iPhone Apps for the Organized Crafter

by admin on June 21, 2011

The recent update of the Everyday Food app for iPhone has had me feverishly marking favorite recipes and creating shopping lists for my in-laws’ visit this coming week. I’m again reminded of how dependent I’ve become on what I call my “gadget” — my always-on-me iPhone. And how addicted I am to those sweet little apps – Martha handles my meals and Cookies, but I have hundreds more apps that do everything from predict weather to motivate me to jog.

Here’s my top five types of iPhone apps I use the most in my crafting life, and which I feel no on-the-go crafter should be without:

1. A list app. So important! Now you don’t need to write lists on scrap paper and forget to bring them to Michaels – there are plenty of to-do and shopping-list apps out there to keep it all in one place. I like GoTasks (free), which is quite simple, syncs with my Google Tasks account, and lets me edit my lists from both my computer and phone.

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GoTasks list of lists!

1 GoTasks list of lists!

List of floss colors I need to buy - simple checklist format.

2 List of floss colors I need to buy – simple checklist format.

2. A color app. You can use palette-creating apps to remember choices for projects, or just to play with color. Most will pull colors from a photo, so take a picture of that sunset and work from there. I like Cliqcliq Colors ($ 2.99). And of course there’s the Martha Stewart Egg Dyeing app ($ 0.99), which isn’t just for Easter – stare at the gorgeous egg color wheels to get inspired. You can also use the color recipes for mixing icing or as reference for mixing other pigments.

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CliqCliq Colors: slide the controls to create colors in RGB, HSB, or CMYK

1 CliqCliq Colors: slide the controls to create colors in RGB, HSB, or CMYK

Email or share the details of your palettes

2 Email or share the details of your palettes

A few of my palettes ...

3 A few of my palettes …

MS Easter Eggs 101: One of 3 beautiful color wheels

4 MS Easter Eggs 101: One of 3 beautiful color wheels

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3. A doodler or sketchbook. Whether it’s just for playing or for creating your own drawings and motifs, no creative person should walk around without a place to scribble. I like Brushes ($ 4.99), which is simple enough to use but has incredible possibilities (check out what some artists created with just that app – it’s nuts).

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My pathetic apple in Brushes

1 My pathetic apple in Brushes

In Brushes, use layers to add elements step by step

2 In Brushes, use layers to add elements step by step

4. A measurement converter. What if you want to know how many yards of ribbon to buy for that garland you measured in inches? Or what if you need to convert the fragrance in a European candle recipe from ml to tsp? iConvert ($ 0.99) is a nice basic converter with an easy-to-use interface.

5. Finally, an app specific to your favorite craft(s). I use BlockFab (free) often to browse traditional quilt blocks, plan layouts, and calculate yardage. A quick search turns up plenty of high-rated apps for knitting, crochet, scrapbooking … you name it.

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BlockFab calculates fabric needed for traditional quilt blocks

1 BlockFab calculates fabric needed for traditional quilt blocks

Try out different quilt layouts

2 Try out different quilt layouts

Many traditional quilt blocks to choose from

3 Many traditional quilt blocks to choose from

All the iPhone apps mentioned here can also be used on the iPod touch. To find out more about the iPad/iPhone apps and digital media available from Martha Stewart, go to www.marthastewart.com/apps.

The Crafts Dept.


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