Reached no. 1 app in the App Store!
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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

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)!

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

964 Ratings

964 Ratings

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.

So Close!

Monkey D. ******

This app is so close to being everything I want! I love the collages/borders/doodles but I wish it was easier to toggle between them. I don't like that I can't change a collage shape once I've started without starting all over. I would also love it if the app gave me the option to access my albums rather than my camera roll. I use multiple apps to make icons/patches/collages so my albums let me keep things organized and it is super annoying to have to scroll through all my photos when picking my own background/image/etc. I would also love the ability to upload from the web/ create my own doodles/backgrounds and have them save to the app. That would let me mostly get rid of some of my other editing apps which would make me super happy! Overall a really great design and very easy to use.


A Color Story LLC
63.5 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Red Velvet Art LLC
In-App Purchases
  1. Font Pack $0.99
  2. Dainty Borders $0.99
  3. Mod Backgrounds $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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