Affinity Photo App Review for Digital Scrapbookers

Affinity Photo App for Digital Scrapbookers

As a pocket-style scrapbooker who loves to document her photos and stories on her mobile devices, I often wonder if there are digital scrapbookers who wish they could do the same. Pocket-style documenters have the Project Life® App loaded with Project Life templates, allowing them to scrapbook anytime, anywhere.

 

But if you are a memory-keeper who doesn’t document in this format, and prefers to use predesigned templates from your favorite digital designers, the only place you can scrapbook is at home front of your computer. Until now!

 

Let me introduce you to the Affinity Photo App by Serif Labs.
Can you say “game-changer?” Seriously, it will Blow. Your. Mind.

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Technology Has Transformed Travel Scrapping

Technology has transformed travel scrapping in a way that many may not understand. The internet, desktop computers, laptops, tablets, cell phones, and digital scrapping are just a few of the amazing advancements in technology we are blessed with today. People born in the 90s do not remember a day when these things weren’t available but I sure do! The internet, personal computers, and cell phones didn’t become “mainstream” until the mid-90s and even then they weren’t the same as what we have today.  In the mid-80s I worked at the phone company in the department that issued orders to install mobile phones in cars.  Yes, they had to be installed. They were big and in Texas only oil companies and ranchers had them.  In a training session about mobile phones, the trainer told us that in the future mobiles phones would be the size of a deck of cards and everyone from grandparents to children would have one.  We were all skeptical!  Computers, like mobile phones, have gotten smaller and smaller and now everyone has several forms of technology at their fingertips. In this article, I’ll share some tips to combine our tech toys, apps, and digital scrapping to create scrapbooks about our travels that are amazing.

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Filtering with PicTapGo

Hi scrappers. We’re talking about filters this month. Truth be told, I don’t use a lot of “artsy” filters on my photos or pages but I do love to improve my photos with filters. My scrapbooking style trends a bit more traditional. For editing my photos, my absolute favorite plug-in for PS/PSE is Totally Rad’s RadLab. It is a little pricey and even when you can catch it on a good sale, it might be a bit more than your scrap budget wants to shell out (but I think it is totally worth budgeting for). Enhancing photos with Totally Rad’s PicTapGo app (iPhone only) allows you to apply photo filters with ease without needing an expensive photoshop plug-in.

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Family Stories, Instagram and Chatbooks — Oh, my!

Knowing who our family WAS reveals part of who we ARE.

I love this quote and it speaks volumes to me as I continue to share my family history with my own children and relatives. When I started my journey to share my love for family history, the heritage photos and stories that go along with it all, I knew that my ultimate goal was to share it in a book form. I want to combine beautiful pages with stories, photos and documents that will entice my children and family to WANT to read them and learn more about their family history. This is where Chatbooks really excels with its’ size easy to ready and cute size.

Sharing my Family History on Instagram

Once I discovered Instagram, I “instantly” knew that this would become a platform that I could use to catch the attention of my kids – you know… one post, one story at a time with a beautiful photo. We can combine our love of scrapbooking to provide the beautiful photo and then include the story in the caption of our post. That is the essence of scrapbooking but on a smaller scale.

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Using Lightroom, Photoshop and Day One to Document a Year in Sports

Hello! Jen Flaherty here to share with you a sequential project I wish I had started when my children started playing sports – creating an album to document their year in sports. I knew that in order for me to be successful with this project, it had to be SIMPLE! So I promise you it is. I use Lightroom, Photoshop and Day One to help me bring it all together, but you could use any photo organizing and/or editing program that works for you. Below I have outlined what I did to prepare for this project and the steps I follow to ensure success. Are you ready? Let’s go!

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Mobile Workflow for Year Long Projects

This month here at Scrapaneers we’re highlighting tips to help out with sequential projects. To be honest, I have only attempted one sequential project. In fact, it is one that I’ve started several years and never kept up with it. This year, however, I may succeed with the help of embracing some help from my phone. I came up with a mobile workflow to help me keep things on track.

 

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Day One App to the Journaling Rescue

Do you ever feel like summer gets shorter but more hectic every year? Fall brings a slower rhythm to my life and I can seem to get some organizing done before the next big rush of the holiday season.  Summer already feels like a blur and I have a lot of pictures that I’m determined are not going to be stuck inside my phone or Dropbox storage.  I need help to remember all the little details so I’ve been using the Day One app on my phone and it has been a life-saver when it comes to journaling about those little things that happened this past summer.  Behind every great picture, there is an even better story which is why I’m so excited to share with you how to use the Day One app — I love passing on great things that make my life easier and give me a way to cut down on mental clutter!

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