So. I have been thinking of ways to document our Big American Road trip as a kind of keepsake piece – something physical we can have on our coffee table for a more ‘tactile’ trip down memory lane as oppose to flicking through hundreds and hundreds of images on our computers. There’s no doubt, I’ll still do that but nothing beats the physical thing. Anyway, I knew we’d opt for a traditional, old school style where we’d print all our photographs and affix them to the pages of nice album, using those photocorners which we used on our Indian honeymoon album (we got these from Paperchase the last time). On this trip, however, we took a lot of photographs through Instagram so it meant we had quite a few square-shaped photos we wanted to include. That’s when I stumbled across a ‘Photo Box’ offer with Printic; an App you can download that allows you to pick all your photos and order straight off your phone! You can sync your Instagram, Facebook, and even your Dropbox accounts to be able to choose what photos you’d like to print. It’s so ridiculously straightforward and convenient, which is why I decided to give it a go. Besides, I’ve always been a huge Polaroid fan which I felt was the perfect style for our Instagram photos. Sadly, the Photo Box only allows for 50 prints which meant I had a mammoth of a task of being super selective from the thousands of photos I took…but that’s probably not a bad thing seeing as this was the first time trying this new app……..AND hey, it comes in a FAB looking presentation box! :) I must say I was pretty darn pleased with the outcome. The quality is brilliant and it’s exactly what I had hoped for…… y’all have NO idea how excited I am about getting this album started now!! I may order a few more now that I’m delighted with the results using the unlimited prints option instead of the fixed 50 prints. Seriously folks, it’s such a great app! It’s reasonable, convenient, super easy to use, fast, reliable, and they do FREE worldwide shipping! What’s not to like!! It’s probably the best app I’ve come across this year and I personally think they also make AMAZING gift ideas especially when they come in such lovely boxes! A perfect way to make someone happy….I know I would!! :) They do other formats too like calendars, posters, magnets, and photobooks which I’m definitely keen on trying someday….if any of you decide to go for that or have already done so, please let me know what you think of it.
Well then, if you’d like to give them a try then, I do have a code that gives you £4 off your order. Simply add A09BB8 at the ‘order review’ section and voila! Do let me know what you end up going for – I’d love to hear your thoughts on your chosen products! Happy memory-making and have lovely week folks!! xxx
If you haven’t already heard or downloaded it by now, then let me tell you about A Beautiful Mess’s new app (now available in your iTunes store!!) that allows you to edit photos to give it that extra bit of fun factor! :) While there may be various different apps out there offering similar (usually one or the other options) this bad boy has a vast library of fonts, phrases, borders and doodles along with filters and texts….all in the ONE app making it so convenient to photo-edit! I’m a sucker for these photo-editing apps because its great to use them when you’re blogging/posting /editing/emailing on-the-go. I’ve been using Over all this time and while that is still a great app with lots of fonts this one gives you that bit extra. You can simply position, scale or rotate the doodles /borders/fonts using your finger tips. And another thing it offers is a selection of old school backgrounds like a lined notebook or an invoice book to which you can then add text or doodles on once confirming your selection. There’s plenty more borders, texts, doodles, phrases and backgrounds to buy from them if you’re not content with their already cool selection of ‘free’ editing tools.
So, if you’re a blogger (particularly photo-bloggers), FB and Twitter poster, or simply love editing photos and making them pretty or quirky, then I would definitely recommend this to you. It really is so much fun and if you’re anything like me, it can be a great time-killer when commuting to work and back! :D My only one teeny-weeny negative comment (now correct me if I’ve missed something here!) is that once you select a border/doodle/phrase (by clicking ‘done’) and you find you change your mind later and want to change it…..you can’t seem to go back a step without having to start all over again – i.e. by selecting your image again and going through the editing process again. I’ve even tried going through the border doodle/phrase menu again thinking that by selecting another it would ‘swap’ it for the previously selected….like you would find in PicFrame, but it just adds another border/doodle/phrase on top of what you had already selected. It’s not life or death but it can be a tad bit frustrating if you have second thoughts especially when layering text with doodles – so not one for the OCD and meticulous types! :P So if you are going to hit ‘done‘ make sure you’re totally happy with it!! You’re edited image is then automatically saved to your phone image library after which you have the choice to share it to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram….or simply start another!