Monday, April 23, 2012
"You Fit Right In" Family Puzzle
As quite a few of you know, we are foster parents and have been going through the process over the past few months to adopt the baby that has been in our home for almost a year now. My husband and I have been doing lots of research and asking lots of adoptive parents on how to approach the topic of her adoption when she gets older. I want her to know without a shadow of a doubt that we love her and that she is part of our family. That she "fits right in" our family perfectly! I've been gathering quotes about adoption here and there, but about a month or so ago, I saw this picture on pinterest.com.
This 3rd grade teacher had this brilliant idea for this puzzle, I decided that I wanted to replicate it. I wanted to make a small version that could be put in a picture frame and hung on the wall, not only in our soon to be adopted daughter's room, but also in the rooms of my other 2 children. I also wanted to make a larger scaled family puzzle that can serve as a sort of "family tree". I'm currently still working on the larger scaled version, so check back often to see if it's created yet! :)
Want to make your own framed version for you children? Keep on reading. This "tutorial" is going to teach you how to copy and past the template below into your computer's "Paint" program. Everyone should have one, because as far as I know, they come standard on pretty much every computer. If you don't want to make this yourself, but would rather have me personalize it for you, simply click on the "Buy Now" button below, and I will personalize your own family puzzle for just $5.00. Once you have purchased your personalized puzzle, I will get in contact with you via email to get a list of your family names.
Before I begin the tutorial, here is how our own family puzzle turned out. These names are just my husband and I with our 3 children, and then our immediate family. I do have 3 different puzzles, so if you have more than 24 family members you want in your puzzle, then I have a 35 piece puzzle and a 48 piece puzzle you can choose from.
Now, here is how you can make your own.
Step One: Open your Paint program...
Step Two: Click on the puzzle template of your choice below, then left hand click on that template and click "Copy". Then go into your Paint program and then push the keys "CTRL" and "V". This should paste the picture onto the screen of your Paint program. If CTRL+V doesn't work, then you can always click on "File" at the top of your screen in your Paint program and scroll down and click on "Paste".
Step Three: Now you need to get rid of that excess white space around your template...if your template is alread surrounded with a grey space, then you can move onto the next step. Now scroll all the way down in your paint program, you will see a blue dot or 2 at the bottom of the screen, like this:
Position your mouse/cursor over that blue dot until your mouse changes from an arrow to a plus sign. If it won't change into a plus sign, check your side bar on the left hand side of your screen and make sure your "select" tool is selected. You "select" tool looks like this:
Now, once you have placed your mouse/cursor over that blue dot, click and drag the blue dot up until you have reached the border of your template, once you have done this, your screen/template should now look like this:
Now do this again by scrolling all the over on the right hand side until you see the blue dot on that side...
Drag that blue dot over so that it aligns with the border of your template. Now your template and screen should look like this...
Step Four: Now it's time for you to start adding the names of your family members. This next screen shot is VERY VERY important, so PLEASE don't skip this. Make sure that this little picture right here at the bottom of your toll bar on the left hand side of the screen is selected. You will know it is selected because it is blue around it:
Now that you have selected that button, (which that button allows you to type over the template rather than create a white box through it and type), you can start typing in your family's names.
Click on the square in the left hand column that has the letter "A" on it. This is your text tool. Now your mouse button will turn into the plus sign again when you move it over your template. Choose the puzzle piece you want to type a name into and click on the puzzle piece. A dotted-lined box should now appear on your screen with a blinking line inside.
Now type in the name of your family member, don't worry if it's not centered, we will fix that in the next step. If you mess up, don't worry, you can always go to the top of your screen, click on "Edit" and the click "Undo", or simply press "CTRL" + "Z" on your key board.
Now to center the name, click on your "Select" tool again at the top of your toll bar on the left hand side of your screen, remeber it? It looks like this:
Once that tool is selected, place your mouse/cursor (which should now look like a plus sign) over the top left corner of the name you want to center. Hold down the left button on your mouse, and drag the box across until the name (AND ONLY THE NAME) is surrounded inside that blue box. You do not want to have parts of the puzzle piece inside that box, just the name ONLY! This is very important! If you bring in parts of the puzzle pieces, if will move/erase parts of the puzzle piece when you want to center your name. So with your name boxed in, it should look like this:
Now, place your mouse/cursor over your name, and move your name until it is centered or placed inside the puzzle piece where you want it to be...
Repeat steps six and seven until you have filled your puzzle full with your family names.
Now, lets put your family puzzle into printable format, you have 2 options, you can print out your puzzle straight from your print program. Or you can copy and paste your puzzle into your Microsoft word program and print it from there. If you want to print from your Word program, skip this step and move onto the next step.
If you are still here on step eight, then you have chosen to print directly from your paint program. First, go up to the top of your screen and click on "File". Scroll down to "Page Set Up". A box should appear in the middle of your screen that looks like this:
In that box, under the heading Orientation, make sure that you have selected "Landscape". You will know it is selected because there will be a blue dot next to it:
Now, in that same box, under the heading "Scaling", select "Fit To", once again, you will know it is selected because of the blue dot next to it, you will also know that it is selected because the 2 little boxes next to it will turn white instead of gray. Like this:
Inside those 2 boxes, make sure they each have the number "1" in them, like this:
In the left hand side of the box on your screen, you should have a little gray box that look like this in it:
Once you have made sure that your little gray box looks like that, click ok. Now, you are ready to print your document from your Paint program. Go to "File" at the top of your screen, go down to "Print" and click on it. You should have a box appear on your screen that looks like this:
Select the printer you want to print from, and then click "Print" at the bottom of your box, and you're done! Frame it and hang it in your child's room, or where ever you like!
If you are wanting to print from your Microsoft word program, here is what you need to do...
To do this, begin by clicking on the "Edit" heading at the top of your screen in your Paint program. Sroll down until you have selected "Select All". Your puzzle should now have a blue dotted-lined box around it, like this:
Go back to the top of your screen and click "Edit" again, and scroll down to "Copy" and click on it. Then open up your Word program.
Before you paste your puzzle into it, you are going to need to make some adjustments to your page. Once your Word program is open, go to the top of your screen and click on "Page Layout".
Now click on "Orientation" and then click on "Landscape".
Next, click on "Margins" and then click on "Narrow".
Now, click on "Home" at the top of your screen:
Center your text cursor by clicking on this button right here (see screen shot below). This will place your text cursor in your Word program at the top center of your page...
Now it's time to paste your puzzle into your word program. Click on "Paste" at the top of your screen.
Your puzzle should appear on your screen like this:
If you don't have that "Paste" button at the top of your screen, simply hit "CTRL" + "V" on your keyboard and your puzzle should appear on your screen.
Now, just print your picture. You can do this by pushing "CTRL" + "P" on your keyboard, select your printer, and then click "OK" and your done! Now you can frame it, and hang it, or before you do that, you or your child can color in the puzzle pieces to help make your puzzle more colorful! I hope you and your family love your new family puzzle!!!
Here are the templates:
Posted by Robin at 10:34 AM