Photo Boxing

I read this great tutorial one morning about a DIY photo box.  It was in one of the weekly Etsy “helpful” emails.  It involved a large white poster board and an unshaded lamp.  After a few weeks and I finally spent THIRTY NINE cents and got a white poster board.  How silly is that?  I was saving up for it I guess!  HA!


After my sweet Alie Marie went down for a nap I got out my white poster board.  I tacked it up to the wall letting half of it fold down to make a platform.  Then I used a desk lamp, as I don’t have another lamp to un-shade.  I think the unshaded lamp adds more light.  The light really bounces off the white of the board to light your subject well.  My cat Gizmo decided he wanted to be my photo subject.  You just place your items on the board, aim your lights and snap away.



This is the original tutorial I read. It is a forum post within the Etsy website. BomoBob’s Lightbox Tutorial



These are some new pieces I have made for my Etsy shop.  I took all of these using my new, seriously simple photo box idea.  I know it’s not really a box.





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  1. Visiting from Decor Chick. This is awesome, a simple idea that's easy to implement. Thank you so much, I'll start saving up for my poster board now πŸ™‚ But seriously, a great subject as I have been unhappy with the pictures I've been taking for my blog.lifeofperks.blogspot.com

  2. Visiting from Decor Chick! Such a great idea! P.S. Love the book you used for the earrings! I'm reading the series right now πŸ™‚

  3. YAY ERIN!! I hope you come back and see this! I'm so glad you caught that, I wondered if anyone who read the series would. I had previously posted about starting a Black Dagger Brotherhood Inspired line. These are my Wrath earrings. Note the "pale green" for his eyes! πŸ™‚

  4. I too found your site from Decorchick's blog. Thanks for the idea about the photo "box" – I'll be sure to try it. I've signed up to be one of your followers, so I'll check out your other blog postings and wait to see new ones! Hope you'll come and visit me too.www.debbie-idodesigns.blogspot.com

  5. I love how your kitty got in the pic! I almost always have a boxer head or two in my photos…they are camera hounds! Love the pic with the jar and the book! Thanks for sharing…saw this on the shabby nest party!

  6. Alli, I'm embarrassed to say that I've read sooooo many books since then that I can't remember! Although I did just read (about 3 books ago) the J.R.Ward writing as Jessica Bird book. I'll have to ask my partner in books crime friend Stephanie who has the pale green eyes but I'm thinking it's the one who turns into the dragon. Am I correct? Okay, we are seriously going to have to email about books!

  7. I love this idea! I use shower board from Home depot. I had them cut them to the size I wanted-Bulletin board size allows you to take pictures of larger items and your kids as well. It works well and very durable-cost 10.00-Found you on Girl Creative-Lovce your blog!

  8. This is such a great idea…I've been looking for a better way to take pics of my crafts! I love your jewelry, too, particularly those earrings. :o)Thanks for following my blog…I certainly wasn't expecting that in return! :o) Since are book preferences are a bit different (LOL), you may want to follow my craft blog instead (Southern Sassy Treasures). It's listed on my profile. Have a great day! :o)

  9. With my new camera I have been trying to figure out how to do this well and I love how you used the newspaper and the jar to help with the picture. I also love the braclets that are in the pictures too…. Thank you for linkin to It's Stinkin' Cute Craft Thursday – FYI I will be featuring this!

  10. I always try to use white paper…but it's never thick enough, I always have to use multiple sheets…and then it's never wide enough so you can see creases…I have no clue why poster board NEVER crossed my mind. ha ha ha! And what a great idea to use a lamp like that!Thanks for the great tips. I love how your phots turned out!Thanks for linking up!

  11. Wow! That light box (not a box) worked really well. I have been doing the same thing with a white sheet in direct sun light. Might have to try the lamp thing too!(visiting from Momma's Little Nestwork and my own blog *wink*)Rhoda

  12. so glad you shared this! i would love to be a better photographer, this will help! Thanks for joining us at "AP Tuesdays!" @ New Nostalgia! Hope to see you again tomorrow!

  13. Thanks for the help!! Great photos!!What kind of camera would be good to get for Etsy photos??? (close-ups of scrabble tile necklaces)I'm going to buy 1 very soon…Hi..I’m Barb from Santa's Gift Shoppe..I think you are already a follower but if not i hope you'll become one & Fb Fan. I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. I also would love for you to be a new Fan of my Facebook page too & click β€œLIKE” in the upper right hand corner of my blog & you’ve done it..Thanks so much! I am just starting at Facebook. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

  14. Hey -thanks so much for posting on my blog…that's so funny that we both have the same photo method AND animals who like to get in the way πŸ™‚ Gotta love it!! πŸ™‚

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