Happy Friday! Looking for something to pass the time until the weekend starts?!? You will either love or hate me after this post (probably a combination of both!). I have discovered a website that has proven to be a time vacuum…but also pretty much awesome! As you know, I’m
slowly giving Babygirl a room makeover…and I’m big on creating my own ‘art’ to fill walls. Not only because it’s cheaper, but also for the sentiment and personalization it lends. (Remember these pictures I made for my son’s room?)
I’ve got several ideas on how to fill the empty walls in her new room…and creating one of these ‘Word Clouds’ is definitely one of them!
Super cute, right? The secret is Wordle! It’s super easy, but I’ll give you a basic tutorial. First select ‘Create Your Own’ and this screen will pop up:
Simply type the words you want in your word cloud. If you want a word to appear larger, type it multiple times. If you want words to stay together, like a phrase, put the tilde ( ~ ) between them instead of a space. Once you’ve entered them all, click ‘Go.’ (You can’t come back to this screen,
which is highly annoying, so if you’re not satisfied with the words, you’ll have to re-enter them.)
Ta-Da! Your custom Word Cloud. Now the fun part….you can adjust the Font, Layout and Color scheme using the drop down buttons at the top. You don’t have a lot of control on where things are placed (this is a free service, don’t complain!), but if you adjust it enough times, you’ll eventually get to the layout you want. For some reason, you can’t easily save your Clouds. You can print them directly from the site, but I wanted to
stockpile save mine, so I came up with a few options.
1) Print to a PDF if your computer has the option and save image as a PDF file.
2) Do a screen shot, open in Paint, crop just your cloud, copy in to a new Paint screen, then save as a jpeg. Sounds like a lot, but again, free service.
This is where the time vacuum part kicks in….I made a soccer themed one for my son:
Then he got in on the action and made one for his door:
I had a
hormonal sappy moment and made one for Mr. Sugarplum:
How about a baby shower invite:
I love those oversized subway signs, but don’t love their prices. I created this Cloud using the cities of our favorite trips, then used Picnik to weather and age it a bit. Places like Staples will make large prints from your image files….this could be an inexpensive way for a custom subway sign:
What do you think? Will you be trying Wordle?
Have a great weekend friends….and don’t forget to enter the 100 Post Giveaway for a $50 Gift Card! Winner announced Monday!