Make a Daily Profile Photo…For Your Fridge!
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It’s inevitable; sooner or later (probably sooner) you’ll find yourself trapped in the dreaded Fridge Zone: forever peering into an open fridge pondering “What am I in the mood for?”
There is only one way out of The Zone; you gotta dig deep and discover your mood…with photography!
Get in some acting practice, snap some photos and make a handy magnetic go-to-guide of your emotions.
You’ll be wearing your heart on your sleeve and your mood on your fridge.
Why it’s cool
Put your face front and center with an awesome magnetic spectrum of your emotions. It’s got a grid of your many moods and a magnetic frame to announce your current temperament.
Turning your photos into magnets is easier than mac n’ cheese. So go make some faces and we’ll teach you a new way to express your magnetic personality.
- A camera with a tripod (or a friend)
- An expressive face
- Magnetic inkjet paper (easy to find at office supply stores)
- Photoshop (or something similar)
- Colored paper
- Scissors and an x-acto knife
Step 1: Ready, Aim…
Find a good, sturdy, blank wall to stand in front of. Set up your tripod and/or friend then put some tape on the floor so they stay in the same spot for the whole photo shoot.
Set your camera to manual or aperture/ shutter priority so that all of your photos have the same settings (to keep their chart worthy uniformity in top form).
Step 2: Fire!
Might we suggest as a starting point: happy, sad, afraid, excited, surprised, hopeful, angry, meh, tired, hyper, anxious, peaceful, disheveled, confused, confident, and hip.
It’s easy to get carried away here but you can always edit them down later.
Step 3: Now to the (Digital) Drawing Board!
Do any necessary editing and crop each picture to 1”x 1”
Step 4: Open up a Clean Slate
If you are using 16 photos you’ll need a file that is 5.75”x 6.75”.
Step 5: Go Graph Paper on That File
To make a guide simply click on the ruler and drag your mouse either down or to the left. The math here sounds a little tricky but you’re a smart cookie!
First, make a guide that sits ½” in from the edge all the way around. Second, make a new vertical guide an inch in to the right from the border. Then, make another vertical guide a quarter inch to the right of that guide. Make a third vertical guide an inch to the right from the newest guide…
Keep it up, inch then quarter, inch, quarter – until you hit the other side. For the horizontal guides the pattern is inch, quarter inch, quarter inch; inch, quarter, quarter. That extra quarter is for our super important text labels. Savvy?
Step 6: Drag and Drop it Like it’s Hot
Step 7: Use Your Words.
You left yourself a 1”x ¼” space for this which should be perfect for a 12 or 14 point font.
Step 8: Print it Baby, Print it!
You can place a black border around your grid in Photoshop to tell you where the edges are before printing.
Once your magnetic paper prints, trim it down to size.
Step 9: Fun With Colors and Shapes
Glue the colored paper you choose to a blank sheet of magnet paper. Then, draw and cut out a fun shape that is at least 1 ½” x 1 ¾”.
With your steadiest hand measure and cut a rectangle to the measure of 1”x 1 ¼” in the middle. Now you have a window into your emotional well being. Oh why, hello there!
If you got carried away and the grid is huge you can print it in pieces or on cardstock and hold it up with magnets on each corner.
Step 10: Spell it Out
And look at that, you’ve got a fancy-pants selector piece.
Step 11: Post Your Status to Your Fridge!
Want some more?
- Use the photos from this photo shoot as your digital profile pictures. Change them like you change your mood (and your sweater vests).
- Make a magnet frame for your roomies/family (with their name on it) so you can keep tabs of
each others’ emotional state.
- Make copies for all the fridges out there that need a bit of you to cheer them up (like your mom’s…you really should give her a call).
- If you’ve got kiddos in your life – have them take turns making expressions and make a collage chart of their cute little faces in the same fashion.
- Don’t have Photoshop? You can do the same thing with printed photos, a ruler, some scissors and glue. Cut and paste old school – then cover the whole thing with a thin layer of clear contact paper to keep it looking fresh.