A Blog Tour Full of Creativity

A lovely woman who I have become friends with tagged me in a blog tour. This tour is different from other blog tours that I have participated in and it sounded like a ton of fun so of course I said YES! Cara is the lovely woman who thought of me to participate in this tour. You can find Cara here and you are not going to want to miss out on all her creative awesomeness!

Well here it goes, in this tour you will find out a little more about me:

Question #1: What am I working on?

I am actually working on two things right now. The first thing is getting another tutorial up about the picstitch app and I am working on creating a new challenge site with some fantastic ladies that I just can’t wait to share with all of you. I also just recently finished a tutorial about the big lens app. The big lens app is currently one of my absolute favorite apps and I managed to score it for free on one of my trips to Starbucks! You can watch the big lens tutorial now and for more tutorials you can subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking here.

Question #2: How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Well that is an easy question for me as my work is different from others because I focus on teaching people how to get their photos off of their phones and into albums quickly and easily. The majority of my photos these days are taken with my iPhone and some of them come from my honey’s phone as well. My whole point is this, we all take these photos but if they just sit on our phones what good are they? That’s where I come in. I want to motivate you to get your photos off of your phones and into albums so that you can enjoy all those photos that you take on a regular basis. One of my favorite ways of collecting photos is using the collect app. I love this app because it allows me to capture my photo and journaling all in one spot. I did a tutorial on this app as well which you can find on my YouTube channel here.

Question #3: Why do I create/write what I do?

I believe that I answered some of this in question #2, which is I want to help others get their photos off of their phones and into albums. I am very passionate about this because I believe it’s important to save our memories for our family. My children love to look at the albums that I have made and I have no doubt that they will love them when I am no longer here as well. I know that may sound a little morbid but lets face it I won’t be here forever and who knows one day the Zombie apocalypse may just happen as my honey keeps warning me about. I think it’s time to cut him off from watching the Walking Dead! The other reason why I do what I do is simply because I love it. Scrapbooking and getting creative is my outlet, it is my hobby and it is my escape. If I didn’t have it I would probably go crazy especially considering I am now a stay at home mommy with three children. I manage to keep my layouts simple but creative at the same time which is a happy median for me.

mob boss layout


iscrap-n-snap march sketch challenge


Question #4: How does your writing/creating process work?

For me its pretty simple. My layouts are created by picking the photos and then picking paper and then pretty much just slapping them on the paper and finding some embellishments. Since I have joined Close To My Heart I have managed to get a little more creative because of these amazing workshops on the go that they have. Workshops on the go tell me exactly how to cut my paper and where to put the paper and my photos. I basically get sketches with the exact dimensions of all the papers that I need to cut along with all the material that I need to create the layout. Otherwise I am pretty plain Jane in my layouts. I generally print my photos in bulk through Shutterfly when they have a special and if there are layouts that I want to create right away after I have snapped a photo I use my Selphy. All in all I am simple girl just trying to teach people how to get the photos off of their phones and into albums.

get those photos off your phone

That’s it for me in this blog post next Monday 3 other creative people will share with you what they are all about. Let me introduce you to them.

Faith Wallace of Scrapbooker PhD.

You can find Faith here and you can also find her on her challenge site here. Faith started scrapbooking when there were virtually no supplies except scissors, magazines, glue and photos. She is has been amazed watching the crafting world explode with innovation.

GinaZee of Messtaken Identity

You can find Gina here. Gina is all about eco-crafting. She firmly believes in not wasting items and you wouldn’t believe some of the things that she creates with items that we would initially throw out. Gina likes to teach others how all those everyday items can be turned into something beautiful and crafty.

Jen Funk Weber of Funk & Weber Designs

You can find Jen here.  Jen is all about the embroidery and she designs and sells cross stitch patterns and teaches counted thread techniques. She also writes and makes puzzles for kids. She is exceptionally handy with a needle and some thread and can teach you some amazing tricks.



Something New….

BelleLive Blog Tour

Well hello there and thank you for visiting my site and stopping by from Vivayne from Art Life and the Journey. If this is your first time here, let me introduce myself. My name is Beth, and I am addicted to scrapbooking and documenting my family’s life. I have been a scrapbooker for over 10 years now. I am also a huge tech fan so I have married the two and started this site where I share with you tips and tricks on how to get photos off of your phones and into an album in no time at all.

This year brought many changes to my life specifically a new baby and becoming a stay at home mommy. After giving birth and adapting to being the mommy of an infant all over again I was able to get back on track with my business and life in general. Before I knew it I was right back in the saddle but I felt I was missing something.

Then came along a wonderful class on Creative Live by April Bowles, all about how to Build A Successful Creative Blog. This specific class was absolutely amazing and life changing for my business. I felt a renewed energy and realized that I do not have to be so hard on myself in order to create my online business. I have goals to meet this year and I am determined to meet these goals. The best way for me to do this is to create habits and this was the biggest take away that I got from the class. Don’t get me wrong I received a  ton of good information from this course but the one that resonated the most with me was creating habits.

I can create habits to get my work done, I can get up earlier and get my blog posts done or get crafty so that I can share my layouts with you or whatever crafty goodness I am working on at the moment. I realized that I was doing to many things at once and multi-tasking was not the best thing for me to do when I am creating for my business. With that being said no more multi-tasking for me as I have goals to meet and a business to grow.

I also decided to become an independent consultant with Close To My Heart, after watching April’s class. I did this because I do have a goal with my business which is to share with you how to get the photos off your phones but what products can I use to get this done quickly and easily. Close To My Heart was the answer for me now that I have embraced pocket scrapping (aka project life). Close To My Heart has some of the best pocket scrapping products on the market right now and their pocket cards are gorgeous to say the least.

After taking April’s class I have realized the importance of staying focused and taking some time for myself to work on my business. It is also important for me to unplug and take some time for myself and for my family. Balance is the key for me and for my family so that I can be happy. I will be taking everything one step at a time and taking the time I need to cultivate a wonderful life.

After all that, I wanted to share with you this great little screen saver that I made for myself with the Rhonna Designs app. I did this because I always have my phone in hand and what better place to always be reminded of my goals. I believe that inspiration/goal boards help you to achieve your goals in life.

wallpaper rhonna app

Do you believe that inspiration boards help you reach your goals? Let us know in the comments.

The next person in this lovely blog hop is Lynne Cobine from Narrative Publishers go and hop on over to her site by clicking Here. To see a full list of all the participants in this blog hop you can go to Jo Cavagnis site by clicking Here.

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Collect App Review

 In the past I was using the Photo 365 app but this year I got hooked on the Collect App. This app works exactly the same way as the Photo 365 app in that you are prompted to collect a photo a day. There is a free version of the app and a paid version of the app. The paid version of the app allows you create a video of all your photos as well as it gives you different designs to choose from that you can add to your photos.

For $1.99 I think its worth it to have the pro version of the app so that you can pick the different designs to lay your photos out on! You can print these collected photos and use them in your project life or scrap them regularly. I love the simple layout of what the photos look like once you have collected them.

I really enjoy the journaling aspect of the collect app. The journaling enables me to write why I took that photo or what I am trying to remember. All this information is in the note part or you can put it in the title of the photo.

I love the collage aspect of the app that allows me to share my month after I have collected all my photos. I think this is one of my favorite aspects of the app and I plan to incorporate the collages into my project life album this year.

The app is very easy to use, upon opening it you see the monthly calendar and you pick the day that you want to add your photo to. Once you have picked your day you are taken to your photo albums or you can snap a picture.

Next you add your title and notes and you are all done. You can save the photo to your camera roll or you can send the photo to email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Dropbox, or Flickr.

You can also add multiple photos to one day which allows you to collect all your memories and thoughts from one day!

I am no longer using the Photo 365 app and I have fallen completely in love with the Collect app!

Check out my February Collage and one of my first photos for the month of March!

Do you use a photo a day app?

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