It is Wednesday, so it must be time to review some applications. First, though, I thought I would re-review Martha Stewart Craft Studio and the two Halloween theme packages that can be purchased as add ons to the application and initially included themes. I “purchased” the application for free as a special promotional offering when it first came out in June 2012. I purchased one theme this summer and then when Halloween themes came out, I purchased both of them too. Themes are usually $1.99.
Before I even begin discussing the specific apps, I should let new readers know that I use and iPad with a Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, which essentially turns my iPad into a small laptop. Because I use it like a laptop, there are times when I want to create a graphic. When I'm on my desktop I tend to use GIMP (opensource) and ArtText (relatively inexpensive), but those software programs are not available for the iPad.
The examples I discuss in the remainder of this post are all images I created with Martha's app.
I so wish I had this when I was a Girl Scout Leader, or when I was making Halloween decorations when my daughter was a 'tween or early teen. But these two themes Pumpkin Carving and Haunted House will get lots of use this October creating fall letter headings for general use and cards for my grandbabies, as well as in combination with other themes for the entire fall season, and of course on Goth projects for which I might suddenly find a need.
The shape templates allow you to create square and portrait or landscape rectangular card sized images that can be used for scrapbooking, cards, invitations, photographs, frames, and my favorite use: feature images for my blog.
The square images above and below could be used for invitations to a kids party or even an online announcement of a twitter party.
The theme packages usually contain a few “neutral” elements that can be combined to make a more more general image such as in the party hat example above. The scalloped edge is from one of the themes that come with the app.
You may also create a new image or project using elements from different theme sets. The edge punch in the crow “cartoon” below that looks like lace is from the Doily Lace Theme as are the floral elements that frame the word bubble. The speech bubble is one of three word or thought balloons from the Everyday Theme that comes with the app. The crow or raven background is from Haunted House.
This one is also from Haunted House.
I just love the purple background design. But the old paper background is a favorite too.
Traditional or artistic, the crafts created can be as unique or conventional as you wish.
Playful and kid friendly the sweet tooth elements of Halloween are best covered in the Pumpkin Carving theme, which is the theme used to create the following crafts.
And of course you can add your own images.
All themes come with the equivalent of stamps, stickers, backgrounds, glitter, a pen, punches, and edge scallops which each have options.
Still Blonde after all these YEARS says
I adore the Owl one. That one looks the most Martha Stewart like to me. When you are creating on the ipad, what kind of file does the artwork get stored as.
These are .jpg, but the app allows you to export to Snapfish, to print them, or to post to Facebook or Twitter, and of course you can email them, or save to your iPad photos.
You can make them as “Martha-sque” as you like, 🙂 but I know what you mean about the owl with the embellishments. That one is mainly generated from the “Haunted House” theme set.
Grown and Flown says
I love things like this that allow the none creative parent–like myself–to take on creative tasks that succeed. Martha is really good at making those of us who are not like her, look good. Thanks for showing this to us.
You are most welcome. I love shortcuts that work!
Jennifer Comet Wagner says
These are great. Now that we are in an apt. and the kids are grown, we don’t really celebrate Halloween. But I love theme related things for July 4th and New Years Eve.
I’m doing stuff for the Grandbabies and for my blog mainly. I can’t wait for the Christmas and New Years themes.