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The Phone Photography Project: Summer Challenges

The Phone Photography Project: Summer Challenges: 31 FUN photo challenges + 60 app reviews for iPhone and Android—at your own pace!

Taught by Multiple Instructors

Are you looking for oodles of inspiration for photographing your summer adventures? Our biggest, best class of 2013 is back this summer only as a self-paced workshop, now called The Phone Photography Project: Summer Challenges. (And we have a brand-new sequel, too! Don't miss our guided workshop, The Phone Photography Project 2, starting July 17.)

In this self-paced workshop, you'll get all the guidance you need to document your summer with sass, style....and your smartphone.

On top of the 31 smartphone photography challenges from 31 smarty-pants instructors, you'll also enjoy:

  • 60 photography app reviews for iPhone and Android, so you know which are worth your time and money
  • tips and tricks from the pros for taking better photos with your mobile-phone camera
  • downloadable handouts full of tool reviews, photo-printing tips, and lists of people to follow

Register in June, and The Phone Photography Project: Summer Challenges becomes the perfect warm-up for The Phone Photography Project 2! Or start PPP: Summer Challenges immediately following PPP2 on August 17. Or take this self-paced class all by itself, and start any time you want! The choice is yours, but you can only register through Labor Day, so don't delay.

Registration closes on 9/1/2014 10:00:00 PM


Learn More

  • Welcome note from Elizabeth in the classroom
  • Supply list with live links to product resources
  • Voice message available as streaming audio, downloadable MP3 files and transcripts
  • Colorful instructional handout with step-by-step instructions
  • Private posting gallery to share your work and view the work of your classmates

To prepare for class, please gather the following:

  • computer and printer.
  • paper trimmer.
  • Sakura black fine tipped pen.


  • approximately 10 different patterned papers
    note: I used Basic Grey Mellow, but it’s been discontinued. You can raid your stash for any coordinating papers. Best to keep the entire book coordinated—choose a color scheme or product line. It will keep the continuity better and make the finish product feel more cohesive.
    If you are looking for an alternative to Basic Grey’s Mellow, I suggest Basic Grey Archaic for earth tone lovers or Basic Grey Indian Summer. Both lines will give you the same feel as the sample mini album!
  • one sheet Karen Russell Narratives Honeydew Collection scalloped paper.
  • one-two sheets brown cardstock.
  • one-two sheets orange cardstock.
  • one-two sheets any other coordinating colored solid cardstock.
  • five sheets of white/cream cardstock (for printing).
  • one sheet notebook paper.
  • one-two sheets torn from an old book


  • letter stickers; American Crafts Remarks, Smokey Joe’s Cardstock Letter Stickers Neutral Set 2.
  • letter stickers; American Crafts Remarks, Sotheby’s Color Set 4
  • letter stickers; EK Success; Overton House Designs, Chocolate Collection, green stickers.
  • letter stickers; Scenic Route Happy Valley Alphabet in Jade.
  • letter stickers; American Crafts Remarks, Sotheby’s Neutral Set 2
  • Making Memories tiny alphas in black and white.
  • letter stickers; American Crafts, Vinyl Thickers, Poolside in Cricket.


  • orange buttons (Basic Grey).
  • additional buttons, 1 green, 1 brown.
  • felt flower
  • turquoise colored paint.
  • embroidery floss (orange).
  • Small white envelope.
  • Small file folder; Rusty Pickle.
  • Doodlebug Designs Paper Frills, Tangerine.
  • miscellaneous ribbon in blue, green, brown, orange and cream. (three lengths, • approximately 6” each).
  • reinforcement labels (office supply store). 
  • quote stickers; KI Memories Colorful Wise Words
  • lace cardstock; KI Memories, orange. (The particular brand I used, Chatterbox, has been discontinued. This is a nice substitute!)
  • plastic packaging from a sheet of letter stickers
  • felt flower
  • staples

Please remember this supply list is just a loose suggestion. The key for this class is for you to pull together products YOU love—to use your stash—and to create something that signifies who you are as a designer. If you want to use red buttons, go right ahead! I promise I won’t be offended… in fact, I will be THRILLED!


A "Self-Paced Workshop" allows you to create and be inspired on your own timetable. Comprised of video or audio files, PDF downloads, supply lists, and more, these eCourses offer a complete learning experience inside a private online classroom.  This classroom will be available for access and download in your account until January 31, 2015.

Just follow the instructor's lead, add your own creativity and perspective, and then upload your work to the private classroom gallery.

Self-Paced Workshops do not include a message board to chat with fellow students or live interaction from the instructor. But you can always interact with us by emailing Enjoy!


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Get inspired by this top-notch list of phone photographers and find out just how powerful your camera phone can be. Click any name to learn more!


LINDA BARBER | Linda Barber has been taking photos with her phone since her first Motorola flip-phone. That was a long time ago. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons, who are her usual photo "victims" (them, and palm trees). Her favorite things to do are reading, traveling, eating, and sleeping—in reverse order. When she has time, she likes to scrapbook about her daily life, share photos on Instagram, and occasionally hit "like" on Facebook. Her work has been published in Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks,Scrapbook Trends, and other magazines.
Instagram: lindabarber


JOLANDA BOEKHOUT | Jolanda Boekhout, a Dutch animal photographer, became addicted to iPhoneography in 2010. Her iPhone has travelled around the world with her ever since. She fell in love with travel iPhoneography after a trip to Lefkas, Greece. Besides photographing animals with her good old Nikon, Jolanda relies on her iPhone for photographing her daily life. In December 2012 she completed a '365+1' project. This year she's challenged herself with a 365 Polaroid challenge, 'my life in Polaroid'.
Instagram: jofabi

HOLLY CLARK | Holly Clark is a photographer, graphic designer, gardener and dedicated traveler living in Philadelphia. You can usually find her wandering the streets of her Philadelphia neighborhood, Manayunk, with her iPhone 4S in one hand and her dog Major's leash in the other. Near or far, she looks for the best life has to offer, recording the world around her along the way. Her mobile work has been featured on the App Whisperer, Photojojo's newsletter, and is sold through Getty Images and Stocksy.
Instagram: soupatraveler

TRACY CLARK | Tracey Clark is a photographer, writer, founder of Shutter Sisters, author of Elevate the Everyday; A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood, and teacher of a slew of photo-centric creativity classes at Big Picture Classes. She has built an entire business on her desire to capture and share beauty of everyday life. Getting an iPhone a few years ago totally changed her life and it quickly became her camera of choice 99% of the time.
Instagram: traceyclark

REBECCA COOPER | Rebecca Cooper is a 34-year-old wife and mother of four residing in beautiful Alberta, Canada. As a professional photographer she's captured thousands of beautiful portraits, but she finds the most joy and fulfillment in snapping everyday photos of her own family and documenting her ordinary life. She believes that pausing to take these shots increases her appreciation for the details of her life, making them seem almost magical. In addition to her work as a photographer, she is an avid memory-keeper, crafter, reader, blogger, and napper. Rebecca is also a three-time eBook author and the author of the print book Real.Simple.Scrapbooking.
Instagram: rebecca_simpleasthat

ELISE BLAHA CRIPE | Elise Blaha Cripe is a blogger and crafter who finds herself reaching for her iPhone to take a photo much (much) more often than to take a phone call. She and her husband, Paul, live in San Diego, California, where they just purchased a house and are currently turning it into a home. They are expecting a baby in June 2013, and right around then, photo-taking opportunities should skyrocket.
Instagram: elisejoy

LISA DICKINSON | Lisa Dickinson is a graphic designer living in Colorado with her husband, Mike, and two children, Hayden & Riely. She is rarely seen without her iPhone in her hand. In addition to photography, Lisa enjoys scrapbooking, running, fashion, and spending time with her family—and of course, taking photos of it all!
Instagram: bluestardesign

ELIZABETH DILLOW | Elizabeth Dillow is a photographer, scrapbooker, and blogger in the process of relocating to Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, Louisiana with her husband, three daughters, and 7-year-old Australian Kelpie rescue dog. She's had a camera in her hand since 1974—there is proof, even though she was holding it upside down—and can't remember a time where she wasn't documenting family, friends, and daily life. She carries her cameras (plural) most everywhere, and simply ignores the odd looks she receives when she takes pictures of the same thing with both her Canon and iPhone. She is a frequent instructor at Big Picture Classes and author of the print book The Scrapbooker's Almanac.
Instagram: edillow

ALI EDWARDS | Ali Edwards' passion resides in that very special place where the stories and images of life intersect. Her work includes blogging, teaching, writing, photography, and memory-keeping product design.
Instagram: aliedwards

JENNY GRAVER | With more cameras than time, Jenny spends her free time chasing light, finding new ways to shoot familiar subjects, and experimenting with new apps and film cameras. Living in Oslo, Norway, summer is her favourite time of year, since winters are long and light a precious commodity that far north. Jenny has a degree in linguistics and is a writer as much as a photographer. She combines these two parts of herself in her contributions to the Mortal Muses collaborative photography blog.
Instagram: jennifee_09

ERICA HERNANDEZ | Erica Hernandez started scrapbooking more than ten years ago and a love for photography soon followed suit. While her family, nature, and the oddities she discovers are favorite subjects, she hates self-portraits (she's working on it!). She has many hobbies but fortunately, most of them are happy to be photographed along the way. She yearns for spring, summer and fall because grey, dreary winter in Michigan isn't very conducive to photography. Phone photography has completely changed her process and her regular camera may just be a bit jealous.
Instagram: elhernandez

MAGGIE HOLMES | A scrapbooker since high school, Maggie loves the fact that she can record all of her special family memories and create art at the same time! In addition to designing for Studio Calico and the Creating Keepsakes Dream Team, she recently launched her own signature line of scrapbooking products for Crate Paper. She lives in Arizona where she is a professional photographer, photography instructor, and mother of five amazing children. Maggie loves to read, organize, and decorate her home. Always juggling many projects at once, when Maggie gets a quiet moment, it's usually spent dreaming up the next project (while snuggling with her babies, of course).
Instagram: maggiehdesign

STEPHANIE HOWELL | Stephanie Howell is the social media director of My Mind's Eye and a mama of four little girls. She lives in Rhode Island, but she is moving to Italy this summer! She spends most of her days chasing her twin toddlers, securing ponytails, picking up Barbies, and doing pink loads of laundry. If it wasn't for her iPhone, she wouldn't have most of the photos she treasures today. Her phone has recorded countless precious moments and sent them to Afghanistan, ensuring that her husband never misses the little things.
Instagram: stephaniehowell

ANDREA CORRONA JENKINS | Andrea Corrona Jenkins is one part photographer, one part writer, one part teacher, one part (modern) dancer, and one hundred parts mama. She lives with her spectacularly bearded husband and two (pretty rad) children in Portland, Oregon. Andrea writes and shoots for the ever popular UPPERCASE magazine, is a contributor at Shutter Sisters, and can be found most days at her blog, Hula Seventy.
Instagram: hulaseventy

STACY JULIAN | Stacy Julian is the founder of online education at Big Picture Classes. She stood in line on 6.29.07 to get the very first iPhone and hasn't looked back. She loves the instant gratification of mobile photography and the absolute joy of capturing small everyday life moments with a big family. Stacy enthusiastically touts her "It All Counts" philosophy: any time you pair a photo with words, you're scrapbooking! You might not know it, but back in 1989, Stacy won a trip for two to Frankfurt, Germany, as part of the sweepstakes, "The Seven Cities of Summer", where she was given $1000 dollars to spend. People really do win those contests and it is super FUN to win.
Instagram: stacyjulian

KATRINA KENNEDY | Katrina Kennedy is a photographer, teacher, author, and mom. She is passionate about documenting the everyday moments of her life. Katrina has helped thousands of people improve their photography skills at her website, Capture Your 365. She believes tomatoes from her garden are the highlight of summer.
Instagram: katrinakennedy

MELANIE LOUETTE | Melanie Louette is a night owl who lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her husband, two sons, and a few beloved pets. She has been passionate about photography since her teens but discovered her style a few years back when she found a home at Flickr and participated in a 365 project. Since that time, her camera is never far from her side. Melanie loves to capture the beauty of the everyday with an assortment of cameras and can most often be spotted behind the lens at pretty much any event she attends. Current obsessions include playing with her newly acquired D7100, buying any and all photo apps for iPhone, and trying to get the perfect shot from her Polaroids.
Instagram: melanielouette

ANGIE LUCAS | Angie Lucas lives on a bluff in Bluffdale, Utah, with her husband (Travis), their 2-year-old daughter (Keira Jane), and an Olde English Bulldogge named Jovie. She is the Editorial Director of Big Picture Classes, an avid iPhone user since 2007 (first generation, baby!), and a scrapbooker since 1998. She remembers when it was something of a revolutionary act to use a photo taken on one's phone on a scrapbook page, and she has proudly been doing exactly that for the past 5 1/2 years. Her other camera is a Nikon D90.
Instagram: angielucas

RHONDA MASON | Rhonda Mason is the Australian blogger also known as Pink Ronnie. A graphic designer by trade, Rhonda lives in the northern beaches of Sydney with her husband and four little boys. She is ever-so-slightly obsessed with memory-keeping and documenting life, and she is a member of Becky Higgins' 2013 Project Life Creative Team. Photography, writing and de-cluttering are Rhonda's first loves. Yes, she is a neat freak through and through. Her favourite food is chicken, and she doesn't like lizards (unfortunately, they seem to like coming into her house).
Instagram: pinkronnie

TAMI MORRISON | Tami Morrison is mobile photography enthusiast from Orange County, California, who has taught phoneography locally and online. Her favorite subjects are her kids and her everyday life. Tami prides herself on having perfected the "I look like I'm texting, but I'm really taking a photo" technique of surreptitiously capturing shots in public places or of reluctant offspring. Some might call her phoneography-obsessed, and the fact that she dressed as an Instagram for Halloween probably just reinforces that perception.
Instagram: bcre8uv

BECKY NOVACEK | Becky Novacek is a passionate photographer seeking to create unique images each time she focuses her camera...or iPhone. iPhoneography is something that she has embraced entirely. Instagram is one of her all-time favorite ways to share her daily images and keep in touch with the daily life of friends and family.
Instagram: beckynovacek

LISA OTTOSSON | Lisa Ottosson is a 30-something mom who lives on a small island in Sweden. Her daytime job includes being creative with kids at a Kindergarten, and at nighttime she is always creating in her smack-full craft room. Lisa is a self-taught photographer and moonlights as a wedding and family photographer. When she got her iPhone she felt like she died and gone to heaven! What you might not know about Lisa is that she speaks three languages.
Instagram: elisabetottosson

CHARI PACK | Chari has some obsessions, starting with her husband and three beautiful boys (yes 3!!!). Her drive and energy creates a current that propels her into figuring out new and fun challenges, sharing her passion and teaching others. Her obsessions are the culmination of developing rich knowledge through a variety of professional experiences, her involvement in local community, church, and schools, and through her own professional career. In 2010, Chari couldn't find an on-demand fulfillment process that fit her needs for her photography clients and personal digital scrapbooking, so she created Persnickety Prints. Chari's photo experience is amplified from her Persnickety Prints clients who range from wedding photographers to iPhoneographers—she sees it all. Chari shoots with a Nikon D90 and daily on her iPhone 5.
Instagram: persnicketyprints

JENNIFER PEBBLES | Jennifer is an avid collector of ideas, inspiration, memories, and light-hearted moments. She is a work-at-home mom, graphic designer, blogger, and avid Pinterest curator with nearly 200,000 followers. She is currently working on filling her Etsy shop (ShopStudioPebbles) with custom prints and printables for paper crafters. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, their 3-year-old daughter and a 114 lb. Chocolate Lab. Jennifer uses her iPhone to take pictures of life with her family, her home, and her shopping adventures and creative experiments.
Instagram: jenniferpebbles

KELLY PURKEY | Kelly Purkey is a graphic designer and scrapbooker who has recently launched her own brand of products through Simon Says Stamp. Her focus is to produce products that are ahead of trends, full of bright colors, and relevant to women everywhere while maintaining top notch designs. She lived in New York City for the past four years and has returned to her Midwest roots in Chicago. She loves to travel and is often on the road more than she is at home. Kelly loves to indulge in endless cups of coffee, multiple trips into any photobooth she comes across, and days spent in the sun on Miami Beach.
Instagram: kellypurkey

AMY SHERTZER | Amy Shertzer never leaves home without a camera in tow. It used to always be the Canon 5D Mark II she uses to photograph her portrait clients, but these days she relies more on her iPhone to document the beautiful details of daily life. She currently lives in a Southern California beach town with her husband and two young sons, where there is never a lack of inspiration or beauty. She's a former rocket scientist, an Air Force veteran and spouse, a marathon winner, a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)—and bakes the best darn chocolate chip cookie you'll ever eat.
Instagram: amyshertzer

WENDY SMEDLEY | A pioneer in the scrapbooking industry since the mid-1990s, Wendy Smedley is a passionate advocate for the importance of creative pursuits. As a mother of five boys and an avid crafter, memory keeper, and reader, she adores anything—smartphone included—that makes her life a little easier so she can focus on what's important. She is the co-author (with Aby Garvey) of the bestselling scrapbooking organization book, The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker, and the author of three additional books about memory keeping.
Instagram: wendysmedley

LIZ TAMANAHA | Liz Tamanaha is a graphic designer and memory keeper with a penchant for white space and clean lines. She is an avid picture-taker and can usually be found with her phone (or Nikon D300) in hand, happily snapping away. Liz is especially fond of taking photos of her daughters, the food she orders at restaurants, and on the rare occasion that she's out about town at night, she likes to experiment with #bluronpurpose (city lights bokeh type) shots. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and two daughters.
Instagram: liztamanaha

AMY TAN | Amy Tan loves creating, leisurely bike rides and relaxing in her little Venice Beach apartment, which she shares with her boyfriend, JC, and her two Jack Russell Terriers, Buster and Bamboo. She's been working on perfecting what she likes to think of as the "art of truly living," which includes working smarter instead of harder; globetrotting; achieving balance in daily life; and collaborating with other creative people.
Instagram: amytangerine

JESSICA TURNER | Jessica Turner is wife, mom, marketing professional and founder of the lifestyle blog, The Mom Creative. There she documents her pursuit of cultivating a life well-crafted, through posts mostly on parenting, memory keeping, and frugal living. Jessica is also an (in)courage writer, co-host of the Bloom Book Club, a blogger for World Vision, and a Big Picture Classes teacher. She and her husband Matthew live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their two young children, Elias and Adeline, who are the stars of their Instagram feeds. In her spare time, she loves to attempt projects from her thousands of pins on Pinterest.
Instagram: jessicanturner

SUSAN WEINROTH | Susan Weinroth started scrapbooking off and on in 2000, and then in 2004 adopted her current style of page and card designs—and she hasn't stopped crafting since. Scrapbooking helped develop her love of photography even further, and a few years ago she launched her own photography business (Susan Weinroth Photography)— specializing in creative family and child on location photography. When she's not crafting or snapping photos, Susan is most likely chasing after her two little boys, Evan and Noah. In her (rare) spare time, she loves to sew and quilt, read books on her Kindle, and catch up on her Project Life Album (a new-found crafty love of hers). She and her husband of 10+ years, Eric, currently live in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL—a sunny little community in North Florida right along the Atlantic Ocean.
Instagram: susanweinroth