Camera-Phone Photos You'll Love to Scrapbook

Using these photo tips and with a little bit of practice, you'll take scrapbook-worthy photos using your camera phone!

Add Sunny Sparkle

Bokeh effect

Photo by Maggie Holmes. Supplies: iPhone, Snapster app, LensLight app.

Capture the look of a sunny day even when clouds are gray. Maggie Holmes took a snapshot of her sons from everyday to exceptional by adding a little after-the-fact bokeh, or out-of-focus areas filled with light, with the LensLight app. These soft-edged shapes frame her subjects without overwhelming them, guiding the viewer's eye straight to the boys' faces.


Print a Perfect Frame

Oregon Winery layout by Molly Newman

Oregon Wine Country by Molly Newman. Digital Supplies: Software: GIMP; Frame: Miss Pickle. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper and WorldWin Papers; Patterned paper and die-cuts: Crate Paper; Flowers: Hero Arts; Washi tape: MT; Stamp: Papertrey Ink; Ink: Tsukeniko; Pen: Sharpie; Font: Luna Bar; Other: Adhesive, button, and embroidery thread.

Combine flexible digital accents with patterned paper straight out of your stash. Print a bold frame directly onto patterned paper, then trim closely around the printed shape. You'll get a custom look with no die-cutting required. Skip printer jams by using your printer's rear output feed, and test your print on scrap paper before cutting into the good stuff.

For more tips on getting great photos even on a cloudy day - and details on how the Oregon Winery photo (above) was captured and edited using camera phone - see the January/February 2013 issue of Creating Keepsakes.


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