Handprint-studded art: Been there, done that, right? Not so fast. Every preschool teacher’s ace-in-the-hole craft project just got high-tech thanks to an innovative new app. Handpressions transforms photos of your child’s hand or foot into keepsakes — no sticky tempura paint required.


The process is practically foolproof. First, create a profile for each kid to save important stats. Next, snap a picture of a hand or foot against a solid-colored background. Then crop, rotate and touch up lines to perfect that precious print. There’s even a sliding ruler to scale the image to actual size so you can track baby’s growth (and quickly calculate shoe size during the next blowout sale).


Save the image to keep on file, or move on to the shop to seamlessly apply the image onto personalized products. We’re talking hundreds of choices here, from birth announcements to Pinterest-worthy artwork, including footprint Christmas trees and fire-breathing dragon handprints.


Friends and family get adorable gifts, and you get a digital treasure trove of mementos — all with one app. A genius idea? Yep, we’ve got to hand it to them.

Handpressions is free online at iTunes for iPad and iPad mini with iOS 6.1 (not compatible with first generation iPad); product prices start at $18.99. Find out more at handpressions.com.

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— Selena Kohng