Tuesday, March 17, 2015

{#sol15} a slice of inspiration 17/31


The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
hosted at the Two Writing Teachers
Join us for a month of writing!



A slice of inspiration ...

I have read numerous slices this month and over the years that hold powerful words and messages.

Powerful words that make me stop and think.
Powerful words that strike my heart.
Powerful words that will stay with me for a long time.

I read a slice last week by my writing friend Terje -- catching the light.  She wrote words that I wanted to remember.  I jokingly suggested in my comment that "we" should make a poster capturing her photographs and words ...


Sweet Terje responded to me in an email letting me know that I was welcome to create a poster as she currently lacked the skills and tools.  I smiled because when I suggested "we" make the poster, I meant "she" because I didn't think I had the skills or tools either! 

But then over the weekend I read  Michelle's celebration slice at One Grateful Teacher.  She shared a new app -- a new app that creates amazing posters!  I quickly downloaded the free version of Vanillapen and started creating.  What fun!

I uploaded Terje's gorgeous tulip photographs ... and then added her powerful words ... 

Photo Credit: Terje Äkke (2015)

Photo and Quote Credit: Terje Äkke (2015)
Then I played some more ... a different photograph, varied the size, fonts, and colors.

Photo Credit: Terje Äkke (2015)
Photo and Quote Credit: Terje Äkke (2015)

Then I recalled another app I learned about last week.  Waterlogue is an app that Stacey at Raising a Literate Human shared and I fell in love with this app.  It is quite amazing as it takes your photograph and transforms it -- in front of your eyes -- into a watercolor painting.

Photo Credit: Terje Äkke (2015) turned Watercolor

So cool, right?  And then I added Terje's powerful message that I want to remember:

Photo and Quote Credit: Terje Äkke (2015)


And to think that I wasn't sure about creating an amazing poster.  The tools were shared and I just had to spend a little time playing.

Posters created in as easy as a click, swipe, and save on my phone!  Enjoy these posters for your own personal use and enjoy creating your own!

Thank you to Terje, Michelle, and Stacey for your inspiration ... 
all because you paid it forward and shared!

19 comments:

  1. I love photography, words, and creating. What a lovely collaboration that shows why the slicer community is invaluable. We help each other grow so much.Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Wow! Wow! Wow! I LOVE this Michelle!!!! (I found another app...WordSwag.) I LOVE how you used it!!!!! Thanks for the shout out. I can't wait to play more with the app and find some interesting ways to use it!!!

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  3. So cool Michelle, and you did this all on your phone??? I can barely see on an iPad! I will have to check Vanillipen out! Beautiful! xoxo

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  4. I saw these apps and the beautiful Terje photo, but it took you to put it together. What a great community we have here!

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  5. Beautiful. So talented and creative you are. Thanks for the tips on the apps. I'll have to try them out. Love ya, Mom

    I see you're reading Before Amen - what do you think? Powerful book. We'll have to discuss it next week.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this, Michelle! Loved to see all your different versions! We are often so intimidated by technology and think we can't, but all it usually takes is a little bit of playing around! The poster turned out beautifully!

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  7. This is great Michelle! I can't wait to play with that watercolor app! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Love that you tried various technology to get the outcome you wanted. So important to experiment if we are going to feel confident integrating and finding a place for this work with our students. Try Canva for this type of image creation too!

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  9. What you've done with the apps is incredible!

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  10. I've wondered how people get writing on the photos, now I have an app to investigate. Beautiful combination of photos and words!

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  11. Wow! I so have to try this. I want to do this with my OLW. Hopefully I will have some play time later in the week. This is absolutely beautiful!

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  12. Loved the way this idea morphed from one talented perspective to the next. Just glorious!

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  13. Beautiful all around! How nice of you to capture her words for her.

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  14. You can now add "graphic artist" to your skill list. Such a beautiful poster with an important quote to remember.

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  15. I want to make a poster!! You are amazing!! I love the quote, too!! Thanks for sharing all the great resources... I wonder what photo I could use...

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  16. Wow! This really is so, so, so cool! You could make beautiful cards too! I want to try out these apps!

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  17. Marking this post for some playful fun time . . . when March is over! Michelle coached me along back in January when I wanted to make a visual for my OLW. The power of this community!

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  18. I kept loving each one you (and Terje) created more, but then I'd see the next and say "no, I love this one!" Beautiful!

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