Tuesday, April 21, 2009

WFMW - Wordle

It's another Works For Me Wednesday. This is a blog carnival where hundreds of folks gather to share their tips for better living, better blogging, fun ideas and who knows what else! It's always a good time on WFMW days.

This week I want to introduce you to something that you may have seen already, but had no idea how it was made. It's so easy and fun!

It's called WORDLE.

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

One of the things I have found is that you can't "Right-Click" and save the image. So you have to use the Print Screen feature on a PC or use the Apple-Shift-4 combo on a MAC to save the image. I then put them into my Photobucket account and edit them from there. (Resize, rotate and crop)

The text I used in the images was from some text that talked about gratitude and the qualities needed to be a Fabulous Person. I also added in a few words so that they'd show up in the graphic - like Works-for-me-Wednesday. To keep words together put a dash between them. If one word stands out too much - delete some of the duplicates. If you want a word to stand out more - write it in your text a few more times.

I take the text that I want and put it into my email program and save it as a draft. That way I don't lose the text if I happen to close the window. (Hmmmm, I wonder how many times I've done that!) When I edit the text, I do it in the saved draft.

You can also direct Wordle to a URL and it will create a word cloud from that front page. That's fun, too.

Without further ado, here are the graphics I created today. All in about 15 minutes.

I think these would be great to use as an insert in a card or even as the feature on a handmade card. You could put your children's names, their date of birth, and party words into the text area and use that as a party invitation. I've printed out a few of my favorites and have them on my bulletin board as inspiration.

I left several of these images large, so you could really see the words, but as you can see, they can still be quite striking when they are small, too.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Works For Me Wednesday. Have a Fabulous, Wonderful Week!
Thanks for stopping by.


Ruth Ann said...

Very cute! I love the black and grey one the best! I've always wanted to try this, but haven't yet. I'll have to put it on my "To Do List" which never seems to get completed! lol
When are you leaving for vacation? Will you be blogging while you're away? Have a great night!

Keetha said...

A while back these were on many of the blogs that I follow. Our daughter, Keri, made one for each of our family members. I've never made any though.

Kelli said...

This is fabulous! And your timing is great! I'm putting together a family cookbook and I need to do a title page. Have you ever tried to put together a list of names without any one name coming before another so no one's feelings get hurt? Well, now I can do it! Woohoo! Thank you.

Julie Stiles Mills said...

This would be great for framed art. I'm thinking teacher gifts. And maybe something sports/motivational themed for FavoriteSon's room!


"J" said...

Oh my gosh!!!!!! These are sooooooooooo COOL!!!!!!


Thanks for the TIP!!!!!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

THAT.IS.So.COOL! WHat a great idea! I always love your wednesday post, Kristin. Enjoyed chatting with you last night watching AI!

taradon said...

Thanks so much for the tip! I went right out and used it to create a word collage about Grandma for my mother and mother-in-law that will be part of a Mother's Day gift. I think it will look great in a double frame with a pic of the kids.