July 27, 2013

Saturday Snapshot Collages, 200 Continues

I look forward to Saturdays because of Saturday Snapshots with Run! Miss Nelson's Got the Camera.

I've never really considered myself much of a photographer, and I've never done much with a camera other than point and shoot. Oh, I play around with the settings now and then, changing up the type of shot that's produced. Sometimes I even turn off the flash or use night vision and when I edit photos I might crop or resize them. However, that's the extent of my "expertise."

I didn't even take any photos this week other than of my favorite subject, Miss DaisyMae. No Saturday Snapshots is complete without a picture of her.

I do enjoy taking photos, but I what I really like about snapshots is having fun adding speech bubbles to them or making slideshows/videos with them or even turning them into collages. I've found neat little pieces of freeware or web apps over the years that allow me to have a bit of fun. I've shared a few on Saturday Snapshots already: Phrase.It and Image Chef. This week I'm sharing a couple of images that I created to showcase a whole bunch of my snapshots. The first is of my favorite subject (see above), the second of my family, and the third of me.

The first two collages were created using Shape Collage, a small freeware program that you download to your computer (both Windows and Mac are available as well as iPhone and iPad). Additionally, there is a pro version that you can purchase that has loads of bells and whistles and tons of options. It takes but a minute to install Shape Collage and begin using it; no tutorial is necessary. It works like a typical word processing program, inserting pictures, selecting a few options (shape of collage, background color, borders of photos), then creating (in lieu of saving).

Much to my delight, when I went to Shape Collage this morning while writing this blog post, I discovered that the company has now added a web app. Called Get Loupe, it allows users to connect with social media accounts, accessing photos and publishing collages with the click of the mouse. With Get Loupe there are more shape options to choose from when creating your collage than with Shape Collage but it's just as easy to use. 

I've not been able to use Shape Collage with my students since it's a program that needs to be directly installed on a computer... that's a story for another time. However, now that I've found Get Loupe I can't wait to have my sixers (and eighth graders this year) make their own collages. I can think of so many possibilities for using this in class. How 'bout you?


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Happy Weekend,
Happy Teaching,
The Teacher's Desk 6


  1. Loving all of these apps. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing pics of Miss DaisyMae

    1. The best thing about these apps is how easy they are to use.
      Miss Daisy is happy that you like her pictures.

  2. Angela,

    I'm as bad as you are. Like your Miss DaisyMae, no Saturday Snapshots is complete without some (okay, many) pics of my Wild Ones.

    Thanks for sharing the photo apps! I've jotted them down so I can go check them out.

    Life in Room 24

    1. Not bad... just crazy about our furry children:)

  3. I love your photo collages! That would be fun to put up in my classroom!
    Grade 4 Buzz

    1. A while back I had thought of making a larger, poster sized collage with snaps of my kiddos! You've got me thinking about it again... uh oh, that can be dangerous. LOL!

  4. Great photo collages! Does it take a long time to do it? I know some are with apps, just wondering. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Jamie, be assured that if I am using an app, program, or website it is most definitely simple and quick. The toughest part with any of the ones that I've shared on Saturday Snapshots is deciding what photos to use.

  5. I love your collages! I am addicted to picture apps. I had not heard of the ones you mentioned, but I will check them out. Thank you for sharing.


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