I love my iPhone. I didn’t want an iPhone – I knew I could do without the expense and the addictive quality. But all the same, I love my iPhone. I like being able to work from anywhere (so I can travel more). I like being able to chat with my husband at any time. And I LOVE that the iPhone is full of storytelling apps that help me record my everyday stories!
Our lives are totally and completely changed just from having a phone and note-taking ability right at our fingertips.
In case you are new to smartphones, or are just looking for some new toys to play with, here are some of my favorite storytelling apps – most of which I use every day.
in no particular order ….
The new app from my good friend Kam, Write365 is PERFECT for those of us that are just stumped on what kinds of stories need to be told. I forget about things like what it was like in my neighborhood growing up or the fact that we had a ‘no singing at the dinner table’ rule until it happens to come up in conversation with my husband.
Download Write365 and get random journaling prompts, email them to yourself, and start recording those everyday stories you might not otherwise think of.
Day One is a journaling app that simply gives you the space to write on your phone. The BEST part about this app is you can set an alarm. So every night at 8:00pm for example, you’re reminded to journal about your day. Or maybe you want to make it a lunch-break routine at 12:30pm. Or maybe every morning you want to write at 7:30am. I love the automatic reminder!
Download Day One and set yourself an alarm to journal your day.
This app will let you take a photo and overlay it with text and stats about the weather where you are! I LOVE this option for traveling and day trips especially – like this photo from Colorado. There are a bunch of different overlays with different styles and info and are SUCH a fun way of recording where you are.
Download InstaWeather and be ready for a new excursion!
I haven’t personally used this app, but you can read Elise’s review and tips here. I’ve downloaded it and I’m excited to use around my house – especially when I’m home alone. It’s always easier to use my phone than get out my dSLR and set the timer on that.
Download TimerCam and get yourself in more photos.
From the makers of Totally Rad Photoshop actions, this photo-editing app is the only one I ever use. I love how many options and the versatility this app allows. My iPhone camera is not the best, but this app helps my photos look so much better before I share them.
Download PicTapGo to make your iPhone images as lovely as possible.
I love Instagram. If for some reason you are not familiar with this app, it is essentially a photo-sharing community. Yes, there are filters and other editing functions but for the most part I use it for community. Sharing photos from recent blog posts, or travels or just fun cat photos. I love that I can share a visual of what is going on in my life (and then go back and grab that in-the-moment journaling if I need to)
Pair this app with Blurb’s Instagram book to load photos easily like this one I made of my kittens.
Download Instagram and join the awesome creative community.
I haven’t personally used this app, but check out Annette’s review and tutorial here. She’s using it to choose and gather the mobile images she wants printed for Project Life.
Download Collect and DO something with those photos.
I use Dropbox to backup my mobile photos (as well as get Andrew’s from him). It’s connected to my online acct (and computer), so at the end of the day or so I just open the app and all the photos that I’ve taken on my phone automatically upload to my Dropbox folder …. where I can then take them and edit them and get them printed for Project Life or some other project.
Download Dropbox and make sure your images are backed up.
What are your favorite storytelling apps?