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First Day of School Photos

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Today is the first day of school! Look at my second grader.


My sweet friend Kami has been making  message bubbles  for years (In fact she will make some for you out of wood). I love how these speech bubbles can add such a fun touch to photos.

I needed a  simple and quick way to make these message bubbles for our first day of school photo!  So I  used Elmers’s foam sheets, X-ACTO Knife, and chalk board paint. To make it even easier for you I  have a printable message bubble template.

Speech Bubble Template Download

Cut out the template, trace around it on the foam sheet and cut with an x-acto knife. I can’t say enough good about the X-ACTO Self Healing Mat (believe me it keeps you from a big mishap).

Cut out the entire message bubble.

Give the foam  message bubble a couple of coats of chalk board paint.

Once completely dry write your message on the bubble and take your photos!  These speech bubbles are a fun way to document special occasions and give photos personality!


Elmer’s has a new app for the first day of school. The 1st Day App makes capturing and sharing photos of the first day of school easy right from your cell phone.  The Elmer’s 1st Day app and website (the1stday.com) enables you to easily snap, edit, organize and share photos of those milestone moments with family and friends.

Elmer’s is committed to the education of young people and for every photo upload  they will make a product donation to the Kids In Need Foundation, a national non-profit that provides free school supplies to needy children.


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