There is one question I get asked a lot about my blog….. “how do you make those cool photo collages“. 

I use them most often when I feature some of the posts who link up each week to I’m Lovin’ It in the wrap up posts.

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I love how they look, and apparently many of you do too!

Well, I have good news and bad news……………

First the bad news

I had been using to make these collages, it’s so simple and easy to use……..but……Picnik is closing in April.

At first I wasn’t too bothered when I heard the news because fortunately over the last year or more I took the time to learn how to use Photoshop Elements,  then moved up to Photoshop CS5 all thanks to my friend Amanda with Everyday Elements.  She encouraged me to not be intimidated by them.  She has many free Pse & PS tutorials and actions and other goodies on her site, and for those who want more, she has very affordable and helpful online workshop and actions you can purchase.

So you see, I was no longer relying on Picnik, until it dawned on me………..My Collages!!!  What will I do about those cute collages I love?

The Good News!

Amanda and I were chatting on the phone one day and I’m telling her how much I’m going to miss my collages, when she says, “Cheryl, I can make those for you!”  and Just. Like. That.  Amanda had sent me two collages to try!!  I was so excited and told Amanda, if I love these you KNOW more people are going to love them! Especially Picnick users!!

So Amanda has made the Tidy Blog Collages available for FREE download on her site!  How awesome is THAT!!!

Free tidy blog collage from everydayelements

Head over to to get your free download.  Amanda has a video that shows you how to use the collage templates.

These will work with both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. 

You can use these collage templates for blogs photos or to share photos on facebook ! Amanda has a really great Facebook page and community you may want to join as well.

Don’t have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements you say?  Well here’s the deal.  Photoshop Elements is a smaller version of Photoshop and MUCH cheaper, and to be honest, is all most of us need (unless you are leaning more towards a pro photographer) and you can download a 30 day trial of Photoshop Elements for FREE! 

Then head back over to Everyday Elements and check out all of the amazing help Amanda has for you! Sign up for the Everyday Elements Newsletter and get tips, coupons and freebies right to your inbox!

I plan to share some of her tools that I use on ALL of my photos you see here on TidyMom in the next few weeks.

Please! I beg of you………..if you are a Picnik user who’s upset that they are closing, PLEASE give PSE a try and let Amanda show you how easy it can be!  Trust me, I KNOW how attached you are to Picnik (this is starting to sound like an intervention)……but I LOVE how much more I can do with my photos now and it’s not hard at all!!

Ok……go get the FREE collages………..and have fun!!


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