30/09/2014

My Favourite Photo Editing Apps.

My Favourite Photo Editing Apps.
I'm always experimenting with photo editing apps so today I thought I'd share six of my favourites, what I love about them and how I use them.

1. A Beautiful Mess ($0.99 or around 60p depending on exchange rates). If you want to add hand drawn doodles and words to your photos this is the app for you. I used it to add yum! and the hearts to this photo. I also love to use the poppy filter to give dull colours a quick boost.

2. Rhonna Designs android/iphone ($1.99/£1.23). I love this app for adding scrapbook style elements to my photos. It comes with a good range of icons, shapes, frames and uplifting sayings but you can also download extra packs if you want more. If you're new to photo editing apps or maybe just want to see exactly what you can do there's also a whole section on the website containing tutorials on how to use the masks, frames and and filters which is well worth a look.

3. PicsArt (free). There's a lot of great things you can do with this app but there's one main reason I love it. PicsArt lets you layer your photos on top of each other and edit them to make the backgrounds transparent. I like to use it to layer screenshots of songs I'm listening to over photos as you can see in the bottom left picture.

4. Afterlight ($0.99). I've been waiting and waiting for this to be available on android and in august it finally happened. So far the highlight has been the filters, there's 59 of them and all the textures and light leaks.

5. Diana (free and paid version). I know I've talked about this app before but I had to include it again as it's still one of my current go-to apps when I'm editing photos. This app lets you later photos to create double exposures. I used it here and here to create the images in my lovely links posts. The free version does contain a watermark though so you might want to consider upgrading to the paid version to remove it.

6. Studio (free). There's a lot I love about this app. Not only does it have a huge range of extra overlay packs you can download for free but it also gives you the option to 'remix' other people's designs and make it your own. If you're struggling for inspiration or maybe have no idea where to start all you have to do it scroll through the community, remix a design and add your own photo. This app makes designing your own professional looking graphics easy, trust me.

If you've got any more photo editing app recommendations that you love and think I should check out please share them in the comments below. I'd love to try them.

29/09/2014

Watch/Read/Buy/Do 02.

Watch/Read/Buy/Do.
Watch: Strictly Come Dancing.

Yey! It's back. Dancing, sequins and lots of fake tan.

Read: Falling Cloudberries, Tessa Kiros.

One of my favourite books to look through for inspiration. I love how the recipes are mixed in with old family photos. I love how the paper smells. I love the food photography. Most of all I love the recipes and how they all have their own story. The filo with poached pears and rose petals, pistachio praline and vanilla ice cream looks and sounds particularly good.

Buy: Love, love, love these geometric soaps from Anthropologie.

I can't seem to find a working link for these at the moment, it was working fine this morning. I'll come back and add one as soon as I can. And in case you want to diy it I found this awesome tutorial over on Mr Printables for diy glycerine soap gem stones.

Do: Changing up my desktop background again with another gorgeous one from Design Love Fest.

26/09/2014

6 Diy Jewellery Projects To Try.

6 Diy Jewellery Projects To Try.
Looking for a weekend craft project to keep you busy? Why not try one of these 6 diy jewellery projects.

(clockwise from top left)
1. How about some gold dipped diy tube necklaces from The Lovely Drawer.

2. Or these diy giant gem rings from Studio Diy made using hot glue. Seriously, hot glue, how amazing is that?

3. Love the simplicity of these diy faux granite rings from Fall For Diy.

4. Gorgeous gold leaf brooches from A Beautiful Mess.

5. If you're feeling brave (power tools are needed) check out these simple wooden rings from The Merrythought.

6. Or maybe these colourful and breezy friendships bracelets from The Purl Bee are more your things. Growing up I always used to make a whole bunch of these every summer.

Have a great weekend.

25/09/2014

Three Things I Love: Comfort Food.

Three Things I Love: Comfort Food.
There's been a distinct autumn chill in the air this week. Leaves are beginning to turn brown and the nights are drawing in. Of course as the weather gets cooler it means all I can think about is gooey, sticky, delicious comfort food.

Here's the three things I love, comfort food edition.

1. Warm up with this spicy ancho turkey chili from Pinch of Yum.

2. The Artful Desperado shows us his take on 'Huevos Ahogados' (drowned eggs) with these spicy roasted anaheim pepper tomato poached eggs.

3. I'm a sucker for anything that uses maple syrup so of course I was going to fall in love with these crispy corn potato cakes with kickin' maple-butter from JJ Begonia. They look so good.

What about you? What comfort foods are you craving?

24/09/2014

Things I've Made From Things I've Pinned: Diy Shipping Tag Mini Notebooks.

Diy Shipping Tag Mini Notebooks
I fell in love with these tiny notebooks when I pinned them a few months back and since I use notebooks all the time it seems like a good idea to know how to make a few different types myself. You can find my other tutorial, this time for perfect bound notebooks here.

These mini notebooks are made using shipping tags, pretty clever, right? They're also really quick and easy to make. Have a go and let me know in the comments below how you get on.

Things you'll need to make your own Diy Shipping Tag Mini Notebooks:

Shipping/luggage tags,
Scrapbook paper,
Lined paper,
String,
A pencil.
Hole punch,
Stapler,
Embossing tool,
Ruler,
Cutting mat,
And a pair of scissors.

How to make Diy Shipping Tag Mini Notebooks
1. First you're going to want to take your shipping or luggage tag and trace around them onto your chosen scrapbook paper. Make sure to mark where the hole is as well.

2. Cut out your tag.

3. Line up your hole punch with the mark you made earlier and punch through the paper.

4. Use an embossing tool to score a line below where the tag starts to narrow and fold. Measure halfway down your tag and score another line.

How to make mini notebooks using luggage tags


5. Fold your tag, make sure the flaps all fit neatly inside each other. Trim if necessary.

6. Cut and trim some lined paper to fit inside your mini notebook.

7. Line up your pages and notebook cover and staple together.

8. Fold your notebook. If your pages don't quite fit you can always trim away any excess.

9. Loop some string through the hole and wrap around to keep your notebooks closed.

Don't forget you don't have to leave your notebooks plain, you can decorate them with stamps, stickers or other embellishments.

Diy shipping tag notebooks
large notebook made using a shipping tag template
As well as the mini notebooks I also made a larger one. If you want to do the same here are the measurements I used.

To make a notebook measuring 5 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches you will need to make a tag 10 3/4 by 5 3/4 inches. To make the slanted sides measure and mark 2 inches from the top and 1 inch in. Join up with a ruler.

Teeny tiny diy shipping tag notebooks.


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