MY LITTLE MINI COMPUTER

I should be packing, but I’m not. I can easily talk myself out of packing something for a few hours, such a bad habit that I need to break. I just want to be in Iowa, all settled into the new place. My hobby room would be neatly organized and set up so I can continue my skirt projects and other sewing projects. Right now, I imagine myself being the greatest housewife EVER by keeping myself busy with my sewing projects and new recipes, which I would blog about.

ISN'T THIS VINTAGE SUITCASE PRETTY?

WHAT I DID ON MY PHONE: CROPPED, EDITED, AND FRAMED PHOTO (HAVE I MENTIONED HOW MUCH I LOVE MY PHONE?)

*sigh* I’m not in Iowa, and I’m not Cinderella. I don’t have friendly mice and birds who will help me shower and sew skirts and quillows. I’m totally off track right now … sorry. The post is about my awesome smart phone and what I discovered! My phone is a little mini computer, and I completely believe I would be absolutely lost without it. As I reread that last sentence, I realize how sad and depressing that thought is. Meh. Whatever. I can do so many things with my smart phone these days …

WHAT I DID ON MY PHONE: CROPPED, EDITED, FRAME, AND ADDED MY PERSONAL WATERMARK

WHAT I DID ON MY PHONE: CROPPED, EDITED, FRAMED, AND ADDED MY PERSONAL WATERMARK

As cell phones became more advanced, I promised myself to have limited number of apps. So far, I think I’ve kept that promise because I’ve never really had more than three games on a phone. Sudoku. Backgammon. Candy Crush. Those three games can entertain me for hours. I also learned to work with the apps already installed on the smart phones (usual Google-based apps). And I just fell in love with the camera features on my latest phone (Nexus 4).

WHAT I DID:

WHAT I DID: CROPPED, EDITED, COMBINED TWO PHOTOS INTO ONE, AND ADDED MY WATERMARK

I can actually edit my photos! I have a ton of borders to pick through. I love changing pictures to black and white or vintage (old-timey). The edit features allow me to crop and edit photos immediately and then upload edited pics to my blog more efficiently. My photography skills aren’t the greatest, but I feel the quality of my photos on my blog have vastly improved over the years, especially when I first started blogging. Also, the use and placement of the pictures have improved.

WHAT I DID: CROPPED, EDITED,

WHAT I DID: CROPPED, EDITED, AND MADE SEVEN PHOTOS INTO ONE COLLAGE

And because I’ve been posting more and more photos, I wanted to start using a watermark or personal tag — what you would see on professional photos. I was so incredibly close to setting up a program on my computer to add my watermark AND combine before and after photos into one photo. But then I remembered some of my Facebook friends posting a collage of different photos of kids and pets. With a little research and digging, I found (and eventually installed) two new apps on my phone.

THE COLLAGE APP:

WITH THE COLLEGE APP: PICKED POSTCARD TEMPLATE AND ADDED TWO PICTURES. IF I WANTED, I COULD REMOVE THE “HAWAII” AND “POSTMARK” STAMPS.

The first app allows to me to basically scrapbook my pictures. The app is simple and absolutely perfect for my needs. I can easily produce a before and after photo with two pictures (for my refashions). And I can create a simple scrapbook page or collage using page layouts, backgrounds, text, and stickers. While some editing features are somewhat limited, I love the sparse use of annoying ads that seem to pop up anywhere anytime. Overall, I love love love love the photo collage app.

WHAT I DID: SIMPLY ADDED MY WATERMARK TO THE FIRST PICTURE IN THIS POST

WHAT I DID: SIMPLY ADDED MY WATERMARK TO THE FIRST PICTURE IN THIS POST

The second app simply saves my personal watermark and allows to me place it anywhere on a photo. For some reason, other watermark apps don’t save a created watermark. The app simply saves the photo with the watermark. To save time, I wanted to create one signature watermark and use it for all my pictures. Even though my signature watermark is pretty simple to create, I didn’t want to create it over and over and over. The app is pretty basic but at least I don’t have to deal with annoying pop-up ads.

As much as I love my two new apps and having the capability to edit photos anywhere (standing in line at the post office or waiting during a oil change for the car), I’m worried when the time will come to invest in a new smart phone. And I really really really hope I don’t ever lose it. One time, I was seconds away from bursting into tears when I thought I had lost my phone but luckily I found it in my sister’s monsterous SUV. Whew! Dodged that bullet.

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