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Tutorial: Photo backgrounds for crafty projects!

I’m often asked how I create the backgrounds in my photographs of cards and other crafty projects, so I thought I’d write up a tutorial to share. (If you’re new to my blog, I have more handy photo tutorials here.)

I’ll start by showing you what the finished photo looks like, so here it is!


The secret to that background?  It’s just a box!  Here’s my setup


I used a small UPS box, but any old box that will hold your paper will do.  Apply a roller type adhesive to the top and bottom parts of the box — I’ve been using the box for about 2 years now and it’s still going strong!  By using a re-positionable adhesive you can easily switch out the papers.  (Note: I used Kokuyo Dot ‘n’ Roller re-positionable adhesive, but it’s sadly no longer made.)

Here’s a closeup of the adhesive so you can see it better — not that I was particularly neat + tidy or anything, ha ha!


When I want to use it, I stand the box up, pushing it flat against the wall to make sure that it’s straight.  Then I put the pretty paper on it, by putting the bottom edge of the paper along the table (so that it’s even) and then sticking it to the box.

Sometimes I lift the box up and add another piece of pretty paper underneath, making sure it’s lined up with the box.

That bottom piece of paper is great for taking pictures of the insides of cards, like so


And that’s it!

(Supplies: Flower paper by GCD/Melody Ross, yellow polka dot paper by Bo Bunny, doily, coffee pot, hello and what’s perking stamps by Hero Arts.  I used Copic markers to color the coffee pot.  All felt goodness by Basic Grey.  Ribbon from my stash.)

Do you have a setup that you like to use?  I’d love to see it!

42 thoughts on “Tutorial: Photo backgrounds for crafty projects!”

  1. Your card is adorable Lisa! Thank you so much for the brilliant tutorial. I’ll have to try this the next time I’m taking a photo.

  2. Thanks for the great photo tip, Lisa….it’s much more efficient than what I’m using. I’ll be incorporating your set up. Loving that sweet card too, just love the what’s perking sentiment stamp!

  3. Love your card and ALL of your tutorials! Thank you for taking the time to share this with us!  You’re the BEST and your cards and photos always make me SMILE!

  4. Firstly your card is GORGEOUS!!!!
    Thank you SO much for this little tutorial.  I’ve been faffing about trying to get cardstock to stand up so I can photo my cards.  I have even resorted once to getting my daughter to stand underneath a table to hold it from behind!!  This is a FAB idea!! :o)

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