A few weeks ago I received a catalog that had personalized wrapping paper in it. It was SO cute, but pretty pricey. I knew there had to be a way to make my own for less money.
I decided to try out the engineering prints from Staples. I went with the 18×24 prints since they are big enough to wrap a shirt box and are only $1.79 a sheet (they actually print larger than 18×24 with some white space around it. Perfect for the back of boxes that you can’t see).
For this project I designed a contact sheet in Photoshop using Instagram photos (since they are already square). You can even use PicMonkey if you don’t have Photoshop! I figured out I would need 63 pictures since I was using 9 columns and 7 rows (you can use more pictures if you’d like to make them smaller on the paper). I put the 63 images in a folder, selected them all in Bridge, and went to “tools”, “Photoshop”, “contact sheet II”.
I put in the dimensions of the sheet (24″ x 18″) along with the number of columns and rows I wanted (9 columns and 7 rows). I also unclicked “font” so the file names wouldn’t go under each image.
Then I clicked “ok” and let Photoshop do it’s thing.
Because engineering prints aren’t really for photos, I desaturated the image so all the images would be in black and white.
And I think the final product turned out pretty well! I’m pretty much the worst wrapper in the world. But, this paper hides my bad wrapping skills 🙂