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 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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Books, Baths & Boobs – Recreating Bookstagram Images: Part 1

Bookstagram

A community of clever minds who specialize in visual book creativity.

Welcome to Books, Baths & Boobs- The place where I´ll be recreating Bookstagram images from Bookstagrammers I follow. Or, in other words:

“Hey, look what I´ve always wanted to recreate. I finally found some time so here I am. Yippie!”

Today´s the start of my new bookish experiment and I thought it would be best to start with something that´s been done a million times over by countless Bookstagrammers- Books & Coffee features.

And because this popular Bookstagram theme has been copied so often I thought I´d also give it a try. I mean- It doesn´t look too difficult. What can go wrong? It´s just a coffee and a book. Well, all this sounds simple but for me, it won´t be easy.

  1. I´ve never done a coffee & book pic before
  2. I live in a coffee-free household.

I would have to pick an image that´s not too difficult to begin with. Something simple. Something I won´t spend all day fussing over.

I´ve chosen a Bookstagram image from Instagram user:  openasabookworm

 

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( NOTE: If you ever get the chance then please pop over and give that woman some love because she has AMAZING book features. I envy this bookstagram talent )

Looks fairly simple, right? Five same sized mugs and books. As I said- A walk in the park.

Now, for the great recreation reveal.

Tadaaaaa!

 

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What do ya think? Is this a recreation well done, or is this a piss poor copy of the original?

But what about the whole process? Was this as simple as I thought it would be? It would be best to give you a rundown on how this image came to be. Because I assure you, there´s more to it than meets the eye.

 

How It Was Done

 

#1 – Preparation is key. I needed 5 books. The featured paperbacks are from P.C. Cast´s `Goddess Summoning`series. The 5 mugs all needed to be the same size as they are in the original image. Since I wasn´t about to go out and buy coffee I decided to go the fake coffee route. Coke, balsamico, water, milk… Whatever liquid´s dark enough.

 

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#2 – Become the mad-fake-coffee-doctor. I admit, this was the fun part of this whole experiment. I got to mix balsamic dressing with water and milk. 

 

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Which was a bit nasty, to be honest. The smell of balsamic dressing with milk wasn´t pleasant. And the end result wasn´t too great, either. I don´t recommend doing this.

 

 

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This, I can totally recommend. Using Coca-Cola was a much better idea. A little messier but hey… This is fake coffee science. It´s not supposed to be clean. After I added milk I was sort of satisfied with the coffee illusion result.

 

#3 – Getting the right angle is also key. Look, I´m short. I have to use chairs and stools to reach stuff. I also had to use chairs to get the right angle for this recreation shot.

 

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My Conclusion

 

Fuck the walk in the park. All this was too much work for a simple book feature. I spent nearly 2 hours mixing the fake coffee, carefully dragging 5 full mugs to my living room and rearranging the mugs, lining them up with the books. I had a near-death experience while standing on my chairs. And all while sweating my ass off in this unholy 34-degree heat. At this point I don´t even care if I succeeded or not. I just don´t want to ever do this again. THAT is how fed up I am.

Book & Coffee Bookstagram images are pretty to look at and I´m in awe of anyone who goes to these lengths to create these pictures. I sure hope these Bookstagrammers continue to create these amazing Book & Coffee features because I sure as hell won´t. I can´t and am not willing to invest that much time for one image.

 

Oh! I almost forgot!

Before I leave I think it would be best to mention that, despite this being a wasteful experiment, not all had gone to waste. Some of the Coke survived and was put to good use. The balsamic dressing and milk didn´t.

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What are your thoughts? Have you done a Books & Coffee Bookstagram image before? If so, how did you do it? Did you use real coffee or fake coffee? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤

 


 

Thank you for visiting my apocalyptic blog post series on how to recreate Bookstagram images: Part 1. I hope you enjoyed.

 

Sending lots of bookish love,

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