Preserve Your Memories With a Baby Collage

Use photo software to showcase baby's special moments

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Baby's first everything. Getty/Moment/baobao ou

Any parent can attest that digital photography has revolutionized the way we think about baby pictures. Instead of worrying about the cost of developing film, we can snap hundreds of pictures of everything from baby rolling over to baby's first steps. The downside to all of these pictures, however, is that we need to come up with creative ways to display our special memories.

It's never been easier to showcase your pictures.

There are lots of websites that offer inventive ways to display your photos, but I'm a fan of software. Picture Collage Maker Pro allows you to create fun collages with your photos without a hitch. You don't need to be a tech expert to make something special. Designs made with Picture Collage Maker Pro can be emailed to friends and family, set as desktop or phone wallpaper, printed out and framed, or used in a scrapbook album.

How to Make Picture Collages:

If you've ever used any sort of desktop publishing software, you'll find the interface for Picture Collage Maker Pro to be fairly intuitive. If not, its developer, Pearl Mountain Software, has a comprehensive Tutorials and Tips section on their website.

Using Picture Collage Maker Pro is easy. Simply drag and drop pictures into templates. The program has a variety of customization options that let you change backgrounds and frames, and add clip art and text.

Photos can be resized as needed, and you can add drop shadows or masks for a bit of visual interest.

The templates and graphics in the program are nicely drawn, but you won't find any licensed graphics from the leaders in the scrapbooking industry. If "name brands" are important to you, you'll be better off choosing a different program or subscribing to a web-based service such as Smilebox.

Picture Collage Maker Pro allows you to import your own graphics, so you can get creative and make collages using your favorite digital scrapbooking freebies if you'd like.

Hybrid Scrapbooking:

One popular technique in the world of scrapbooking involves using a combination of cardstock, patterned papers, embellishments and computer software to make scrapbook layouts. Picture Collage Maker Pro has a series of simple collage templates that you can use to align a collection of your favorite photos for printing and adding to a traditional 12x12 paper scrapbook layout. An 8x10 photo collage mounted on a sheet of patterned paper and framed by border stickers is a simple, pretty scrapbook page.

Making Calendars:

The primary use of Picture Collage Maker Pro is to make photo collages, but the software also includes several monthly and yearly calendar templates. A yearly calendar personalized with your child's photo tucked inside an 8x10 frame would make a great gift for grandparents and other relatives.

You could also create small calendars to keep on a desk or hang on the fridge.

Purchasing Picture Collage Maker Pro:

Download a free trial version of Picture Collage Maker Pro on the Pearl Mountain website. The trial version lets you use all of the features of the program for 15 days, but your images will have a watermark on them when printed or saved as JPEG files.

If you're happy with the program after the trial period runs out, you can purchase it for $39.90 and get a 30 day money back guarantee. Please note that Picture Collage Maker Pro is only compatible with Windows.

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