Capture Memories With the ScrapBook – Tell Your Story App

Total Score: 28.5

The process of keeping a scrapbook is centuries old. Paper, of course, has been the medium for most of that time, but now you can capture those memories through the ScrapBook – Tell Your Story app. Not only can you create a scrapbook – or multiple scrapbooks – you can share pages with others. This app allows you to capture your photos and notes, and also record your impressions of what happened, or better yet, record something while it is happening.

   Price Rating = 5     $9.99 – a reasonable price for a full-featured app.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     It is easy and the process of adding new content is intuitive.

  Readability Rating = 5     Since you can adjust the size of the text; the readability is defined by you.

Will You Use It Rating = 5     It’s a great way to save and share your memories.

 Downsides Rating = 0     I have a few suggestions to improve the app, but none of them impair functionality.

  Consumer Review Rating = 3.5   There haven’t been a significant number of reviews, but they are mostly positive.

  Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     Capturing your memories in a scrapbook is a way to share your life with others.

How does it work?

  1. The whole design centers on the plus sign in the upper right hand corner. With this you add new books (either portrait or landscape), new pages, set the photo cover and the book skin.
  2. Once inside a book, you use the plus sign to add a note, photo, map or a “to do.”
  3. When you add a photo, you can choose from your camera roll, photo library, or take a photo. After you select (or take) a photo, you can put a title (or caption) on it. You click DONE and the photo plus title automatically goes to the page. From there you can resize it or move it around – or both.
  4. You can click the plus to add a map and you are connected to Google map. You can pinpoint any map view and save it to your scrapbook.
  5. The “to do” feature can come in handy as you are vacation planning. Through the app you can set up an itinerary and the items you select come in as reminders.
  6. You can add an audio clip to your book. You could save a photo and then ask your family to comment on it. It could become something that would be shared for years.
  7.  Once your page is assembled, you can email the page to others.  An option to share a page on Facebook is a planned future enhancement.
  8. You can delete a page if you change your mind about what is included.
  9. You can click a button in the top left hand banner (the icon is three dots over a line) to see a slide show of the pages at the bottom of the screen. You can move pages around easily in that view or quickly jump from page to page.

Click here for a demo of the software.

I suppose I am greedy, but there are a few enhancements I would suggest for the app. There may be a way, but I can’t find any options to change the font. I do like the font, but I would like some flexibility.  I would also like the ability to write or draw on the screen. I would like to be able to turn the photos to different angles. None of these things alters the functionality of the app; they would just be nice to haves.  Most of these things are noted as planned enhancements on the LeftCoastLogic website.

For all the reasons you would keep a paper scrapbook, you would want to use this app. You might have a little less flexibility in the design, but you can’t add audio (at least not easily) to a paper scrapbook. I used this app to build a scrapbook for an upcoming family event. I can’t wait to add more to it.

Devices:  This app is designed for the iPad. It requires iOS 5.0 or later.  It was developed by Left Coast Logic LLC.

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