Tech Crafts: Waterlogue App

Not an Artist…Or am I?

So I am the first to admit that I am not an artist.  Completely wish I was, but alas that gene has passed me by.  Photography has been the only way I could capture the beauty I see around me (and even that is just “meh”at times).  All the pictures on these posts are taken by me unless otherwise stated.  Any way… imagine my surprise when looking at a list I pinned, 14 Must Have Photo Apps by Creative Cain Cabin.com, and finding Waterlogue.

Waterlogue is AMAZING!  Now my “meh” quality pictures become an incredible work of art!

Take a look at quick snap I took of the boys walking home from a Fourth of July parade.  This was a completely random, never-will-happen-again (trust me) moment that had me longing for my nice 35mm camera.  Cute, but not really frame worthy until I ran it through this magic app.  Woah, right?!?  Completely frame-worthy (guess I’m searching frame pins tonight).

 


Sticky Bun

Go on Try it!

Really, you just HAVE to try it!  Simply go to the app store on your phone, search for Waterlogue, and download it to your phone.  The screen shots that follow are from my iPhone.

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Once the app is opened, click on the camera icon, click Photo Library and choose a photo from your photo library (I prefer to use photos I have already taken with my phone, but there is an option to take pictures through the app).

Now sit back and get ready to be amazed as your regular old photo transfers into a masterpiece!

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Make sure you try out all the difference effects before deciding on your favorite.  Just an FYI, the smaller picture on your phone is the newer effect.  Simply click it and watch a new drawing/painting appear.  

Once you find your favorite, click on the heart on the right side to reveal different ways to share your Waterlogue creation.  Before you share, make sure to go to Settings (swipe left) and choose the best settings for your application (small for email and large/original for printing).  I usually choose to Save to Photos (which saves to your phone’s camera roll) and download to my computer later for printing.  Voila!  Magnifique, no?

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Waterlogue 1.2.1 (66) Preset Style = Travelogue Format.

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Sweet Pins: Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring

So what were my first posts on Pinterest?  Glad you asked…anything and everything for my sweet tooth!

One of my first successful attempts of a recipe from my board, For My Sweet Tooth (clever, huh?), was something called Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring.  Just the name alone sounds scrumdilyicious!  It was perfect for a warm winter morning in the Northeast!


Here is the recipe from The Jones Way via All Things Delicious and Too Stinkin’ Cute

 

Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring

Ingredients:

  • 2 small tubes refrigerator buttermilk biscuits OR 1 tube Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits
  • 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/2 c. pancake syrup
  • 1/3 c. packed, brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 c. chopped almonds (optional)

Directions:

  1. Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray. Combine the melted butter and syrup in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts (if desired).
  3. Place about half of the syrup mixture in the bottom of the pan. Then sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture on top. 
  4. Lay the biscuits on the bottom of the pan, overlapping edges (closely together) to form a ring. 
  5. Top with remaining syrup and sugar mixtures. 
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 
  7. Cool for 1 minute in the pan, then invert onto a serving platter and dig in!

 


I so wanted to change a few things to make it even better.  What I didn’t do… put in the nuts (we’re nutty enough. Bah Dum Bum).  What I did do…followed the instructions.  Crazy, right?  Seriously though.  I was tempted to switch out the pancake syrup for real maple syrup, but stopped myself.  Why?  Been there.  Done that.  Two words…corn syrup!  Real maple syrup doesn’t have corn syrup, and corn syrup is what is needed to make this so gooey and sticky.  Trust me you don’t want to go there!

 

The Making of a Pincrazed Person

If your first question when stumbling upon my blog was “What is this Pinterest she speaks of?” then keep reading.  Be forewarned that I will turn you to the dark side of pinning and you will like it!

First of all, if you have not created an account on Pinterest, what are you waiting for?!?  It is truly the best thing since the art of ripping pages out of a magazine was invented!  That being said, my previous obsession before Pinterest was clipping stuff out of magazines. That was exhausting!  Let me walk you through it…

  1. First of all, you had to buy a magazine (apparently clipping magazines from the library and doctor’s office is frowned upon).
  2. Then you had to find a pair of scissors out of 20 that you own (no small feat).
  3. Once the clipping commenced, you had to find a place to store all those wonderful ideas that you were totally going to get to.  Sigh!

Enter Pinterest, the longest and most amazing of all my obsessions (sorry, hubby).  Now all I need to do is grab a seat on my big, comfy sofa, put something mindless on the tv (completely optional, but does enhance the experience), switch on my iPad and start pinning away.  Gone are those hard-to-find scissors and piles of endless clippings gathering dust!  Instead, you can enjoy countless hours of clicking, browsing, and pinning other people’s creativity, humor, style, and plain old awesomeness with just a touch of finger!

Convinced you, yet?!?  I knew I would.  So, join me on the journey of a lifetime…the life of a pincrazed person!  Click here to get started Pinterest!  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!