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 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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Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 3

Welcome back to Books, Baths & Boobs!

If you´re new here and haven´t a clue what this is all about- Don´t worry. I´ve got you covered. Books, Baths & Boobs is an 8 – day blog theme where I recreate popular Bookstagram images.

Today it´s time to talk about outdoor Bookstagram shots.

There´s a reason why almost every Bookstagrammer has done this type of book feature- Because it´s easy. You pick a book, go outside and that´s about it. Whether or not you want to include yourself in the feature or not… is totally up to you- As long as you´re showing off a sky, some grass and maybe a bush/tree… you´re creating outdoor content.

The most difficult part of this experiment for me was picking the right image to recreate. Since there isn´t a shortage of outdoor book features I spent half a day deciding on what would be the easiest image for me to copy. I finally settled for this simple yet pretty book feature done by Bookstagrammer tiffysbookshelf.  

 

 

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A classic beauty. Isn´t it pretty? This type of book feature will always receive my approval because it´s all about the book. What this image is saying is

“Hey, look at the book I just read/purchased. You should / shouldn´t read this book.” ( among other things )

Well, I ditched the bathrobe, got dressed, grabbed a book and took a deep breath before stepping foot into the seven pits of hell ( was 37°C outside ).

Voila! The first recreation that didn´t tick me off.

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Lucky for me- I have book #1 from the series the Bookstagrammer featured. I recently purchased  `Begin Again` ( Again #1 ), a New Adult, Romance by author Mona Kasten, so I had that. The original image shows book #4.

 

How I Recreated @tiffysbookshelf ´s  Bookstagram Feature

 

#1  Preparing for the image. The original image shows a little bit of arm, a thumb( with a painted fingernail ), a watch, nature and a book. I dug up my wrist watch, painted my thumb nail with nail polish ( since the thumb is the only visible finger in the image ) and, just for shits and giggles, covered my tattoos. I have tattoos around my whole wrist and the Bookstagrammer I copied from didn´t seem to have any visible ink so… tons of concealer was used ( which you can see in my copied version above )

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#2  Finding the right spot and angle. Finding trees or bushes isn´t a problem. Finding the right angle can be difficult, though. Holding a book with your arm stretched out for a few minutes: Puuh. Tilting the book in that position ever so slightly: UUGH. Your arm begins to feel like lead pretty quick.

 

#3  This feature doesn´t require much time. I think I spent a total of 20 minutes outside. Which is not too shabby. Compared to the 2 hours I spent with the Books & Coffee recreation, this was a nice walk in the park.

 

On the plus side...

Thanks to the natural light there wasn´t any use for filters. Nature offers some vibrant colors that give off nice contrasts. The only thing I did was try to blur out the house on the left side of the pic ( which you can still see a little ) and crop the image.

 

My Conclusion

 

Aside from a few differences, I don´t think I can complain much. This Book & Outdoor feature was fun and easy to recreate.

Would I recommend doing this Bookstagram theme? I would. Using the Book & Outdoor theme is a great way to give books some spotlight. The focus is on the book. There´s nothing else in the image that can distract from the book. Simple and easy- Just the way I like it.


 

What do you think about Books & Outdoor Bookstagram images? Do you like / dislike them? Was this experiment a failure or a success? Drop a comment below with your thoughts. I´d love to chat. ❤


 

 

 

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

XO´s

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Books, Baths & Boobs- Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 2

Bookstagram

Book & Bubble Bath

 

Original Instagram image posted by:  @pebblesinlove

 

Hellooo and welcome back to my epic experiment Books, Baths & Boobs, where I attempt to recreated well-loved Bookstagram features.

Today I´d like to chat about reading in the tub. Raise your hand if you´re one of those people who love to soak yourself in a bath filled with bubbles! I´m one of those people. In fact- Taking a long, much needed hot bath with bubbles and having something to read is a luxury of mine. Mainly because it´s the only time ( and place ) where I can find some peace. Where´s Mommy? In the tub and unavailable for the next 1-1.5 hours.

I love reading in the tub. I love picking a book ( could be a new release or a reread ) and to walk those few joyful steps towards the bathroom. I´ll grab a bottle of wine on my way and lock the door behind me. THAT is what I call a perfect evening. If you´re asking where the candles are in all this: I´m not a fan of candles.

For some time other book bloggers have been questioning the necessity and authenticity of these Book & Bubble Bath images done by countless Bookstagrammers. For me, I don´t see why these shouldn´t be done. All this is about creativity. Unfortunately- this type of bookish creativity is often misunderstood or not welcomed.  Me? I think whatever works for you will be accepted and will work for others as well.

Just recently I spotted this really pretty gem by Instagrammer pebblesinlove.

 

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Isn´t that pretty? And doesn´t the image just scream “Read in the tub, woman!”? First of all, I like that the image is in color. I have no idea how many or if any filters were used for this book-bath feature. Do I care? Nope. It´s a great shot. A shot I thought I´d recreate. How hard can this little book and leg peeping recreation be? I read in the tub all the time. Surely, I´d be able to get this done within minutes.

Here´s a list of THINGS I USED

 

  • 3 different shampoos ( for the extra bubbles and because I ran out of bubble bath )
  • 1 paperback ( Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer )
  • My phone

 

My Recreated Feature

 

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I have mixed feelings. Nothing went as planned. What I thought would be a piece of cake ended up being a 1-hour literal pain in my ass. Either I´m too short or my bathtub is too long because I wasn´t able to work relaxed. What looks so effortless was actually hard as hell. I slipped a few times and yelled “I`M ABOUT TO GO UNDER!” to no one in particular.

 

My ” I`M ABOUT TO GO UNDER!” shot. 

( I have 17 of these panic pictures )

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Slippery Bookstagram Business

 

 

And then there´s the issue with my less than presentable ghost-white skin. Thank the books for those three filters because without them you´d all be blind by now from white skin. I actually had to lighten up the bubbles and over filter my skin or else all you would´ve seen is white and a book. Then the troubles with the wet hand.

The book hand was dry. The phone hand wasn´t. I had to put my phone down every few seconds to rearrange the bubbles because they kept floating away. If your phone isn´t waterproof then you might want to ask someone to help with the shot.

 

My conclusion

It´s clear that the only problem I had was with the recreation. After this little stunt, I took a few other Book & Bath shots and those took me less than a minute to finish. It´s not easy to recreate someone else´s work. Personally, I´d classify the Book & Bubble Bath experiment as decent. Not a full success and not a complete failure.

 

Would I recommend taking Book & Bubble Bath shots for Instagram? Sure, why not? If done correctly ( not like I did ) then they can be a lot of fun.

Would I do this feature again? I bow before anyone who does these features but I think I´ll stick to reading in the tub from now on. While it was great to try this out, it was also a little difficult.

 

NOTE: No books were harmed or sacrificed for this experiment. All pages are intact and still in immaculate condition.

 

What do ya think? Was the recreation a hit or miss? Have you done a Book & Bath Instagram feature yourself? Tell me your secrets ❤

 


 

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed. 

XO´s

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