Monday, July 16, 2012

Martha Stewart CraftStudio App for iPad

I'll be honest, I haven't been a real big fan of most of the "crafty" cell phone and tablet apps out there in the past, but recently I came across one that I am really loving and I thought I'd share it with you!

The Martha Stewart CraftStudio App for iPad is normally $4.99, which is a good price for what you get, but I was lucky enough to get it for free when they were running a promotion recently on iTunes.



It just so happens that around the time I purchased my iPad, (which was near the end of June this year), this app was just being released, so the iTunes App store was featuring it for free for a limited time.

This application is so easy to use, yet delivers great results, especially considering it is a tablet app, which one would assume could not have all the capabilities and options of a full-blown computer software application!

This is the first thing I made, when I was experimenting with the app and I did it in about 2 minutes.
Of course, this design is pretty simplistic, but it's still cute and creative, which is what I was going for.

There are many options to choose from, including 4 different themes that come with the app, "Everyday", "Birthday Party", "Doily Lace" and "Nature"
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Under each theme there is a selection of the following:

Background Papers
Stamps
Glitter
Text/Type Tool
Pens
Stickers
Punches

So, the creative possibilities are huge and if you decide to purchase any of the additional themes (in-app purchase), the options are practically endless!

Here is a screen shot of what the design interface looks like (where you design your project):


Of course, the icons are clickable and contain much more than you see in the screenshot, but I just wanted to give you an idea of what it looks like.

I was pretty impressed with the overall design of the application and the nice graphics!

The application is designed and produced by a company called Happy™, for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. ©2012

I found this app incredibly easy to use, but just in case you do get confused (that's me!) or need help...there is built in audio tutorials at the click of a button and they are even fashionably narrated by Martha Stewart Herself! ("It's a Good Thing") LOL!

Here are some more examples of projects I have made using the Martha Stewart CraftStudio App for iPad:

All of the above were made using only the themes and tools that are included with the initial application.

I just downloaded some of the additional/new themes today, so after working with those a bit, I will post some new projects so you can see the new themes!

Here are the additional themes available to date:

Elegant Celebrations
Spring
The Great Outdoors
Vacation Adventure
Summer Fun

The cost for the add-on themes is $1.99 per theme and can be purchased "in app".

If you are having a creative block and need to be inspired, there is a Inspiration section right next to your "gallery" of projects that you can click on and get templates for projects such as:

Invitations
Greeting Cards
Announcements
Memory Keeping
Stationery
Postcards

After you are all done, you have many options to save, share or print your project.

It can be shared through: e-mail, Facebook, Twitter
It can be saved to your Photos on your device
You can send it to Snapfish to be professionally printed
You can print it at home (air print with iPad)

Here is a video from the Happy Studio NYC Company showing the app in action:


If you go to the Martha Stewart website here, there is a video that details some of the features of the application.

Hope you enjoyed my quick review of the Martha Stewart CraftStudio App!
Thanks for stopping by!

Disclaimer: The views/opinions expressed in this post are those of the author/owner of this blog, myself (Lisa Hall) and no one else. 
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9 comments:

Heather said...

This app looks like so much fun - I bet you had a great time playing around with it! Great review you wrote up! Just shared this on Google + and am your newest follower! Heather

Heather said...

Oh yes - and please swing by my blog sometime and say hello!!

Lisa Hall said...

Thank-you for visiting Heather!
I have stopped by your blog also and become a follower!

Dana said...

What great projects!! It looks like the app has as a really cool interface too. Thanks so much for your visit and kind words on my blog, I really appreciate it : ) Feel free to pin away and thanks for asking.
Hugs~
Dana

Leah said...

Okay, you are really making me want an iPad now! Is there an iPhone version? I'll have to search the app store... Thanks for your comment earlier on my blog, I followed you back on Pinterest :)

Lisa Hall said...

Hi Leah!
I don't think they have this app for the iPhone yet, at least they didn't when I got it, but I haven't checked since then, so I'm not sure.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for following me on Pinterest!

Eva {Tales of the Scotts} said...

I saw that she had an app out but I hadn't looked into it yet. Thanks for the info.

You recently became a new follower of mine so I'm returning the follow. I couldn't reply directly back to you because you're a no-reply blogger. I did a post on how to fix this if you want to take a look. That way people can reply directly back to you when you comment on a post. :-) Thanks again for the follow!

http://evamscott05.blogspot.com/2012/02/blogger-tip-avoiding-no-reply-comments.html

Carrie said...

That's such a cool app! It would be perfect for our vacation photos. Great review!

Lisa Hall said...

Thank-you for stopping by and reading my post Carrie!
Thank-you also for the kind comment!
I love your blog!