Name Photo Collage


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In about 3 weeks, we are making a big move as a family from South Florida to North Florida. We went just over a week ago to see our brand-new home that we purchased sight-unseen. While we were visiting, we really wanted to explore our new surroundings. We took the kids to a beautiful park that used to be a train station, we went on a nature trail through the woods, and we walked around our new neighborhood.

The kids really enjoyed exploring the outdoors. We found flowers, rocks, butterflies, birds. We saw new types of trees, a nice creek, and a tiny waterfall. At the playground, they challenged themselves to try out different equipment and ran around in the splash pad. Seeing their excitement about the new places we’re visiting definitely makes this move an awesome adventure for all of us.

While the town we are living in is where I went to college, there’s so much I didn’t see while I was there {and so much that has changed since} that it feels like a brand new place for me in some ways, too. I anticipate many hikes, picnics outdoors, national park exploration, and more as a family.

When Lydia was just 6 months old, we took our first family vacation to St. Augustine, FL and Savannah, GA. I got this great idea to look for the letters in her name while traveling so that I could take pictures to create a Name Photo Collage. Well, I took the photos, but I never followed through with making the collage… until today!

How to Make a Name Photo Collage

While on our trip to Gainesville, we searched the playground and nature trail for L-Y-D-I-A in trees and plants, in playground equipment, along the ground — anywhere we could. Lydia is now 7-years old, so not only is this a fun activity for us to do together, it’s actually an awesome learning opportunity, too.

After we discovered and photographed all the letters in her name, I edited the photos so they were 5″ x 7″ and printed them. I made sure each “letter” took up most of the space in the photograph so that it was very clear that they spelled her name. We purchased a photo frame with 5 openings to spell out Lydia, and she helped me to assemble her name to create this Name Photo Collage.

We taped each photo into the correct space, added the back, and twisted the small pieces that hold the back in place. Lydia’s Name Photo Collage is ready to hang on her new bedroom wall when we move. Guess it’s time to make one for Bryce, too!

Sometimes I try to see the world through my children’s eyes, and I imagine it must look like such an overwhelmingly enormous place. There’s so much to see and explore and experience. So much to touch and hold and try…

…and so many ways to get dirty!

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How do you enjoy the outdoors with your family?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia (age 7) and Bryce (age 5). Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.
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One Response to Name Photo Collage

  1. emily maric says:

    Hey Carrie- I enjoyed reading this post, even though I don’t have any kids this is such a fun and creative idea for anyone. I Pinned it to my DIY board, so I can create one with my niece later.Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂 xo, Emily

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