I just redid my bathroom. When we bought our house in 2014, I didn’t care for the shade of blue in our guest bathroom. Frankly, it clashed with the floor. I didn’t have the time to repaint, though, so I made do. I decorated it in a music scheme, and even used markers and decorated the light switches. Honestly, I was never happy with it.
However, my uncle recently moved back to town and used to be a professional hotel remodeler. So, we hired him to paint the bathroom. We painted three walls in a rich blue that more accurately matches the tiles. Also, we painted one wall a bright yellow. I decorated the yellow wall with butterflies, hummingbirds, and flowers. However, the blue wall was devoid of character right behind the toilet.
I Want to Make it My Own
So, for the last two months, I’ve been looking for something to un-blank that wall. (Is un-blank a word? – It is now. It’s mine, and you can’t have it. 🙂 ). Finally, I decided I wasn’t going to be happy with anything store-bought. Does it sound like I’m hard to please? Because I’m really not. I just wanted something special. Sometimes, I just like a personal touch – not unlike the time that I made these No-Sew Placemats.
And, those placemats got me to thinking. I would love to have another collage, but not just in a rectangular shape. I wanted something custom I made. I’m not a crafty person, so it had to be easy. And I didn’t want it boxy. I promise. I’m not hard to please.
Then, I discovered that SilkenMermaid Software (the company that makes the TurboMosaic program I used on the place mats) make another collage program called FigrCollage. It allows you to create a shape collage from photos. You can either use their sample photos or your own. FigrCollage allows you make a shape collage from any simple silhouette photo. You may choose one of their many shapes. Or, you can choose your own. If you are really creative and talented, FigrCollage enables you to create a collage from an object you draw in. Choosing basic shapes is the key.
I chose to make a heart shape collage and frame it.
How else can you use a shape collage?
So, I talked to my sister, and she suggested how you could make personalized gifts. Sentiment runs high in my family. My mother and grandmother would adore grandbaby photos in a silhouette shape. You could also print several small ones. Cut them out, and then decoupage them onto a flower pot. Fill it with your favorite house plant and you have an instant home decoration.
My sister is a talented, creative type. I’m sure if we brainstorm long enough, we’ll come up with some more great ideas.
Shape Collage for Social Media
While you can absolutely set your own image size, it also offers some nice social media presets – including Instagram sizes, Facebook covers, and Twitter headers. To create the header image for this blog post, I input a custom size based on Twitter posts. Then, I exported my shape collage and imported it to Canva to add my own text!
You aren’t limited to shapes, either. if you use big, solid letters, you can create word collages, as well. Again, the key is simple images.
Notice that I made the Pinterest image with a butterfly shape collage. That’s my own custom shape! I scanned one of the decorations in my bathroom. Next, I used a graphics editor to turn it into a silhouette. Then, I used FigrCollage to turn into a shape collage. OH! and the header image is not the same collage that I put in my bathroom. For my bathroom, I used flower photos. The header graphic contains photos of my family and things I hold dear.
Can you tell that I had fun? I love to just let my creativity run sometimes!
Try it for Free
You can try FigrCollage for free. Just go to their website. Choose your operating system and download it. You don’t even have to share your email address with them. The free version puts watermarks on your collages. However, I do love that they let you try it without nagging you for an email address. That’s a huge selling point in my book.
What would you create with this program?
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