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The best photo apps for editing your photos the EASY way

My Favourite Photo App :


* Floats my boat *

*Butters my bread *

* Scratches my back *

*It’s the icing on my cake *

* Stamped it * Double stamped it * Pinkie swear it *

* D’best *

Cartoonatic app

Right outta the gate…You must know….

I am about to teach you a DIY on how to create a mosaic kitchen back-splash.

{next blog post}

JUMP UP AND DOWN. It is a super duper cool DIY that will blow your socks off with excitement in your kitchen.  Just sayin’.

For the DIY you will need to be able to draw a simple sketch on a wall.

SIMPLE.  Sketch.  I promise.

(especially when you can cheat sketch with photo apps)

A ‘sneak peak’ on the backsplash mosaic DIY ……

Cartoonatic App

DIY backsplash LOVE !

 I thought it would be best to show you how to cheat draw first.


there is an app for that.

Ohhhh wait, you don’t cheat ? OK. Stop reading the blog. You and I can’t go on like this, if you are not willing to cross the line into cheating.  It is just a sketch.  Don’t worry. Your secret is safe with me.  I have been cheating sketching with this app for a loooong time.

 No probs.

Cartoonatic App

Look How I Sketched My Kitchen. NOT.


You are going to want to cheat when you see what you can do.

Take an (uhhmm, BORING)  photo , and turn it into a cool-funky-awesome-top drawer sketch :

 Cartoonatic app

 You can create awesomeness with an app. Wham bam. Thank you ma’am.


 Curious how to do that?!


Cheater Cheater, Pumpkin eater.



What did you think of the artful drawings that I did of the boyzz ?

I sketched those pictures.

 All by my wee self.

No I didn’t.

  I can’t draw a sketch to save my life.

 Unless a stick man qualifies {I’m disqualified}

….BUT…. {but}…(but)….BUTT….

I know how to cheat and make photos look like I sketched them.


~ There is an app for that ~

Just ignore the *wine* in every photo 🙂 WINE was a coping mechanism during Michael’s chemo. Cancer Sux.  Wine makes chemo ALMOST tolerable….. And I was just WATCHING him do chemo. LOL.



Cartoonatic photo app to the rescue.  Like superman.  Without the cape.

That made no sense did it ?!  Let’s just roll with it.

Cartoonatic app photo

Lost Strawberry Effect in Cartoonatic

I have one burning question :

What did we all do with our lives before Apps were invented ?!!

 I know what I did.  I sat in the house and watched reruns of Ellen DeGeneres.  Because she is funny.  Now that there are cool apps on the market, I have no time to do anything important { like watching TV } anymore.


 Is there an app for brushing hair?  I need that one.

Discovering new apps is about as close to ecstasy as any of us will ever get.

sketch effect on photo cartoonatic app

Cute Harley Effect in Cartoonatic

I once had the mind blowing experience pleasure of a train ride from Paris to London and by fluke, I was seated with 7 APPLE GENIUSES.  On a train.  Seven. Count ’em. Seven.

 I decided, right then and there, that seven was my new lucky number.


All alone.  To myself.  A genius festival.

*Pinch me*

Then kick me.   You would have loved to have been there.

It was like the circus came to town, and I was riding the prize pony.  That sounded all wrong, didn’t it ?

Dear Diary, scratch that.

cartoonatic app used to create a sketched photo

Lost Strawberry Cartoonatic effect

 I was in seventh heaven.

I died.

 I went to Heaven.

Apple Heaven.

I swear I could hear the harps, there were angels, there was singing. It was definitely heaven.  The Pearly gates were there.  The gates were lined with apples.  And geniuses.



That is when my iPhone, iPad my….. iDon’t-care…. began :

** iDon’t care about making dinner, I am sure there is an app for that **

** iDon’t care if you know how to add 2 + 2, there is surely an app for that too **

 Just think…. You may never have to draw again….. Even if you know how to draw,

There is an app for that.


Let’s ‘draw’

 Because there is an app for that.

That app talk is getting annoying now, isn’t it?

No worries, if I had a third leg, I would kick myself.

How to do the same awesome damn thing, and look like an artistic genius :

1.  Buy the 99 cent upgrade for the free Cartoonatic app. It is a must. Otherwise, there will be no fun to be had.  Without the upgrade, you can’t do much of *anything* to tell you the truth.  Splurge.  Best 99 cent investment evvvhaaaa.

2. Click the button to make it function as a camera, not video :

Yes, you can make ‘cartoon style videos’ in this app.  I haven’t tried it. Making a cartoon video does not float my boat.  Confession : I have only ever pushed the video button by accident. It may just float your boat though…so give it a whirl and tell me how it is.

3. Take a photo by pushing on the camera icon. It’s that simple.

P.s This is what happens when you forget to take the cover off of your cell phone for your photo.  Me = Dumb Dumb.  It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks.

4. VERY IMPORTANT : You can change modes by just taping on the centre of the screen. ( My 13 yr taught me that, after I had the app for 6 months). I thought I would save you the embarrassment.

Parents look stupid if they try to outsmart their kids with technology, don’tcha think?  Don’t do it. Just hand over the techie gadget and save yourself some humiliation.  It’s a humbling experience.  Give in.  Keep your dignity.  Don’t have your ego bruised by a 13 year old.  Therapy surely can’t be as much fun as photo apps.


Here comes a little tid-bit that may send you to the moon and back again with excitement:

 5. You can also upload photos in the app and turn ANY photograph into a sketch.  That, my friends, is d’bomb dot com.  You push the little upper left button ( the one with the 3 photos in it) :

 Like magic, you can take any photo from your iPhone photo library and turn it into a sketch.

Ta-daaaah. Magic :


 I am secretly hoping that fourth grade teachers are reading this post. We need to prove to them, once and for all, that we can…in fact…legit… DRAW.  There is no need to  trace draw original sketches anymore. Not that any of us ever TRACED anything in school. Nope. Never. [aka Always]

P.s. Here is the link to download it in iTunes –> Cartoonatic.

Aren’t I nice by making your app life so easy ?! Send me a present.  Like Chocolate.

Dear 4th grade teachers,

I hope you covered your eyes when you read about the tracing drawing bit.


All the kids who wish they could draw.


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  1. Kathy says:

    Thank you for this app ! I love it. And I love your blog…just found you off a link from Pinterest…that stuff works!

  2. Kim Bee says:

    Er, I’m behind the times. I don’t have an app for anything. I feel so lost now.

    I like the wine photos. And I don’t even like wine.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      You must be ahead of the curve !! I have been thinking about you like caaaahrazy lately – I need to send u a response email. I’m late with that. My bad. Xx how are ya, you crazy lunatic!?
      Lynne xx

      • Kim Bee says:

        Nah, I’m just a cheapskate with no iphone. Lol. I’d be an appaholic in no time if I had one.

        I’m good, crazy busy too so no worries about the email. Whenevah! I was thinking about you so had to pop in. I’ve been laying low trying to undo the google plus damage to the blog. It’s so going, mind numbingly boring and leaves little time for important things like the real housewives and bethenny.

  3. Jessica says:

    love love love fun fun fun…. why on earth do you have a box of “pain”??
    Well, do those who do not speak French, that’s what it looks like 😉

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hey Jess !!
      You got it…it is our french bread box from Paris. haha..We have a few, so I line them all up to say THE PAIN CAFE. Only those who understand french (like you) would get it. The rest would just think I’m inviting them into my kitchen for some suffering. Well, after they taste my cooking…I guess that is technically suffering.

  4. Lons_Designs says:

    That is cool!


    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Lon !
      I sent you an email today :)) Can’t wait to catch up on our design project duet. LOL. Ok, that made it seem like we were going to sing a song together. That would be treacherous. I sing like a screeching crazed cat.

      • Lons_Designs says:

        I LOVE to sing, I can sing, while you re-create the stage behind me with your beautiful designs! LOL 🙂 I love the font in your comments by the way. I’ll be in meetings from 5pm – 7pm and can’t wait to read your email afterward, but I definitely wanted to reply to this cute comment before my meeting. eChat later my new buddy!

        Lons Designs

  5. Which iPad do you have? Mine is the original with no camera., If you could ask the techies; about it, that would be great 🙂 Otherwise, I guess I need to get an iPhone or a new iPad! I’m sure hubby will be thrilled when I tell him 😉

  6. I want to do this, but I don’t have an iPhone. Grrrr! I do have an iPad, but it doesn’t have a camera. Grrrr x 2! But at least I can play around with my pictures, so that’ll be fun. Not that I need an other excuse to be on my iPad… 😉 Thanks for the enabling, Lynne 🙂

  7. Just checked out Janet@House Four and her photography is amazing. I’ll be needing a lot more than an iPhone for that quality. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hey Michaela !
      Great photo inspiration on Janet’s blog, isn’t it?
      Just think…we can still do awesomeness with an iPhone too. So many apps out there ….you can look
      like a photo genius with an iPhone ! Wooohoooo !

  8. Lynne Knowlton says:

    Hi Mo-
    you almost sounded like a pioneer woman there, but I now you are a tech savvy broad. LOL !
    P.s. I want to know what you were doing, and who you were pocket dialling. That sounds way more fun. ahhahaaa !
    P.s. The most important part is that you are so much happier with your ‘new phone ways’. Gotta love and appreciate that !
    You go girl !!
    Lynne xx

  9. Kevin says:

    Great app… Thanks.
    Your intro reminded me of an Alberta Hunter song… thought you would like this !


    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hey Kevin !
      Ohhh I wish she was my Grandma…what a hoot ! ‘her handyman flips her flapjacks, and cleans her grill”. She could be my bestie. LOL !
      Thanks for sharing !!
      Lynne xx

  10. Percolator (my all time favourite app) has a new one coming out called “popsicolor” sometime this month…just read about it! Not only will you be a brilliant sketch artist, but soon a fabulous painter as well 😉

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hey Everyone !
      Check out Janet’s blog. (just click on her name in the comment section and it will take you directly to her blog). Or it is also in my blogroll as ‘House Four’.
      She is one AWESOME photographer, and she does cool stuff with photo apps.
      P.s. This is my way of MAKING her blog about her photography awesomeness !! Bisous, bisous, Janet.
      Big hug to my gal pal,
      Lynne xx

  11. And yet again I get another case of the iphone envies *stamping feet like a 2 year old* I want an iphone

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Stomp * Stamp * Have a temper tantrum Chantal. It will all be worth it in the end. 🙂
      Best choice I ever made for biz, fun, and all around good times…LOL. The only downfall of the iPhone is that it doesn’t cook dinner or take the garbage out. Whaaatup with that?
      Lynne xx

  12. Donna Olson says:

    I love this – I want this – but it isn’t for iPad! :((
    I must check my cell plan – may have to get an iPhone!

    Always good to have a reason to get a new device – but this .99 App will cost me $550! LOL

    Do you have Bumip? To move your photos from iPhone to computer!
    It’s free – you can afford it! At the App Store!

    Now I have to check out an iPhone!, 🙂

    • Donna you can use it for iPad…almost any iPhone app works with iPad. I know this because Lynne practically tied me down and wouldn’t let me drink any more wine until i bought this app! I’m only (somewhat) kidding. But i do have the app on my iPad and it’s fun!

      • Lynne Knowlton says:

        HAHAHAAAaa! Janet is telling the truth. We were like iPad ninja’s in the treehouse. It was a complete a total hoot. We need to have more ‘conferences’ like that! How about a bloggers conference at the treehouse?!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hiya Donna!
      Do you mean the BUMP app ? If so…I adore that one! Great for sharing contacts too, and a fun reason to bump our cell phones at parties. LOL.
      I move my photos from my iPhone/laptop/ipad all on the iCloud with photo stream. That is BLISS. Saves a ton of time. Gives me more time to goof off now. I say, we all goof off together in the treehouse. xx