Making A Simple Photo Backdrop & Docrafts Roundup

March 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm 5 comments

Good morning!!!
Hope you’re all ok. I’m often getting asked about how to photograph cards and how I do it. I would love a decent camera where I could change the focus and settings but right now, my phone does well enough.
I wanted to make a more stable ‘backdrop’ for my cards & projects. Normally I just prop everything on a window sill and it has a habit of falling off. I’ll use scrapbook papers as the back and they aren’t very stable.
I was in B&Q and saw some amazing wallpapers. I wanted to look for one anyhow but spied a few that would be perfect as a foil for my papercrafting so took a free sample and here’s what I did with it.
Using the back of a cheap whiteboard (cost me £1.05!), some double sided tape and the wallpaper ( it’s wider and therefore perfect for this purpose).20140320-112608.jpg
Add some tape all the way around- remove the tape one side at a time and stretch the paper onto the frame. Because it’s wallpaper it also has useful ‘give’ which is great when trying to make it taut.

Here’s what my set up looks like- light coming in from the left and I’m the morning, the light is best in that position.
Here’s the photo before I edit it

It doesn’t look so great does it? Cropping and adjusting clarity, sharpness, contrast, highlights, shadows and vibrancy really brings the photo to life. I use an app on my phone called Photoshop Express which is a free one.
Here’s a few more of some recent Docrafts makes


Will leave you to your lunch now- I’m busy doing 3 kiddy collections today. Oh why can’t they all finish at the same time!!

See you soon when I’ve perfected using a new Anna Griffin set – more on that palaver soon!! xx


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Monika  |  March 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Keren. Thanks for the little tuto. Will have a look for the app. Love the wallpaper background and the flowery dress is really pretty! Have a great Happy Day! xxx


  • 2. massofhair  |  March 20, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    This is how i photograph my cards etc too! I use A4 or A3 card stock and a colour to compliment when i can.

    I have Samsung/Android phone and use Snapseed App to edit images.

    I can’t lift a ‘good camera’ so i use a Lumix which can do amazing macro shots and normal shots too. Then i use a free prog called Photoscape for editing.

    Thanks for the mini tutorial, all your cards are beautiful:-) xxx


  • 3. Sue Brannan  |  March 20, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    What an interesting post Keren (as usual)…nice to hear about other apps for editing photos I find that so difficult to do and have been all round the house at times even to the extent of putting cards in the bath to photograph!!! Must look oht for some wallpaper pieces! Love the little dress x


  • 4. Ros Crawford  |  March 21, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Lovely creations!! I too picked up some paper sample from B&Q! Must try your tip … TFS


  • 5. Virginia L.  |  March 22, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Beautiful cards, Keren! I love the layering and colors on the first one! The details in the 2nd card and dress card are gorgeous! Your photo setup looks awesome! Love the free paper samples. I may have to check out the hardware store again (wink)!



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