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If you are anything like me, then you take way too many pictures of your kids. I believe that you can’t possibly take enough because they change so fast. Even though we swear we are going to remember every special moment forever, I promise your memory will fail you once or twice as the years go by. While you probably don’t have your camera on you every second of the day, you most definitely have your phone… and I’ve found the perfect app to go with those pictures you take on the go!

Baby Pics is an app designed for new parents and parents-to-be to document all of the exciting milestones that they’ll never want to forget by adding the cutest artwork to your photos. While I am creative in some ways, I am not in others. (Thank goodness for friends who have Photoshop and put up with my incessant messaging and picture sending to make my photos just right!) The Baby Pics app is completely foolproof and has become my go-to for editing pictures of my kids. And, at less than $5, it’s such a steal!

How to Create Cute Baby Pics in an App

Getting started

Start by downloading the app via iTunes or Google Play.

From there, it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Take your photo with the in-app camera or import a photo you have already taken.
  2. Choose the artwork you want to add and/or add text to personalize.
  3. Save and share!
Let your creativity go wild

The artwork is divided into groups to make your selection easy:

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DATES: Months (1-24), days of the week, due in, birthdays, weeks (1-42), weeks of pregnancy by fruit (Love this!), weeks of pregnancy by junk food (Even better!)

FIRSTS: All the firsts you can imagine from pregnancy firsts to big kid firsts, including first holidays

ON THE DAILY: Cute descriptions of your little ones such as Chubby Cheeks, Bath Time, and Messy Hair Don’t Care… to name a few

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PREGNANCY: The cute sayings and pictures in this section will have you taking pics of your belly just so you can use them!

HUMOR: These are exactly what it says… humorous! Poop Explosion, Party At My Crib, and Daddy’s Drinking Partner are just the beginning of these goodies.

BIG KIDS: This section covers milestones such as moving into a big kid bed, potty training, and the first day of Kindergarten.

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DOODLES: Add a variety of cute art to your photos when there isn’t any other more specific category to fit.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and besties are all taken care of!

Not sure what you are looking for? Browse through all of the options in the “All Artwork” section to find something you love or to get inspired.

More to love

Not only can you save the photos, but you can also print them directly from the app. Choose from two styles — square prints or retro-style prints — and two sizes. You can also print stickers and magnets, which I definitely see in my future!

I have so much fun with Baby Pics and find myself using it on a daily basis. The best part is going back through my pictures and putting artwork on old photos!

Here are a few of my Baby Pics favorites:

Wanna have some fun? Take the Baby Pics Challenge! When you join, you will receive a daily prompt with a new theme for seven days. Create your best pic to match the theme, share it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag #BabyPicsChallenge #BabyPicsApp @babypicsapp

Have fun with this app! I certainly do!

What’s your favorite way to take pictures of your baby?
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A few weeks ago I went to snap a random picture of my dinner or a sunset and my phone wouldn’t let me. See, I had maxed out the capacity in my photo stream… Looking back on my collection of hundreds of photo’s of food or my kids, I realized that while 1/2 of the photos could be deleted, many of them were photos I want to keep somewhere more secure than on my phone. So I went on the hunt to see the various creative options I had to make the most out of these memories.

Prints

My mom’s biggest complaint is that she never has a printed picture anymore. But let’s face it, in the time it takes to download our pictures onto our computer, then upload them to a photo printer’s site or print them yourselves, 500 other things have distracted you. That’s why I was really excited to try out the FreePrints app. Available for your iOS device (sorry, no Droid at this time) FreePrints lets you print up to 85 4×6 prints a month (1,000 a year!) FOR FREE – you just pay shipping.

The app is easy to use and allows you to pull images from your photo stream, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr or Picassa in seconds (ok, it may have taken a minute or two – but it was still WAY quicker than online sites!). If you want duplicates or additional sizes, those can be bought for a minimal fee. You do pay for shipping, but your fee will never be more than $9.99 no matter how many images you order – also you can pay with a CC or Paypal.

Posters

We all have a bazillion gorgeous pictures that we’ve taken with the Instagram app, but what can you do with these mini works of art besides leave them there in digital obscurity? A few months ago, while looking for ways to get my photos off Instagram and into IRL, I discovered the website Printstagram. This site not only pulls directly from Instagram to print images, but also mini-photo books and posters.

 


I pulled a bunch of non-people photos from my Instagram steam – food, buildings, cool pictures of our pets and random sightings – and made them into a 20×30 poster. It came out amazing. A grouping of random things from the past few months that made up important (or at least delicious) moments of my life. The products did take longer to come than usual, but I love my poster and the mini-books I ordered, so for me it was worth the wait.

Books

I love traditional photo albums and scrapbooks, but never find the time to put them together anymore. And when you get behind on photo albums, it’s like you will never catch up. But my eventual grandkids are not going to (or at least I don’t think they will!) sit around looking through my old hard drives for pictures of their parents as kids, and I can barely find older images anymore. So on my “resolutions” list for 2013 will be making a printed book a season. Since, as I said above, so much of my life is on Istagram, being able to download and create a full book will make it easier to follow through with.


Unlike the mini-books from Pinstagram, the Blurb books allow you to manipulate the content by editing the pages, adding backgrounds and borders and reordering the pictures. In addition to the Instagram books, at the Blurb site you can also make blog books, Facebook books, magazines, notebooks and personal planners!

These are my top choices, but what do you do with all those pictures on your phone?

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