Thursday, 15 December 2011

Tagxedo: Making Great Cards Just Got Easier

This started out as an experiment and turned into a little project. Have you heard of Tagxedo (click here? It's a word cloud creator, a bit like Wordle only even more fun. As soon as I tried it out once I could see lots of possibilities.

You can paste in any text you like, choose a shape, colours, fonts, themes, whatever. I put in a few lines of "Jingle Bells", picked out a tree shape and came up with this:

Both photos today edited in RadLab

Then I gave it a bit of From High In The Sky and it gave me this:



which I'm pretty pleased with. Both of these are printed out at 7x5 and put into little Ikea frames.

But they would also make great cards or Christmas tags. And there's more: you can upload a photo and shape a favourite bit of text round it. I'm thinking of snaffling some schoolwork and turning it Tall and (Not So) Small shaped. That would make a different kind of birthday card next year. Or a poster..


37 comments:

helena said...

what fun - off to play - the list of chores can wait!!

scrappyjacky said...

Wow....this looks like great fun,Sian....must go and have a play!!

Kirsty.a said...

What a great idea

Amy said...

Blogger ate my comment!

I tried one ... looked a bit sparse .. is there a secret to getting a denser cloud?

Barbara Eads said...

That is awesome! I'm going to try it.

Sandra said...

What a brilliant website. I've been having a play and, like you, have thought of all sorts of possibilities for use. I think I shall be making some wall art with it first though. Thank you so much for the link.

Cheryl said...

yep - new fave. the shapes idea is the clincher for me! x

Louise said...

these look pretty cool xx off to check out your link!

Ladkyis said...

I think an awful lot of birthday cards for next year could be in the pipeline here at Chez M.
Excellent toy!

Linda said...

fabulous! Just what I've been looking for for a seasonal picture! Thanks for sharing :)

Rhona said...

Those are so cute, I especially like the bird one :) xx

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love the bird one! I bet a house shape would work really well, too.
Rinda

Jane said...

thanks for sharing this, will have to play later!!

Jennifer said...

This is too cute! Now I want to play!

debs14 said...

Oh this looks like fun. Thank you so much for pointing us in the right direction for a bit of creativity!

Sandra said...

I can't wait to play :)

Gem's Crafts said...

Oooh how fab! I must try to remember to have a go at this

humel said...

Sian - these are most awesome :) I haven't had great results from Tagxedo but I think I'm not putting enough words in... I shall have another play!

Melissa said...

I believe that when you share these great new finds with us, it makes you an enabler! LOL These are great - I like the idea of using this to create unique card designs.

Alison said...

Really like the look of this Sian..am off for a look!
Alison xx

Sandie said...

I am way behind with making and writing Christmas cards this year. I am wondering if it will even happen - so perhaps Tagxedo is just what I need to help me over the hill!! Thanks Sian. And thanks for your card received today.

Clare said...

Wow this is cool! Off to have a play now, I may be some time....

Jimjams said...

Tagxedo is a lot of fun isn't it - I have a "Thank You" post coming on the CKCB later in the month with a few helpful tips!

Miriam said...

I had a lot of fun with this last year when Mel was doing her wordle, I found it while searching for something else! You do need a lot of words but the colours and shapes are wonderful. I love that you put them in a frame.

Lisa-Jane said...

That is so clever! I love the little birdie one.

Beverly said...

Hoping to check this out this weekend, love the possibilities and esp the bird shape! Thanks, Sian :)

Miss Smith said...

Cool! Time to play :D

I really love the blog bird especially.

Sue Althouse said...

Thanks for sharing your find! I love that you can put the words into shapes.

Rebekah said...

OH wow! Those turned out so neat! What a great idea!!

Missus Wookie said...

Oh such fun, when I have less on my to do list I'm gonna play and have added this to my play list :-)

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

How cool is that! Will definitely be having a play in the new year.

Karen said...

Both pieces are wonderful. I've never heard of this, but I'm off to check it out.

Ginger said...

This is a great idea for a gift Sian! Very Cool!!

S said...

Tagxedo looks like great fun - thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Gail said...

That is so neat! Your pictures (don't know what else to call them - tags??) look great. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the link.

chichicho chichicho said...

That looks amazing! My mind is already spinning with all the things I can make with this.

Y vearl said...

So cool! Technology rocks! :)

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