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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 January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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