Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 8

Alas! We´ve come to the end of Books, Baths & Boobs. Today I´ll reveal my final Bookstagram recreation. I thought I´d save the best for last, you know? To show the most controversial theme of all Bookstagram themes:

 

Books & Boobs.

 

I bet you´ve been wondering where the boobs part in the title fits into my series.  Surely, Bookstagrammers wouldn´t… Or would they?

I´m here to tell you they do. And I´ve recreated one of these Books & Boobs features. Why? Because I can. Because I wanted to.

Contrary to popular belief – Bookstagram is not reduced to books only. As you´ve seen from all my other Bookstagram recreations.. Bookstagram is about creativity. There are no rules to creativity. Use the tools you have in order to create beautiful Bookstagram content.

 

Some Bookstagrammers feature books.

Some Bookstagrammers want to talk about books. 

 

The Bookstagram feature below belongs to the Bookstagram blogging styles that want to stop someone from scrolling further and get them interested enough to want to read their book-related captions. I´m perfectly fine with that.

I chose a Bookstagram image from Bookstagrammer @odm87 to recreate.

 

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This. Is. Beautiful. odm87 has an insta-feed to die for. She has a lovely mix of book features alongside stunning images of herself WITH books. Her captions are book-related and engaging. This is creativity. I always love when this Bookstagrammer uploads a new image.

I guess it´s time to reveal my copy, huh?  I guess it´s fair to say that whatever I do, however hard I try… I won´t ever come close to the original Bookstagram image from @odm87.  I can´t reach that woman´s waters. Doesn´t mean I can´t have fun trying, though, right?

 

 

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If I had to categorize my copy I´d say it belongs on the `decent` shelf. I don´t have long light blonde hair ( at the moment ) and… I´m not as blessed in the chest department as the Bookstagrammer is… but then again… I´m not blessed with photography skills or decorating skills, either.

 

How Did I Recreate odm87´s Bookstagram Image?

 

#1   You don´t need much. Just yourself, a bra ( that would help ) and a book. Maybe someone to help with the shot ( you need two hands to hold the book in place ). I started out with the help of my husband but eventually, I removed him from his photographer’s job and set up a stool on my bed then propped my phone on it and let the self-timer do its magic.

 

#2   Filters are your friend. Cropping is your best friend. The image itself wasn´t difficult and neither was photoshopping everything in place. In fact- you´re more occupied with working on the image than taking it. I think I spent a total of 30 minutes with this feature. 

 

My Conclusion

 

Personally, I liked this recreation. It was super easy and fun. I totally get the appeal of this theme. I understand why some Bookstagrammers take this bookish route. You don´t have to be a fan of these types of images but you can definitely appreciate their beauty. I´d encourage any Bookstagrammer to try this Books & Boobs theme out ( should there be interest ). Most Bookstagrammers chat about the featured book and throw in how their day was while this type of feature allows a Bookstagrammer to talk about almost anything bookish. You can approach a controversial topic, pick a tagline from your favorite book and talk about that, you can ask book-related questions or even throw in a poem you saw and discuss the meaning/beauty of that. A huge bonus is that this book and boob thing could be an ego booster ( should anyone compliment on nice legs, nice cleavage, a beautiful back ).

 

Would I use my copy as an actual Bookstagram feature? Maybe. Lol.

 

It´s come to my attention that quite a few people don´t approve of this Bookstagram content because ( and I quote ) “They have nothing to do with books.” even if a book is included. I´m glad I´m here to clear up this nonsense because every Bookstagram feature is about a book or a book-related topic.

 

NOTE: If you´re a Bookstagrammer and would like to do this type of feature for your Bookstagram feed but are hesitant because of your body… Let me tell you something:

Screw it. No one´s perfect. I´m 37 years old and my body has survived 2 pregnancies. My glamour days have long passed. Didn´t stop me, though.

 

On Kind Note: If you´re a Bookstagrammer who doesn´t approve of this type of feature: No one´s stopping you from looking away.

 

That´s it, people. This was my last Bookstagram Recreation gig. I may, or may not feel moved to do another round sometime in the future. Possibly after I´ve recovered from doing these.

 


What do you think? Is this a recreation done right or is this a copy gone wrong? What are your thoughts on Books & Boob features? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤


 

 

Thank you so much for following this experiment. I hope you enjoyed.

 

XO´s

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Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 7

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

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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.

Voila!

 

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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.

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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!

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#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.

 

My Conclusion

 

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,

XO´s

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Books, Baths & Boobs- Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 6

Hello again. Welcome to Part 6 of this wonderfully epic Bookstagram experiment of mine: The title says Books, Baths & Boobs- Recreating Bookstagram Images. At this point, I´d love nothing more than to change the title into:

`My Neverending Failing Bookstagram Experiment”

 

After having recreated various popular Bookstagram images such as, Books & Coffee, Books & Bubble BathBooks & OutdoorsBooks & BedsBookish Art

It´s time to talk about Bookstagrammers’ next favorite feature theme: Books & Deco/Props.

Bookstagrammers love their props.

Whether it´s candles, bookmarks, plastic flowers, deco alphabet, food, Funko pop figures, chain of lights, or other items… You´ll most likely see these in some Bookstagram features.

What´s great about this is: There´s no way to do this Book & Deco/Props theme wrong. You just decorate your book with whatever you think is worth using, right? Let´s take this Bookstagram image as an example by @cozybibliophilie

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It´s not often I come across a Bookstagram account that has one beautiful picture after another. @cozybibliophilie has a stunning collection of features with props, which is why I chose one of her creations to recreate. Candles, plastic flowers, faux fur, a deco band, and a book. Voila! I can do that, too.

Well… As I´ve already learned during this experiment- Nothing that looks easy IS actually easy to copy. My recreation is confirmation enough.

Tadaaa.

 

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I don´t blame you if you´re laughing. To be perfectly honest- I can´t stop laughing, myself, when I look at my copy. It´s so… so… comical. Wanna know what happened? At what point I made mistakes?

 

This Is What Happened

 

#1  I had an idea and thought I could pull it off. * sigh * The original image is very light and the use of filters is heavy. There´s a beautiful contrast of white, deep wine red and pink. My reality is gray. I like everything to have neutral colors. Gray, white, deep blue, taupe and black. I´ll sometimes add a dark pop of color when the mood strikes me ( which is never ).

My idea was: I could pull off the same idea just with different colors ( since I wasn´t too keen on making more phone calls ). I ended up making one call for the candles ( again ).

 

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Faux fur? Check! Stole the Fifi from my daughter. Faux flowers? Oh yeah, I had some, in gray. A deco band? I have quite a few of those in black ( and I don´t know why ). The book I chose to feature for this feature:  `This Is Love` by Caroline Nolan.

 

#2  Having an eye for decoration wouldn´t hurt. Which, I shamefully admit, I don´t have. I mean- look at the mess of an image I created ( insert laughter ). I couldn´t decorate even if my life depended on it. But that´s fine. I´m just not one of those gifted individuals.

 

#3  `You can´t polish shit.” – is what my Grandmother used to say. And I agree. Not even filters were able to help my recreation.  I used a total of 4 filters. Can you tell?

 

 

My Conclusion

 

I have absolutely no talent in the decorating department. If I had then I´d definitely have more shit laying around to use. I should have known from the start that the chosen feature was way out of my league. I guess I was blinded by the shiny pretty thing.

I will say this though – I had fun recreating acozybibliophilie´s Bookstagram image. I laughed so much during the set up. I nearly had tears in my eyes from laughter because I kept hearing my Granny´s voice telling me that I should stop trying to polish shit.

 

I won´t ask you if my recreation was a success. I know it wasn´t. And I´m okay with that. Sometimes you just have to accept that shit is shit.


 

Have you done the Books & Deco/Props themed image? What props do you use? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤


 

 

Thank you for spending time reading this blog post. I hope you enjoyed.

Until next time, my bookish loved ones,

 

XO´s

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Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 5

It´s Bookish Art time! 

 

This is what I love about Bookstagram –  The creativity. How someone can use something simple as a book and turn it into a piece of art.

The Bookstagrammers who specialize in this niche are true artists. From optical illusions to simple shape creations… You can literally feel the love oozing out of each feature.

My “Let´s recreate Bookstagram images” experiment has gotten exciting because this time I´ll not be using props. The only objects required are books.

The image I chose to recreate is from Bookstagrammer  @booksbyfran

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This is cool. It might not be everyone´s favorite shape but you have to admit that this looks pretty neat. Even her toenails match with the books. I could definitely pull that off, too. Well, the toenail color but not the book colors. This is why I decided to recreate this image but add a little twist to the mix. My weapons of choice?

Socks. ( because I was too lazy to paint my toenails after having removed the previous polish ) and black books.

And this is what came out. Am I satisfied? You bet!

 

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So, I didn´t use blue books. Possibly because I don´t have 29 blue books. I have 29 black books, though. Works just as great.

As for how I managed to set up my books in a heart shape… Was it hard / easy? Let´s get into the details.

 

How I Recreated @booksbyfran´s Bookstagram Feature


#1  Find 29 books. Which wasn´t hard. I have enough physical books scattered all around the house. The only problem was finding 29 same / similar in color books. Most of my books have black covers.

 

#2   Have patience. If you don´t then find a way to become patient because this book set up comes close to a game of tumbling dominoes.

 

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It was no surprise that my books didn´t stand straight like actual domino stones. They´re paperbacks – Bendable. I had to be patient and creative about this whole process.

 

#3   Work fast. As soon as the books stood in place I included my feet and took some shots. I didn´t care if they came out good or not. I didn´t have enough time to dwell on angles and lights. The books kept threatening to fall. If it hadn´t been for my feet they would have fallen over. This recreation didn´t take longer than 20 minutes.

 

#4   No filters needed. The only thing I needed to do was crop and shift the image in place.

 

My Conclusion

 

This was the first Bookstagram recreation that was actually fun. A little nerve-wracking but still enjoyable.  I think I wasn´t able to get frustrated because I knew the end result would be so satisfying.

“Omg! A heart shape made with books! I DID THAT! “

It´s the little things in life that bring us joy.

Would I recommend trying this type of Bookstagram feature out? Definitely. Unless you flip out easily- Then you might look for something less challenging.


 

What are your thoughts? Was this copy a success or a failure? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤

 


 

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I hope you enjoyed.

 

XO´s,

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Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 4

Bookstagram

A place filled with comfortable white bedsheets and knowledge.

 

Now that we´ve already talked about Books & CoffeeBooks & Bubble Baths and Books & Outdoors it´s time to discuss my next Bookstagram image recreation:  Books & Beds.

The Books & Bed theme is probably the most envied type of Bookstagram feature there is ( according to all the comments under those images ). Why? Well, because they´re just SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL. It´s basically bookish art. Fine, clean, stark white bookish art.

Bookish art that serves two purposes: 1) to look good. 2) To promote a book.

A feature like this is supposed to stop someone from scrolling further. It´s more or less an invitation to read the caption where a book is promoted / a book blog promotes themselves. This is a normal book blogging strategy, not rocket science. But I find it the hardest way to blog, if I´m honest.

After having given this theme much thought I finally found it in me to approach this type of image recreation. All I needed was a ton of shit I don´t have.

From all the beautiful Books & Bed Bookstagram images I chose one from Bookstagrammer  @acourtofwordsandpages

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There´s no denying how beautiful this looks. And if I´m honest- I was a little terrified of copying this image. Why? Because it looks like hard work to me. It looks perfect. It´s so… white-ish. So, I gave it my best. 150%.

Here´s my 150%.

 

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For me, I failed miserably. I´ll tell you why.

 

Here´s What Happened

 

#1  I had to make a few calls. The only things I had on hand were my books and the piece of cardboard. The candles and the white coffee cup & saucer were from my mother in – law. The wooden clothespins, the single pages, and the lavender & vase were from my mom and the white bedsheet…. the hardest item to borrow ( because no one has white bedding around here ), was from my neighbor.

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The experiment hadn´t even started and I was already having problems.

If you´re asking yourselves why I don´t own most of the objects in the picture…

I´m not the decorating type. And, I have kids. I don´t own matching dishes or silverware, let alone saucers for tea/coffee cups. Candles… I´m just not into candles. Let´s not even discuss the white sheet.

Once I had everything together the placements began.

 

#2  You need to be careful. Once that mug has something in it and you place it on your bed then you begin to sweat. The books you open don´t necessarily stay in place so you have to be careful and quick. I held my breath every time I had to readjust the setup.  I didn´t want chocolate milk on the white sheet and I certainly didn´t want to clean it off my mattress or have it spill over my books.

 

#3   Another 2 hours of my life I won´t get back. Add the time I spent collecting everything and the time I spend returning the items to their rightful owners and you can say I spent roughly around 3 hours.

 

My Conclusion

 

For me, this wasn´t worth it. Not worth my time, not worth the sweat I involuntarily invested. I was frustrated from start to finish. I realized that my creativity lies elsewhere. My role is to admire Books & Bed Bookstagram images, not to copy them. I´m just not interested in going the extra mile for a simple image that means so little to me.

I have a newfound respect for those who do this daily/weekly or even once.

Although I´m not too keen on creating this type of content again I´d still recommend giving this a go if anyone were interested in trying this whole thing out. 


 

What do you think? Do you like to see this type of Bookstagram content? Have you tried the Books & Bed theme before? I´d love to hear your thoughts on this. ❤

 


 

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I fully appreciate it.

 

XO´s

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