Wednesday, July 14, 2010

WotW: Word collages made easy

I am a word-lover, so seeing word collages (like this one on Oopsey Daisy) becoming more popular just makes me happy (and gives me ideas for an update for my own blog header over at just Lu...). Many talented and wonderful people create their own word collages using Photoshop or other design software, but if you're like me and don't have the time, energy, or creativity to create your own, check out Wordle and Tagxedo, two fantastic online word collage creators.

Both Wordle and Tagxedo allow you to create a word collage from your own selection of words or from the RSS feed of any site or blog. From there, you can customize which words (or punctuation) you want to show, the color scheme (theme) of the word collage, and the general layout.

Use Wordle to create a word cloud like the one above, based on the Housewife Eclectic RSS feed. The words are weighted so that the words that appear most are larger. Is it a surprise to anyone that squash and picture are two of the largest words in the Housewife Eclectic word cloud? :) (We love you, your squash, and your pictures, Debra!)

Tagxedo (and, no, I have no idea how to correctly pronounce it!) creates a shaped word cloud. You can choose from over 40 different shapes! This could make for some very fun wall art, postcards, or many other crafty endeavors.

Both of these apps are very easy to use. The one benefit to Tagxedo is being able to save your collages to your computer; with Wordle, you either have to take a screenshot or save your collage to a public gallery. Aside from that, the possibilities are endless! If you create a word collage, add it to the Housewife Eclectic Photo Share on Flickr so that everyone can ooh and ahh properly. :)

Until next Wednesday!

Lu (or Lorene if you prefer) is the mom of one squirmy boy and the wife of a singing and dancing elementary teacher. She is the proud author of this weekly Wednesdays on the Web (WotW) segment here on Housewife Eclectic and spends the other days of the week blogging about books, crafts, recipes, and whatever else comes up at just Lu.
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