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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tried It Tuesday {Using Photos in Cover Pages} and Two For Tuesday!

Hi everyone! It's Time for Tried It Tuesday!
What have you tried at school or home?
If you've never linked up with Tried It Tuesday, just link up any idea school or home related and what worked or didn't work. Simple! 

My Tried It:
Using a Photo for Cover Page (PPT)
I love how products are using photographs more now in their cover pages and products.
So, after some tips from fellow bloggers at the TpT conference, I decided to update a couple covers. Everything has a learning curve and I wanted to share with you a couple things I learned in case you want to try this for yourself.

Where Do I Get Photos to Use?

One of the many awesome tips I learned from Ideas by Jivey's session at the TpT conference was how to search in Google for Public Domain images. Just click "labeled for reuse" under the search tools tab in images! Brilliant!

Matt from Digital: Divide and Conquer was also so helpful and pointed out some other sites he uses for free images including: 
So much sharing and collaboration happening this past weekend! Love it!

When you insert the image you find into PowerPoint, it will most likely not fit the page exactly. I found a way to make my images work without distorting the picture. With my directions I had to crop the photo, but this still worked out for me. I'm sure there are many other ways to do this, but I am just sharing what I figured out with trial and error. See the steps below accompanied by screen shots.

So, from old…to new cover!
While I was on a roll, I also updated this cover. Aren't the photos gorgeous?
Since updating these two covers, I decided to participate in Two For Tuesday with 
Today only these two products (winter and fall themed nonfiction texts) are both 50% off! 
They are each only $1.50 today! 
I have MORE of these in the making and when I eventually bundle them, you will get a discount if you already purchased some of them separately. I can look up any purchases by your TpT username.
Here is the preview of the winter themed nonfiction text product.

Here is a preview of the fall themed nonfiction text product.

What have you tried recently? I will have this link up open for only one week and a new Tried It Tuesday up next week! I'm going to do WEEKLY linkups over the summer (rest of July and August!).
Have a great week friends!


  1. Love the new covers. Thanks for sharing what you learned and sites - so helpful.

  2. I really like those new covers! Thanks for the tips on how to use photos! I will definitely be giving that a try!

    Forever in Fifth Grade

  3. Awesome! But you gave away all my secret photo site :( so sad......
    Seriously--the real images look great, your updates--even better. Personally I love adding little graphic over the top of real images, it just makes them look so good.

  4. Thanks for the inspiration! I just updated a few of my TpT products with photo covers!

  5. I love this tip!! Your updated products look fantastic!!

    A Tall Drink of Water