Smartphone Photography Creativity

We hold them, and look at them, all day long. Besides keeping us in touch with the digital world, smartphones can be a creative tool.

Nothing fancy necessary – just take a photo. Look through the screen and see your object framed in that rectangle – with just a click, you’ve created something. From there, you can simply enjoy your picture. Next, you can share, crop, filter, colorize, doodle, twist, frame, stamp, and on and on. There are countless photo editing apps out there that you can use to tweak and alter your images. Enjoy the creative process, with the flexibility to “undo” at the touch of a button. There’s no mess to clean up, you can take it in your pocket and go.

smartphone photography creativity with tamdoll #teatagtuesday #yogitea

I have six apps on my phone for photo editing, but I always go back to Pixlr – it’s intuitive, their blog is always informative, and they are constantly adding new features. Give it a try, it’s free.

As for the photo, I love those Yogi Teas & their tags (Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy is my favorite right now*). For more, see Yogi Inspirations.

How are you using smartphone photography to be creative? Have a favorite app to share?

Quick and Easy Halloween Wreath

If you can hold a glue gun, you can make this Halloween wreath.

I was inspired to make one of these when I saw ilovetocreate’s neon version. Here’s the one I made, hanging in my daughter’s dorm lounge:


Step 1: Wrap a wreath frame in fabric. I used a 10″ straw wreath & strips of fabric I ripped from a 45″ long piece. I used 4 strips, and each was about 2.5″ wide. Accuracy isn’t very important, this base will be mostly covered up in the next step. The strips were held down with dabs of low-temp hot glue. Once it’s all wrapped up, tie a string around the wreath to use for hanging.
Quick and Easy Halloween Wreath step 1

Step 2: Start gluing on balls. I used beer pong balls for this project because they were cheap and light-weight. Laying the wreath on a table, and gluing the balls down as it lay flat ensured that it wouldn’t jut out from the wall when it was done. Spacing and accuracy isn’t very important – not taking this too seriously.

Red fabric showing through? Strands of glue everywhere? = Creepy.

Quick and Easy Halloween Wreath step 2

Step 3: Keep adding rows of balls, filling in holes and spaces as you go along. Work your way around and into the center of the wreath. Step back and look at it once in a while to cover any gaps you may want to fill.

Quick and Easy Halloween Wreath step 3

Step 4: Glue on googly eyes. Angle some sideways, adjusting for where the eyeballs are placed (on the sides of the wreath, put the eyeballs a little more sideways.)

Quick and Easy Halloween Wreath step 4

That’s it. When I was all done, I thought I should have used red glue sticks… maybe next time.

I have low expectations that this project will last very long hanging in a dorm room, and who knows what will happen to it after Halloween. But it was fun to do, and took less than an hour to make. Using a glue gun kept this project low-stress – everything dried within seconds of putting it in place.

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I often hesitate to make Halloween costumes or decorations, the event comes and goes so quickly, the effort often seems more work than it’s worth. But this project was a breeze, I’ve already made two for my girls and have enough balls to make a third… maybe I’ll be hanging one outside my door this year.

Will you make decorations for Halloween?

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One more picture, because I love the apps and they just put out some Halloween borders and layers:

halloween wreath creepy eyeballs by tamdoll

Finished the Blanket

What a relief to have completed this project. I’m eager to start new things – have hats, mittens, and crafts in the works.

A photo posted by @tamdollsmo on

Thinking about making holiday gifts this year and wish I’d started sooner.

What about you? Doing any holiday gift crafting? decorations? Please share your project & links if you have them.