Smartphone Photo Editing

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I took this on my iPhone and edited it first with features built into my phone, then used some Instagram tools to get this result.

We LOVE editing smartphone photos and sharing them on social media!  Remember when cell phones flipped open, and built in phone cameras took low-quality, blurry, washed out pictures?  Now, my iPhone has a better camera than the first digital point-and-shoot camera I owned.  Luckily, there also are tons of apps to help you enhance your pictures and make the process even more fun.

I’m no photographer, but today I’ll share some of my tips for making your cell phone pictures look great without any special background or training.

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-Viv

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Smartphone Macro Lens

imageWe LOVE this macro band for smartphone cameras!

It might have been my favorite Christmas gift from Mr. Viv last year!  It’s so simple: a rubber band with a tiny magnifying glass that you position over your cell phone’s camera lens in order to take extremely close-up photos, mimicking the macro setting on a much fancier camera.  Because it’s stretchy, it also fits pretty much any cell phone or tablet.  It’s so cute too–it’s like a little monocle for your phone!  I love the details you can capture with it, and it’s small enough to keep in your purse or wallet, so you can play amateur photographer anywhere and everywhere.

Read on to see more photos and learn more about this convenient, fun, and inexpensive gadget!

-Viv

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Fast felt balls. Could it be true?

We LOVE felting projects! So, it happened again.  The other day instead of doing something productive, I spent quite a bit of time watching YouTube videos on how to make felt balls.  I blame social media. I blame that for a lot of things.  It sounds so random that I chose to watch videos on felt balls as opposed to watching something more stimulating such as watching paint dry, but here’s the back story:  Every time I log on to Instagram or Pinterest, or anything Internet-y, someone has a really pretty rainbow felt ball garland strung across some part of their crafty home and then just like that, total case of mind control kicks in and I need to have one too.  Keep reading to find out how I fed my inner craft beast.

-Jen

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String art. Another new craft obsession.

imageWe LOVE string art. Okay, guys…I’m working on my “need to try” everything approach to crafting.  It’s a slow process, a very slow process, which is why I should stay off of Pinterest and Instagram.  I see.  I buy.  I try.  Sadly it’s not always a “happily ever after” result, which kinda makes me sad when I blow a wad on crafts that will eventually end up at the local Goodwill. However, today, I found my crafty soul mate…its name is “string art”…and you, my friends,  YOU WILL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER TOO IF YOU TRY STRING ART.  It’s so super 70s.  Revived & modernized circa a few years ago.  Finally discovered by me today because I live under a rock and I’m not cool.  Until now.  Read on to learn how to be cool and make string art yourself.

-Jen

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