Tech Tip – Using Photo Apps

If you’re anything like me, or most scrapbookers for that matter, we tend to house a ton of pictures on our cell phones. At last count, I had about 8,000 on mine (no judgment please), and that doesn’t count what has been backed up to an online photo housing site. For this month’s Tech Tip, I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite apps that I use to edit and add fun effects to pictures before printing them.

When it comes to photo apps, there are a ton to choose from and you just have to experiment with them until you find one or two that you like. For instance, I prefer to use Snapseed when doing basic photo edits on my phone. When I am done with those edits, I save the photo and then open it in ColorStory to add fun effects.

The following photo is an example of using a picture of my husband Dan that I had posted to Instagram and later edited in ColorStory. Notice how the second picture is much brighter and has a bokeh effect added to it, where the original is darker and has more shadow. This is due to my using the Lite Bright filter with Flare 2 Bokeh effect.


Once the photo was edited in ColorStory, I simply printed it with my Canon Selphy directly from my phone using my home wifi connection. If you don’t have this option, you can also save the picture to your computer and print from there. Your choices really are limitless in what you can do with the apps that are available. Many of them are free; however, you can pay extra for additional options within each of the apps if you choose.

Here are a couple more examples using ColorStory with my original photo – as you can see, there is much fun to be had!


Okay, so let’s get to the layout I made with my photo and the December kit! You will probably notice right away that this layout has a lot going on. To begin, I spread white gesso on a piece of card stock, much like frosting on a cake, and then poured glitter on it while it was still wet. This gave me a snow-like background as well as left glitter on everything in my house (it’s amazing how that stuff travels).


Next, I used the November digicuts to cut several trees from 6×6 pieces of the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa patterned paper. With these cut, I used gold thread and machine-stitched them to the card stock. I love the effect of the glittery background with the shiny gold thread – it feels very Christmas-y and festive – and captures the fun vibe of the photo. With the trees sewn down, I used Prima watercolors and splattered gold, pink, and turquoise paint onto the layout.

For the title, I used the Pinkfresh alphas from the November kit along with pieces from Crate Paper and Bella Blvd., which I altered by cutting and painting.


Next, I attached some embellishments from past kits to the top right corner of my photo.


For my journaling, I used a strip of vellum and jotted down the story of the photo.


Last were some clusters of enamel dots and stars from Simple Stories and Pinkfresh.


I hope you like the finished layout and that you will experiment with some photo apps for your next project!








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