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Mobile Monday Kickoff | Phone Photography Project 2 Giveaway!

Annette Haring

Hello again! And welcome to a new blog feature, something that has been in my heart and mind for a long time now. Finally breaking through the ______________ (insert any excuse) and just doing it. Why not, right?

If you have followed me for a while, you may know that I use my smart phone for a lot of my memory keeping. I definitely don't consider myself an expert, but I know that it has helped me capture way more memories and to create pages and layouts for those memories that I know I would normally have been able to do. Now here's the thing. I would love to learn more and share more. I just think it is amazingly exciting to be living at a time when we have this technology at our fingertips!

So I'm launching a new blog series called Mobile Memory Keeping. My goal is to post on Mondays, hence the "Mobile Mondays" title.

Really? Me? Keep up with anything blog related? Well, we'll just have to see how it goes. But I really do want to do this. I have for a long time and those thoughts are what has kept me from doing it.

So why not? Let's do this thing! (you've got to start somewhere, right?)

So my first post is a fun photo collage I created from the apps Collect  and PicFrame and finally the app Over for the word art. I hope to have a video tutorial up for you next week. (Collect and Over are only on iPhone; PicFrame is for both iPhone and Android.)

I call this the super mega collage. I have been wanting to create something like this for a long time. I have used Picasa in the past on my desktop and loved how it turned out. But I have yet to do it on my phone. I saw Rhonna Farrer's example on Instagram and knew I wanted to do something with the photos I had been collecting of my husband and my daughter for Father's Day.

So I simply exported the photos I had been collecting under the tag "Sam and Maggie relationship" in my Collect App. I've been using it since January 2013 and have used tags to some extent. I had already started a tag for this, but maybe only 15-20 were tagged. My original idea was to create a photo book with the photos (and I still might do that). So back in early June I started going back and adding tags to the photos that had both of them in it; especially ones that showed their relationship. Then I exported them and added them to the collage in PicFrame.

The PicFrame trick is really fun. You create 9 of the 9-photo grids, then add those back to a 9 photo template. Hello, brilliant! (thank you Rhonna for your brilliance! And by the way, if you haven't already, check out her amazing app here.)

Here are three of the regular 9 photo collages created in PicFrame. I just adore how I was able to find pictures from her birth to now to create a time capsule of photos so to speak. I just love that and as I look through all of the photos, my mind is flooded with memories and emotions. I remember laughing or noticing something special and grabbing my phone. I love this kind of collage.

Then I added the word art in the app Over. I did have to purchase the pack ($1.99). But I just adore the script and thought it was so beautiful.

So there it is! My first post! I hope to figure out a link up feature so you can share what mobile memory keeping you are working on. For now, just use the hashtags #mobilememorykeeping and/or #mobilemondays so we can share and learn from each other!

And as a reward for making it through this post, I am beyond thrilled to announce I have a giveaway!! Yes, the amazing class, the Phone Photography Project at Big Picture Classes is back for round 2! And it is all new!! I took it last year, and you can get version one as a self paced class now to start working on. Then the second round starts July 17th. It is really awesome to not only learn a ton, but to see the sharing on Instagram for this class. It's really cool.

Here is the official information about the class:

28 days of photo tips, app tutorials, and iPhone awesomeness
Class begins 7/17/2014 and cost is $59.00

About the Class
Would you like to take better photos with the camera you always have with you—your smartphone?

Get ready to transform your mobile photography in a brand-new interactive workshop, The Phone Photography Project 2, starting July 17. Twenty expert iPhoneographers have collected their best tips, tricks, and tutorials for phone photography, and they're ready to share it all with you inside a private online classroom—with lots of fun happening on Instagram, too.

With practical tips for mastering lighting, composition, editing, and more, this workshop will give you the tools you need to create impressive photos you'll be proud to share online, in your home, or in your scrapbooks.

Questions? Click here for the FAQ page. 

Learn more and register here

And because I always love the promo videos, you can check that out here.

So to enter, just leave a comment below and for an additional entry, comment on my post on Instagram if you have an account. I will pick a winner next Monday! I would love to hear what Mobile Memory Keeping you are working on or would like to know more about!

contest is now closed. thanks for entering!