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Weathered Wood Backdrop for Better Photos

Improve your product photos with a simple weathered wood paper backdropWhen I am browsing other indie shops and craft blogs, I get so jealous when I see photos with lovely weathered wood backdrops. They make me think of the beach, enjoying an evening out on the deck with friends or lovely gardens growing up against an old fence.

Weathered wood backdrops add a nice texture to product pictures without being a distraction.
Unfortunately, we live in the desert and there is no weathered wood in sight. Think stucco, cement and cinder blocks.

I toyed with the idea of building some sort of wooden backdrop, but it just wasn't a practical solution for me.

Then, one day as I was wandering the aisles of JoAnn Fabrics, I found a roll of fadeless, weathered wood paper.

I bought the paper and a science fair display board and hurried home.
I measured out a length of paper with some "help" from my little furry friend. I don't understand her fascination with paper.
I used my Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Runner (love this stuff!) to stick the paper to the board.

In less than 5 minutes, and under $15,  I was ready to take some sample shots.
Here's my set up. It's nothing fancy.

Improve your product photos with a simple weathered wood paper backdrop

But look at the difference in these two photos. I would much rather have the bag on the right.

Improve your product photos with a simple weathered wood paper backdrop

If I am photographing larger items, like purses, I can stand the board upright, slide on the hook I made with some heavy copper wire, and I'm ready to go.

Improve your blog photos with a simple weathered wood paper backdrop

You can hardly tell that this isn't an actual fence in the background.

Improve your product photos with a simple weathered wood paper backdrop

What do you use as a background in your product pictures?

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Tutorial: Mini Valentine Fold-Out Book

Make your Valentine an extra special mini book to tell them "forever and always my heart belongs to you"This month I am very excited to be participating in Emma Owl's 14 Days of Love. I LOVE love!

For me, Valentine's day is often a bit too commercial. Sure, I enjoy getting a box of chocolates from time to time. (Who doesn't like chocolate.) But when it comes to Valentine gift giving, sometime handmade is the most heartfelt.

I like to make my own cards, and on Valentine's Day I think it is totally worth taking the time to craft an extra fancy card.

This year, my card is inspired by a project I found in The Weekend Crafter: Making Books And Journals. It looks rather complicated, but isn't your special someone worth a little extra time and effort. (Husbands, I promise that your wife would be thrilled to receive this little gem if it is handmade by you!!)


  • 1 - 2 x 12 inch piece of light colored cardstock
  • 2 - 2 1/4 inch thin cardboard squares
  • 2 - 3 1/4 inch pieces of colored, patterned paper
  • Fiskars Paper Trimmer
  • ruler
  • bone folder
  • Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
  • 18 inches of ribbon
  • stamps, ink, pens, paint (for embellishments)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 inch white cardstock square for cover decoration (optional)


We'll start by making the covers of the book. You'll need the cardboard squares and colored paper.
Apply a couple swipes of the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to the back of your cardboard square.
Center the cardboard, sticky side down onto the back of the colored paper.
Fold in the corners of the paper.
Use the bone folder to score the paper, using the cardboard as a guide.

Tip: It helps to put a scrap piece of cardboard under your work so you don't scratch your table when scoring.
Apply adhesive to one edge of the paper and fold it in, sticking it to the cardboard.
Repeat with the remaining three sides. Don't you just love those neatly mitered corners?

Create the other cover in the same manner.
Now onto the pages of your book/card. You'll be using the 2 x 12 inch cardstock for this part.

Use the bone folder to score every two inches along the length of the paper (the pink lines in the photo below), creating six squares. Turn your paper over and make four diagonal scores in the center four squares (as shown by the blue lines below).

Valley fold the pink lines and mountain fold the diagonal blue lines. Your measurements and folds need to be very precise for this to work.

Now you are going to decorate the pages of your book. I used my Close to My Heart: Seasons of the Heart stamps.

If you don't have stamps available, you can just as easily draw a little heart embellishment in the corners as shown.
Now for the words, use your best fancy handwriting to write "forever and always" on the front, middle and back pages of my book.
After the ink is dry (you don't want any smudges) fold up your book and open the popout at the center so you can write "my heart belongs to you".
Once your ink is dry, turn your book over and apply adhesive to the wrong side of the front and back pages so you can attach the ribbon and covers.
First, position the ribbon. You may want to fold your book shut to make sure the ribbon is not too tight.
Next position the front and back covers so they are aligned with the fold in the pages. If the covers extend past the fold, the book will not open completely.
Finally, you can decorate and attach the 1 1/2 inch square of white cardstock to the front cover if you choose.

Tie the ribbon in a pretty bow to close the book.
Here's how your fancy shmancy card works. The first page says "forever", the center page says "and", the last page says "always", fold down the flap "my heart belongs to you".

You can fill the front and back inside covers with the appropriate "to and from" message.

Whose heart wouldn't totally melt when they opened this special Valentine?

Make your Valentine an extra special mini book to tell them "forever and always my heart belongs to you"

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Tutorial: 3D Star Ornament

3D Star Ornament Tutorial: Use your Silhouette Cameo and Tombow adhesive to create Christmas ornamentsAfter my success with the Reindeer Christmas cards I wanted to test out the Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue on a 3D paper project. Again, I visited the Silhouette Design Store for a cutting pattern and some inspiration.

I found a star ornament with lots of delicate flourishes and six pieces per ornament.

Not only are these ornaments pretty, but they can be folded flat and inserted in a Christmas card as a special little gift :)

Many thanks to Tombow USA for providing the adhesive for this project. It was perfect for all the fine details!



I used Silhouette Studio to scale the original design so that it was 5.5 inches in height. Each finished ornament is then about 3 inches tall.

Cut the design with your Silhouette Cameo.

I was able to cut two ornaments from one 12 x 12 piece of cardstock.
Remove the pieces from the cutting mat.
Fold each star in half along the score line.
Starting with a star that has a loop at the top, apply the glue to half of the star using the "pen tip" side.

Do not put any glue on the top loop, yet.
Make sure there's glue on the swirls and around the edges and center.
Position one of the plain stars against the looped star and press together.
Apply glue to half of the plain star. Position another plain star against it and press together.
You should have something that looks like this.
Repeat the process with the remaining three star pieces.

Let the two ornament halves dry for at least 15 minutes.
Apply glue around the edges, swirls and top loop of one half. Align the other half of the ornament and press together.

After the ornament is dry, place a ribbon or string through the top loop for hanging.
Happy Holidays!

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