Thursday, May 7, 2015

Create a Photo Collage for Mom

Mother's Day is just a few days away and you've completely reached panic mode. There's not enough money in the world to get a gift worthy of the woman who gave you life, sacrificed and guided.

She is your shoulder to cry on, your confidante, your advisor.  She loves you unconditionally but lets you follow your dreams even if they lead you away from her. How can you possibly come up with the perfect way to honour her?

My advice? As a mother of four I know that the most precious gifts from my children are the ones that are all about them. A surprise visit for no reason other than me,  a mother/daughter outing or a mom/son lunch are guaranteed to brighten my life far more than something extravagant. 

Photos of my kids are also on the list of favourites.  I love those pictures revisited from the past, where siblings take old poses and stage them again.

Another nifty idea is a collage, whether it's a walk down memory lane or a group of family portraits.  The nice part is that these are easy to do in Photoshop with just a basic understanding of the software.  With some great images from I've put together a collage for Mom.

I selected a soft ocean background (#615628) to begin. After opening a new 10" x 8" document in Photoshop, I open the illustration and dragged it onto the page. This is the first layer. (It's good to rename each layer as you do it to make it easier to work with them. Simply double click on the layer name to do this.)

If you need to change the size use Edit > Transform > Scale. Hold down the Shift key and move the edge of the picture until you get the size you want then hit Return.

The photos of the family are #220178, #220950, #221475, #220475 from the website.  To place the first picture, I clicked on the background layer, went to File > Place and made my selection. After renaming the layer, I added a small frame. The steps for this were Layer Style > Stroke, after which I selected the size and colour I prefered. Then I simply repeated the steps for the rest of the photos.

As I was happy with the results at this point,  there was no need to angle any of the pictures, but if you would like to do so choose Edit > Transform > Rotate.

Nothing, fancy, super simple but guaranteed to make some special woman's Mother's Day.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Awesome Mother's Day Clipart

 "The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." — Honore de Balzac

Who doesn't love Mom? She is counsellor and confidante, chauffeur and chef,  love and life. We make mistakes, she guides us in cleaning the mess. We break her heart, she lets it go. She nurtured us, helped us and cherished us.  If necessary she would give her last bit of food to sustain us, her coat to warm us. 

In return she asks little and quite often that's what we manage to give. So one day a year we take some time to honour her.  Mother's Day is the time to remind us to say thank you to Mom for, well, everything. 

The origins of this event date back to the early 20th Century, when Anna Jarvis began a campaign to recognize the contributions of mothers in our life, "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world."

So this Sunday, mothers will be treated to gifts. They will be indulged. They will be telephoned.

There will be many reasons for people to be searching out appropriate illustrations for Mother's Day, for use in personal projects such as cards or photo albums, or for businesses to sell products or advertise dinners and events.  I've selected a few collections to make the hunt easier:

Acclaim Images

ClickArt Online

TOON Clipart

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

How To Create a Mother's Day Card

Hanging on my bedroom wall is a painting,  a simple flower in summer colours drawn by one of my favourite artists — my grandson when he was about six years old.  Written above this delightfully simple piece of artwork are the words "Happy Mother's Day!"  One of the first things I see after rising, this masterpiece is a bright spot in every morning.

The painting has been in this place for almost a decade now. It reminds me of some other charming Mother's Day offerings that have been tucked away to tug at the heart strings when a moment of nostalgia takes hold.  In a box in my closet are several hand-made cards made by my kids when they were small, adorable little gestures of love with sweet pictures and simple prose.  Though expensive Hallmark greetings are treasured, these first simple ones are most cherished.

So with all of the wonderful resources available to us these days,  wouldn't it be fun to make an adult version of those cards for Mom this year? Online clipart sources supply the images and if you can't come up with a verse on your own, there are also plenty to be found on the internet.

Step-by-step guides on how to put it all together are also easily discovered by searching the web. Or just give the following a try:

Tell Mom You Love Her With an Card

Create a Mother's Day Card in Photoshop

Quick Mother's Day Card in Photoshop

How to Create a Mother's Day Card in Photoshop

How to Draw a Mother's Day Card in Illustrator

Monday, May 4, 2015

9 Photo Collections of Classic Cars

When it comes to travel I have a preference for keeping my feet pretty close to the ground. It's not so much that being up in the air concerns me, it's more the lack of control; when claustrophobia overwhelms, there's no convincing someone I need to get off — now.

In addition, there's being at the mercy of the airlines and no stops along the way. Recalling my trip west some years ago, I'm still feeling the loss of getting from here to there without seeing any of the amazing sights between.

So, no, when and where possible, I will drive or ride. This, and recent holiday photos posted by a family member, have sparked some planning for  fun next year with our son and girlfriend.  The notion of a vacation together with stops at various points of interest took us off into another direction entirely, onto the infamous 'Main Street of America'. What, after all, says road trip more than a journey down Route 66.

Even though interstate highways took their toll on this once well-cruised roadway (how many highways have songs and television shows about them) there are still plenty of points of interest that harken back to the route's glory days.  

We anticipate forging an unforgettable memory here. The only thing to improve upon our excursion is if we could take this tour in our classic car.  Wishful thinking I suppose given the need to keep it out of the rain and the price of fuel, but a girl can dream.  Really, can't you imagine Route 66 seen through the windows of a 1967 Mopar? After all I have found that the world does look different from there.

Pick a favourite classic  from among these photo collections of vintage autos and imagine yourself in the driver's seat for a cruise down memory lane:

Acclaim Images

Classic Cars Photo Gallery

Hubcap Cafe

How Stuff Works

World of Vintage Classic Cars


John's Old Cars and Trucks Photos