Hello and welcome to my first blogpost in a little while – It is a lovely March Day in Derbyshire and it feels like Spring is finally here.
Back in September last year I was lucky enough to secure a place with an earlybird offer on the first module of Lyndsey James’ Photocraft E-Course. For those of you who haven’t come across Photocraft before it is a business run by the lovely Lyndsey James. She has spent years as as a professional photographer, and now also helps creative business owners around the world take great photos for their brand.
Bloggers, Artists, Designers, and Retailers have all learned how to take better photos through the Photocraft e-course. She also provides a weekly tips programme, free workshops and live workshop events.
I set up Popsyclunk over four years ago to address the need for lovely memory boxes for my two daughters. I left behind my public sector office job and set off on my adventure, looking to work creatively whilst allowing flexibility to work around my girls.
My memory boxes are intended to be the perfect antidote to instant everything and trawling though things in a “cloud” sometime in the future. Instead they enable people to pick up and hold memories to tell the story of their child’s life, their love or their travels through a lovely box designed for them. They can enjoy the process of filling it with photos and momentoes of their life.
For a while I have been striving to marry my interest in Photography with the need to take good photos of my products .
I have a website and for the last 18 months I have also been selling my products on the popular handmade website Etsy. I have just gone past the 180 sales mark and I’m convinced this is because my photos are bright and clear and draw people in who are looking at lots of images in one go.
However, as well as being a small business owner, I am a mummy of two fairly young children and so time and money can be tight. I have made my own photo backdrops in the past but this takes time which is often better spent on making the products themselves.
Once I’d completed Module 1 of the Photocraft e-course it co-incided with Lyndsey launching Photoboards.
Photo Boards™ are 1:1 scale, high-resolution, small photography backdrop boards that make product, food and lifestyle photography easy for Designers, Makers, Artists and Bloggers.
Lyndsey asked me, as a designer maker, to trial one of her Photoboards and blog about my experience, so here I am!
The main feature of Photo Boards is that they look super real, just like actual wood, stone, fabric or metal, so people will think they are the real thing in your photos! Simply drop them into your scene as a new surface or background and shoot.
I was sent the whitewashed wood Photoboard which is the 60cm one and it was so easy to use. It also comes with a link so that you can read helpful tips about how to position it which makes it even more user-friendly!
Large Wooden Rainbow Memory Box
Unlike most large vinyl or paper backdrops, these mini backdrops are super high-resolution so look perfect even during close-up product photography.
What I liked about this particular backdrop was that it is light and airy to allowed me to keep the contemporary feel to my products. This particular memory box is bright and colourful and I think the Photoboard will allow it to really stand out when people are looking through my website or Etsy shop.
There are so many different styles of backdrop from “Sail’ white to ” Patisserie” and ‘Riveria” so they offer the choice of fitting in with your brand style. Whether you sell jewellery, fabrics or cakes, there is sure to be one that will be perfect for you!
For my popular wooden suitcase memory boxes, I used the Photoboard as a background rather than placing the memory box onto it. I really liked the feel that this gives and allows a more subtle feel. I already feel like it gives and air of style to my products which is definitely how I’d like them to be portrayed.
The Photoboard was equally as adaptable to be put with the detail vertically rather than horizontally as in this photo. They are incredibly versatile and I was equally as home using them with my pastel memory boxes such as this Tilly design one.
My next plan is to start using the Photoboards for flatlay photos. Not only is this very on trend and Instagram – friendly but I have also started an additional blog over on Tumblr which is where I will talk more about the story contained within the Memory Boxes. I think the Photoboards will be perfect for these Flatlay photos I have planned. Everyone has a story to tell and my “Memory blog” posts will start to explore that aspect of my work.
I’m hoping to use the tips that I learnt from Lyndsey’s free Instagram e-workshop that I took part in earlier in the week to really use the Photoboard to style my Instagram feed for Popsyclunk and make it really stand out in the crowd.
So if you are a designer-maker like me, or a blogger, or just like to take lovely photos I really would recommend Photoboards. They are a must!
Here’s a reminder of where you can find Photoboards, Photocraft and Popsyclunk!
Happy Friday Everyone! Just a quick post about my exciting week at Popsyclunk.
I started off the week taking part in a fantastic Product Photography Webinar by Lyndsey James over at Photocraft. You can read more about what she does Here
It made me look at photos of my products in a different light (pardon the pun) and was perfect timing for launching my new range of map design memory boxes.
At school I was always fascinated by maps and paint (weird I know – I was a geek!) and my new product marries the two perfectly. With my new suitcase memory boxes, you are able to request a significant reclaimed map for the top of the box or if you’re not fussed, I can surprise you!
My hubby got involved this time and even though he runs a business of his own (you can look at it Here ) he advised me on the sanding process to make sure that the map is an integral part of the lid.
I have also been working hard on polishing up my listings for my Etsy Shop, and as well as this mini map suitcase I’ve also added some designs for the larger suitcases for Children as well as Wedding, Anniversary and Engagement suitcases.
I have used reclaimed maps for my new map suitcases, If you have any atlases you no longer need, I’ll always be interested in adding them to my collection. Please contact me at email@example.com
This month I had a lovely chat over Skype with my best friend Clunk, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, and who is the namesake of Popsyclunk. She talked about her new found love of mindfulness and meditation. It was really interesting and re-inforced in my mind, about being present and living in the moment, especially with our children. With this in mind, I asked my daughter to show me what she had put in her memory box recently. She showed me the top of a seed that had popped off when her sunflower had started growing, as well as a paper sandwich bag that I had doodled on for her packed lunch on World Book Day. Both of these things made my heart happy. It really is the little things that our little people remember, because to them, the little things are actually the big things.
With this in mind, we planted more sunflower seeds in the garden recently as our annual family sunflower growing competition is underway. Look who wanted to help!
I have also started adding more boards to Pinterest this week, as a lovely customer said she found me on there, so it must be working!
It’s been busy busy at Popsyclunk this week. I’ve been nursing a poorly Popsyclunker which although not nice, has given me some time look forward to the future and a new product for Popsyclunk.
I’ve been making Memory Boxes for a while now, and as well as the wooden square boxes with a lift off or hinged lid I already offer, I had the idea of offering a wooden suitcase – style box. I love the idea of a mini suitcase to keep all of a little person’s special keepsakes in. It ties in with the idea of their journey or travels through life. I worked on the idea of monogrammed suitcases from the early to mid 20th Century where people used to have their initials etched or stitched onto the side and of course wanted to give it a Popsyclunk twist of fresh colours that give it a modern feel. Each one could be personalised with the child’s initials. The little wooden tag has been hand painted with the words “Rosie’s Travels” and the little balloon shows her date of birth.
The suitcase is 17 x 23 x 9cm so a perfect size to send through the post too! I made my first suitcase for Rosie, my best friend Clunk’s little girl, for her birthday. Here she is looking very pleased with it. It travelled all the way back to Australia with her.
The ” My Little Wooden Suitcase” will be handmade to order and will be £24 plus £3.75 P&P . They will be listed in my Etsy Shop soon. In the meantime if you’d like to place an order for one please contact me through my website here or my Facebook Page. They are perfect as a personalised birthday present, new baby gift, christening gift or maybe start thinking abut Christmas ! Eeek! After all, its less than 100 days away!
I hope you’ve had a lovely week, I’m hoping next week will be less about illness and more about painting!
Ooh and I forgot to mention the giveaway to win an “Amelia” name plaque on my Facebook Page. So if you have an Amelia in your life, get over there before Midnight on 27th September and you could be in with a chance!
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