I’ll admit it. Since starting my business, my personal scrapbooking has suffered. It was hard to carve out the time to gather my photos and create pages. But now, thanks to my mobile iPhone and iPad, I’m able to incorporate scrapbooking into my everyday life again. While moving through my day, I capture images and record my memories on my iPhone as they are happening. And when I’m ready, I use my iPad to begin working on my digital pages. Here’s how I do it.
Best Apps for iPhoneography & Scrapbooking
Everything begins with my photos, and since my iPhone is always with me, it has become my everyday camera. I try to capture the everyday moments that make my life meaningful now, not just the birthdays, holidays and special events we always shoot. Camera+ by TapTapTap is the photo app I use the most because it’s simple, has built-in filters and produces great results.
Like almost everyone else in the mobile world, I love Instagram. It has changed the way I look at the world around me and the mundane has become meaningful. It helps me capture the small pleasures and occurrences that happen every single day. I can chronicle what’s going on in my life while maintaining a daily journal without any extra work. The comments field can be used for more than just hashtags. Try making short journaling notes to yourself about your photos.
At the end of the week I go through my photos. I use the journal feature in iPhoto to compile photos, notes and other miscellany I’ll need when I’m ready to scrapbook. Some photos I discard, the keepers I organize into albums on my iPhone. I then transfer them to Dropbox for storage and download to my iPad.
I use Apple Keynote to create my pages. I looked at several apps, some even dedicated to mobile scrapbooking, but none satisfied my need for flexibility, creative control and the ability to use the digital papers and kits I’d already invested in. Keynote did. I focus on only a page or two at a time so I don’t feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Plus, I always have a fun project to return to.
Digital or Print Format? Both!
I can choose to keep and share my albums in digital form, or use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements on my computer to further develop and print my pages. It’s nice to have a digital format I can carry with me and show while keeping a larger printed version in an album at home.
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That’s a brief glimpse into my mobile memory-keeping process. I’d love to hear about yours. Share your favorite apps and mobile scrapbooking tips in a comment below. One lucky poster will win a seat in my upcoming iScrapit class that begins September 24 (here’s a video preview). Comments must be received by Monday, September 17, at 9:00 am MDT. We welcome entries from our international friends.
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Beth says: So far I have just been using the editing supplies that come with the iPhone or iPad. Once I deem picture cropped and edited I just send it on over to Shutterfly through the Shutterfly app on my phone and iPad. I am looking into purchasing iPhoto. I haven’t decided on an app yet that I am completely satisfied with for making collage photos on my iPad.
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