Monday, July 9, 2012

What's On Your Cell Phone? Almost Never Clever Blog Hop

Welcome to the Almost Never Clever Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from Jessica’s blog:  Sweet ‘N’ Scrappy.  Nat with Almost Never Clever organized this whole thing and that’s where you should have started out.  I hope that you got a chance to look at her beautiful wedding album she’s been working on.
I’m so glad to be participating in this hop.  I must admit I was the most photo snobbish person I knew.  My friends took cell phone photos all the time and I would shake my head inwardly and think, poor fools.  I didn’t think that real photos were taken with cell phones.  I used my DSLR cameras most of the time for photos.  I would think those poor people with their low resolution photos.  Then along came Instagram and my whole little world changed.  
Over the course of the months, I have found Mariphone (my iphone) to be very valuable for capturing on the go moments.  Here are some thoughts on using cellphones to take photos.

Handiness:  They are handy, handy little devices.  I always have my phone with me.  It carries my books, my internet, and my camera.  I can snap away at anytime.  Sometimes, I just don’t want to carry around a heavy camera.  My new camera weighs at least 5 pounds.  That’s a lot of bulk to carry around.

Shot from the backseat while traveling to Port Aransas this summer.

Emergency Situations:  This spring, when JoJo fell out of the shopping cart at Sam’s I took a few photos using my phone.  It was also easy for my very best friend, Val to send me some of hers too.  Another occasion, I forgot my camera for a day trip to the lake, so I used my phone instead.  Using my phone really helped to jumpstart my creativity.

JoJo in ICU with Auntie Val.

His stickers from his 3rd Cat Scan.

My handsome husband at the lake.

When your car is backed into while you're watching Magic Mike because the driver didn't leave it in park.  No Damage...but I had to wait until the owner came out to move the vehicle.

Scrapbooking:  I love, love Instagram and the 4x4 photos you get from using the app.  It makes for very fun scrapbook pages.  I have found that you can get the photos printed in the 4x4 format on a 4x6 sheet at most one hour photo places.  I use Target and I just switch the orientation to horizontal and move the photo to the far left of the sheet.  This makes for easier trimming later.  Another great place to print your Instagram photos is Postal Pics.  You can upload them directly from your phone, choose your size and have them mailed to you.  You can also order metal prints of your favorite images as well.
Speaking of Scrapbooking, here are a few layouts I’ve made using cell phone photos. (Most of my photos this summer are cell phone photos...shhh don't tell).

All of the photos were taken in Instagram.  Apparently JoJo likes to wear hats of all sorts.

(Already Shared)  The middle photo was taken with Instagram...the other two I cropped to 4x4 in Photoshop Elements.  I mention again...I love the 4x4 format.

(Already shared)  This time, I increased the size of this photo to 5x5 in Photoshop Elements.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Hope you enjoyed it.  If so, feel free to subscribe via email or follow in a reader.  Now you are off to see Jen.  And just incase you're lost or want to start from the beginning, here is the complete blog list.

Nat: Almost Never Clever
Tammy: Your Memory Connection
Ginger: Ginger's Life of Spice
Danielle: EcoScrapbook
Jessica: Sweet 'N' Scrappy 
Mariah: Its Fun2Scrap
Jen: Down Home South Jersey


  1. Love your photos! I was never one to take much with my iphone either but when it's the only camera you have with you, you use it! And now I'm used to the convenience so I never drag the DSLR like I used to. I just started with instagram and can't wait to create some layouts with these square photos. Love your layouts too - thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thanks, Tammy. Yes, I hardly use my DSLR anymore. Unless it's a special occasion. iPhones rock!

  2. I love the photos you shared! It's really interesting to hear how your perspective has changed. I only really stopped carrying my point-and-shoot everywhere when I got a phone with a decent camera.

    I'm looking to purchase a DSLR sometime soon and the lugging-it-around is one of the things that's holding me back.

    Thanks for participating!

    1. Thanks, Nat! DSLR's are good to have too. But for daily stuff cell phones are much more convenient.

  3. Mariah, it's so nice to "meet" you through the blog hop!

    You won't believe this, but I, too had my car slightly damaged by an owner who forgot to put their car in park at the movies. I guess those people just had to get in to see that movie! Cell phones are good for documenting car damage ;)

    I think what I love most about your photos is the stories behind them. Your heart shines through in your photos. Can't wait to spend more time exploring your blog. Best wishes!

    1. Thanks, Jen. That was really nice of you. I figured the culprit was a girl who was in such a hurry to go see Magic Mike that she forgot to put her car in park. It was actually a guy who went to see The Avengers. Ha.

  4. Hi Mariah! Nice to meet you here and to see your photos :) I like that you have shown us some layouts too! I especially like the one of the "Food"...
    I use my DSLR all the time... but then I don't have an iPhone ;) Hopefully soon!

  5. Hi Mariah! Loved hearing your story about how you changed your mind about cell phone photos :) Great scrapbook pages too! I've also found that I can print my 4x4 Instagrams as 4x6 photos. I've been turning several into collages and printing them as one big 8x10 sheet too.

  6. It is nice to see you again, Mariah. We met at Danielle's blog.

    I love your photos and your layouts, too. Thank you for all of your great tips on printing....I really appreciate them.

    I certainly hope that JoJo is doing much better now.

    Take care,


    1. Thank you, Renee. Good to hear from you again. JoJo is doing better. He is finally off of his anti seizure medication. We had a hard time weaning him off. Thanks for asking about him.

  7. Good to know about your blog i have visit and i am very inspired from your ideas It will be interesting to see what we learn about the use of mobile phones in the coming years.

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