July 6, 2013

Saturday Snapshots

I'm once again linking up with Run! Miss Nelson's Got the Camera for her Saturday Snapshot linky.

Last week was the first week for this new linky which asks us to share favorite photographs. Miss Nelson, an avid photographer, offers tips and tricks that she has learned to help other budding photographers. This week she discusses watermarks on photographs, something I had never heard of until I read her blog post.

I immediately went in search of a tutorial to help me understand what a watermark was and how to create one. A watermark is basically a stamp of ownership for a photograph. It generally is a rather faint (transparent) image of a name or website stamped onto the photograph that makes it a bit difficult for someone to claim/use your photograph as their own. I think it's just cool looking as my photographs aren't worth claiming by anyone other than moi!

I did find NUMEROUS tutorials for making a watermark using various programs, including Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, and PhotoShop. I chose to work with PowerPoint as it allows for a lot of flexibility when saving images. I pinned the tutorial so I could easily find it and so that my followers could as well.

After following the directions in the tutorial, I was able to add a watermark to my photographs. You can see it on today's snapshots. I'm  posting a series of pictures that show views of my classroom. Everything is decorated in shades of turquoise and purple. There are stripes, polka dots, plaid, and even paisley prints... quite eclectic... or as my family says- eccentric. What they mean is CRAZY!

I like the initial watermark, but I think I'll keep playing with it.

The colors of the walls and flooring are dull and dark, so my colors liven it up a bit!
Behind these curtains are 100's of picture and trade books!

Love this one... duct tape on a beat-up old PA speaker. My kids think it's COOL!
And this final snapshot is the reason why I am so late in posting today. These are my high school friends and I (the tallest one). We were inseparable before we graduated 37 years ago, but we hadn't been together as a group for nearly 35 years until last night, a night that stretched until nearly two in the morning! I haven't giggled so much in years until last night. What fun we had catching up and reminiscing!!!!!

Thanks, Miss Nelson, for Saturday Snapshots, and for introducing me to watermarks. I had fun learning about them and creating my very first one! SWEET!

And thanks to all my sweet bloggy friends who have helped me reach 100 followers. I'm still working on organizing a sweet giveaway in celebration. Come read more about it!

And speaking of celebrations and giveaways, my sweet bloggy friend Christy is celebrating her 300 Follower milestone! Woot! Woot! Please visit Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road for more about her celebration and to give her a shout-out!

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


  1. Thanks for linking up. Cute classroom. I also liked your explanation of a watermark.

    1. You're very welcome! I love this linky, great fun! I was thrilled to learn something new today, so thank you for mentioning and sharing your watermark.

  2. I love the purple and turquoise theme! I especially love your reading area. Are those blue pillows for sitting on?

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    1. Thanks, Jamie! Yes, the pillows are meant to sit on, or roll around on as my boys wont to do all the time... LOL! They were very inexpensive at WalMart. I brought them home to throw in the washing machine over the summer. I haven't tried it yet. I think I might take them to the laundromat... just in case!!!!

  3. Love the purple and turquoise! The duct tape speaker is cute. Will suggest that one to the girls down the hall in the old wing of my building. http://mrsbrownthebookworm.blogspot.com/

    1. Thanks, Sara! My school switched buildings this past summer, moving into a repurposed public school that would've been torn down if we hadn't moved in. The parents and board did a marvelous job of renovating the building, but they forgot some minor details, among them the PA speakers. It looked HORRENDOUS, but nothing a little duct tape couldn't cure. When I hung my speaker word quickly spread around the building and I had company the rest of the day. I can't tell you how many kids and parents took pictures of it and posted it on their FB walls... LOL!

  4. I love the tape on the PA speaker! That was such a great idea.

    1. Thanks! I used a LOT of duct tape last year when I first began the turquoise and purple theme. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah!

  5. How fun to hang out with old friends again! I see my best friend from school at least once a year and it's like we are still 16 years old. We giggle and still talk about boys (her hubby, my bf).
    Thanks for the watermark tutorial. I'm going to try it out tonight.

    KS and her Kids


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