Tuesday, January 31, 2012
January photo challenge... complete!
I totally broke up with Twitter for Instagram.
Because let's face it, pictures are pretty and words are, how do I say it... NOISY.
My life is noisy. I wanted less info. More pretty. I like pretty.
Plus I like taking pictures with my phone. A lot a lot a lot. Enough to make my poor big camera all sad and abandoned. Doesn't help that it is still fighting with my computer.
But back to Instagram...
When I saw this little photo challenge come through my feed I thought it would be fun. An interesting way to start the new year. Some structure to the picture a day 365 (or 366 this year) plan that I start every year, then eventually, often quickly, quit.
Some days I absolutely loved it. Thinking of different ways to interpret the daily prompt. Other days I groaned as things like mailboxes, on day four, filled my feed. Really? Mailboxes? Lots of mailboxes? The paranoid part of me did not want to snap a pic of mine, because who knows what murderer is one step away from a Dateline story as soon as they know where I live. Because all he was waiting for was a pic of my mailbox to carry out his evil plan.
Then there was the inside of your fridge day. Ugh... Until I found kindred food friends who had things chilling, like my beloved almond milk, Cholula, and Sriracha. Less murdery. More hungry.
I am fairly certain that I have never actually done something for 31 days straight. It might be a small accomplishment, but for this A.D.D. quitter, it is a big deal. As for the February challenge, I make no promises. But this happy January grid is off to be printed and maybe even put in a little scrapbook.
Unless I quit before that project even starts...
Edited to add a little how to for the above collage. A little overly complicated how to. Because I rig stuff. I know just enough about a lot of things to get by. But not enough of one thing, to make it easy. This would be easy in Photoshop if I knew Photoshop. But I don't.
So here you go:
I knew I wanted it to be square, so I mapped it out on a piece of paper.
To break it down, I knew I needed nine 4x4 boxes. I spread out the white boxes strategically.
Then each day I added the text to the photos with the Phonto app.
I made the 4x4 collages with the PicFrame app.
Then I uploaded the nine 4x4 collages to Picnik (R.I.P).
Next, I sent it back to myself, added the January 2012 text with Phonto (totally hate all of the Picnik fonts).
Then I sent it off to be printed as a 12x12.
So you have it. My seemingly way too many step process to make a big old collage. Good luck!
Feel like jumping in and snapping your way through February?
I am going to be using the fun prompts thought up by my friends Erin and April.