Today’s the last day of January. One month of year 2012 is gone just like that. How time flies!
Anyway, remember I showed you a peek of the photo collage of my Instagram images in my last post?
Yes, I’m back here today to share some tips how I created a collage of my Instagram images which will be inserted into my Project Life Week 4 to conclude the month of January. And I thought it would give you a heads up too so you can do this on your Week 4 spread.
Ok, shall we start?
Remember to save your Instagram photos into a special folder so it’s easier for you to print them when you need to. Or you can organize it the way you want it and feel most comfortable with.
Next, open Picasa. This is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website. I’ve been using it for years and it’s great for minor editing and photo collage. It’s free and you can download it HERE.
Step 1 – Select your Instagram folder as shown in the image below.You sould see all your images in that folder if you move the sliding button on the right or use your mouse to scroll to view the images in the folder.
Step 2 – Highlight the images you want to collage.
If you ask me, I have more Instagram images to fit into an A4 photo paper but I decided to randomly pick 30 images instead. I don’t want the image thumbnail to get too small that I can barely see them at all. An A4 size print can fit 6 rows of images x 5 images in a row = 30 images in total.
Press & hold “Shift” key (for Mac) or “Ctrl” key (for Windows) and use the mouse to select multiple images. Your selected images should be highlighted in blue outline like shown in the image.
Step 3 - Once your images are selected, click on the “Collage” button at the bottom menu bar as circled in red below.
Step 4 – Once you click “collage” and it will bring you to another window that will show all your images you want to create a collage. On the left bar, click on the drop down arrow on “Setting” (1) and select “Contact Sheet: Thumbnail with an information header” (2).
Step 5 – On the left side bar again, click on drop down arrow under “Page Format” and select “10 x 15:Large Print” option.
Step 6 - Last 2 steps would be to select
1. No border under “Picture Borders” option.
2. Then click “Create Collage” and you’re all done! The collage will be saved in a folder named “Picasa” > “Collage” (sub folder). Mine is saved in my main ”Picture” folder, I think yours should be the same.
Now we’re done creating a collage of Instagram images in a 10″ x 15″ size for large prints, I’ll show you a few simple steps how I printed out the collage.
Remember, I’m using a Canon Pixma printer and it comes with the Easy-PhotoPrint utility. If you’re using other brands, you should have it installed or would have done so. I won’t go into that.
First, open the printer utility and look for the folder where the collage photo is saved, in this case it’s “Picasa” > “Collage” for mine. Select the collage image as shown below.
Next, select A4 photo paper size and semi-gloss for media type.
Final step would be to pick the type of layout.
I selected the option Bordered (full) because I need the size to be smaller than the 8.5″ x 11″ page protector insert. I’ll show you what I mean later.
And click print and we’re done!!
The steps are pretty simple right?
I love the overall collage look as it gives me an overview of the Instagram images I captured in the month of January and a lot of the images depict my everyday life. When I look at each image it reminds me the story behind it, where I was, what I was doing, who I was with etc. This is a cool idea to review all the images at one look.
Remember that when this collage is printed on an A4 photo paper it will also include the information header. Just trim it away like I did. I also clipped the 4 corners with a rounded punch.
Then I mat it with Kraft paper, leave a border of about 2-3mm width, cut it out and finally adhered onto a pattern paper (can’t remember the brand) with 8.5″ x 11″ size which fits the protector perfectly!
I just added a label sticker from Echo Park Paper Victoria Garden collection on the top page and AC Thickers alphabets with the word January at the bottom page. Both of these items are purchased from Scraplicious store.
I hope you enjoyed this post and find the tips useful.
Try creating the collage yourself and you’ll be addicted to it! Really really! *laugh*
Happy Tuesday and I’ll be back with my Week 3 update tomorrow!