how i made it

Thanks for all your sweet comments about Sketchbook, my colorful Project Life, and every other random thing I post. Have I told you lately how much your comments brighten my day? Well they do. So thank you for that.

Some of you asked how I made the collage of my January photos.

It's super easy, and I have Elise Blaha to thank when years ago she posted about Big Huge Labs, as it's been one of my favorite sites ever since. Seems to work perfectly for projects like photo-a-day and  really, anytime you want to use a collage of photos. So here's a little tutorial on how it came together.

1) I uploaded all my images (taken with my iPhone) to flickr. I put them into a set labeled 365 of 2012.

2) On Big Huge Labs, I chose the Mosaic Maker. You can adjust the settings for whatever suits your need, for example, when I just did the 1st week seen here, I made my settings for Columns: 7 and Rows: 1. For the entire month of January, here is what my settings look like:

3) After changing the Columns to 7 and Rows to 5, I chose Flickr photoset and entered the URL for the 365 of 2012 set, and hit create.
4) Once created (which feels a lot like magic), I saved it to my computer and opened it up in Photoshop to add the JANUARY. These fantastic letters are from Design Editor's Glitter alphabet, available on etsy. I also added my camera icon from my first release for American Crafts. We don't have a digital version for sale, but you can get the same camera in the Love Struck stamp set as well as The Good Life paper.

If you're looking for more digital tutorials or options, Pugly Pixel is a fantastic resource. Not to mention she always has fun stuff she's blogging about.

So there you have it - if you happen to make a collage and want to share it, please link it up in the comments.