July 27, 2016

DIY Tutorial: Make a Collage

Not just for bloggers! 

Come one come all and learn how to play with Canva. 

I am creating a series of tutorials on how to make several types of graphics. Create baby shower invitations, birthday cards, collages, business cards. The possibilities are endless!  

Let's begin. 

A few days ago I was showing some of my Canva graphic creations on Instagram, and several of my followers, who are also bloggers, requested that I show how I make some of my digital documents. Canva bills itself as "amazingly simple graphic software." It truly is!  I use the free version, of course. ha!

This collage is an example of a "blog graphic" template. I selected a template and added my own pics and graphics.

Let's begin...How to start a design! Study the screen below. You can see some of the possible projects you can make. (Not all are showing on my screen.)

Above is my opening screen. I have several docs...and they show up on your screen because you register as a user and your projects are stored on the Canva website. Even though the site is free to use, you must register, and then login when you visit on subsequent occasions. 

When you click on the project you want to create...templates will appear on the left side of the screen. For this project you will click on "blog graphic."

I chose the ruled legal pad looking template. I use it for lots of my creations. Maybe the teacher in me still loves old fashioned "paper." ha! 

Next, click on the graphics on the template to remove them...Unless you want to keep those graphics and text boxes.

After you remove the graphics and text you do not want to use...you will have a clean sheet of paper. Now you can begin adding the graphics, pics, etc. you want to use.

Click the icons in the left margin to begin adding text and graphics, background colors, change layouts etc.

Note the section "uploads" icon. This is where you can upload any of your own images from your computer. You can see some of my pink flowers that I uploaded. I use them often.

Click on the "search" icon to find Canva graphics and photos. Some are free, and some cost $1.00. I use the free stuff. ha! There are lines, symbols, borders, layouts, etc. Just play and have fun. 

Once you upload and then insert pics and graphics onto your page you can click and move them around or enlarge them. Just click the pic and play with it. 

After you have your graphics where you want them, be sure to click on the "save" button at the top left side of the Canva webpage. This insures that you design will be there the next time you login. 

Lately I have been creating a collage for each blog post that I do. It gives me a visual reference. 

I also download a finished copy of each creation to my computer. I save each pic in a folder for easy access. 

And there you have it...my collage. There are many other templates that you can play with. I just like the lined paper template. 

I will have another tutorial for you in a few days. 
You can make get well cards, blog headers, Instagram graphics, Facebook headers, business cards, etc.

One thing I really like is the "custom" option. 
You can enter the size of your blog header...and start creating. I will show you how to make a header soon. 

Canva is not just for bloggers. You can create birthday cards, business cards, anything your heart desires. 

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My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Sheila this is going to be fun!
    I've had photoshop for a few years and still can't do anything. UGH!
    I have been wanting to get a little creative now I can.
    Not to mention my blog header is a mess.
    Thank You for the tutorial.
    Linda C in Seattle

    1. Linda...just play with it till you learn what templates you like and then play with the buttons on the far left side. I love to upload my own pics and use them, but there are many free graphics too. Sheila

  2. I will give this a try - thank you for the introduction!

  3. Good morning Sheila! Can't wait to study this.

    This might just be my computer today but when I look at this post the blue box from the top is large and the tabs are in a column. When I go back to your home it's fine. The blue box is covering up part of the post. I'll come back later. :)

    By the way, I couldn't find the book that I need to mail you for awhile. Just found it in a cabinet that I cleaned out yesterday. Might need your address again.

  4. Sorry folks...the blue band at the top of the blog is misbehaving! I have contacted my blog fairy...so hopefully she can figure out how to fix this.

  5. Sheila - this is great! I use Canva, but never knew how to use the blog graphic feature and I sure could have used that for the blog post I created yesterday! Look forward to the rest of your tutorials. Your graphics look great. I need to create one for my grandson's birthday - we are taking him to an Astros game and I want to create something to represent that to put in his card. Thanks for linking with #overthemoon.

  6. Wow, it's great to see how committed you are to curating your blog. I wish I were half as diligent when it comes to me organizing my house and storage rooms haha!

  7. Great tutorial, you explained it perfectly. I'm betting you were a wonderful teacher to students too! Thanks so much for joining us at the DI & DI Link Party each week, we look forward to seeing your posts!

  8. I look forward to your series Sheila. Canve confuses me when I try to create overlays and Pinterest style images. Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

  9. Okay, I am hanging onto this tutorial, perhaps I can learn some more Canva!

  10. Thank you so much for linking at #ThursdayFavoriteThings! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #OverTheMoon on Sunday night. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

    you are my feature on TFT #251!


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