I have a really bad photo addiction. I admit it. My kids spend a lot of time in front of the camera and I spend a lot of time editing pictures. I love to scrapbook, create online albums, facebook and just about anything that involves pictures. I am always excited to find a new way to display pictures and share pictures. Collage.com offers ways to do both. They gave me the opportunity to create a custom collage poster and a photo mug and I love them!
This past Mother’s Day my husband and I took our 4 kids to a nearby beach on the shores of Lake Superior. We had THE BEST day. Honestly, best Mother’s Day ever. My kids were so good and happy and we spent hours looking for agates, throwing rocks, having a picnic, swinging on swings in the park and I got GREAT pictures of all of it. When I was asked to create a collage poster from Collage.com I knew exactly what I wanted to do, create a collage of all of the pictures of our wonderful Mother’s Day.
Collage.com’s website was incredibly easy and user friendly to use. First, choose a product type and collage size. I chose to make a 20″x 30″ poster ($29.99). They offer 6 different sizes of posters and also offer with frame and with matting and frame. Prices range from $6.99 for an 8″x 10″ poster to $164.99 for a matted, framed, 16″ x 20″ poster.
Second step was to choose a collage shape. I will have to say this was the toughest part of the process for me because they have so many awesome options to choose from. With over 100 shapes it was very hard to choose what I wanted. They have them conveniently sorted into catagories such as states, romantic, sports, animals, etc it was easy to filter out what I wanted. I ultimately decided on a house shape because I wanted it to be something that would be displayed in my home that to me represented family and house seemed appropriate. I really also liked the CollageWord option where you can make a photo collage out of a word which you can type any word of your choosing. I think this would have been cool too, but I really liked the house.
Step 3 was to name my collage for saving purposes. This is an optional step. Step 4 choose your photos. They tell you a recommended number of photos for each product depending on size of what you are creating. For my 20×30 poster they recommended 15 – 300 photos. I believe I used about 90 photos which seemed to work really well. I think for a poster of this size if I would have used 200-300 they would have gotten quite small and hard to see. You can upload photos from your computer, from Facebook, Instagram or Flickr. Their site seemed to upload the photos rather quickly which is a huge plus in my book.
Step 5 was to choose my collage options such as background color, padding color (the lines between the pictures), and width of the padding, title (which allows many different fonts, font colors, and choice of top or bottom placement), orientation of collage (portrait or landscape) and photo placement which allows you to shuffle and click and drag photos until they are in the desired positions.
I chose to use a simple title of Family located under my collage. I will say that with the different shapes of collages there ends up being a lot of pictures cut off in order to make the shapes so it was somewhat of a challenge with 90 photos to get them all situated the way I wanted and I did have to just accept that some would be cut off and I couldn’t make them all situated perfectly. I am sure if I chose to work with less photos it would be easier. I framed the photo in a poster frame that I had.
The final step was to add it to my cart and check out which was an easy process, but before I did that I also wanted to create a collage photo mug ($18.99) for my Mother-in-Law.
Kyle’s Mom has 11 grandkids including my 4. As an avid coffee drinker, I immediately thought of her when I saw the photo mug option and was happy that Collage.com was willing to let me try that too! I decided to make her a mug of individual pictures of her 11 grandkids. This process was much the same steps as creating the poster. The process was very easy and the results were great. The mug turned out perfect and vibrant and she loved it and my kids LOVED giving it to her. The only complaint I have about this process was when I was doing the wording on the mug “Grandma Jo’s Babies” the i in babies kept not showing up on the screen and I was worried that I had typed it wrong, but it was indeed there, just not showing up for some reason.
Besides the posters and mugs Collage.com offers many other items such as mouse pads, blankets, canvases, cards and even shower curtains. I think that would be very fun to create a custom collage shower curtain.
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Disclosure: I received samples for the purpose of this review however all thoughts remain my own.