Memory Keeping, Parenting, Project Life CT

Making Pretty Scrapbooks on your iPhone

Me: the Abridged Version is a class led by Cathy Zielske through Big Picture Classes. It’s about telling your story in a fun, creative way. I think telling your story is important – not just for you, but for the people that love you. Join me on this short series of personal photo-journalism and see the pretty things my iPhone can make.


I love this project. I know, I say that about all the projects that I write about – but it’s not true of all the projects I do. This one is different. It’s a lot of fun. And it’s SO easy to do!

The thing is – I love scrapbooking now that I’ve discovered Project Life, but I can’t commit the time necessary to edit photos on my computer, upload into Photoshop (which is what many scrapbookers these days do), pull together a layout, and hope that someday I’ll make a book. Let alone share the layouts that I made with others. I seriously admire the women that can do that on a regular basis. It’s just not practical for me.

I need things on my phone. I need it in my hand so when I’m on the train, or hanging with Max, or waiting for the school bus, or unwinding from the day, I can work on my latest project in the palm of my hand for 30 seconds or 30 minutes. At my convenience. Wherever I am.

This week I wanted to share the apps that I use regularly for photo editing, and particularly for my latest memory keeping class.

my favorite iPhone apps for photos

favorite iPhone apps


Project Life App. $2.99. The Project Life App is a beautifully designed app that lets you scrapbook photos directly from your iPhone, photo stream, and other apps – like Dropbox. It is very user-friendly and intuitive and it has made it possible for me to do memory keeping on my phone. It’s amazing. And it made it possible for me to keep up with memory keeping – like when I made a page the same day that we had Max’s birthday party. In addition to all the amazing features, it’s incredibly gratifying!

iPhone Camera. Most of the photos for my scrapbook are taken with a native iPhone 5 camera.

TimerCam. Free. The TimerCam App allows you to take photos with a timer, making selfies or group photos much easier.

PicTapGo. $1.99. The PicTapGo App is perfect for brightening up standard photos on your phone. I use this every time I need to brighten or saturate a photo – no, it’s not the same as increasing exposure. Totally worth it!

VSCOcam. Free. The VSCOcam App gives you all the flexibility in editing that you need. The filters are nice, but as soon as I discovered all of the editing features, I was hooked. Need a better endorsement? It’s used by professional photographers.

Dropbox. Free. If you’re not familiar with Dropbox, it’s a cloud-based document storage website that allows you to share folders, documents, and photos with anyone who has the link. It’s ideal for groups who work remotely or for individual documents that you want to keep access to where ever you are. Someone recently recommended that I try it for scrapbooking and I was instantly hooked. I use the web app for sharing photos that I take at group events and the Dropbox iPhone App for document and photo sharing between devices.

Here are some examples of what I’ve made using the apps I mentioned. I’ll let them speak for themselves.

Project Life App Page

Made with the Project Life App, using DSLR photos

Project Life App Page

Made with the Project Life App

Made in about 5 minutes, on his birthday

Made in about 5 minutes, on his birthday

Made same day as the event, in about 5 minutes!

Used Project Life App and Rhonna Farmer App


Next week I’ll cover my process for pulling together a scrapbook page from several sources, all in one place. It’s warrants its own post because it’s kind of complicated, but once you get it down – WOW it is so easy.




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