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5 Unusual Ways To Make A Photo Collage

5 Unusual Ways To Make A Photo Collage

The proliferation of digital cameras and smartphones has certainly turned photo collage creation from a pastime of a relatively limited number of enthusiastic individuals into a sweepingly popular hobby shared by millions. This inevitably brought about many new approaches and modifications of the ones used in the past; so let’s talk about how you can diversify your photographic exploits, both digital and analog.

1. Art Journaling

In order to try your hand at this, you need as little as a bunch of different magazines and a pair of scissors. Choose a color and simply clip all objects of this color from your collection of magazines, no matter whether they match each other in theme or not. After that, simply start pasting them on a sheet of paper trying to create a meaningful composition. Creativity thrives under pressure – by limiting your possibilities in this fashion you will tap into deposits of fantasy you didn’t know you possessed. And of course, it is not the only possibility – you may choose objects to clip based on any principle, not just color.

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2. Storytelling

Get a bunch of your photos and try to arrange them in a way that tells a story. They may either deal with something that really happened by placing photos taken in short succession, or use shots that have no connection to each other to create a humorous or emotional appeal. This way of creating collages is fairly simple and can be used even on the go, simply by arranging photos in a mosaic fashion. You don’t have to use any fancy design software to do so, an iPhone with appropriate apps will be more than enough. You can find the list of the best collage apps here.

3. Composition

When the reality reflected by the shot just isn’t enough, collage gives you freedom to improve it in a multitude of ways to your heart’s content. You simply have to take your own photo or photos and paste new objects or parts of other photos onto it, thus creating a completely different story or composition, changing the mood or playing with what really happened in ironic way.

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4. Photo Walls

If you want to combine your photography hobby with interior decoration, there is no better way to do so than to try your hand at creating photo walls. That’s right – you take lots and lots of photos (usually of yourself and your loved ones) and stick them to a wall(s) and/or ceiling. What you can do with the concept is not limited by anything but your own fantasy and artistic courage. Arrange photos in meaningful shapes, like hearts or your own initials; frame doors and mirrors with them – anything you like!

5. Combining Media

Why limit yourself to photos if you can say more by introducing different media and materials? Your approaches may range from something as simple as drawing on your photos to attach new meaning to them to using embroidery thread and fabric to complement images or weaving paper strips in order to create pleasant tactile textures where they are needed. What exactly you will try doesn’t matter much – you simply have to get it into your head that you are not limited by photos and can use anything anywhere if it helps you to convey your meaning. Unleash your imagination, mix and match various media and let your creativity thrive!

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Don’t be afraid to use your fantasy and use different approaches for your collages. It will help you to stand out among a lot of other different but monotonous photos that can be found across social media. Make your profiles bright and attract more followers. If you liked this article, feel free to share and good luck!

Featured photo credit: Cleaver Concept Of man And Technology Including Smartphone, Laptop And Tablet/Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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