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Like I said yesterday, I love the week between Christmas and New Years. I take time to reflect. To look back and look forward…
In 2010 one of my intentions was to do a 365 project. That is to take a photo a day all year. Well, I made it through July. As I looked back on photos from July, which were all centered around our house project, I got discouraged with the photos which looked boring and uninspired. So I stopped. Here’s the thing I learned…don’t be such a perfectionist. Life is sometimes boring and uninspired…hang in there. Nurture creativity and inspiration will come.
Speaking of creativity…
Here’s one way I nurture my creative side…Flickr. I can get lost in Flickr land, it’s full of all things inspired. Truly. No matter what your interest, there are hundreds even thousands of amazing creatives out there who are photographing it!
These are a few of my latest Favorites by other photographers who’ve inspired me this month…
1. Winter Sign..., 2. Sweet armony, 3. I am home for Christmas, 4. Untitled, 5. Peaceful, 6. IMG_1890, 7. decorate your nest !, 8. jingle bells in the snow, 9. day two hundred seventy four: "you're out of your element, donny", 10. Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful, 11. “To those who can dream there is no such place as faraway.”, 12. 266/365, 13. Tweet Me ?14. Not available15. Not available16. Not available
If you haven’t taken advantage of Flickr and you’re in need of fresh inspiration, trust me, pour some coffee and snuggle in for an hour of blissful discovery.
Photos inspire me on every level.
I’m going to attempt another 365 this year. And I won’t be so focused on perfection…
And this week I’m working on a photobook of all my photos from 2010. I uploaded my pictures to Snapfish every month and now I’m putting them in a book. I think I like this system of documenting our memories, I can’t wait to see the 2010 Year in Review book!
Do you have a process for your years worth of photos? Do you get hard copies and put them into a book or a scrapbook? I’d love to hear!
Tomorrow come on back and link up any of your New Year’s Inspiration! Parties, Resolutions, Foods, Photos, Winter Decorating…Also, do you have a favorite photograph of 2010? If it’s on Flickr link up your photo, I’d so love to see it!
It’ll be All Things Merry & Brite for 1 more week then the party will be: All Things Inspired! And check out the other parties under the tab I’ll Be Linking!
Questions about mosaics? Here’s what I do:
To make mosaics with my own pictures I use Picnik . It’s a great photo editing website. You can do so much to your photos on Picnik …think a (very) scaled down version of Photo Shop Elements but SUPER DUPER EASY! I have PSE which I use for editing most of the time but I still do my mosaics with Picnik. They have a free version but I do the $24.00 a year version ’cause I like it that much! If you don’t do PS or PSE you’re gonna find Picnik a GREAT resource! Check it out!
To do a mosaic with my “favorites” from Flickr (other people’s photos) I use Big Huge Labs: fd’s Flickr Toys. Flickr Toys is used by tons of Flickr users to make mosaics. I don’t know tons. Um, actually I know next to nothing, but here’s what little I know…
You need (I think) a Flickr account, which is a no-brainer…easy easy easy. Go to Flickr and follow instructions. Once you’re on Flickr you can wander around till your hearts content. The best way to find tons of inspiration is to find a photo you love and see which groups that photo is a part of. Then check out other photos in that group. When a photo jumps out at you click the Favorite button, you can’t miss it! Once you have several “favorites” go to Flickr Toys and follow directions to make a mosaic. The site takes the favorites from your Flickr and like magic creates a gorgeous mosaic!
There’s even a Flickr Toys group on Flickr! Check this out: HERE
If you have any more questions or if you know things I didn’t cover …oh do chime in!