Helpful Apps // Photo Editing


My memory keeping process continually changes. It’s sort of a metaphor for my life and how I am continually adapting to new feelings about my process and what I really want to do with this hobby.

I have almost soley been using my iPhone6 for taking photos, editing photos and even printing photos. There are still some things I can’t do completely on the phone, so I turn to Photoshop Elements or the aid of my laptop from time to time. I’m sure even those practices are capable of being done by the phone, just that I don’t know it yet or don’t want to pay for the app.

Here are some of my favorite apps and what features I use to help in my memory keeping process.



PicTapGo is a photo editing app by the creators of Totally Rad, Inc., a photo editing software company. I have been using Totally Rad, Inc.’s RadLab plug-in with Photoshop Elements for a few years now. PicTapGo provides filter effects solutions for in-phone editing of photos that can then be posted to social media or printed. The great part of PicTapGo (& RadLab) is the ability to layer multiple effects and control intensity/opacity. It makes editing super simple. As I’ve used the various filters (I have my favorites) it has actually improved my photography and how I see through the lens. I can customize and save filter recipes if I’m editing multiple shots from the same scene to make it quicker. It also has cropping abilities. The user interface is very simple and it offers the ability to undo your last filter. At this time it appears to only be available on IOS, but it seems as if an Android version is in the works.


Pic Stitch

Pic Stitch by Big Blue Clip is my go-to collage app. I’ve had it for a long time and understand many other developers have come to the table since then, probably with more features and less advertisements, but this app has always been simple for me to use and gets the job done. I have used it to post collages to Instagram, but recently use it more to print more than one photo on a single 4×6 photo sheet. It has the ability to change the aspect ratio of your layout for these different needs. There are other options for add-ons and backgrounds if you want to purchase. Pic Stitch is available on IOS and Android.


A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess app is a fun photo editing app by the creators of A Beautiful Mess, the lifestyle company. It has a hipster vibe, as do the sisters who created it, and has the ability to add some cheeky elements to photos. Since its launch, the app has evolved to add more features and options in each category. A fun thing is the ability to use background images and not photos, almost creating digital scrapbook elements right in your phone. It offers creative filters, borders, doodles and text, with upgraded options for purchase. Most of the edits are simple and do not offer complete creative freedom, but always cute nonetheless. I generally use it to add text to photos, mostly opting for black or white font, though there are many color options. Recently during WITL I used it to add more narrow text boxes to photos to include journaling. Sometimes controlling the elements size and positiong with just your fingers can be a little tricky, but it offers a variety of sizes. A Beautiful Mess app is available on IOS and Android.


Rhonna Designs

Rhonna Designs is more of a digital designing app created by Rhonna Farrer. It’s full of images and doodles, as well as some funky fonts. I often use it with travel photos because there are some great quote designs and other travel images I like. I would say it adds more of an artsy flair to photos. I also use it to create my own printable quotes to add as elements to pages. It’s simple to use and I like that you can keep editing elements added to the canvas without being locked out of that edit. I probably have not used it to its abilities yet, as I just tend to do add simple elements (mostly words) to photos, but you can get extremely creative!



LetterGlow app is targeted towards adding creative overlays to photos. The app offers its own designs, but the big plus of it is the ability to add your own overlays, so either ones you create (like logos) or other digital files, such as png files. Being that I do some digital scrapbooking and own a Silhouette Portrait, I have my share of png files from some favorite designers like Ali Edwards & Cathy Zielske, as well as others.  Cathy Zielske is who I first learned about this app and features from in her tutorial here: You also need another app, like Dropbox, to utilize your own library of brushes, but setting all this up literally took me a few minutes. I am able to use brushes more often by being able to use them right in my phone without having to work on a pc with Photoshop Elements. I also use LetterGlow to add journaling to photos, which I utilized a ton during WITL. Totally worth the $1.99. At this time I think it’s only available for IOS.


Canon Easy-PhotoPrint

I use the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint app in conjunction with my Wireless Photo Printer, the Canon Pixma MP620. This app works with select Canon printers. It’s just so nice to be able to edit in-phone then quickly send the photo to the printer without having to bother with wires or uploads. The app is very basic, so no real customization, just bordered or borderless. Sometimes this creates issues with cutting off edges of certain photos. A way around this is to be sure the aspect ratio is correct and this can be adjusted with the PicTapGo app. A trade-off is printing bordered and either cutting away the white border or just adapting to it. In my quest to let go of things, recently I have chosen to just deal with the borders. This app is available on IOS and Android.

Other photo apps I own and use:

Photoshop Express app – the red eye on this app works well

Snapseed – this app has the ability to make more technical tweaks to photos and I find it a little more time consuming for my needs


What are some of your go-to photo editing apps? Do you find it makes your process quicker? Do you have a favorite app from the ones above?


One Page Planner

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Weekly Planner –

Planner systems are all the rage right now. For some, planners are serving as memory keeping logs, somewhat replacing traditional scrapbooking and Project Life methods. While the colorful notebooks, tiny stamps and fun-shape post-its are extremely enticing, I have resisted the Planner craze.

Although my 10-years ago self would have been all over it, as I always used to carry a date planner of some sort, or an extra notebook to jot everything down. Being a reformed Type A personality, and trying to focus more on being present and doing less worrying, I’ve let go of trying to plan everything out.

That said, a reminder list of sorts is still something useful for anyone. While I like the idea of apps and use Evernote to keep track of reminders and ideas, I also still like a written copy to refer to from time to time.

I didn’t want to kill too many trees trying to come up with a system that would work for me. I designed a weekly one-sheet reminder list in Google Drive and that’s what has been working for me. I generally use the same sheet for 2 or even 3 weeks if there is space to write.

Before designing this, I went through various planners I had used in the past and looked at other systems available out there to see what I liked and didn’t like. I liked the idea of boxes to section off different categories of things I want to remember. For a while I tried using just one exhaustive list, but appointments would get lost in the shuffle.

I use the categories as follows:

Tasks – things like bill reminders, mail, phone calls, emails, cards to send, etc.

Projects – this is generally a combination of household projects and scrapbooking/crafty endeavors. I like the idea of being able to keep all of my projects in one place to see. The stars are where I put things that need to be done more timely (sometimes for a class).

Research/Read – generally longer term things I want to get to, like vacation planning, or major purchases that require research.

Shop – no explanation needed – a place to jot gift reminders and stuff I’m looking for in the house.

Meals – a easy way to jot down meal ideas, then add different ingredients that I may need to point out so I remember to pick it up at the grocery store.

Appointments – I usually put about a month in advance of appointments, so I don’t double book anything.

The quote is by David duChemin, an accomplished photographer, be sure to check out his work.

I recently came across the concept of the Bullet Journal which seems like a great system and similar to what I have been doing.

I feel like this one page planner is as organized as I want to be at this time regarding to-do lists. I need to hold myself more accountable in that I am actually using my time to do the tasks versus just spending time listing them out! That’s my story and what I need to work on.

If you are interested in trying this list, please feel free to download the pdf version here:



Summer 2015 – I Want to Remember


I want to remember our weekend camping at Big Barrel. The music, the beers, our tent, how proud we were of our homemade breakfasts on the portable stove. The day of rain and how we forged through in our muddy boots.

I want to remember Jackson’s excitement when I gifted him the extra large, inflatable pirate island pool toy. The look my brother gave me when he saw how big it actually was. The pictures I was sent of its maiden voyage into the pool, then getting to play with it at the July 4th picnic.


I want to remember all the work we did in the backyard. How carefully I pick out gray color stones and eucalyptus wood furniture. Sweeping the sand in between the pavers as the patio was settled. Tripping over the boxes in the garage, until we finally found time one weekend to put up the pergola. With Edison bulb twinkle lights.


I want to remember date nights, usually Saturday nights after long days of chores, cleaning up and heading out to one of favorite outdoor dining options. Enjoying fresh meals, good drinks & lots of laughs.


I want to remember days at the beach with the whole family. How Jackson loves to jump the waves and gets more excited the bigger they get. How when we were going to a nice seafood dinner he asked me if his outfit was nice for dinner. He is changing so much, now an energized boy full of questions and jokes.

I want to remember the live music. Amos Lee singing Arms of a Woman and Violin. Eric Church’s passion singing Wrecking Ball. Kenny Chesney singing Don’t Happen Twice, an older song that I love & the rest of the crowd didn’t know well.


I want to remember our few days along Michigan Lake with family. Hiking, canoeing, beaching & exploring. Oh and eating. Surviving a wicked storm and being reminded I am thankful I live somewhere power is restored pretty quickly.


I want to remember the boardwalk. How riding the Himalaya reminded me of being younger. How the Pendulum made me dizzy & I had to take a break. Winning a stuffed minion for Jackson playing the water gun game (because I rock at that), and him being excited about all of his winnings & exclaiming “this is the best day ever!”


I want to remember tomatoes. Or maybe I don’t because there were so many tomatoes. Tomatoes which became sauce, salsa, roasted, juiced and chopped. Tomato & cucumber salads. Caprese salads. Broiled tomatoes. BLTs.

I want to remember the day spent with friends floating on the bay. The endless laughs. The beautiful sunset.

I want to remember walking on the boardwalk on the last night with my arm around Jackson’s shoulders. He gave me a big squeeze around the waist (which are harder to come by these days) as we made our way back to the house. I asked him about starting school again and he said he just wants it to be over. He started first grade. Lol. I told him he had a long way to go.