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. And check out our Modern Kids' Guide to Digital Creativity for even more awesome apps and tools to help kids create and capture all year long.

Browse Journal Apps, Online Diaries, and Digital Scrapbooks

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LEARNING
Creative tool great for making personalized stories, games.
Devices: iPad
(2012)
Kids can learn to understand and manage feelings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
LEARNING
Kids embellish photos in fun, silly app; upgrades will cost.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
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LEARNING
Make storybooks sing with your own photos and text.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
LEARNING
Kids can create and narrate their own photo stories.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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LEARNING
Excellent journal-writing tool for creative kids.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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LEARNING
See and capture the world through a cool cartoon lens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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LEARNING
Simple app lets kids craft their own books to read or share.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2011)
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LEARNING
Simple, exciting way to create comic books using own photos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
LEARNING
Easy-to-use photo embellisher -- just watch sharing options.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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LEARNING
Adorable talking photo maker great for laughs, creativity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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LEARNING
Fun way to turn your own images into realistic cartoons.
URL: http://comiclife.com/
(2013)
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LEARNING
Photo-sharing app offers tweens good intro to social media.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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LEARNING
Creative tool lets kids jazz up notes with audio, photos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
Reminders, clean interface make daily scrapbook entry easy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
LEARNING
Just enough options for shutterbug teens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows
(2013)
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LEARNING
Creative, easy-to-use tool for making and sharing videos.
URL: http://animoto.com/
(2012)
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LEARNING
Slide-show creation made super simple, plus music.
URL: http://www.photopeach.com
(2013)
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LEARNING
Create impressive comics with simple click-and-drag tools.
URL: http://www.pixton.com
(2012)
Great all-in-one media album tool once you get hang of it.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
LEARNING
Easier to use, more fun than similar apps, but not as fancy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
LEARNING
Freemium slideshow tool better on privacy than similar apps.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
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LEARNING
Publishing thoughts can be easy -- but use safety features.
URL: https://www.blogger.com
(2011)
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LEARNING
Great tutorials for photo editing; not just for selfies.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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LEARNING
Emphasis on sharing with easy-to-use slide show creator.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
LEARNING
Colorful virtual bulletin board is busy but nearly seamless.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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LEARNING
Great tool for taking photos beyond device's camera roll.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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LEARNING
Organize a series of moments into a compelling story.
URL: http://www.meograph.com
(2013)
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Fun montage-making site; user-submitted videos can be iffy.
URL: http://www.onetruemedia.com/
(2011)
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LEARNING
Freemium tool allows easy creation and sharing.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Share thoughts with a select few -- or the entire world.
URL: http://www.livejournal.com
(2011)
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LEARNING
Great app makes sharing pretty, private photos all too easy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
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Convenient (and creepy?) photo grouping and sharing tool.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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Rich microblog collection includes iffy content for teens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2015)