Just a Moment in Marvelous May

We are moving on out of May and what an MARVELOUS month it was!! So many wonderful contributions in this month’s files! You only have a moment (haha) left to purchase these products, because once they are gone, they are GONE!!!

You get ALL of this for only $7.50 TOTAL! It’s over $50 worth of digital scrapbooking supplies! WOW!!!

This is what our
members said at the end of last month:

I love everything about Daily Digi! It’s so much fun to see the new kits that are released…and the price just can’t be beat! – Alisha

This month featured a wonderful assortment of designers whose work I love. So much goodness! I look forward to the first of every month with excitement. – Patsy

It’s always such a treat on the first to see what the Digi Files has waiting for me. There are always old favorites and fabulous new designers new try. I’ve never been disappointed with what is included. – Melinda

Janet joined me for the end of May Daily Digi Digest where we talk about some of our favorite things this month and share some things you can look forward to in June. You can listen below (on the site),
download here, or subscribe in iTunes:

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included this month:

Zoe Pearn

Tracy Martin

Studio Wendy

Two More Days

Queen Wild Scraps


Jennifer Labre

Did you know that every four months you are subscribed to The Digi Game level (annual OR monthly) you get an exclusive collaboration from past
contributors to


“Story of Everyday Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to those who subscribe to THE DIGI GAME level of membership (available immediately).


“The Good Life” is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their fourth payment, (or fourth month for annual members).

“My Journey My Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their eighth payment, (or eighth month for annual members).

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My Life of Wonderful
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annual members) that will start going out tomorrow.

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May Your Day Be Funtastic

May is coming to an end, but it’s still filled with awesome digi opportunities. Here’s what’s happening today…

Have you ever wished you had the skills to make your hands tell the story of your heart the way your favorite word artists do? In a modern world, where hand written sentiments have grown all too rare, a hand lettered piece holds even more meaning. Join CD Muckosky, in her brand new virtual classroom, for 7 weeks of hand lettering classes where you will learn ten different lettering styles, and enjoy beautiful projects to polish your new talent!


Collecting Moments:May from Pixelily Designs is available on Gingerscraps at 30% off until May, 31.


EZ Edges by Erica Zane at SSD will add an awesome realistic depth to your pages. Each paper includes 3 layers: the base paper, the extracted edge and a shadow layer (all .png layers) for maximum versatility.


Connie Prince’s June Grab Bag Sale is going on now! Six full size products for just $5, this week only!


Julie Billingsley is retiring. Stock up at 50% off through May 31st.


Scrapping with Liz has these fabulous new template sets out that will help you scrap pages that will showcase a BIG moment or showcase multiple photos. You could even mix and match these. Grab them both now at 20% OFF.


Studio Wendy brings you Make Me Papers and Make Me Papers pro. Simply sample colors from your preview or layout, and make a set of 8 solid papers in a snap! Make Me Papers Pro allows you to use your own textures, and is designer-friendly! Video tutorial included!


The Studio Girls released their latest Studio Mix, Flowerbelle. It’s still 20% off for a few more days! Check out the Studio Mix #5 Bundle, on sale for 70% off through Sunday!


This bundle by Libby Pritchett will fill your heart with star-spangled happiness! Free Bird is sure to release the American pride and creativity inside you!


The Good Life Vol. 6 – Templates perfect for completing your Project Life or Project 52 layouts. Includes pages files.


Kate Hadfield has two new sets of Graduation themed doodles out today, with coordinating digital stamp sets that are perfect for all your hybrid projects! Graduation and Little Graduates are 20% off all weekend!


Heather T. has a delightful new kit out at MScraps–and a coordinating Facebook Freebie as well!


Kindred Spirits is new this week from Kimeric Kreations.


Looking for a school-themed kit with a difference? This fin-tastic fishy Collection is top of the class! Don’t forget to check out the additional packs, including Alpha, Kraft, Noteblocks and Word Art.


Spring Breeze by Vicki Robinson is exclusively at Oscraps.


Get ahead of the game and be prepared to document all your upcoming summer memories by stocking up during the aA Summer Album Promo Event. Select as many collections as you like like from the Album category of the aA store at a 40% discount on original prices. This offer is valid from Wed 28 May through Wed 4 Jun 2014 at 9am EST. Watch the aA blog for a special post next week on documenting summer memories.


Join the Two More Days creative team! Calling all digital scrappers, bloggers, and social media gurus.


Join Katrina Kennedy and nineteen other fabulous iPhoneographers to improve your phone photography. Get 28 days of photo tips, app tutorials, and iPhone awesomeness for your memory keeping.


Juno Designs teamed up with JB Studio to create this collaborative collection called Hey Mister. It’s jam packed with everything you need to make a layout about that awesome guy of yours! Buy the bundle, save 25% and get the grungy paper pack FREE with your purchase!


Do you wish you could be more creative with your titles and text? Need a helping hand to master type on a path, masked out text or die cut looks? Here’s just what you need! 10 bite sized video tutorial techniques that will help you get creative with your titles and journalling in Photoshop Elements


New this week is Head in the Clouds by Studio Flergs & Robin Carlton. Save 20% all through Saturday & get ‘Love Letters’ full kit free with every order of $10


Blagovesta Gosheva released the next kit of Capturing life series – Capturing Life: May. It’s on early bird 20% off sale this week.


Chelle is giving away an entire kit…a few pieces each day of June on her blog.


New this week to Etc by Danyale ~ Frog Prince and Sweet Pea kit, perfect for keeping your precious little ones memories. Buy either kit before 6/6, and get the Little One Document Set FREE!




Join me in welcoming back Jennifer Labre to The Digi Files!! I really love Jennifer’s weathered-modern desgn style! geometric patterns often taken on a worn look that is really fun to scrap with! I also enjoy Jennifer’s adorable word art that can be found in her kits. She uses some great type and one of the fonts in this kit was actually created by me (the Serendipty definition), which was a fun treat for me! Let’s take a closer look at “Somethingness” that is included in
The Digi Files this month:

This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Jennifer Labre Designs’s contribution:


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs; Fonts: CK Ali; Photo by Cheryl Curtis.


Layout by Katie. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs;
Slices of Life (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Microsoft Sans Serif
and Lobster Two.


by Lauren. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs; Happy
Spring Add-On (Yellow Alpha) by Crystal Wilkerson; Storyteller Collab
(Circle Alpha) by Scraporchard; Font: CK Ali’s Hand.


by Vicki. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs; Aug template by Sahlin Studio.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.


My name is Jenn Labre (“la bray”) and I live in Wisconsin with my husband Jeff and two daughters, Jordan (12) and Jenna (5). We live in the town where I grew up and my daughter’s current middle school was my high school!



I love this layout. I captured my love of photography, my family and scrapbooking all in the same layout! What I think is really cool about this page isn’t so much the design as it is the unique photo. I love that I thought to capture our shadows while we were visiting the zoo. I think it really makes for a unique layout that captures your attention. I also love that I used this page to scrap about my love of photography and made it more of an all about me page rather than just another zoo visit.



In 2001, while pregnant with my first child, Jordan, I was invited to attend a beginner’s scrapbooking class at a local scrapbook store and quickly became intrigued with the hobby. I scrapped traditionally until 2005, when I discovered digital scrapbooking and left the paper supplies behind. I quickly became involved in the digital community and served as a creative team member for several stores and a lot of designers. I worked in corporate marketing and graphic design for over 15 years, but I became a stay at home mom when my second daughter, Jenna, was born in 2008. It seemed like a natural transition to me to combine my love of scrapbooking and graphic design skills and in April 2010 I opened my first store as a digital designer.


The short answer… everything! It’s amazing how often inspiration can strike. Everything from a fabulous color palette, to thinking of a kit name out of thin air, to what we do on a daily basis, to what’s trending in the world, can inspire me. Inspiration can really come from everywhere… and I can’t tell you how many dreams I’ve had about themes or colors or a certain word that I desperately try to remember in the morning!


Computer: In July 2012, I experienced every scrapper’s/designer’s worst nightmare. My computer crashed. I lost so many files and photos; it was horrible. Even though I had tried to keep my own backups, I still lost a lot. It was at that point that I decided to go Mac! I invested in a 15 inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display. I upped the RAM to 16GB and unlike a lot of Mac addicts, got a mouse for it too. Now, nearly two years later, I have to say, I still love it! I don’t think I’ll ever go back to a PC.

Program: I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Illustrator CS6 for designing and scrapping. I need to update to CC one of these days! I use iPhoto for organizing all of my design files. Lightroom for photo editing.

Camera: I have a Canon DSLR Rebel T4i. I have several lenses, including a 50mm, 100mm Macro, 28-135mm, and a kit lens that I’ve never used. I would love to get an 85mm and a 50mm 1.4!

Anything Else: I have a Wacom Bamboo tablet, but never really got used to using it so I still prefer my mouse. I can often be seen with a sketchbook and a variety of pencils, watercolors, pens, markers, etc. I have also starting using Adobe Ideas on my iPad for some stuff. Fun!


These days, I don’t get a lot of time to scrap as much as I used to. I miss it. But when I do, it helps to be somewhat prepared so that what little time I have can be spent scrapping, instead of hunting for photos and supplies! This is a bit of my process to prepare. I try to download photos off of my camera as soon as I take them. Then I import them into Lightroom right away. I don’t edit all of the photos I take. Instead, I go through the photos that I have imported and quickly delete the “bad” ones – blurry, eyes closed, etc. From there, I pick my favorites and give them a one star rating. To me, to be a favorite, they need to be in focus and tell the story. Sometimes I’ll pick one that isn’t technically perfect, but if I love it, I keep it. This really helps to narrow down my favorites and not make things so overwhelming. We may take 50 photos at a birthday party, but how many will you really scrap? All of my rated photos, I then bring into Develop (in Lightroom) where I apply the basic edits like checking the White Balance, Exposure, Sharpness, etc. I keep my edits clean, because at this point, I am not sure how I will scrap them, so I don’t want to apply any funky filters. Once they are all edited (which can often be done by Syncing the settings after you edit the first one) I export them as .jpg files into a folder that I keep on my hard drive called “2014 Photos to Scrap” or whatever the year may be. Then, when I am ready to scrap, I have all of my photos in there that I can choose from, all ready to go. To take things one step further, I sometimes create sub-folders that include the photos and any digital kits I’ve collected or created that I think would work with those photos. It’s much easier to just grab and go!


I love, love, love the rich colors in this kit. The day I made the glittered flowers, my daughter, Jordan, and I were crafting together. It was a lot of fun to teach her how to do some things and show her how I create parts of my kits. I also love the vintage finds I included as well as the variety of textures I used. I also love the sentiment behind this kit, which is something I tell Jordan often, just be yourself and you are beautiful! Love this kit!



I know that a lot of scrappers and designers have an aversion to purple, but it has been one of my favorite colors since I was a little girl. I love to design with it and scrap with it too. This kit was inspired by my love of peacocks. I think they are so beautiful and so Flourish was born. I love the gorgeous elements and the papers, so pretty together and I had a lot of fun drawing that peacock!


Here are some of my favorite products by Jennifer Labre Designs:






Here are some more inspirational layouts using Jennifer Labre Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.







Go have a look in Jennifer Labre Designs’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Jennifer Labre

The following layouts were created using “Somethingness” by Jennifer Labre Designs and included in
The Digi Files during May, 2014:

Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs; Template by Katie Scrapbook Lady; Font: The Funktastic.

Layout by mhreen08. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs; Gimme Layers Vol. 64 from Cluster Queen Creation; Fonts: Dominique and Jellyka Delicious Cake; Quote from Oscar Wilde.

Layout by Jen. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs.

Layout by Roxanna. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs; Font: Jellyka Western Princess.

Layout by Connie. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs; Livewire (template) by Little Green Frog Designs.

Layout by Emily. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs.

Layout by Christine. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs.

Layout by Alina. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs.


Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs; Fonts: CK Ali; Photo by Cheryl Curtis.


Layout by Katie. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs;
Slices of Life (template) by Scrapbook Lady; Fonts: Microsoft Sans Serif
and Lobster Two.


Layout by Lauren. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs; Happy Spring Add-On (Yellow Alpha) by Crystal Wilkerson; Storyteller Collab (Circle Alpha) by Scraporchard; Font: CK Ali’s Hand.


by Vicki. Supplies: Somethingness by Jennifer Labre Designs; Aug template by Sahlin Studio.

Protecting Privacy by Blurring Photo Pockets

Pocket scrapping is my favourite way of capturing everyday life and I love browsing the galleries for pocket album inspiration and sharing my own pages. But when we’re sharing everyday life, it’s important to protect important identifying details. That can be tricky in an album dedicated to the little moments of real life. For me, I know that if I had a great photo of my kids in front of their school that I wanted to use in my pocket album, I’d still use it. I would just blur the photo for the web version. It’s really simple!

Let’s start with this photo, which I don’t mind sharing. I baked some delicious cookies and the kiddos loved ’em! (I found the recipe here, by the way. So good!)

In the Filter>Blur menu, select Gaussian Blur. Adjust the slider until the photo looks blurred enough for you to be comfortable sharing it.

This is how it turns out:

There! In less than 10 seconds the picture is ready to post to the galleries. This trick is especially useful for photos of other people’s kids that you don’t want to post to the web.

Do you blur photos or alter layouts to protect privacy for sharing on the web?

Using Children’s Storybook Quotes in Your Scrapping

I often find myself dealing with “scrapping block.” You know, like writer’s block, but for scrappers. You’d think that with the tens of thousands of photos I have, along with the thousands of kits, I would never be lacking in inspiration. But sometimes, the sheer abundance of all that I have leaves me feeling like I don’t know where to start.

However, I am a firm believer that inspiration for scrapping is everywhere. I find that I often just need a little point in the right direction. I can see something in a store, on a blog, or on the web, and be inspired with a scrapping idea.

One great place for scrapping inspiration is in children’s storybook quotes. There are so many amazing books filled with wonderful, imaginative ideas. Taking just one line from a book can help you feel inspired to scrap.

In this layout, I picked the popular book,
Love you Forever. I had this picture of me sitting with my son on Mother’s Day and I thought it would be perfect for this quote, especially as we were sitting in a rocking chair.

Here are some other great quotes that you could use to scrap:

It does not do do dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that. — J.K. Rowlings,
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present. — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. — Aesop, The Lion and the Mouse

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? —
Dr. Seuss

If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too. — Dr. Seuss,
Oh the Places You’ll Go

Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. — Shel Silverstein,
Where the Sidewalk Ends

We all can dance when we find music we love. — Giles Andreae,
Giraffes Can’t Dance

It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends. — Brothers Grimm, Snow White

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. —, Watty Piper,
The Little Engine that Could

Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow. — Francis Hodgson Burnett,
The Secret Garden

Have you ever used a quote on your pages?

For other some other sources of scrapping inspiration, try these posts:

Inspiration is Everywhere

Google Search History

I Knew I Loved IKEA

Amazon Wish Lists

Dressing Up Black & White

One of the best things about digital scrapbooking is the ability to change papers and elements to suit our tastes. We can take a piece of paper and use it multiple times and in multiple ways. Changing sizes, colors, orientation, and more offers us amazing flexibility.

A while back, Shawna Clingerman came out with an awesome set of black and white papers that I just loved. I saw so much creative potential in them. They are gorgeous as-is, but I also knew that that they would be super easy to customize, offering me endless options!

I had so much fun playing with them!

First, I took this fun wavy paper and added some bright pops of color.

This took just seconds. I used my magic wand tool and clicked inside the wave I wanted to color. Then I chose Edit > Fill Selection and then chose Foreground Color and clicked OK.

I then repeated for the remaining parts I wanted to color.

I then used it bright and happy paper (as well as the typed paper) in my layout.

The next time I used these papers, I decided to use the pattern to make my own paper. I had some photos of my daughter helping me make tortillas and I thought the circle paper would be great.

Again using my magic wand tool, I clicked on the black in the paper. Then I went to Select > Similar so that all of the black on the paper would be selected. With the black pixels all selected, I hit Command C (copy) and then Command V (paste) so that the circles would now be on their own layer.

Next I chose some papers from Life Stories: This Girl by Kristin CB and Zoe Pearn. I chose the cream woodgrain print for my background and the pink solid paper for my circles. I used a clipping mask to clip the pink paper to my circles and then I adjusted the opacity of the layer until I was happy. Presto! Done. Adding the rest to my layout took just a few minutes.

So how about you? Do you alter your supplies to make them work for you?

Automating Your Mac: Sorting With Hazel

SUPPLIES: Next Step and Helpful by HeatherT.

Today we’re talking about Hazel, an automation program for Macs! Hazel is pretty amazing in what it can do. It takes a little brain power to wrap your head around the commands, but once you do, it can really do a lot of automation work for you! Let’s take a look at how to use Hazel to move files from your download folder to your supplies folder, unzip them, and combine them by kit into one master folder. (NOTE: This workflow will not work on every download, but since most designers name their files by designername_kitname, we can harness that to our advantage.) Let’s get started!

  1. Install the trial or full version of Hazel.
  2. Once installed, Hazel will add a broom icon to your menu bar.

  3. Click the Hazel icon and choose STOP HAZEL so that nothing is running in the background while we are still working. Then click it again and choose OPEN HAZEL. This will bring up Hazel in the System Preferences panel. You can also get there by clicking System Preferences and then Hazel.
  4. Hazel works by first identifying a folder to watch, and then adding individual rules to that folder. Because I download directly to my desktop, my first rule had to be created for my Desktop folder. So, click the PLUS icon and select the folder where your downloads are saved to.

  5. Now, look in the rules section to the right and click the PLUS button to add a new rule. Let’s name the rule Unzip. Then, change the settings so it reads:

If ANY of the following conditions are met


Do the following to the matched file or folder:

MOVE to folder: SUPPLIES (This folder is where you store your digifiles)

Click OK.

Now we need to run an new rule on our Supplies folder.

  1. Under folders, click PLUS and choose the Supplies folder.
  2. Add a new Rule and name it CombineKitFolders. Change the settings so it reads:

If ALL of the following conditions are met:
KIND IS FOLDER (Click + to add another rule)

DATE ADDED IS AFTER DATE LAST MATCHED (Click + to add another rule)


Here it gets a little complex. It brings up a window where you need to create a custom variable. So, click the
CUSTOM • button. Name the Custom pattern designername_kitname. In the next box, click to add Word abc, then Symbols %?@, then Word abc. Click DONE.

You get popped back to the Custom dialog where • designername_kitname now appears. We then need to add Anything … to the formula.

What we’ve done is told Hazel to look for folders that have the same text like the designer name (abc) followed by the same symbol like _ or – (%?@) followed by the kit name (abc), followed by any other text that doesn’t have to match. Brilliant, right? Click DONE again.

Now, let’s finish the rule. We need to tell Hazel what to do once it finds the matching filenames. Change the last section so it says:

SORT INTO SUBFOLDER with pattern • designername_kitname (when you click the last box, choose the custom pattern we created earlier)

This tells Hazel to create a new folder named abc symbol abc (hopefully designername_kitname) and put all the other matching folders inside it.

Click OK.

Now it’s time to turn the Hazel rules on.

  1. Make sure that CombineKitFolders is checked to be turned on.
  2. Go to the Desktop folder and turn on Unzip.
  3. Then go to the Hazel icon and choose START HAZEL.

To test, download several zip files from the same designer to your downloads folder and watch as Hazel unzips it, deletes the original zip, moves the folders to the supplies folder, and combines them into one folder like magic.

If you have a kit that is in only one download, you may get an extra folder which you can remove later. But the vast majority of my purchases come with more than one download.

I’m now addicted to Hazel! Here are some other ways we can use Hazel.

  • Resize images for the web by associating them with an action in Photoshop and automatically upload them to an FTP. You’ll need to learn how to save an action as a droplet to do that. (Go to FILE>AUTOMATE>CREATE DROPLET and choose your action to save an “app” version of the action to your computer. You can then point Hazel to run that “app.”)
  • Monitor the downloads folder for music files, import them into iTunes and move them over to a backup folder.
  • Archive layouts over 30 days old by moving them to the EHD.
  • Color-code or tag files that have not been opened in a specified period of time and either move, backup or delete them.
  • Monitor digi supplies folder and move any kits that have not been opened in the past year to EHD.

Do you have Hazel? How do you use it? Share your recipes in the comments!

Lightroom Mobile

Adobe recently announced their newest mobile product—Lightroom Mobile for iPad.

What can you do in Lightroom Mobile? You can import and edit images from
your camera roll. You can apply presets and adjustments and crop your
photos. You can flag and rate your photos. And you can share, text or
email them directly from Lightroom. Currently, you cannot sync presets to Lightroom Mobile, but Adobe promises that feature is coming soon.

Lightroom Mobile is a free download, but you will need a Creative Cloud subscription to
run it. Don’t have a Creative Cloud subscription? Adobe has extended
their $10/month Photoshop CC + Lightroom photographer bundle indefinitely, which will
also give you access to Lightroom on iPad.

Install and Setup Lightroom Mobile

Before we get started, here’s what you need to do to install Lightroom Mobile on your iPad and get it syncing with your desktop.

  1. Download and install the update to Lightroom 5 on your computer. With your catalog open, set it to sync with Lightroom Mobile. In this first version of Lightroom Mobile, you’ll only be able to sync one catalog at a time.
  2. In Lightroom Desktop, create a new collection for any images you want to sync. Be sure to check the SYNC WITH LIGHTROOM MOBILE option when you create it. If you forget, you can always right+click the collection folder icon and choose it from the download menu.

  3. Make sure your photos in that folder have smart previews built. (Select images and choose LIBRARY>PREVIEWS>BUILD SMART PREVIEWS).
  4. Download and install Adobe Lightroom on iPad. You’ll need to log in with your Creative Cloud email address and password.
  5. Your collection should now show up in Lightroom Mobile!

Navigating Lightroom Mobile

Once you log into Lightroom on the iPad, you’ll see each of your synced folders. Tap at top to sort the folders.

You may have to wait a few minutes while Lightroom loads the photos for you. Tap a folder to see the contents.

Tap an image to see it larger. That will bring up a series of controls on the bottom of the screen. Right now, you’re limited to Lightrooms slider controls and built-in previews. Swipe left to right to change the image to the next one.

Tap the icons along the bottom to switch view from your adjustment sliders, preset sliders and crop options.

To sync back to your computer, simply move to the next photo and Lightroom Mobile automatically syncs to your Creative Cloud account. Some of the controls are easy to miss, so look carefully. There is an undo icon, a rotate one and even a sync one if you want to force a sync on an image.

You can also create new collections on your iPad using images on your camera roll. From the collections thumbnail screen, look for the + in the upper right screen. Tap that and name your new collection. Tap the new collection and give it permission to access your camera roll (if requested). Tap each image you want to add to your collection and tap the check in the upper right to import them. The great thing is that once you import your images into the Lightroom Mobile catalog, they will sync to your computer’s Lightroom as well. They show up as another device in your folders list. Just like that, you’ve sent images from your iPad to your computer!

From what I can tell, you need to maintain an internet connection to
work on your images, unless you enable offline editing. To do that, you
tap on the options icon from the main menu, where you’re find several
collection options including offline editing. This may warn you that you
will be downloading larges files to the ipad, and alert you as to how
much space you have available on your iPad for storage.

One thing to keep in mind as you work on images on your iPad. iPad screens cannot be calibrated, so if you are adjusting for specific color or brightness, you might want to wait until you’re back on your computer. But, if you’re just playing around with your images, flagging and sorting them, cropping them, or syncing to get them to Lightroom, the app has a lot to offer! And, don’t forget the sharing icon! Yes, you can share your newly edited photos to your favorite social networks right from Lightroom Mobile.

Lightroom Mobile is a good first step, but still leaves me wanting a lot of features. A few simple things like importing other presets and keyword tagging will make this program a serious productivity tool. Imagine sitting on the sofa or riding in the car while tagging kit previews. Or, what if we could cull through photos, apply favorite presets, crop and flag them for scrapping later? The ability to edit metadata would mean we could journal into the metadata right on the ipad while on the go. Lightroom Mobile opens up a lot of creative possibilities for future enhancements. Hopefully, Adobe will soon take this initial effort, add a few more options and enable us to make amazing use of a powerful program.