A Beautiful Mess {Tech Tuesday}

May 21, 2013


Photo courtesy of www.abeautifulmess.com

Social media is all over the place.  It is how we communicate, how we share our lives with friends and family, and how we get creative.  With the arrival of camera phones and Instagram, everyone becomes a photographer.  You can crop and edit pictures using a variety of filters and borders.

Now, we can add something even more special to those quick photo updates!  A Beautiful Mess is an iPhone app that allows you to add creative touches to any photo…or even create your own word sign.  The app went to number one on iTunes before the creators even had a chance to blog about it, and it’s no wonder!  I have already had some major “playtime” with my own photos!

photo 1A Beautiful Mess has so many fun options to choose from!  Borders, filters, doodles, fonts, and a variety of colors.  You can use premade words or phrases…or you can create your own.  Add symbols and pictures to your favorite photos.  You can resize and rotate any doodle, font, or symbol as well.  Share the finished photos directly to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  Or simply save them to your camera roll.

This app can also be used for advertising or showing your readers a specific interest.  I purchased this Tickle Time sunscreen for my daughter the other day, and I added “must have” with the arrow to show my friends the goodness that I had found for our upcoming beach trip.  If you are advertising a product, this app might be great for you! photo 2

Another great idea for using A Beautiful Mess app is for your blog pictures.  You have seen many bloggers watermarking their photos, and we actually plan to give step-by-step directions for watermarking your own blog photos in the next week or so.  But, I used A Beautiful Mess to watermark one of my blog photos as well.  The only issue I found is that A Beautiful Mess crops all your photos into squares (similar to Instagram).  So if you don’t want square photos on your blog, you may need to find another method.photo 1

To download this app, you will need an iOS 6 or later, and you must connect to wifi to download because of the size.  Unfortunately, it isn’t free.  But $0.99 isn’t too bad either.  There are a few extra dings and whistles you can add for an additional $0.99, but the features it comes with are just fine for me!  Since the app is newly released, I was worried about bugs needing to be worked out, but I have found that it is super easy and very fun to use!

The creators of A Beautiful Mess came up with this idea with blogging, scrapbooking, and Instagram in mind.  I hadn’t even thought about scrapbooking!  That’s a great idea too!  photo 2

If you are looking for something fun and new to better your blog or make your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter sharing more fun…head over to the App Store and purchase A Beautiful Mess.

Have fun!




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Meg May 21, 2013 at 10:25 am

I’m downloading now!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Kayla May 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

I would love to know how to make tabs for my blog. Can’t wait to download the app!

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