need to get rid of empty cells now. To delete a cell: Click on the empty box to get a X to appear. Do you see the tiny X in the middle cell? Click that X and the photo box will disappear. Do that to 4 of the remaining empty boxes. I also need to make my middle picture bigger. To resize photos within your collage: just grab the edge you want to change and drag. You can also edit the picture if you have the premium membership, for instance, turn it black and white by clicking the edit button. I actually turned my photo black and white before I put it in the collage, but that is an unnecessary step if you have the paid membership.

How to make a printable photo collage in picmonkey
Now, we need to add swatches to the collage. To add color and background swatches: click on the third button on the left, under the Layout button. Hover over it with your mouse, and it should say Swatches. Click on that and the Swatches menu will appear. PicMonkey updates the swatches all the time with seasonably appropriate swatches, or you can upload and use your own. I chose the Santaland theme for this collage. To add a swatch: drag and drop the swatch. The area should highlight where it will drop so you can see where it goes.

How to make a printable photo collage in picmonkey
Opps! See that huge extra cell on the bottom? If you accidentally do something like that, don’t despair. Just click the X twice and it will go away. 🙂

How to make a printable photo collage in picmonkey
Now click on that last button on the bottom left – the Background Button, and you can change the details of your collage. You can change the spacing between pictures, round the picture edges, make a transparent background, or change the background color. Play around with that button until you’re happy with the results.

How to make a printable photo collage in picmonkey
Now comes the magic! If you want to print your collage, you need to get a size that will print! To change the size of the collage, click on the lock button under your collage to change proportions. 

The proportions you’ll need to make a 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, or 11×14 collage are as follows:

portions for pritable picmonkey collages

The order I’ve listed above is for portrait orientation. Just reverse the numbers if you want a landscape orientation. Your pictures may distort a little once you change the size, so you can either change the size at the very beginning or just move your pictures around a little after you’ve got the size you want. I grabbed the pictures of my kids and centered my kids after I changed the size. Make sure you save a version of each size because once it’s sent to the Photo Editor, you won’t be able to edit the individual photos anymore.

how to make a picmonkey collageTo Save your picture – click the save button above your collage and follow directions. I saved the largest file size possible since I want to print it.

How to add text to a picmonkey collageSend your photo over to the Editor to add text ~ Now’s the scary part. If you’re totally happy with your collage {Remember – you won’t be able to edit the individual pictures any longer} click the EDIT button and send your collage over to the Photo Editor.

How to add text to a picmonkey collageHow to add text to your collage ~ Click on the Add Text Button on the left – the one that looks like Tt.  Now you can add text! You can change the size, color, center it in the text box. The Text Editor is very versatile.

How to add text to a picmonkey collage
Move the text box wherever you want it. You can rotate, change the size, etc.

How to add text to a picmonkey collageNow play around with the fonts. You can use one font for everything – or you can use a different font for each letter. Simply highlight the letters you want to change and then choose the font. I used Black Jack font for Merry Christmas and Budmo Jiggler for 2013.

And that’s it! Save your picture and you’re ready to have it printed!! Congrats! You have now created a printable photo collage using PicMonkey!

If you make a collage – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Taco Soup for Slow Cookers

taco soup for the crockpotTaco Soup is one of my go-to meals. When I’m in a hurry and need something that’s quick to throw together, this is it! It’s a classic open can and dump recipe and I’ve shared that version before here. However, I have mostly eliminated canned food from my house, so I’ve had to rework the recipe. As long as I have pre-cooked beans in my freezer, this recipe is pretty quick for me. I usually put it together an hour before I want to serve it.

Taco Soup for Slow Cookers

Recently though, my evening schedule has become really crazy and I need to get things going ahead of time, so I’ve adapted this recipe one more time – to fit in my 6 qt crockpot. This Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Slow Cooker is my work horse! Since I cook mostly from scratch, I really have to rely on appliances that maximize and reduce time I have to spend in my kitchen. If you’re looking for a good crockpot, I really recommend this one.

Regardless of how you make it though, open can and dump, prepare it an hour ahead of time, or make it in your crock pot, the result is one of my kids’ most favorite meals! And bonus! It freezes well, too. 🙂

Taco Soup for the Crockpot

Taco Soup for the Crockpot


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef, cooked
  • 44 ounces tomatoes (the equivalent of one quart jar and one 12 ounce can)
  • 3 cups cooked black beans (plus juice)
  • 3 cups cooked pinto beans (plus juice)
  • 1 quart corn
  • 1/2 cup taco seasoning
  • 3 TBS ranch dressing seasoning


  1. Brown the beef.
  2. Add all ingredients to the crockpot.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  5. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4330 Total Fat: 203g Saturated Fat: 70g Cholesterol: 522mg Sodium: 9184mg Carbohydrates: 408g Sugar: 79g Protein: 210g

We love to garnish our taco soup with cheddar cheese, tortilla chips, and sour cream! Enjoy!


Family Foto Friday ~ June 1st

I’ve been creating picture posts on Wednesdays {Wordless Wednesday} and a couple of times I followed Soule Mama’s lead and added my {in this moment} shots. But the true purpose of those posts is to simply post a picture without saying anything and I’ve found I can’t shut up. 🙂 So, I’m starting my own Family Foto Friday – where I share pictures of events from my life that touched me. Here’s my first post. Enjoy.
wordless wednesdayBen was thrilled when friends of ours gave him real baseball pants and socks that their son had outgrown. He got dressed a full hour before his ball game and told me he thought for sure he’d be the best looking ball player on the field.

But his comment about being good looking wasn’t even the best part of the game. The funniest was Ben’s sliding technique. He slid into every single base EXCEPT home. It was really funny.

And of course, I’m proud to say without a doubt, my kid was the best looking ball payer on the field! 😉

{Thanks, Josh, for the great pants and socks!! They will be put to great use.}