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20 Years Out

Stephen, the Bitlet and I are heading to my 20 year reunion. Where did the time go? At least the Bitlet is ready for adventure!


Do I LOOK Happy? Picture Collage First Effort


Before the Bitlet was born in 2009, my husband and I did not know whether we would have a girl or boy.  When she was born, I made a very primitive collage to post on my Myspace blog to announce her arrival.

It was VERY primitive.

Since then, I have never really considered making another collage—until I came across these pictures of the Bitlet in which she showed me her happy face . . . and surprised face . . . and sad face . . . and angry face . . . and sleepy face.  I immediately concluded that I just had to make another collage. 

So, off to Google I went with “photo collage maker.”  The first few sites I looked at were just . . . boring.  Then I came across Picture Collage Maker and decided to check it out.  It had a free trial, and seemed to have a LOT of templates to it.

After downloading it, I immediately opened it and started scanning through the options.  One thing that I really liked about it was the fact that it had tons of templates, but it also had a template wizard – it made me feel like I could get very creative, very easily, with minimal effort on my part. 

I have a three-year-old kid, a full time job, and other commitments – not a whole lot of time there to get creative.

After checking out the features included in my free download of the Picture Collage Maker software, I decided to follow the link to download more templates from the internet.  And immediately proceeded to download every single template I could see, wondering how in the heck I had never heard of the software before?  There were templates for pretty much any occasion I could think of – anniversaries, new babies, birthdays, special events, adventures, holidays, and special interest templates for sports, travel, and pets.

I also loved the fact that the software is not just about making cute collages to post pretty much everywhere.  There are calendar templates with colors ranging from the light and pastel to the dark and romantic.  Instead of buying greeting cards, I could design my own and give my friends and family a visual update of the Bitlet’s development.  She changes so quickly!!

For the most part, truly, I am content to take pictures when the mood strikes, share the photos I particularly enjoy, and archive the rest to preserve my memories.  I think that is true for most people.  Collage design will probably never be the norm for me.  I think the designers of Picture Collage Maker know that, which is why the calendar and greeting card (and scrapbooking) features are such a nice touch. 

I am looking forward to experimenting with the software – it is easy to use and attractive, but it also allows me to mix up my pictures a little, instead of just doing bulk uploads with no real emphasis on any given picture. 

And if you know of other sites that offer free templates, please do tell! 


Starting Over...


© Tatum

I’m trying to find something to base my life upon,
Something in this strange world that goes on and on. 
As the years go by and time fades away, 
What used to be "good days" are now filled with dismay.
Tomorrow comes, and then again, it goes,
And my ambition to become something more, grows and grows.
Around the corner, yet miles away,
The life I want now, gets closer each day.
All I've ever wanted was something to live for,
I don’t want to be this little person anymore.
I’ve been basing my life upon what others think,
I wish I could go back and redo everything, every time an eye would blink.
I've fought to become who I am and what I want to be,
I have to remind myself that one day, I will be free.
Free from the rules I followed as a child,
When everything was a game and life was so mild.
Now times have changed and I realize nothing is fair,
And sometimes it seems like nobody even cares.
It’s like no one pays attention to what I feel is best for me,
And what I think about the way some things should be.
I understand now, that I’m pretty much on my own,
And I know a lot of what I can do will never be known.
All the time, I think about everything I can’t say, what I have to keep in,
And by doing this, my thoughts only get more complicated and deepen.
Soon I hope to find out who I am, and what I am meant to become,
I want to know where I’m going, I don’t need to be reminded of where I came from.

Source: Starting Over, Change Poem 

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