a guest post from Jane Johnson
An array of crafty tools for handmade artists of all kinds!
If you’re looking to get a bit crafty, or love crafts and are looking for some new projects to challenge yourself, there are numerous apps for your smart phone that will satisfy the inner knitter, stamper, sketcher, jewelry maker, and more—in you!
The following seven apps offer a little bit of everything for crafters of all kinds!
1. Craft Stamper Magazine ($2.99– for Android and iPhone)
The Craft Stamper app is named after the UK magazine of the same name, offering an exciting and challenging mix of stamping projects. Discover how to make cute cards for every occasion and holiday, how to add some sass to your photo albums or scrapbooks, how to make mixed media art, and much more! Every project featured in this app comes with detailed step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process. You’ll also find tips on purchasing stamping supplies and techniques for really honing your stamp skill set.
2. Craft Finder Family Fun (Free – for iPhone)
The Craft Finder Family app offers fun for the whole dang family! Featuring an impressive database of a wide range and level of projects for avid crafters—and for absolutely free! Each project featured comes with colored photos as well as step-by-step instructions. This app even lets you organize your crafting projects according to type of craft, progress (i.e., say you’re knitting a scarf for your son for Christmas), and even bookmark and schedule future craft projects.
3. Sketchbook Mobile ($1.99 – for Android and iPhone)
The Sketchbook app is just that—a mobile sketch pad that lets you use your smart phone to capture all of your creative doodles and masterpieces on the go! Just sketch right on to the screen by using your fingertips—tapping and swiping to draw. You can also use the app’s various tools to erase, select colors, zoom, tools (i.e., different pencils or brushes), and even create layers. You can even print out your final drawings to share or gift to others.
4. Etsy Addict ($0.99 – for iPhone)
If you’re an avid crafter, you probably already know Etsy, the website that sells all sorts of handcrafted items! Not only can you buy and browse, but get some pretty great ideas from Etsy to inspire your own craft projects. Well now you can access Etsy on the go. Just download the Etsy Addict app and browse an array of handmade items, leave feedback for the artist, and “heart” (favorite) items and sellers that you particularly enjoy.
5. Cute Origami ($1.99 – for iPhone)
I love origami! And the Cute Origami app let’s me explore various paper creations—from the classic crane to the advanced fox—this app guides you through the steps and even features themed origami for holidays (i.e., Halloween black cats and Thanksgiving Japanese maple leafs).
6. StitchMinder (Free – for iPhone)
The StitchMinder app is a knitter’s and crocheter’s delight! This app literally does all the work for you by counting track rows completed, pattern rows, as well as increases and decreases in stitches. If you need a break, the app lets you create a label so you can keep track of what you’ve completed and pick up your project exactly where you left off—the app stores all of your project info automatically!
7. Michaels (Free – for Android and iPhone)
If you’re an avid Michaels store shopper, which most crafters out there are, you can snag some great project ideas, as well as craft tips and tricks from the store that’s all about crafting…all the time! Along with crafting inspiration, this app functions as a mobile shopping list as well as a project essentials check list. In fact, my best girlfriend and I do a quilting circle together, and we downloaded this app onto our T-mobile Samsung cell phones so that we could pick up and cross-reference quilting items we need while on the go!
Jane Johnson is a staff writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone news, commentary, reviews and more.