Scrapbooking with Cell Phone Photos

I have a confession to make: I don’t own a cell phone. Apparently, I am in the minority now. According to a Wikipedia article, in 2010 there were more than 5 billion cell phones in existence and just under 7 billion people in the world. In some countries there were even more cell phones than people!

So, the odds are fairly good that many tech-savvy digital scrappers have cell phones, probably with digital cameras on-board.

Now, I hear that cell phone cameras are getting better, such as having higher resolution. There are even some nifty accessories like the iPhone’s lens attachments for things like macro and fisheye shots.

Tiny Pictures

This article is going to focus on those not-so great cell phone cameras though. What is a scrapper to do with low-res, tiny images? Get creative in scrapping!

The digital designer community has many awesome products, aimed at helping you to scrap those little pictures:

Simple Journalers Pack 1

Templates 5. by Kokon Scrap-Art

Some Inspiration

The pages below all feature small photos. I can’t say for sure if they were taken with cell phones, but they are a good source of inspiration.

Click the images to view their credits.


But I Don’t Have a Cell Phone With a Camera!

Personally, I carry a small point-and-shoot camera with me wherever I go. How else would I get funny pictures of my baby boy nodding off in the grocery cart? These are the pictures we mommies love!

There are plenty of ways to “fake” that casual cell-phone photo look:

  • Crop bad photos small. This keeps the spirit of the shot, but minimizes its visual impact on your scrapbook page.
  • Add actions to give them retro or cross-processed looks.
  • I love these (free!) faux-Instragram actions for Photoshop by Daniel Box.

So, if you’re a pro with your cell phone pics, just received your first cell phone for Christmas, or if you’re like me and you don’t even have a cell phone, I hope you find some useful information here that helps you scrap some memories!