App Scrapping Basics | Part 2


Are you an app scrapper who wants to take your pages to the next level? Have you dabbled with the app but stopped due to the simplicity of the pages created? Are you a digital scrapbooker who would like to do a bit of app scrapping on the side to increase the amount of memories you record? If so this tutorial is for you! In the two videos below we are going to look at how we can add digital stamps to photos, dress journal cards with digital elements and finally add shadows to our pages to create amazing pages like this on your hand held device 🙂 (Before you go any further, I would suggest checking out the first post for App Scrapping Basics HERE.)

Note: The tutorials below are for apps on ios devices. There may be similar apps available on android.

App scrapping has totally revolutionised my family memory keeping in such an amazing way. As a mum of 4 wonderful kiddos I have been digitally scrapbooking for the last 9 years. As my children have grown, family life has evolved and, time has become so much more precious. I absolutely love Photoshop – it still amazes me what this single piece of software can achieve – but unfortunately for me, time on the computer has become something of a luxury as we all jostle to share the family PC. As such my scrapbooking had become less and less – 2014 wasn’t even recorded at all!

I was so sad that all my photos were just sitting on my hard drive. That was until I discovered app scrapping. It was such a game changer for me! I can literally do it anywhere – waiting on the sidelines at my twins’ football training, outside the college waiting to collect my daughter, lying in bed of an evening and best of all I can stop and start a page as and when I have the time. My initial pages were simple quick and easy but as a die-hard digital scrapbooker I craved more creativity. I dabbled with a few apps to add some pretty stamps here and there but more than anything I wanted to be able to use my digital stash and I wanted to join a digital monthly pocket page club and create pages like I would on the computer. I wanted it all but with the convenience of being able to do it on my phone. Then I discovered that by using other apps outside of the Project Life App such as Letterglow and BubbleFrame I can do exactly that. So let’s look at how easy it is to do this!

** Using PNG Files with Apps on Your Mobile Device**

Before we get into using apps to add gorgeous elements to dress our pages, there is one thing you need to be aware of. iTunes does not preserve the transparent background when it imports png files from your computer to your mobile device, instead it gives them a solid background. Not what we want when dressing pages eh?! Don’t worry though, there’s a simple and easy work around: Dropbox! I store all my digital photo stamps and elements in Dropbox by uploading them from my computer. I can then either access them through an app or download them to my phone from Dropbox and still preserve the transparency of the background.

Adding Photo Stamps with Letterglow

Adding Elements and Shadowing with BubbleFrame

By using these two techniques on several cards I quickly and easily altered a simple page to a much more interesting page. Hard to believe this was all achieved on my iPhone 5 whilst out and about!

For the pages above I used Amber’s collection My Heart Sings. It is a beautiful collection of classic black and white with clean lines and bold pops of color which lay a perfect foundation for scrapping your most joyful and loved memories.

You can find them all here: Pocket Cards Elements Papers

Well that’s all for today.  Look out for the monthly app scrapping tutorials, moving forward, where we will be looking at how we can take our mobile pocket pages to a whole new level!

Take care


Sonia is a married, working mother to four children living in the UK. Sonia records all her family memories on her iPhone 5 and is passionate about app scrapping and pushing apps to their limits whilst documenting her family life.

3 Comments on App Scrapping Basics | Part 2

  1. Christina
    December 31, 2015 at 3:31 PM (5 years ago)

    Oh wow!! Thanks so much for all the info. I can’t wait to try this.

  2. Cheryl
    January 5, 2016 at 12:53 PM (5 years ago)

    I am just learning Project Life and using other apps like the ones you have used here. I had Bubble Frame, but looked this morning and it is no longer available. Is there another option for us knowing that tool/app is no longer active? Thank you much! Cheryl

    • Carmen
      February 2, 2016 at 9:23 AM (5 years ago)

      Now is RHONNA COLLAGE. app.


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