Tutorial – Jazz up your Colouring pages

Jazz up the colouring pages for your children. Add your own borders, Bible verses and page title. Make it a masterpiece in just 4 easy steps and then print!

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1. Add a Frame:  Right click on any free printable border and save it to your computer.  Open it up in a program like MS Publisher, Photoshop or Open Office Draw. These instructions are for MS Publisher.  Set page size to A4.  Adjust size and position so that it is sitting nicely inside your page… like so.

Sample frame with border

2. Add a Title:  Insert text box or word art. Choose a title for your colouring page.  Choose colour and font.

3.  Add a Bible verse:  Insert text box. Type in your Bible verse. Choose colour and font.  Your page should now look something like this…

Sample frame with border, title and Bible verse

4. Add Colouring Page: Copy (CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) your colouring page so that it fits nicely inside the border. Adjust size and position of everything until it looks just right.

5.  Print.

Print

That’s it!  Too easy!  You’re really getting the hang of this!

Additional hints

This is also how you turn a free printable border into a photo frame.  Just add a photo instead of a colouring page.

Insert a tiny touch of clipart (insert – picture) if you wish. Imagine a discreet trail of animal footprints across your scene. Or some matching clipart next to the title. Or maybe a butterfly or a ladybug sitting on a flower… or a nose!

Create a brand new scene Try putting 2 or 3 different colouring pages within your frame to create a brand new scene.  You may need to play with it a little until it looks just right. For example, when I sent my kids a ladybug theme, I found a whole heap of separate ladybug coloring images and put them into a garden scene coloring page I liked.

Make your own border. Insert a rectangle shape for your frame.  Choose a border colour and thickness.  One smaller (white) rectangle sitting inside a larger coloured rectangle works really well, like the one above.

Free printable photo frames (scroll down) are also great to use as a frame for your colouring pages.

The secret to keeping ink costs down, but still having your pages look fabulous is LOTS of white space. All you need is a tiny touch of colour to make your page a masterpiece.

Make your own stationery. Instead of a colouring page, simply add a large text box inside your border and type your letter. Add a Bible verse and some clipart if you are feeling really adventurous!

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Graphics courtesy of:  cutecolors.com
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