Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts

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: Binder Clip Photo Holders

DIY Project: Binder Clip Photo Holders are an inexpensive way to display your favorite picturesI always think it's fun to find new uses for supplies I already have sitting around the house, especially the leftover bits and pieces from other crafty projects.

For this one, I combined binder clips, with leftover scrapbooking paper from my stash.
to create photo holders. They're perfect for for displaying your favorite pictures at home or at work.

This is also an inexpensive project that can be personalized and made in bulk for use as teacher/parent appreciation gifts or even party or shower favors.

Many thanks to Tombow USA for providing the adhesives I used in this project.

Materials



Directions


Let's start by covering the clip. Use a paper trimmer to cut a 2-inch by 3 1/4-inch piece of decorative paper.
Apply three swipes of Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, widthwise, to the back of the paper.
Place the paper slightly under the top curl of the clip and press it in place.
Fold the paper around the bottom of the clip and press it in place.
Fold the paper up the side of the clip and press it in place.
Next, you'll add some buttons. This serves two purposes. One, it looks pretty. Two, it helps make sure your picture doesn't slip around when it's on display.

Pull a 12-inch piece of yarn, string or hemp down through one button.

Tip: I used hemp, so I didn't need a needle to thread it through the  button holes.
Pull the string up through a second button. Place the buttons on either side of the clip.
Secure the string with a knot.
Trim the string with scissors.

Finally, we'll make the stamped embellishment.
Cut two 1-inch squares of white cardstock and stamp your design on them.

Cut two 1 1/4-inch squares of colored cardstock and two 1 1/2-inch squares of a contrasting color.
Apply a couple swipes of Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive to the back of the white squares.
Mount them to the 1 1/4-inch squares.
Apply a couple of swipes of the Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive to the back and mount them to the 1 1/2-inch squares.
Apply two 1/4-inch foam tabs to the bottom corners of each decorative square.

Tip: I only used one foam tab for my prototype, but found that using two foam tabs looked neater and held the squares more securely.
Attach one square on each side of the clip.
As I said before, this is a great project to make in bulk for small gifts or party favors. I was able to get a package of 12 clips at the office supply store for less than $7, so you could easily make a dozen photo holders for less than $1 a piece and customize them with an initial or image for just about any occasion.

Binder Clip Photo Holders make great personalized party/shower favors or teacher/parent appreciation gifts and cost less than $1 a piece to make


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Field Trip: Tucson Botanical Gardens

I'm going to take a little break from my normal crafty topics today. Instead of crafting, let's go on a field trip!

When my daughter was much younger, one of the places we enjoyed exploring together was the Tucson Botanical Gardens. The property is beautifully maintained and has a variety of plant life and exhibits that always please. Unfortunately, over the years, hanging out with mom and looking at plants became increasingly "uncool" so our visits to the garden became less frequent.

Now that mini-me is out of the house, my husband and I have had more time to spend doing the things we enjoy, so a couple weeks ago we headed out to the gardens.

Since our last visit, the Garden Railway exhibit has expanded. The mini town is enchanting, especially as the model train zooms by.



I especially liked this little store on main street. Maybe it would be easier to get our husbands to join us at the fabric shop if it was more like this one ;)


We saw some critters throughout the gardens.



Of course I am always on the lookout for project ideas like this beautiful mosaic bench.


But the highlight of our visit was Butterfly Magic in the Butterfly and Orchid (and tree frog) Pavillion.

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens


Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

 After wandering the grounds, imagine our surprise when we turned a corner to discover...
 

 I guess it's time to head back to the sewing room and get to work!

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