Using Collect App Cards in a Photo Book

Use the Collect App to make a photo book - Birdwing Paper Designs

One of my goals for 2014 was to take a photo a day of everyday moments at home with the kids.  January came and went and I had yet to begin the project!  Part way through February I discovered the Collect App – a free photo journal app that helps you document your life in pictures and words one day at a time.  This was exactly what I needed for the daily photo project, and who says you can’t start a New Year’s goal in February!!

Two months later I am still working on the project and I love this app.  It reminds me to add a photo if I forget (which I do often), allows me to add a quick note  about the photo, arranges the photos in a collage or video, and easily exports the cards to be printed.

Collect App Collage and Cards - Birdwing Paper Designs

Since photo books are my area of specialty, I didn’t need to print the cards, but rather export them to my computer to be used in Photoshop.  I found this tutorial from Persnickety Prints on how to export the cards for individual printing and I followed it as a guide for exporting the cards to the computer.  Here is how I did it using an iPhone and iMac:

Export Your Collect App Cards - Birdwing Paper Designs

As you can see, even with the reminders I still forgot to take photos everyday, but at least I am taking some!!

Export Your Collect App Cards - Birdwing Paper Designs

Export Your Collect App Cards - Birdwing Paper Designs

Export Your Collect App Cards - Birdwing Paper Designs

With the free version of the app the only card format available is “Standard”.  There are 6 other styles available when you pay the $1.99 to upgrade.

Collect App Styles - Birdwing Paper Designs

Even with all those choices available, I still preferred the standard style because the print was bolder and would be easier to read once the cards were in a photo book format.

Standard style Collect card - Birdwing Paper Designs

Now the cards are ready to export.

Export Your Collect App Cards - Birdwing Paper Designs

The cards can go to the camera roll or Dropbox which is a free file sharing service.  I chose to just send them to the camera roll and then moved the photos from there to iPhoto.

Export Your Collect App Cards - Birdwing Paper Designs

To organize the cards into a photo book, I created a page template in Photoshop to use as a guide for placing the cards and simply dragged the photos onto the page.

Photo book page template - Birdwing Paper Designs

Twelve cards could easily fit on one page after being resized symmetrically to 2.6″ x 3.4″.  I was even getting fancy (and efficient) by creating an action in Photoshop to resize the photos quickly.

A Collection of Photos - Birdwing Paper Designs

The days that had no photos were replaced with modern patterned paper from the Everyday Neutrals digital kit that I created just for this photo book.

Everyday Neutrals - Birdwing Paper Designs

Using the template to help place the cards and then “clipping” the paper to the empty boxes made for a really quick photo book page.  Each page only took 3-4 minutes to make!!  Here are the pages I made for February and March:

A Collection of Photos - Birdwing Paper Designs

A Collection of Photos - Birdwing Paper Designs

If you are looking for a simple way to document daily photos, I encourage you to check out the Collect App and give it a try.   Even if you do nothing with the photos or the cards it is a nice record of the years events. I often flip through the Collect App photos (instead of the camera roll) when I am showing the grandparents some pictures of the kids because it just shows the highlights of our life.

What do you do with your Collect photos?

Leah

 

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