Darling little things: My go-to photo apps.

Let’s talk photography for a minute. Phone and tablet photography, more specifically. I love my DSLR, but I just don’t carry it with me everywhere. My phone photos & iPad photos are just more convenient.

There are SO MANY photo apps out there both paid & unpaid available across both Android & iOS platforms. Some are limited exclusively to one platform or the other. I’ve come across several new apps to play with and found new favorites through some of my favorite blogs so I thought I would put together a little list of my favorites right now.

Editing/Creative details: ABeautifulMess App
Price: $0.99, iOS only (for now)

If you don’t know about A Beautiful Mess, go. Now. Elsie & Emma wow me every day with their DIY prowess, inventive food & cocktail recipes & are pretty much the reason why I have slowly gotten over the whole hating white walls thing. I now can appreciate a much more open, airy & less cluttered version of a living space & much of my personal inspiration came from the awesomeness of their blog.

Elsie hand writes on many of the photos featured on their website. The sisters recently developed an app that includes features handwritten phrases and doodles in Elsie’s handwriting, different filters, and options to add your own text in a variety of fonts.

I’ve used this app for adding just for fun details to my own photos as well as for promotion purposes & they keep updating it and adding to it.

Here’s a few from my Instagram.

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I’ve also used it for photos that I post too: here & here.

The app is a great 99 cent spend and Elsie & Emma keep updating it with new fonts/doodles/add ons. For right now, it’s only available if you have an Apple device (I downloaded it on my iPad) but the Android version is coming later this summer.

Alternative Camera: Pudding Camera
Price: Free on Android platforms

This app features 9 different cameras and 8 different film choices when you’re snapping photos using your phone. You can also apply toy cameras effects and vary your shots using a blur feature and changing aspect ratios. With all of the different camera/film combinations to play with, you pretty much get a different aesthetic with each photo you take.

I apologize for all of the dog photos, but I particularly loved this camera app when taking photos of them.

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I especially love the last one & how the film/camera choice and the blur made what could have been a fairly blown out photo, a very unique photo instead.

Adding something extra: Pixlr-o-Matic
Free on both Android & iOS

I rarely post photos without atleast running it through Pixlr-o-Matic. This app features a plethora of film filters, effects, and borders to mix together to create unique photos. I like the “before” photo posted below, but the “after” photo just POPS.
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Better than Standard Phone Camera: FxCamera 
Free on Android and Apple

I actually spent a good deal of time using Fx Camera as my actual camera when I snapped any photos. I think it offers a crisper image, but the downside is that there is a bit of lag in shutter speed.  I’ve since switched back to using the default phone camera and just open photos in Fx Camera to apply some of its effects, instead.

This camera offers a Toy camera, Symmetrical camera, and Fisheye (among others) and had a recent update that includes lots of new filters, like this circle to put focus on a certain area shown below. It’s Free – go check it out!

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Of course I love Instagram as well, but I primarily use it for photos I want to share in a quick moment or to layer over another photo app I’ve already applied to get a more detailed effect.

I tend to use all of the other apps listed in more detail when I have intentions of printing and am looking for a more unique version.

These were just a few of my top favorites right now that I wanted to pass along, hopefully I introduced you to something new!

Happy Friday!

Darling Little Things:Two for Tuesday.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I usually struggle more with Tuesdays than Mondays because I’m usually fairly refreshed from the weekend on Monday and Tuesday follows a 10-10 work day. But today is a much better day than yesterday & it just got better with a knock on the door from UPS.

I already follow Joy on Pinterest but had not actually seen her blog. I stumbled on it last week & fell in love. Her post The Art of Being a Goal-Getter, (in parts 1 & 2) really spoke to me because I have always felt that I was meant to do something different, something less traditional and something a little less 9-5ish. It’s not the hours that I don’t like, it’s the same [boring] routine every day. (Although a steady paycheck every week is a nice perk, I will say.)

Her summary of different jobs and transitions put me more at ease in comparison to my own life. So of course I ordered both of her books: Blog Inc & Creative, Inc. I could have ordered them on my Kindle & had the ereader version for a little less… but there’s something so gratifying and nerdy about real books & I’ll tell ya – these are beauties & I’m so excited!

Can’t wait to get going & share what I’m sure will be genius insights!

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Hope your Tuesday is just as delightful!

Darling Little Things: DIY Flower Vases

Fresh flowers in the house give it that home feeling. About 2 months ago, I started adding plants and fresh flower arrangements all over our house. It’s a great way to add in some color while keeping a more neutral design palette otherwise in the house.

Before I started buying plants/flower bouquets – I started looking for containers to hold flowers. I have a nice large vase that I like, but I also like unconventional and nontraditional pieces as well. I picked up jars, a ceramic water pitcher, and a couple of little glass jars from the dollar store.

I really love this vase that I found on clearance (!!!) at World Market for about $7 a while back.

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I didn’t have a specific use for it at the time, but everybody needs a nice vase right?

When I started looking for more containers to hold different flower arrangements around the house, I found that I really wanted to try to do a similar look as this vase but on a smaller scale.

Insert DIY creativity.

I was browsing Pinterest and playing around on the internet and found several sites with free printable vintage labels, like these cigar box labels.

I selected and printed a few of my favorites at a local office store for less than $1.

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Up close, you can see that the label isn’t completely flat against the glass. This particular jar has an interesting shape that curves in places that makes it a little more difficult to work with. But from afar (which is how I see it) – it looks just as vintage and awesome as the one I bought.

I love how this turned out & it gives more personality to this smaller arrangement.

Don’t you want to go buy fresh bouquets now & add some pretty to your place?

A fabulous weekend DIY

I’ve been working on a bedroom makeover board as well as a living room update board on Pinterest. I’ve been incorporating changes into our house & the latest detail is adding a variety of prints all around the house.

Adding art to your space can put a hurtin on your wallet or it can be an opportunity to be creative. I chose the latter because I would prefer to stretch my dollars to do more rather than less. (Wouldn’t we all?)

This is a very simple, quick DIY with a huge amount of instant gratification.

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I found some basic, simple black frames from Target. Three frames for $9

I had been playing around with phrases and fonts and chose a more affectionate option for this project because these frames will be going in our bedroom.

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I took the glass out of the frame and used it as a guide to figure out where I wanted the words to be inside the frame. I traced it once I was happy with it.

imageI recently picked up one of these paper cutters at Hobby Lobby. I can’t believe I haven’t been using one for my home projects for all of this time! My only issue is the size of the cutter. I had to trim the page a bit to fit it, but it gives a much cleaner line and doesn’t ruffle the paper as much as cutting it by hand. So, if you don’t have one of these- I definitely recommend going to get one. This one was $5.99 & with a 40% coupon, only cost me about $4 bucks. The bigger ones are pretty affordable with a 40% off coupon as well. It’s on my want list.

I popped the glass back in & added the page & voila! Simple & beautiful.

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For now, it’s sitting with a couple succulents and with our “I Love You Because” frame that we write love notes back and forth on. I have plans to add at least 2 more (maybe 3 or 4), different sizes & different prints.

I have plans brewing to add some to our side tables and some to go with some oversized prints on the mantle as well. They’re just propped up against the wall, not using their stands. I’m loving a layered print look right now & can’t wait to add more!

Quick. Easy. Customizable. Beautiful.

The perfect DIY!

Darling Little Things: Better photos with Photojojo

Have you heard of the Photojojo store? It’s an online shop with all kinds of AWESOME stuff for taking better photos on less traditional mediums, like with your phone or iPad. I have a Nikon D3000 that I love but don’t use as often as I should because I don’t carry it with me everywhere. I carry my phone and my iPad with me much more often.

The drawback with relying on a camera phone and iPad is that that some of the quality is lost by taking that quick shot. I’m not saying that you can’t have great photos using your phone, you absolutely can.. it just takes more thought & maybe an add on app or equipment.

I’ve been relying on my phone and iPad more exclusively recently to do all of my photos for this blog and feel that they’re lacking.. so I’ve decided to finally buy some things I’ve been eyeing from the Photojojo store.

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I ordered a 4 pack of lenses that can be used on my phone & are easily removable and reattached to my iPad. I can’t wait to test them out & see what I can do differently with my images.

Here’s a coupon code for all of you to to buy some awesome Photojojo items as well:

$5 off Photojojo Order

Just click the link & add items to your cart. a $5 discount appears when you go to check out.

Cheers!