Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tried It Tuesday: Tagxedo

I'm linking up with Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday!  As I mentioned in May's Monthly Market, this year for our Mother's Day craftivity we are using Tagxedo.   It's this digital word art website that allows you to type in words and it turns those simple words into amazing works of art.  I have been tossing around lots of ideas on how to incorporate these works of art into Mother's Day and I think I have finally just decided on a large card.  Mostly because we're running out of time and I cannot put it off any longer?!  It's nothing overly fancy but I really like it and can expand more on it next year.

Once you're on the homepage, you will click on the Create tab in the top right.  Here is where the magic happens!  I just played around with it and figured it out but I will tell you some quick tips to get you started and life a little less confusing.

1. Load = type in the student's words
2. Save = save :o)  I've been saving it as 1MP and it's great quality!
3. Color Respin = change which words are which colors
4. Theme = choose your color scheme.  The border around your color block tells what color your background is.
5. Font = font :o)  You can upload your own font very easily though :o)
6. Orientation = change the words from jumble to horizontal to vertical to up and down, etc.
7. Shape - you can pick a new shape.  Our art teacher did their silhouettes by taking a picture of their heads on a white background and uploading it :o)  I typed "MOM" on Word and saved it as a picture and it filled in the word MOM :o)

That's all I've got for now but I'm sure you can play around and figure out A LOT more.  Here are some of our examples from today:




We are going to cut out the heart and place it on fancy scrapbook paper and what not to make cards.  Should look something like this but I'm going to let them get as creative as they want.

This one's for my momma!

I see this for LOTS of things!
  • End of the year - students write down something nice about each person and I type it in.  The shape will be of their name and it is a going away gift.  This would be a GREAT self confidence booster, especially for my guys going into middle school.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (even for your teammates)
  • Mother's Day/Father's Day
  • Back to School - open house have an apple shape of all the things they have to look forward to this year!  (I'm definitely doing this)
What would you use it for?  Don't forget to check out my TPT store for the Teacher Appreciation Sale today and tomorrow!


8 comments:

  1. What a beautiful Mother's Day gift! I did something similar using Wordle. Simple, yet heartfelt!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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  2. I love the idea of just gluing it to scrapbook paper. I think we will do this. Such a cute idea!
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack
    Balancing the Backpack

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    1. Thank you! Glad you like it!

      Sabra

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  3. Those are beautiful! Did you print on brown paper?

    Sarah
    MissKinBK

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    1. Thank you! I printed it on Kraft paper that I got from JoAnn Fabrics or Michaels. I used a 50% coupon so a pack of 50 sheets was about $2!

      Sabra

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  4. This is great! We just started using Wordle for some Mother's Day projects today. I wish I had the time last night to check out your post because I like the heart better. I also love your idea of using this for Open House!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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    1. Thank you! I LOVE Wordle as well :o)

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