How to make a Calendar or Scrapbook with your iPhone photos

How to make a Calendar or Scrapbook with your iPhone photos

If you’ve already downloaded the Keepsy app, you already know how fast and easy it is to make photo sets and order Pocket Books right from your iPhone.

But what if you want to make a full-blown coffee table book or calendar with your iPhone pics? It’s also super easy… but kind of a hidden feature. Here’s how:

(1) Once you’ve created your photo set in the iPhone app, you can upload the photos to the Keepsy.com servers by tapping “Share”

(2) On the Share page, tap “Email”

(3) Tap Ok

(4) You’ll see your photos begin to upload.

If you don’t want to share with anyone, you can just cancel the email and your photos will continue to upload. Once the upload is complete, head over to your computer and log-in to keepsy.com.

(5) After logging into your account, click on “My Stuff”.

(6) You’ll see your Photo Set appear in your library. Click to open it.

(7) When your Photo Set loads, click either the “Book” or “Calendar” button. (In this case I’ve chosen “Book”)

(8) After selecting your style, you’ll see on the “Select Photos” see that the Keepsy tab is loaded, and all your iPhone photos from the set are there!

Just “Select All” and continue – You’re on your way to building a gorgeous album or calendar with your iPhone pics!


Project 365: How to start a daily photo journal (and keep it up)


I love the idea of a diary, but I’m way too lazy, busy, distracted… (pick any excuse) to actually do it. That’s why I keep a daily photo journal. With the Keepsy app, it’s a really fun way to document my life, and the iPhone makes it ridiculously easy since it’s always with me.

What’s the best way to get started? Here are some tips:

Pick a time you’ll be free to take photos. This might be when you are brushing your teeth or maybe when you’re winding down after work. The key is to you choose a time you’re not busy (e.g. driving, in class, or in a meeting).

Set a daily alarm: Sometimes it’s easy to forget that your iPhone makes an excellent alarm clock. Set an alarm – or a few – so that you’ll remember to take the photo. When the alarm goes off, just fire up the Keepsy and add your photo to the 365 Project that appears when you install the app. I have two alarms set – one for 10:20am and the other for 7:15pm. That way If I miss the morning shot, there’s always time for a make-up later.

Share with friends: It’s fun to see what other friends are doing and where they are at the exact same time. So invite some friends to add their photos by sharing the project with them. Be sure to tell them to set their alarms, too! 

Walk the Plank: Push the limits of your creativity by adding a theme. Maybe your daily photo always includes the same object in different location. Maybe it’s a self-portrait in a new pose or facial expression each day. Tebow-ing and Planking come to mind… but we’re sure you can improve on that.

Best of all, at the end of the year, you can print your best shots in a photo book, and voila, you have your journal.

So go set your alarms and get snapping!


The Keepsy iPhone App is here!

Keepsy iPhone AppThe Keepsy team is excited to announce the release of our first iPhone app. What’s that? Another photo app, you say? We know, there are a lot of them out there. So what makes Keepsy different?

Here are some of the very cool things you can do with Keepsy for iPhone:

Get organized
The first thing the Keepsy app does is scan your photos and separate them into Photo Sets, organized by date and time. The app analyzes your shooting habits, time, and location, and then create Photo Sets based on events in your life. You can also create your own Photo Sets by just tapping a selection of photos from your iPhone’s photo library, or Instagram.

Share with anyone.
You can share and update Photo Sets with anyone. Best of all, they don’t even need an iPhone. Just send an email or text a link to the grandparents and they can view and even comment on your Photo Set right from their Mac or PC browser. You can also enable others to add their photos to your collection to make a group Photo Set. Can you imagine how cool the Photo Set from your next party could be?

Take better photos.
It’s nifty to snap a pic of your fancy cappuccino, apply a filter, and post it for the world to see. That’s why we’ve included some great editing and filter tools from Aviary inside the app. But after taking a few dozen of these types of photos, the magic begins to wear off. We wanted something more fun and challenging. Something that would stretch your imagination a bit. So, each week, the app will update you with a new Photo Project theme – filled with photography tips, and designed to help you get more from your iPhone camera.

Print a book from your iPhone with Keepsy

Print a book from your iPhone with Keepsy

Print a photo book – right from your iPhone.
We know you’re busy – so we wanted to make ordering a photo book super simple. Our new hardback Pocket Books are as beautiful as they are easy to make. The new size (7″ x 5″) is super-stylish, and easy to slide into a handbag or purse for carrying with you (and honestly, it’s a lot more fun handing someone a book of photos than showing them your phone).

The app is free, so give it a try and please let us know what you think!


How to make cool color panel images on your iPhone

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create the color panel above, using two of my favorite iPhone apps: PictureShow and Diptic. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes once you know the technique, and you can get some really great results if you’re willing to experiment a bit.

Step 1. Choose your photo
Selecting a black & white shot from your camera roll. For the best results, try picking something that has some strong elements of linear composition. I chose this photo because I like the receding perspective of the street, as well as the subject that is facing away from the camera.

Selecting a black & white photo will usually enhance the contrast and make the final colorized photo more appealing.

Step 2. Create color versions of your photo in PictureShow
PictureShow is a fun post-processing application for adding color, effects, noise, artifacts, etc., to your photos.

After you’ve loaded your black & white photo, select at least 3 or 4 shades from the menu at the top of the screen, such as ‘BluePlastic’, ‘GreenGel’, ‘Holography’ and whatever else you think might make an interesting palette of tones to choose from. Save each of these to your camera roll. (Note: PictureShow will often load preset, random effects to your photos, so you may need to turn these off in order get just the color applied to your photo. For example, under the ‘style’ menu, I’d recommend choosing ‘no frames’).

Using PictureShow on the iPhone to colorize a black & white image.

Step 3. Load your photos in Diptic
Once you’ve saved your colorized versions, fire up Diptic and choose a template pattern that will work for your photo. This is going to depend on the composition of your photo. For example, I’ve chosen the 4-panel vertical because I want to accentuate the subject that will appear in the second position from the left. If I were to choose a 3-panel layout, the figure would get lost in the white border area we’ll be creating. Also, I chose the vertical over the horizontal because I want to break-up the strong horizontal lines of the original photo’s composition. The horizontal template was less clean and visually confusing when I tried it.

Tap each section of the template to add one of the colorized versions of your photo to the template.

Once you’ve loaded the photos, arrange them by dragging in the template panels. Tip: Be careful adjusting the size of any of your panels because it can make it very difficult to position the photos so that lines are continuous from panel to panel.

To get the rounded effect, tap the ‘effects’ button and adjust the border to the settings in this screenshot:

Save to your camera roll, and voila!

If you like this effect, you can also try this mind-bender: In Diptic, change your layout style to horizontal, and now add your freshly-saved vertical version into the four horizontal panels. Adjust by dragging, and now you have a grid-style view of your shot!


Now you can edit your Keepsy photo book covers

For as much great feedback we get for our special ‘grid’ cover design, we’ve had a lot of requests for a cover editor — and now we have one. You can now edit the grid by adding and removing any photo from your set, as well as using a single image on the cover. Here’s how it works:

(Cover editor starts at 0:30)


The Log from the Sea of Cortez

The Log from the Sea of Cortez is a photo-tribute to John Steinbeck — shot entirely with an iPhone 4 in Southern Baja, Mexico.

Here’s a taste of what’s inside…

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See the full album, here


Pelicans of Los Cabos

Pelicans of Los Cabos

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” Henry David Thoreau

Shot on an iPhone 4 with TrueHDR. follow us on Instagram: @keepsy


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