Monday, April 21, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Ideas from Minted

by Kristina Rust Photography

I am a huge fan of Minted.  If you are not familiar with Minted, Minted crowd-sources design and art from a global community of independent designers and then sells their designs as products such as stationery, home decor, wall art, etc.  If you love indie design, then you will love Minted.

And for those of you looking for a unique gift for your mom (or yourself) for Mother's Day this year, you should definitely check out Minted's Mother's Day Shop.  Here are a few of my favorite items...(I think I might need to forward this post to my husband).

For the mom who likes to be organized in style or enjoys journaling, these notebooks are the perfect gift. 



This custom Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art is a unique way to display some of your favorite photos.  

Personalized stationery is always a big hit.  

And how about customized wrapping paper?  I LOVE this idea!


Disclaimer:  The links in this post are affiliate links meaning I will receive a small commission from the company at no extra cost to you. Thanks in advance if you decide to make a purchase. 


Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Freebie: Theater Program Template

For the past few summers I have had the wonderful opportunity to take photos at a local summer theater conservatory for kids.  It was one of the highlights of my summer because the young actors were so incredibly talented and the songs from their musical, "Free to Be You and Me" resonated all day long while I edited my photos.

As a fun way to capture their head-shots I created this template inspired by the Playbills you get from a Broadway show.  In my template I inserted a head-shot or stage photo of each child and added that to their digital album.  For an aspiring actor it is a great wall display for them to dream and "picture" their future in the theater.

For a free download of either a 5x7 or 8x10 Theater Template, link HERE.  NOTE, you will need to LIKE my Facebook page, but doing so also provides a number of other popular templates that I've created.  [NOTE: This template was inspired by the famous "PLAYBILL" design.  The "Playbill" Logo is tradmarked and copyrighted]

NOTE, you do need to have some Photoshop experience plus knowledge of clipping masks.  If you're not familiar with how to use a clipping mask which you will need to know for this free template, check out one of our favorite blogs, The Coffee Shop Blog by Rita.  The link will walk you through an explanation on how to use a clipping mask (it's easy, believe me).

If you have an aspiring actor, enjoy this template and on with the show!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mustbin--An App for Organizing All of Life's Important Information


By Kristina Rust

Disclosure:  I was compensated for my time to write this post.  All the opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way. 




A year ago my car was broken into at my son's soccer game and my purse was stolen.  It wasn't until then that I realized how important it is to keep a record of all of the contents in my wallet.  Having that information would have made canceling credit cards as well as getting replacement cards for the library, health insurance, etc. so much easier.

Now with the Mustbin iPhone app, you can easily save all of this important information as well as other valuable documents such as home deeds, insurance policies, car titles, birth certificates, passport information, in an organized way, encrypted in the cloud.

And if you are wondering whether the folks at Mustbin can have access to your info, they can't.  Mustbin uses "Bincryption" technology on every file during the cloud sync so even they can't look at your documents.

I have to admit, that while I have all these documents in files located in my file cabinet I don't have a back up system.  What would happen if we had a fire or flood?  That information could be easily lost. And really until I heard of Mustbin, I hadn't really thought of having an off-site back up system.

So now, I am going to take the time to organize and record all of my vital information using Mustbin. Here is a brief overview of how it works:

After creating an account and security code, you will see a screen of a variety of different bins.  You can make any that you like but it comes with commonly used bins already in place like:  Wallet, Photos, Home, Finance & Investment, Health & Medical, Vehicle, Accounts & Passwords;



For each bin, you upload photos of the contents that fit that category as well as any necessary information associated with that item. i.e for credit cards you would add account number, pin, and expiration date (although I found that a bit repetitive since I just took a photo of all that information).

The app also provides a Guide (which handholds you through the process), Documents (which lets you see a laundry list of everything in a particular bin) and Actions (which lets you share your information as well as walk you through what to do in a crisis such as losing your wallet).

Here is an example of the prompts for capturing the contents of your wallet.






Another use for Mustbin is to share photos privately.  If you are a professional photographer who is not using a photo hosting site to privately share images with your clients, Mustbin is an option to consider.  It allows you to securely share images with your clients and they can give you feedback by  commenting and liking images. Although the challenge here is that in order to share your photos from you DSLR, you need to upload them to your computer and then sync them to your phone.  I can't see using Mustbin in this way because of the extra step of transferring photos.

Although, for amateur photographers who are wanting to share images with family safely and securely (and they don't want to post them on social networks for everyone to see) Mustbin is a good option (specially for sharing a gallery of iPhone photos..no extra syncing step necessary).

At this point, Mustbin is only available for iPhone users who have the IOS7 system.  There is not an Android or web-based version.  I'd love to see a web based version for easily sharing photos directly from my computer.

For those of you who have been thinking about organizing all of your important information and storing it somewhere off site, this is definitely an app worth trying out....plus it is free and you get 4 GB of storage at no charge. You earn extra storage space (another 4GB) by inviting friends to Mustbin.  


In addition to writing about photography tips and tricks here at Moms Who Click, you can also find me musing about my latest photography projects and client work on my website Kristina Rust PhotographyFacebook Page and Google+.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

PicTapGo- A Favorite iPhone App & Giveaway

by: Kristina Rust Photography

We have told you about PicTapGo ($1..99 app) before but felt it was time to remind you once again about this awesome app.  It truly is one of my go to mobile phone photo editing apps.  

I have been a fan of this app since it first came out and love how I can polish my images using the very simple interface.  PicTapGo, allows you to layer filters, save recipes, and develop your own unique style. You just choose your photo (Pic), tap the various filters (Tap) and then save it to your camera roll or share to your favorite social media sites (Go).  It really is that simple!  

Pic:

Tap:

Go:

And here are a few more examples:

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After:

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After:

As you can see, your editing options are endless using this awesome app.  And what I love best, is that with one app I can quickly spruce up my photos and share them (I'm an Instagram junkie...you can find me here). 


Interested in trying it out?  We are giving away 5 downloads.  To enter, LIKE PicTapGo's Facebook Page and leave a comment below (with your email) letting us know that you did.  We will randomly pick 5 names using Random.org on April 21st.


In addition to writing about photography tips and tricks here at Moms Who Click, you can also find me musing about my latest photography projects and client work on my website Kristina Rust PhotographyFacebook Page and Google+.