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Thumbs Up Thursday: Magnificent Memes

In 2007, a famous cat once asked the internet, “I can haz cheezburger?” helping to shape the world of memes as we know them.

Just last week, we taught you a little something about what a meme is and how to create your own using Imgur’s meme generator. Tappers, you really delivered; there were so many adorably cute pets, excellent photos, and hilarious memes sent our way!

Let’s take a look at our top five:


William S

With the interesting angle and funny caption, we couldn’t help but want to share this meme all over the web.  First things first, this little kitten is adorable. Second, we know as soon as that can starts to crack open, this little one is all over her human, William S.  Read More

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HOW TO: Dive into Photo Editing with Snapseed

As you’ve probably noticed from our past few tutorials, in the world of photo editing apps, there are many, many… many options to consider. How do you narrow it down? Prettiest app icon? Highest reviews? Highest review rate in ratio to the number of reviewers…? Hmm. Maybe you read the Top 100 Photo Editing Apps in All the Land and then realize all the articles you’ve found are from 2012, and are therefore severely outdated, considering how quickly technology evolves?

Sigh. So you go back to the drawing board, the Google search, or maybe just bite the bullet and trust someone who raved about using a particular app even though their Instagram uploads are mediocre at best. Luckily, we have a better option: Our app overviews!

Keep reading for a dive into our latest obsession: Google’s Snapseed.

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Mother’s Day Smiles

Wait, Mother’s Day was already 11 days ago? May, you are moving a bit too quickly for comfort. But we’ll forgive it, since that means summer is getting closer and closer.

Anyhow, we hope all you Tappers had a lovely Sunday celebrating the incredible women in your life. While every day should certainly be a refresher on how lucky we are to be taught, supported, and loved by Mom, dedicating a day to her is always quite meaningful. It’s also super fun, judging by the looks of your photos!

When we asked you to submit photos of your Mother’s Day celebrations, we knew they’d be sweet, sure, but we were unprepared for how much kick and personality they’d all include. Below, we’ve chosen five submissions that made us smile the widest.

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We are such fans of this perfectly imperfect photo submitted by Amy B. Everyone knows how tough it can be to achieve that classic family photo, especially when young kiddo’s are involved, but sometimes the best kind of photo is the one that happens naturally! “I wouldn’t want anything but my crazy life on Mother’s Day,” Amy told us in her caption. (We also wish she’d tell us where her family shops. We’re diggin’ those outfits!)

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HOW TO: Make Memes Out of Your Fave Photos

From Grumpy Cat to Condescending Willy Wonka, Baby Godfather to Doge, memes are all over the internet. But what are they, exactly? And where do they come from?

A meme is a “cultural element” – in this case, a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. – that is passed around and spread rapidly on the internet. When a funny picture surfaces, someone, somewhere on the web slaps a funny caption or comment on the photo, then starts the viral spread of the image across the web.

Got the basic idea? Let’s dive into how to create our own memes and rise to internet stardom.

Grumpy Cat

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Cinco de Mayo Sips

What’s better than sipping a refreshing drink on a spring day? Not much! Whether a cocktail or a mocktail, we love celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a tasty, Mexican-inspired sip. Turns out, so do you!

Last week, we asked you to send in photos showing off your Cinco de Mayo cocktails or mocktails. Once Thursday rolled around and the celebrations began, we saw lots of great submissions. Narrowing it down was no easy feat! The five photos we chose showcase a variety of inspired drinks — alcoholic and non — with excellent lighting, color, and composition.

Vámanos!

Alissa C

We are gaga over this shot. The colors! Those copper shot glasses! The racked focus! Alissa C. captured a delicious moment with these margaritas and tequila shots. Next time, invite us?


 

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HOW TO: Bring Out a Photo’s Best with VSCO

Welcome back, Tappers! Today, we’re continuing to introduce you to the best new photo editing apps out there to make sure the memories you’re capturing (for Crowdtap and for your own purposes) are as vivid and beautiful on-screen as they are in your mind.

Now…we can all freely admit that our phones have become a (somewhat) permanent extension of our hands, right? These days, there’s very rarely an occasion that we don’t think merits a photo. And yet, even with all the photos we take, have you ever noticed that sometimes a picture just doesn’t do a scene justice? It looks one way when we’re seeing it in person, but loses a bit of its magic in the photo we end up with.

In cases like these, using a sophisticated photo editing app like VSCO can really help bring out the true tonal and color quality of your photos, as well as their mood. That way, the gorgeous natural light you’re trying to capture will be effectively showcased in your photo!

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Take Your Child To Work Day!

We’re not sure about you, but some of our favorite memories growing up come from that magical time every April when mom or dad would announce that it’s Take Your Kids To Work Day. We’d put on a freshly laundered outfit, brush our hair, and daydream over a bowl of cereal about all the exciting events of the day to come. (Plus, no school!) Now that we’re just kids on the inside and and every day involves going to work, the glamour has worn off a little. Nevertheless, it’s always still a thrill to see our workplaces through a child’s eyes.

Last week, we asked you guys to share photos of your sons and daughters at work with you. We loved scrolling through such a varied assortment of adorable shots. Sit back and ogle over our five favorite submissions!


Megan B’s little ones are super lucky. While visiting their dad at work, they get to enjoy all the comforts of a hospital — endless ginger ale, comfy pillows, and hanging out in the private lounge reserved for doctors — without any of the scary stuff!

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HOW TO: Add Some Oomph with Boomerang

Social media has made huge strides in allowing users to create compelling and creative original content. You can make and share collages, add filters and stickers to your photos, and even make mini videos. With so many different apps available, it can be tough to find the time to master them all. Fear not though, Tappers, we’ll be breaking our favorite editing apps down to the basics for you here on Tutorial Tuesdays.

This week, we’re talking about the Boomerang app from Instagram.

The Boomerang app takes a burst of photos, then speeds them up and plays them forward and backward to create a looping video. 

Imagine being able to:

  • Watch your kids do (and un-do) a backflip?
  • Smear, unsmear, and re-smear a tempting dab of peanut butter onto a slice of toast?
  • Pour, un-pour (and re-pour, because #caffeinefix) a steaming cup of coffee?
  • Show off your dog’s new tricks?

Click play, to see what we mean:


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Thumbs Up Thursday: Warm Weather Picnics

If there’s one thing we love as much as the shift to warmer weather, it’s food. (Okay, and dogs. But dogs also love food, so the vote was pretty unanimous.) Since the temperatures have been so perfect lately, we were pretty sure we’d find a few Tappers who couldn’t wait to invite Mother Nature to join them for lunch, and we were so right. 

Grab a snack and check out the 5 photos that got our Thumbs Up this week.

Grace D

Grace D. must have been hungry, to only leave that delicious-looking apple behind. Or maybe she knew we’d stop by her picnic party to say hi and snag a sandwich. Either way, she gets major points for the bird’s eye view of her checkered blanket.

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HOW TO: Create Collages with Instagram

Brands love seeing before-and-after pictures, showing how their products work their magic for you, their consumers, in everyday life. Unfortunately, creating a before-and-after collage isn’t always as simple as it sounds. To help with the process, we set out to find an easy solution for creating before-and-after photos — or any combination of pictures — in seconds.

The answer? Layout from Instagram.

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This app, created by the same folks who brought us photo sharing social network Instagram, lets you easily combine multiple photos into one while adding your own personal touch. They call it a fun, simple way to flex your creativity — we call it the perfect assist for awesome before-and-after photos. Let’s dive in!


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