I made this step by step guide for someone on the Facebook group, in case anyone needs it. Although I wrote the instructions from how I’d do it on my computer, so if you’re on another device things might be in a slightly different place. Let us know if you get stuck.
First, save the logo image on this post.
Decide who you’re targeting your collage at.
Search Folksy for items on that theme.
When you find an item you’d like to include, open the listing.
On the big listing image, right click and “save image as”.
Decide where to save it and if you want to rename the file (I saved them as the shop name so it was easy to remember whose item it was), then click save.
Make a note of the shop name
If you’ll be sharing on social media, you might want to open their main shop page, scroll to the bottom where it says “find shopname on social media”, and if they have a page on the social media you’ll be using, make a note of that username.
Once you’ve done this for 8 items, open https://www.befunky.com/create/collage/
It should start with a 9 square grid by default, but if not, on the left hand side there’s a little menu. Click on the third icon down that is a 4 square grid (layouts), click “grid” and select the 9 square one.
Then on the left hand menu, click the first icon with mountains in a square (image manager).
Click the big green button that says “computer”.
Find where you saved your images (including the logo), and open them all.
Once they’re open, you should see their thumbnails down the left hand side.
Drag and drop your images into the grid squares in whatever order you like (you can also switch them around by dragging and dropping if you want to change the order later).
If an image wasn’t square, it might not have cropped in a good way, but you should be able to move it around a little so it’s showing the most important part, just keep the mouse button pressed down on the image and move up and down a little if it was a tall image, or left and right a little if it was a wide image.
If an item isn’t filling the square enough, you can also zoom in. Just click the image you want to zoom, click edit image and then increase the size until it’s a size you’re happy with.
Once you’ve got all images in an order you’re happy with, it’s time to add the text.
Click the last icon on the left hand menu, the A (text).
Click the green “add text” button and a text box will be added to your grid.
Drag this so it’s over the blank space on the logo image, and resize it to the space.
Click and write your “gifts for…” text.
If you look to the left there should now be a “text properties” menu. Here you can centre it and change the font, size, colour to however you like.
When you’re happy with your final grid, look along the top of the page and click “save” > “computer”.
Write the filename you want to use and click “save”, and it should open up the box so you can select where on your computer to save it, then click “save” again.
Now you need to get your collage on your social media, if you want to share on Instagram, this will mean getting the image to your phone. I normally email it to myself and open the email on my phone.
When you’re sharing it on social media, remember to include all the shop names in the comment, or if you made a note of the Instagram usernames, you can simply tag them.
Last step - don’t forget to use #folksyfriday and #giftsonfolksy… along with any other hashtags you like.