Digital Scrapbooking On Your iPhone: Beyond Pocket Pages!

Please note, the apps below are available on both Android and iPhone, however, this post was made using an iPhone. I have not tested on Android.

I’ve been an avid follower of Steph’s phonebooking posts since she started, and her recent post about the updates in the app Over, and the mention of being able to possible do a traditional layout got me very excited to scrap beyond (my very loved) Project Life App! Just like many things in the digi-world, there are many ways to scrap on your phone. Here’s my work flow.

1. Get My Supplies On My Phone

I get my supplies on my phone by going into the Dropbox app and saving to my camera roll the elements and papers I’d like to use. I store all my supplies in Dropbox, and I am a kit scrapper, so I just navigate to the folder that holds the kit, and scroll through my options. If you tap on a file, you can swipe through your elements or papers. Typically, just like I do on my laptop, I just grab all the things I really like from a kit and save them on my camera roll. When I am done with my page, I delete the papers and elements from my phone. (The originals are safe in Dropbox and I don’t like having extra stuff in my camera roll.)

2. Build My Base Page, If I Want One

What do I mean by base page? I mean either the pocket pages (doing a grid in Project Life, Photogrid or a similar app) OR doing a blended/artsy background- which is my style (which I do using Photoshop Mix App)

For this page, I really liked the picture I had of my husband and daughter looking at the Christmas Tree, so I enlarged it and played around with blending modes until I got an effect I liked.

3. Build My Page In Over

Now that I’ve got my funky background page, I’ll open it in Over and add my elements, journaling, drop shadows, etc- just like I do in Photoshop! (Or if you like, just open Over and start scrapping!)

I just click the + sign and choose image, text or any other option Over has (like doodles!). You can see all the png elements you saved from Dropbox to your camera roll, or if you want a jpg, just hit view all to get your entire camera roll to choose from. The process is very similar to the computer: there are layers, blending modes, drop shadows… The only thing there is NOT: transforming elements free form (if it’s a square paper- it’s staying square), clipping and a biggie- YOU CAN’T SAVE THIS FILE. In other words, once you quit Over, you can’t reopen the app and find an editable version of your page, with layers. I highly recommend periodically saving your page to your camera roll as you go- if your app crashes, your whole page will be gone an you’ll have to recreate it. (Ask me how I know!)

My journaling font I chose for this page is my handwriting in cursive. You can upload your own fonts into Over by using an app called Any Font (only for iPhone)

4. Save & Share My Finished Page

I have a shared photo stream on my iPhone where I share my scrapbooks with my husband and friends. So I post there, and also on Flickr. I have an IFTTT set up to then save a copy to my Dropbox. And that’s all!

Behind The Page

I love to layer and blend! I think the experimentation behind digiscrapping is probably my favorite aspect of creating a page. I find looking at other people’s files can really spur me to try new things… In that spirit, I bring to you- Behind the Page! I’ll share with you how I did an aspect of my page, in hopes it will inspire you to try something new!

In this installment of Behind the Page, I share how I did the photo treatment of my brother and daughter on the page above. The secret is blending modes, layer duplication and layer masks!

(Interested to know more about layer masks? Check out this post: Layer Masks 101

Watch on to see Behind the Page!

Liquify—Your New Best Friend

I don’t know about you, but I hate pictures of myself! I am my own worst critic. But, with my new baby, and the lack of pictures of me as a child with my mom, I have a new imperative to get in front of the camera.

Unfortunately, a lot of the time I ask my husband to snap a picture when I am feeling absolutely gorgeous, and the resulting still image doesn’t capture my feeling. This is when photoshop comes to the rescue. There is nothing wrong with a little light photoshopping! The photo is supposed to capture the moment- and sometimes a small detail can distract from that.

In the example below, I felt like a peaceful, glowing new mom when my one month old was sleeping soundly on me. I asked my husband to grab the good camera and snap a picture. Unfortunately, my head is at an awkward angle giving me a double chin, I wish my hair looked like I washed it, and my tank top is doing something strange. What I wanted to capture was not captured! So it’s time for some editing.

First the easy stuff: I cropped and converted to black and white. But how do I fix my hair, chin and tank top!?
Simple: nudge it with liquify!

Under the filters menu in Photoshop CS, choose liquify (
in PSE, go to filer >distort>liquefy). You’ll be able to push and nudge parts of your image around!

For a more natural nudge, a larger brush (around 200 is my favorite) and a smaller pressure (around 25) yield the best result.

Liquify is also great for straightening out t-shirts or cloth backgrounds. I’ve used it to fix askew onesies for my daughter.
Have fun making your pictures capture your moments!

Layer Masks 101

Today’s post is by team member Toria. We’re so glad she could share her expertise with us today!

What is a layer mask?

A layer mask is a Photoshop CS and Photoshop Elements tool that allows you to erase and “unerase” parts of an image.The icon for layer masks is a rectangle with a circle in the middle.

Why should I use it for digi projects?

Because essentially, it’s a non-destructive erasing tool! You can change your mind numerous times about your layout and not have to start over.

How do I use it?

Its simple! Just click the layer mask icon on the layer you want to “erase.” Then, using the brush tool, erase and unerase as you please by toggling back and forth between black and white. Choosing black will erase the image, white will unerase.

In the video below, I want to extract this picture of my daughter. I use the selection tool to quickly grab what I want to keep, then choose layer mask. I then can refine my extraction by using the brush tool.

What can I use it for in my digi projects?

  • Extract images
  • Make a composite of multiple images by layering them on top of each other and using the layer mask to erase the bad parts of the top image.
  • Erase drop shadows on elements, so if you move them you do not have to reshadow.
  • Erase parts of scatters/clusters that cover parts of your layout
  • Mask an adjustment layer to apply the adjustment to only part of your image (colorize a black and white image or brighten only part of it)