I don’t know about you, but photography and graphic design is something I am still working on. Sure, I know how to download free stock photos, take them to PicMonkey and add some text, but taking my own stock photos? Or designing my own? I love to create and make things but this is just one craft that I haven’t gotten the hang of yet. Lucky for me, I have found a way to design my own blog photos that is ridiculously easy and inexpensive – the best kind of DIY!
While browsing Hobby Lobby the other day (which, by the way, has become a normal in my life and it needs to stop!), I found myself in my the scrapbooking aisles. I have been scrapbooking since before it was a thing – seriously, in high school there was at home parties (think Tupperware or jewelry parties) and that was the only way you could buy supplies! So, as it wasn’t unusual to be browsing the beautiful stickers and paper, what popped in my mind was a new way to use them.
I ended up buying quite a few pages just for the fact that I liked them. The design, colors, overall look – I wasn’t pairing anything or envisioning them for a scrapbook page – I was seeing them as photo backgrounds.
Instead of using my wood floors (pictured above), or the usual fuzzy white blanket, I now have hundreds of different backgrounds right in my craft closet! I can pick any background and add objects depending on how I’m using the photo. Then I take a simple photo (with my phone!) and head over to PicMonkey to add text. Voila! I have my own stock photos to use for the blog.
You might recognize this photo that I used for a post about my favorite oils to diffuse:
I would still like to work on photography and possibly graphic design in the future, but for now, this has proved to be a ridiculously easy and cheap way to make DIY blog photos! And as a bonus, when I’m ready for new backgrounds, this paper can be added to my supply to be used in a scrapbook!
How do you make your blog photos? Any other great tips and tricks to doing it on your own?