Hello and welcome to Part 7 of Books, Baths & Boobs, the one place where Bookstagram recreations happen.
After having lots of ups and downs with this experiment I´m happy to finally approach a much loved and copied Bookstagram theme called Books & Flowers/Plants.
Or, as I like to call it- Find whatever you have in your/your neighbor’s garden and pair it with a book.
I guess you can say this theme belongs to Books & Deco/Props because flowers and plants are, in a way, just more props when it comes to Book features. For me, though, I see this in a separate category because of how simple these features are.
Just a book and some outdoor green.
If you´ve spent enough time scrolling through Bookstagram you´ll find there are plenty of books with plants or blossoms. Take a look at this beauty by Bookstagrammer @bluestockingbookshelf
What a stunner. It´s hard to believe that so little can look so beautiful. Just a touch of nature with a book and coffee… That´s basically all you need. It´s why I chose to recreate this image. It´s idiot-proof. I need idiot-proof after all the other Bookstagram recreations I´ve done.
Ha! Would you believe me if I said this is the first Bookstagram copy I´m actually proud of? It´s not a great 1:1 copy but I truly like how my over-filtered image turned out.
How I Recreated @bluestockingbookshelf ´s Bookstagram Image
#1 You probably have everything at home… If you´re not me. *g* The cup & saucer issue popped up again but I dealt with that the only way I could: By using a bowl. The image is a high angle shot so I´m assuming no one will tell right away if I´m using a bowl. The smaller mug belongs to my youngest ( I needed something to fit into the bowl ), coke as a coffee substitute, a Hardcover book, and a white shirt. Why the white shirt? I´ll show you.
I´m more of a rustic furniture person. With the years I´ve learned to invest in sturdy stuff that´ll possibly out-live me. IKEA can do a lot ( especially for my books ) but not out-live me. To recreate the original Bookstagram image I needed something light. Speaking of light: You get the best lighting outdoors.
#2 It´s only a matter of placement. Easy enough, right? Just smooth out the white shirt on the table, cut the ivy to the right size, open the book, fill the cup with coke and you´re good to go!
#3 Play with filters. Obviously, the shot didn´t turn out picture-perfect. I had to work a little with some filters. I used 2 filters, played with the contrast button and brightened everything up.
#4 It´s quick. I think I didn´t spend more than 2 minutes taking the shot. I stood on a chair after setting everything and took two shots. The set up took maybe 5 minutes. The only thing that took some time was cutting the ivy.
Finally, a Bookstagram theme that´s user-friendly. I´d definitely recommend this type of feature to anyone who isn’t blessed with endless decorating skills. This Bookstagram feature is also inexpensive, should anyone want to recreate this theme. Effortless and stunning. I couldn´t be more happy with the results.
What do you think? Did I hit the mark or did I shoot way past it with my copy? Have you done this type of feature before? Let me know in the comments below. ❤
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed.
Many warm bookish hugs,