Earlier in May, I had fun using my Pano iPhone app to take a photo of our Mother’s Day luncheon. How was I going to include everyone at the table, I wondered, and then I remembered this lovely app, and voilá, it worked! I printed out that photo and put it into a layout that used in my May 11 post. It was so easy and fun, I tried it again while at the airport recently with my daughter, because I think the airport is cool. This panoramic shot ended up being bigger than my first one because this one is a complete 360° view. It turned out rather well, I think. If you have an iPhone and want to try it, I recommend the app Pano ($1.99 on iTunes); it does a really nice job of stitching each frame together, and makes the process easy for you with guides visible on the left side of the frame for a seamless flow of shots. This evening I printed out the photo to a 2×22″ size to make a two-page layout by printing each half of the photo on 8.5×11 photo paper using landscape orientation (without borders). I trimmed each half and carefully adhered them to two pieces of 12×12 cardstock. So, how to fill the 1″ gaps on each edge? Just to be different, I decided to make faux envelope flaps, something akin to Maya Road’s mini kraft envelopes. And then–my usual state of “what do I do now with all the usable space that’s left?” confusion. I freeze up when I have too many choices and options for such a nice slice of “real estate” on my page. So I kept it simple and documented just the essentials with rub-ons and stickers, save for one embellishment sticker. I know, I know, chicken! I could have gone for broke and done so many wonderfully artistic things to this layout, but I left it alone and played it safe (what would Ali Edwards have done?). It’s not exciting, not jazzy or spiced up. But it’s a cool panoramic photo that I really like.
Go ahead and have some fun with your iPhone photo apps, or just use whatever photo capabilities you have on your cell phone. While you’re having fun this summer, remember that not having a camera with you does not mean you will miss out on some really great photos. See what you can do, and whatever you come up with, don’t forget to scrap it! Have fun!