How To Re-Size Your Photos

Hey, remember this post a few days ago…..well, a few of you asked about a tute on how to re-size your photos to make this cute pendant. (see, I really do listen to you guys :)
You’ll be happy to know that it’s SUPER easy-peasy!!

Just go to where your picture is on your computer. Then, right-click on the picture (the thumbnail one) and click on “copy”.

Now, open up your Word or Publisher Document and right-click again and choose “paste”. And your photo will appear (magically) on the screen.

(what Word looks like)

Now, right-click the pic again and choose either “size” or “format picture”, it may be different in different programs. In the version of Word that we have (2007), I click on “size”…….

(what Publisher looks like)

In Publisher (2007), I click “format picture” and then choose “size”

Ta-Da! Then you have your RE-SIZED picture!!

(Don’t forget to visit Jen Gagliardi to have her take awesome pics like these of your fam!!)

If you want to do multiple photos, just do the same thing, but hold down the “control” key while clicking on the pics you want so you can select multiple pics. Then, of course, click on “copy” to copy them all to your clipboard.

Then, right-click “paste” again and they will all appear on screen. Now just re-size them like before.

Now, save it as a file and you can upload it to the Staples (or any other site that does this) website for them to (laser) print it on 28 Lb. white paper……because…….
 regular photos don’t do well, since the paper is pretty much non-breathable and never lets the glue dry onto the glass tile.

Hope this helps….

Have fun!
p.s. Don’t foget to upload your pics of your projects (can be anything!)  here, so I can feature you!!!!

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. Thanks for sharing!

    I have a slightly different technique to re-size my pictures for the tile necklaces.

    Using publisher:
    -set page size to (4×6 times 3) 12×18
    -insert pictures
    -create a box with no fill and a gray.75 border ~ 3 times the size of my tile that I will be using for the necklace (i.e.; for a tile size of .78x.78 = 2.34×2.34)
    – create as many of the boxes detailed above to as many pictures you are using
    - re-size your picture using the box as your guide
    – click shift as you re-size your photo manually with your mouse
    – I do not resize my picture to the exact size of my tile because I often want to crop something or zoom in.
    ~ you are finished once all your pictures are re-sized and the box is situated to the part of the picture you want to use on your tile
    - lastly, save your picture/file as a JPEG
    - save the JPEG file to a photo card or send to your hour photo or printer
    ~ I use photo for my necklaces because I like the finished look. Sometimes I’ll peel of the thin backing to better work with the picture.

    ~ I increase my page size and box size by 3 (to 10) times because it helps the overall quality when printing vs. using a small scale

    Feel free to contact me if you need more clarification. I’m by no means an expert but just wanted to share my tips.

    Pax Christi – lena

    here’s my latest creations

  2. Lena~
    Wow, thanks so much for that….I LOVE it when my readers share their knowledge :) Though, I just wanted to say, that’s the first way I did it and had it printed as a pic at Walgreens (they did look very nice). The photo paper didn’t allow the glue to dry (since it was nearly water resistant and no air could get in), so the photo kept peeling off the tile. That’s why I ended up doing it this way (after much brainstorming). But, if you used a glue that DID dry under the glass, I would LOVE to know what it is! Thanks so much!

  3. Thank you, thank you for sharing this.

  4. Emily, Thanks for sharing! Great information! How did you do the screen shots? :)

    Esther and I are reading your blog together and Esther is having a blast with seeing her famous cousins on the computer screen…:)

    Love you!

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