LDS Young Men

Go Epic in Decorations For Your Next Activity

Posted in Activities by ldsym on November 25, 2008

We had a big Scouting event recently for the ward and decorated the gym to reflect the occasion.   We used Huge Murals of group shots of our boys on recent High Adventure trips.   We used one on each side of the podium, and used the screen in the middle for Powerpoint presentations.dsc_0475 They were big, each photo mural was 9 feet tall and 17 feet wide. It is pretty easy to do, it just takes a bit of time, a laser printer, paper, tape, scissors and a free downloadable program. The program is called, of all things, “Rasterbator” (sounds dirty, I know, but it is an awesome tool). Find it here. It basically takes your photo and makes it into a bunch of dots don’t make any sense up close, but step back a few feet and you see the image, think of looking at a newspaper photo under a magnifying glass. It gives you a file with PDF’s, which you can print. You then have to trim the pages, them tape together. It really makes a statement when people walk into the gym that this activity was not just thrown together at the last minute.

* you can upload a picture, the download the PDF’s, or you can download and install the the program and rasterize it on your own computer. I like downloading the program, since online there is a 1 mb limit on uploading your pic.
* You can use regular 8-1/2″ by 11″ paper. In this case I had a printer that could do 11″ x 17″ paper, so I used it to lesson the number of pages needed to cut a paste.
* It takes a while to cut and paste, but it is easy. When we did it before we used a Mutual night to work on it.
* When they are printed they do not have page numbers, I would strongly suggest handwriting a number on each page, as if the stack it dropped it is VERY tough to put the “puzzle” back together.
* I used regular scotch magic tape on the front, then used clear packing tape on the back to give it extra strength.