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.
*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 …
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).
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.
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 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.
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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