First Day of School Photos

    Posted by  ·  August 14, 2012

    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 ( 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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    1. Monday, January 30th, 2017
      Thank you will make a bubble try for a frame also
    2. Thursday, August 1st, 2013
      Very clever idea. I am going to make a few bubbles for photo prompts.
    3. Thursday, January 10th, 2013
      Creative. Thanks for taking the time. I will definitely return to this site to see what's new and inform my acquaintenances about your posting.
    4. Shawna A
      Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
      I'm always looking for creative ways to take pictures. Thank you for sharing.
    5. Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
      Adorable. Great idea!
    6. MomStarr
      Thursday, August 16th, 2012
      I want to make a cute chalk board for my kitchen wall would foam board work ok or should I use another heavier material? Thanks!
    7. Joyce
      Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
      Thanks for adding the template download!!
    8. Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
      Awww...little Miss B will be a 2nd Grader?! She's so cute! I hope she has a great year. Thanks for the shout out. I love how small yours is...and light weight too! Even better!
    9. Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
      I love this! What a cute idea and beautiful child. Enjoy every minute, because next thing you know she will be grown. My "baby" is 35! We took photos every year on the first day of school and even the first day of college. With that in mind she e-mailed me a "first day of school" photo this morning from HER classroom where she is a High School Special Education teacher! She entitled it "baby back to school" knowing it would make me tear up.
    10. Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
      Adorable! Hope she had a great 1st day! :)
    11. Joyce
      Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
      Your daughter is adorable and great idea. Where is the link for the bubble template that you said you had for us? Maybe I just overlooked it. This is a great idea!!!
      • Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
        oops I forgot to upload the template. It is there now.
    12. Robin
      Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
      Love this! Where is the template?
    13. Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
      Awww - she's so sweet :D
    14. Amy
      Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
      Your daughter is adorable! I'm a 2nd grade teacher, and I love those "1st day" smiles!
    15. Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
      I love the message bubble idea! I don't have any kids in school, but maybe I could write things on it I think my dog is thinking... ;-)