July 6, 2012

A Modern Scrapbook...from Smart Phone Pictures!



A modern scrapbook using my iPhone? Hold tight and I'll tell you the deets...

I've been away, for what seems like, ages! Okay, it was just 7 days, but it was a very full 7 days of roadtrippin', family wedding festivities, sightseeing and exploring. We launched the trip for a cousin's wedding in Michigan and, being the roadtrip lovers that we are, decided to drive to our destination from Texas. On the way home we spent 3 days/nights in Nashville. In total, we found ourselves in 9 states in the 7 days. And, that, friends, is what roadtrippin' is all about! 

I did take my camera on our trip, but only used it once or twice. The rest of the trip was documented on my iPhone. You just can't beat the portability of a pocket size device. I instagrammed a lot of those pictures and some of you followed along on my journey...but, I captured WAY more fun moments than I shared. When I got home I was eager to make a scrapbook (of sorts) with those pictures as a way to remember our fun week.

I think this 8x10 photograph pretty much sums it all up. 


This being a modern scrapbook, I took advantage of a variety of apps and programs on my iPhone and computer. The first thing I did was create 6 collages using a free iPhone app called Pic Stitch. I chose the layout that allowed for 4 equal-sized squares. I narrowed our trip down to 30 pictures and started creating collages and saving them. When I synced my phone, the 6 collages were on my computer and I was able to build my 8x10 collage using Picasa on my desktop (another free program!). If you haven't used the collage feature on picasa, you totally should. It's so easy!


On my picasa program, I added the six collages and sized them equally- 2 across and 3 down. I made sure to do this on an 8x10 layout since I wanted to print it as an 8x10 photograph. When my collage was created, I flipped the image on it's side and added text and repeated that for the opposite side. I saved my image and then sent it over to Walgreens to be printed as an 8x10 ($2.99).


An hour later, I picked it up, brought it home and clipped it to a message board in my bedroom. Easy, peasy.


Do you have a ton of pictures on your phone?? I highly recommend putting this tutorial to use and getting yourself a hard-copy. This little collage makes me smile every time I walked past it. And, when the next event or vacation happens, I can easily place this photograph in a book for safe-keeping.

Modern day scrapbooking, indeed.

**update: the burlap and twine photo board tutorial can be found here!

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67 comments:

  1. Hi Emily! A couple of questions if you don't mind. I am also an IPhone user/Instagram junkie :)
    So here are my ?'s: When syncing your phone, what process do you use to upload only new pictures taken since your last upload? When I sync (I have a PC, not MAC) it wants to pull all my phone photos, not just new. Next ?: would you mind to provide more of a detailed tutorial on this collage process? I have been using Picasa and the collage feature for quite a while now, but the process of "clumping the collages all in one" rotating and adding text kinda lost me. I'm sure it is easier than it may seem :)
    Many thanks!
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    1. Christine, Thanks for the comment! In case anyone has the same questions, I'll answer you here.

      1) Honestly, I've only synced my phone this one time, so I have no idea! All of the pictures on my phone just transferred over automatically when I synced it.
      2) I'll work on trying to write a more detailed tutorial when I get some free time. It's really an easy process, so I'll see if I can figure out how to explain it better!

      Thanks for the feedback!

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  2. So smart! I'm totally going to do something like this!

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  3. Love this! I love free apps to and totally want to make that frame!!

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  4. Nice! And I love that we got to see the pics you took along your trip as you took them too. Super fun. Cute clothes pins too! xoxo

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  5. I will be serching for that app for my phone and ipad. Thanks for the tips!
    Adrienne
    www.freetimefrolics.com

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  6. First of all, this looks really really cool. I need to get myself a smartphone one of these days. Also, where in Michigan did you go? I live here :) Did you go someplace beautiful? On the lakeshore?

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  7. This is way cool! I have 400+ on my iPhone, so I totally need this!
    xo Heidi
    Pinning from Shannon's party!

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  8. SO cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  9. your blog is so lovely, follow you! <3

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  10. This is an awesome idea I've had iphones for years and over 1,000 pictures on there I would love to try this! Thank you for the idea & tutorial xo

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  11. brilliant! I don't take too many pics on my phone but my kids do! We even had a party where I forget to take any pictures and later opened my phone to see a ton of them taken from 2' off the ground!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  12. oh what a fabulous blog! wanna follow each other? xx

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  13. Super great idea to make a collage with Instagram photos. I have over 1,300 on my phone! I do use Picasa for collages but had not thought to create an Instagram set. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. Emily, this is awesome...too bad I don't have an iphone! :(

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  15. You must have KNOWN I was going to ask how to do that? Or what app you used on your phone? ...or did I ask that stuff already...UM...I think I did...Maybe...Heehee!!

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