Journal Apps, Online Diaries, and Digital Scrapbooks

Scrapbooks, pictures, and home videos may be the traditional way to preserve and share summer memories, but if you've got a smartphone or tablet, you can use it -- along with some cool websites -- to document everything from lazy days to family road trips. With a little creativity, you can turn your family memories into a comic book, a movie, a digital scrapbook, and more. Encourage kids to express themselves in whatever way feels right to them, even if it's not in a traditional lock-and-key diary. For some teens especially, their social media accounts can become a kind of journal, too. And check out our list of apps that build creativity for even more awesome apps and tools to help kids create and capture all year long.

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Pictello

age 6+

Make storybooks sing with your own photos and text.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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The Story Creator - Easy Story Book Maker for Kids

age 6+

Kids can create and narrate their own photo stories.

Devices: iPad (2013)
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Me: A Kid's Diary

age 7+

Creative space acts as unique digital diary.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2016)
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ToonCamera

age 7+

See and capture the world through a cool cartoon lens.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Book Creator

age 6+

Magically easy way to create and publish books.

URL: https://bookcreator.com/ (2011)
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Diary Zapp

age 8+

Kids capture their days through words, photos, and more.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Strip Designer

age 8+

Simple, exciting way to create comic books using own photos.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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Typic Kids - Fun Photo Editor

age 8+

Easy-to-use photo embellisher -- just watch sharing options.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Comic Life

age 9+

Fun way to turn your own images into realistic cartoons.

URL: http://comiclife.com/ (2013)
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Notability

age 10+

Creative tool lets kids jazz up notes with audio, photos.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac (2013)
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Animoto

age 12+

Creative, easy-to-use tool for making and sharing videos.

URL: http://animoto.com/ (2012)
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Pixton

age 12+

Create impressive comics with simple click-and-drag tools.

URL: https://pixton.com (2012)
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Animoto: Slideshow Maker

age 13+

Freemium slideshow tool better on privacy than similar apps.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook (2017)
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Blogger

age 13+

Publishing thoughts can be easy -- but use safety features.

URL: https://www.blogger.com (2011)
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Jour - Guided Journaling

age 13+

Mobile journal allows for introspection on the go.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2019)
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iPhoto

age 13+

Great tool for taking photos beyond device's camera roll.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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lino - Sticky and Photo Sharing

age 13+

Colorful virtual bulletin board is busy but nearly seamless.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2012)
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Reflectly - Journal/Diary

age 13+

Examine your day, get inspiration, but premium is pricey.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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VideoFX Live

age 13+

Freemium tool allows easy creation and sharing.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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LiveJournal

age 14+

Share thoughts with a select few -- or the entire world.

URL: http://www.livejournal.com (2011)