I’m on a collage rampage

Hello, all!

With the new season approaching, I’ve been inspired to change up a few things in my room.  First: wall decor.  On tumblr, I’m constantly seeing various types of collages, wether it be in a frame, on a desktop background, or on a wall.  I’ve always been a little unsure of using tonnes of masking tape to tack up pictures on my poor painted walls, however, I recently found Removable Mounting Squares by Scotch Tape, and they are my new heaven sent.  I will be embarking on a new project of my own; here’s my inspiration…

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And, here’s the beginning to my very own.

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I will update you when it starts coming along, which I’m sure won’t be too long!  I will also take this time to apologize for my absence, which has become a pretty regular thing–I’m well aware.  I am hoping to get a new video up soon (any ideas?).  Happy almost-spring!

-Liv

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DIY Collage Desktop Background

Happy Sunday!  So a while back, I found this image of someone’s desktop background on tumblr, and instantly thought I need one…typical me.

I thought it was a great idea to have a collage of all your favourite images instead of just one.  You can do this with just about as many pictures as you want, but I went with 16.  So, I searched around, and I’ve made one of my own!

 I just have some things that either inspire me, or my favourite things on there.  It is always interesting to look at, and I can constantly make more and more, and change it up whenever I’d like.  They are really easy to make and play with in PicMonkey.

To start, go to www.picmonkey.com and click on “Create A Collage”.  Click on “Layouts” on the left, and then click on “Square Deal”.

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For mine, I chose the third option, which gives you 16 pictures to work with.

To begin placing pictures, all you have to do is click and drag them onto your desktop, and then click “Open Photos” from the “Photos” button on the left.  Choose your picture, and then drag it onto the collage.

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Repeat these steps of dragging to desktop, opening it in picmonkey, and then dragging it onto the collage, until you’ve filled it!  You can also make some pictures bigger/smaller like in the original image I showed above.  You can do this by clicking the pace around the image, and dragging it the way you’d like it.

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If you’d like there to be no spaces around the pictures (no borders), you can click on the “Spacing” slider which is found in the “Background” menu on the left, and drag it all the way to 0.

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You can of course play around with it any way you want…but I have one more important step before you save it & make it your desktop pic!  You must change the dimensions of the collage, so that it doesn’t turn out blurry.  I just clicked and dragged the sides to make it rectangular, similar to the dimensions of my desktop screen.

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Now, click “Save” at the top, and then find it in your files, and right click on it, to find “Set Desktop Picture”.  Depending on what computer you have, you may need to go into your setting to do this.

 I just grabbed a whole bunch of images I liked from my tumblr.  It took some playing around with to get them the exact way I wanted.  I considered if the picture had lots in it, which colours it was, and how similar it was to other images around it.  For example, I didn’t want to have all pink pictures in one area, and not anywhere else.  Just fiddling….

VOILA!

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They are a little time consuming to make them just the way you want them (because I’m a bit of a perfectionist), but so worth it!  I even fiddled around with the size of my desktop icons to make the bottom pictures show better…

But, they are so cool looking!  You can do it with absolutely any images you’d like, including ones of your own.  I’ve got my fav youtuber (Zoella), T. Swift, and Gossip Girl’s S & B.  I also have my painting inspo, and a few things I’m currently drooling over.  The possibilites are endless, and they turn out great….oh, and it’s free!

Talk soon!

♥, Liv

Image of computer inspo found here.  All other images are screenshots of picmonkey.com, or my own desktop image.

DIY Beauty/Fashion Collage

Hello!  So sorry I haven’t been posting for a week!  Oopsie!  January has being pretty nuts for me…and it’s going to continue to be like that all the way through.  I have EXAMS.  Yep.  Just to get an idea, yesterday I had a science test, today I had a science test, tomorrow I have a french exam, monday I have a french exam, monday I have a geography quiz, sometime in here I am going to have another french quiz, a french exam on friday, a geography exam the next friday after that, and then my other two exams on that next monday and tuesday.  GOODNESS.  So I’ve gotta get studying!  The exam that I have on Monday, it’s a 3 minute long presentation in french that I’ve been memorizing, so I have been a little stressed with that.  Oh, and then I start a new semester on Feb. 5th, which is my easy semester with English, Business, Math, and Family Studies.  Thank goodness I got science and french over with.  Haha, so I apologize if I won’t be posting very frequently throughout the month…I’m not dead!  I’m just…consumed with craziness.

So, what I’m sure you are here for…

My collage!  I have a collage that I made about a year ago in my room, and I am doing a full post on it!  I’m going to share my tips, and ideas, and a few close-up pictures of mine.

To be honest I don’t even know where I got the idea from to make one of these, it was so long ago!  And I wanted to say that I have also started making one with birds from Birds And Blooms magazines for a birthday present for my Aunt and Uncle…so they don’t have to be just beauty…you can use whatever clippings you’d like!

Here are a few things I’ve learned that I want to share!  These are just what I did with mine, but obviously you can customize your’s however you desire.

  • Make clean cuts!  Go around the image neatly and evenly to make it look nice and neat.  
  • Don’t worry about overlapping, but don’t do it too much.  When you get almost done, you sometimes will have some little spots to fill up, but pick and choose the right sizes of pictures so that they try to fit well in the blank space.
  • Try to fill up as much area as you can, but once again, don’t overlap too much.
  • Remember that you can change up the angles of things for a cool look.
  • All sizes welcome!  I think a collage looks better with lots of sizes of images cut out.
  • Even out the colours.  I liked to make it sort of all even, and not too dark in one place, or too pink in another.
  • Keep in mind that when you are done your eye might go to one single thing, and you want to be sure that you really like that thing.  Don’t make the focal point something that you don’t love.
  • Even out the sizes too!  Make sure there aren’t huge things in one spot, and little things in the other.
  • Keep in mind that if you are framing it, the frame will cover up the edges a little.
  • Do you want writing or no writing?  I liked an even mix of both.
  • Keep a large garbage bin right beside you so that you can just lean over it while you are cutting the images for an easy clean up!
  • If you are looking for really little things to fill up some space, you can use words you like.  For example ‘blush’, or ‘Nordstrom’ to fill out the little spots.

And my last and final tip…the most important in my opinion…

  • Make sure that you love every single thing you cut out.

That is what made mine so special to me.  I really went through tons of magazines, and picked out things that I really liked or that sort of had a story to them.  I really can’t say that I dislike ANYTHING on my collage.  This is what made it the most time consuming for me.  I always found things that I loved, but there would be like article writing over them and I didn’t use them…haha.

By the way, I did this collage in sort of two periods.  I worked on it for a few months, and then took a long break, and then got into it again.  I just used old magazines from around my house and a bristol board.

Anyways, enough with this, here it is!

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I have seriously gotten so many compliments on this thing!  I just can never stop looking at it whenever I’m getting ready in the morning.

Thanks for reading!  Talk to you soon, and please let me know if you make one or have one!  Bye!