iPhone, iPod Touch Scrapbooking – Say Goodbye to Scissors and Glue

Scapbooking- don’t you almost feel obligated to do it being a mom?

I’d love to do it, but when, where, how, and OMG is it expensive to just buy the supplies. I’ve done a couple digital scapbooks on sites and had them printed, but even that takes quite a bit of time, uploading photos to the site and designing the pages, etc.

Mommas, if you are like me and use your iPhone as your digital camera, then listen up (or read closely…) I’ve found an even faster way to display those precious memories (in cute fashion of course)….yep, you’ve guessed it, with an app.

The TapnScrap App for iPhone, iPod Touch, and soon to be on iPad, allows you to customize and add effects to the photos you take on these devices, and set them on backgrounds, with text, objects, and frames. You can save multiple scrapbooks with unlimited number of pages. The app costs $1.99 or $4.99 for the HD version.

Sharing your scrapbook is easy; just click the Share button on the bottom toolbar and you can choose to email your scrapbook, save the scrapbook to your computer for printing, or share your scrapbook on Facebook.

What’s really cool is that there are plenty of free features with the app. You can edit photos, add “stickers” and word bubbles. You can also re-size and position an image, all with your fingertips. Here’s a page that I designed myself (in about 10 minutes) with the free features.

There are several different themes (backgrounds, imagery) you can purchase within the app (in the ScrapStore), as you desire for new scrapbooks. These cost $.99-$2.99; much cheaper than going to a craft store and buying +$20 in supplies each time you want to do a new scrapbook.

I love looking back at photos and reliving all the moments; to think I used to wish time would go faster! I have made it a practice of mine to never go through my day wishing it was the weekend, for example; I try to find enjoyment of the right now.

TapnScrap - Scrapbook, Scrapbooking, Frame Photos - Tappix

Visit tapnscrap.com to learn more.

Disclosure: I do not receive compensation for writing this app review. This app was just a nifty app I wanted to share with y’all. Sometimes I receive promo codes for apps in faith of writing an app review. The photos used were taken as screen shots from my iPhone. If you wish to have your app reviewed by Apps4Moms, please visit the Submit App for Review page on this site.

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Tilly’s Petting Farm App

Move over Old McDonald, Tilly has a farm too, and this one teaches you more than just animal sounds. E-I-E-I-O

Tilly’s Petting Farm app by Shoto is a fun, bright, educational app for children age 1-7, that focuses on speaking full and complete sentences. Children learn a great deal of vocabulary about life on a farm, though just a few words aren’t typically used in American English. This isn’t a big deal to me;  just another learning opportunity to have with your children about different cultures and language. I also like the English accent of the narrator.

Tilly’s Petting Farm app is $1.99 in the App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

I like how the narrator speaks in complete sentences, and that it really requires the child to listen. I feel like my two and a half year old daughter will open an app and just tap away, but this app forces her to stop, listen, and comprehend what is being said to her.

The app works like this: There are four different areas on the farm to learn about. When you select a scene, you can select the hand symbol to tap-and-learn about what’s going on in the scene, and then you can select the magnifying glass to enter a question-and-answer(tap) session. There are over 300 sentences spoken in the app, so your child won’t run through the app quickly.

This app isn’t one you can just toss over to your child under age 5 and expect them to play around with and learn on their own. You’ll have to show them how to go through the tap-and-learn phase (by selecting the hand symbol) then go to the question- and-answer phase (with magnifying glass). You’ll especially need to be around for assistance when questions come up that may be difficult for young children to answer like “where is the dried grass?” (hay).

Overall, I like the app, and my daughter does as well. I think it is worth the $1.99 price.

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App You’ll Love to Play as Much as Your Kids: Toca Hair Salon

The Toca Hair Salon by Toca Boca is an app that I bought for my daughter, but I like stealing a minute to play with it. In fact, I caught my husband playing it too….

The app takes place in an artsy hair salon where you choose from 4 characters that need a new ‘do. The app adds an element of fun and surprise with the responses of the characters.

You have several tools available to create your hair masterpiece: scissors of course, comb, hair coloring sprays, a blow dryer (love the facial expressions while doing a blowout), and special growing potion that grows the hair you just cutoff (we all wish we had some of that for the regretful haircut in the past).

What is also great, and what the app developers Toca Boca emphasize about their apps, is that there are no high scores or time restrictions. The game is fun and creative-not stressful. It builds into the child’s imagination in a unique way to be expressive.

The app is recommended for ages 3-7…or let’s just say 3 to infinity…I know you’ll enjoy it just as much as your kids. The app is $1.99.

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The Babysitting Guide App

Your child babysitting this summer? The Babysitting Guide by phoneflips (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android) is a great resource for anyone who is taking care of children.

The app has everything from preparing to become a caregiver, finding a job, communicating with parents, setting rules/disciplining, and safety. It’s a great app to keep as a reference if an incident/emergency takes place too. It costs $1.99 from iTunes, or get it for only $.99 for Android at Amazon.com.

The app is very informative, simple, and straightforward; no flashy animations or illustration, or sound effects, none of which is needed. I also like how it isn’t just a list of facts and steps, but gives real parenting advice. For example, not calling a child “bad” but discussing behavior and helping a child to understand it by asking questions that can’t be answered by “no.” I bet you can think of a parent or two that could benefit from this app right?

I think this app deserves a space on your mobile device screen, if you have little one’s in your life. Get the app here from iTunes. Get the app here for Android.

Build a Bug Workshop?… Create Cute Bugs With Your Toddler

If you’re like me, bugs make you a little squeamish…but with this cute app for your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad,  bugs are adorable and…creative.

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The Bug Builder app by Tickle Tap Apps is full of bright colors, charming music, and fun sound effects. Only $1.99, and it is a very simple concept; in fact when I purchased the app, I was thinking that you could choose what kind of eyes the bug would have, antenna, legs, etc., and was a little disappointed at just how simple it really was.

I later showed the app to my two year old daughter however, and realized that this simplicity is perfect for toddlers (which we all know have shorter attention spans). Toddlers love creating things, but don’t want to be patient and go through a lot of steps and details to get to their final product. Duh mom! The app developers recommend this app for children ages 3-5, though I’d say some two year olds can grasp this app also.

Let me explain this simple concept: first you choose from 4 different designs for the body of your bug. Then you choose from several different colors to draw on your bug. Next you tap the smiley bug face in the top right-hand corner, and your design is placed in an “egg”. Now it is your job to hatch it! You tap on the egg six times, and voila, your bug creation is hatched with a face, wings, antenna, legs, and whatever else they may have. Then you can click on the camera image in the top right-hand corner, and take a picture of your bug, which is saved in your photos section on your device. Goodness, I probably have at least 20 bugs in my phone! What can I say, my daughter loves this app! She laughs so hard when her bug hatches and she sees what crazy creation she’s made.

What’s also great is that there are many different bug features the app adds onto your  bug, so you’re sure to have a different-looking bug each time!

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More Time Moms Family Meals

Looking into the app More Time Moms by Family Meals for the iPhone 3g/g4, iPods, and iPads.
It provides a menu for every day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or just dinner if you prefer) for up to six weeks. Then it gives you a weekly grocery list for the items. Seems really useful when your house has no food, but you have no inspiration on what to get to make for dinners. I think it would be pretty easy to substitute a meal or ingredient out for something you know your family will enjoy better.
The only drawback is that it doesn’t provide free recipes on how to prepare the menu and grocery items it provides; it would have been nice to have it all tied together, but I guess you’ve got to make money somewhere so I understand. Coming soon is the recipe book you can purchase on the ipad or as an ebook for $19.99. However, that doesn’t discourage me, because you can easily avoid the cost and just Google the menu for recipes online. Or you could give back to the app if you found it helpful by purchasing the cookbook, plus 5% of all profits go to children’s charities which is great.
Still trying it out, and will give it a whirl at the grocery store tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it fits budget wise too. Leave me feedback if you’ve used it.
Here’s the website to learn more: http://www.moretimemoms.com/