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A Beautiful Mess

By A Color Story LLC

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Reached no. 1 app in the App Store!
Over 1,000,000 installs!

Your life is beautiful. Your photos should be, too.

Add new life to your favorite photos with custom filters, fun fonts, and hand-drawn doodles by Elsie and Emma, creators of the award-winning lifestyle blog, “A Beautiful Mess”. Then share your creations with friends through email, or by publishing them directly to popular social networks — Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (hashtag: #ABeautifulMess).

Whether you're sharing personalized snapshots with friends and family or broadcasting your life's most beautiful moments through social media, the photo app from A Beautiful Mess makes it fun and easy.

"A Beautiful Mess" is a lifestyle blog focused on creating a beautiful life. We share simple ways to create an inspired lifestyle. We believe in taking time each day to make something pretty. Most of all, we believe that life doesn't need to be perfect to be beautiful. Visit us at

What's New in Version 2.4

9 new packs and 150 new items added to the app! We're adding a little texture to the new options available in the A Beautiful Mess App.

• The Painted pack has 10 FREE new phrases that have a hand-painted texture
• There are also 4 new packs to help you chronicle the most exciting moments in your life:
- Wedding Pack ($0.99)
- Pregnancy Pack ($0.99)
- First Year Pack ($0.99)
- Travel Pack ($0.99)

• Four new backgrounds were added to the Essentials Pack (FREE)
• There are also 2 new backgrounds packs available:
- Sunny Day Pack ($0.99)
- Breezy Day Pack ($0.99)

• Two speech bubble doodles with the hand-painted texture were added to the Essentials pack (FREE)
• There's a whole new FREE pack of Emoji Stamps, which offer a stamped texture take on all your favorite emojis!

• Two new simple square borders have been added to the essentials pack (FREE)!


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Customer Reviews

Fun, Useful, Terrific Features

First of all, I don't write reviews but this app is so great that I want people to know that they really need to give it a try!! I probably have over twenty photo editing apps on my iPhone, but 'ABM' tops them all hands down!!! The backgrounds, borders, graphics, fonts, and text that you can use on single photos and collages are the best that I've found in any program in the App Store. Whenever I use this app I receive complements about the edited photo and people ask what I used as the editing app. Try won't be disappointed.

**TIP: The only confusing thing is to get a background around a single photo, you must choose collage and then place your image as the inside photo and your background as the surrounding area. This tip should save you a little frustration and learning curve:). Happy editing!!

Cute but frustrating

You don't get much with purchase....and I feel so helpless when I can't edit text until I "exit out of" the current layer. And my brain thinks X means to exit and instead it deletes so I have to start over. it isn't intuitive enough to be my photo app of choice. It's darling elements make me want to like it but it is so awkward. I could send myself a photo via email and edit/embellish with elements via Photoshop more quickly than I can in this app. I can't shrink text small Enough to fit in talk bubbles ---and you can't put words on diff lines unless you make a new layer. There enters the prob of not being able to edit or delete previous layers after you get new ones and see the previous ones need to be changed. You should be able to touch any element at any time and edit it...but I look like a grumpy monkey tapping my screen to try to pick a text later that is too close to another text layer. Needs lotsa updates before I will spend another dime.

Cute options, hard to navigate

I really love the cute doodles and borders and other things offered here, and I love that you choose the styles you want to purchase a la carte, but the entire app is difficult to navigate. I figured out how to double tap items to edit them, but that doesn't apply to the format (photo/collage, background) -- in order to change it, you have to discard the whole mess and start over. The collage is the other main thing I struggle with. A suggestion for the next update is to let me create my own collage format by pasting photos where I want all over a picture instead of having specific parameters with borders in between. I use this app for my small business, to make ads and fliers for social media, and I've found it can take me a couple of frustrating hours just to make one flier.

A Beautiful Mess
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.4
  • Size: 63.5 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Font Pack$0.99
  2. Dainty Borders$0.99
  3. Mod Backgrounds$0.99
  4. New Phrases (One)$0.99
  5. New Phrases (two)$0.99
  6. Arrow & Symbol Doodles$0.99
  7. Sketchbook & Shape Borders$0.99
  8. Font Pack 2$0.99
  9. Word Bubble Doodles$0.99
  10. Geo Backgrounds Pack$0.99

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