Supplies: by Sahlin Studio and Brittish Designs (see below)
During the “holidays” (roughly October through the first of January), I am probably one of the most overwhelmed an underachieved people there is. I’ve said many, many times that just the thought of doing a December Daily project makes me want to crawl in a corner and cry. It’s always been completely overwhelming.
This week though, I have found myself thinking about December Daily, and thinking about how easy it would be to do on my phone. Soooooo, I’m jumping on board, I’m drinking the Kool-aid. I think I’m making it easy enough that I can actually do this and maybe you will too! I would LOVE to have some of YOU join in (#decembersuccess)!
I’ve posted before about using the Project Life App with DropBox, but I was really wanted to find an app that I could use that was available in iOS and Android. I wasn’t able to find ONE app that had everything I wanted that was dual platform friendly. I did, however, find an app that had everything I wanted for iOS and another one with the same features I was looking for in Android. Two apps, different platforms, similar features. Here’s a list of the features I wanted (for iOS and Android):
- predesigned gridded collages
- square format with four spots (two journal cards, two photos)
- ability to access journal cards saved to DropBox, directly from the app (I didn’t want to have to save the cards to my phone, creating an extra step, and filling up my memory on my phone)
- an export resolution that I could have printed into a small photo book (4×4) without compromising quality
I’m planning on using combinations of these products:
I’ve saved all of the journal cards from each collection to a folder in my DropBox on my computer called _DaysOfDecember (I started it with the _ so the folder will always be at the top). This folder automatically shows up on my phone. For more information about setting up DropBox on your phone, check out this iPhone tutorial or this Android tutorial.
My layout will be:
- 2 journal/filler cards 3×4 (one that will include the number that correlates to the date)
- 2 photos per day 4×6 (approximate size)
- I’ll be using these collages in my app:
I am incredibly (INCREDIBLY) forgetful, so I will set an alarm on my phone for midday to remind me to take my photos and then another alarm at 9pm to remind me to put the page together. My plan (hope) is to create a page a day, as I go, so everything is done and ready to be uploaded for printing on January 1st.
An App For Android
Photo Grid is actually available on both iOS and Android. However, it does not have all of the features I was looking for in the iOS version, only the Android version (from what I could see). It is actually a very powerful app on the Android platform and seems really slick to use! I’m kind of, sort of jealous of it!
I found this tutorial that should help you get up and running pretty quickly (I’m not on Android, so I can’t do a step-by-step using digital products, sorry). The tutorial below for a different app on iOS, should help give you an idea of the process and workflow using digital supplies.
Images in Photo Grid can be exported at either720P, 1024P,1080P,1660P,1920P,2048P with both .JPG and .PNG format.
An App For iOS
Pic Stitch is an app I’ve been using for a very long time and it just so happens, that it does everything I wanted it to do.
Once in the app, select the template style you want to use:
You can see the collages I will be using in the middle row, above.
Once the collage is open, tap the photo spot you want to edit:
This is the menu that comes up:
My journal cards are saved in DropBox, so that’s what I will tap and show you here. The first time you tap Dropbox, you will need to login and enable access to your account by the app.
As stated above, my journaling cards for this project are in the _DaysOfDecember folder (just as an FYI, the _QR Code folder below contains the videos that have QR codes associated with them in photo books). I saved the journaling cards and filler cards to Dropbox from my computer; this step cannot be done from the phone unless you download the zip file from the store, on your phone, save it to Dropbox and use another app to unzip…easier just to do that part on your computer, I think.
Tap the folder that contains your filler cards and journaling cards and navigate to the card you want to use:
Here’s how it looks with the image added:
Adding a photo is the same; you can select photos from any Photo Album on your phone or Dropbox if you have them there. All of my photos were from my phone (and probably will be for this project, cause I’m lazy like that)
Here’s a look with both photos added:
Here’s a look with all of the collage spots filled in:
I also changed the size of the white stroke around the collage:
This app also has drop shadows (upper right corner), which were surprisingly, really, really good! There are a lot of other options you can play with too. Here’s a look at my completed layout:
This one has a number filler card so you could see what it would look like, I also applied a super subtle drop shadow:
I will be posting my progress on my personal Instagram @regardingsteph (yes, I’m having a little bit of anxiety committing myself like this…okay…more than a little).
So, come join in the fun I would LOVE to support you by double tapping your photos! Let’s use the #DecemberSuccess tag to make our posts easy to find and share love!
Be sure to watch The Daily Digi Instagram feed @dailydigi where I will be reposting and tagging others #decembersuccess posts