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VINTAGE Backdrop Tutorial, with Guest Blogger Ashlyn Mae

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Our friend Ashlyn Mae is sharing her amazing AMAZING and easy, VINTAGE BACKDROP …

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This is a super quick and easy photo shoot backdrop that only takes several items to make! I was fun to make, the kids helped and I loved how the end result turned out. I’m listing the supplies that I used (with links) below as well as step-by-step instructions. I’d love to see any backdrops you make from this tutorial (feel free to post in the comments below!):

Supplies:

  1. Polystyrene Board (we used a 4×8 and cut it down to 4×6)
  2. Wallcovering Adhesive (I used Sure Grip Heavy Duty Wallcovering Adhesive – 1 Quart)
  3. Antique/Vintage Wallpaper (got mine at Hannah’s Treasure on Etsy)
  4. Any smoothing brush or paint brush (I used a foam brush that I had in my craft drawer)

Instructions:

  1. Gather your supplies
  2. Gently rip the edges of your paper for a jagged edge. The vintage paper I used was very delicate/ripped easy, so I had to do this carefully so that the paper wouldn’t rip in half.
  3. Brush the wallcovering adhesive onto either the paper or the board, doesn’t matter either way.
  4. Press the paper onto the board and begin layering your pieces.
  5. As you layer, don’t hesitate to be rough, wrinkle your paper or get adhesive on the front-side of the paper, as all of this contributes to the weathered/aged look.
  6. You may want to do extra ripping once all of the pieces are on the board. I just sort of eyed it and ripped/tailored as needed.
  7. Allow to set/dry. I used bricks (and…eh hem…sun block :) ) to hold the pieces down as they dried.
  8. *Optional: Allow the backdrop to weather in the sun and early morning dew for extra wrinkles and fading.
  9. Once you’re finished, enjoy!

 

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You can find more of Ashlyn at her >>> BLOG <<< 

 

Vendor Crush: ReiLynn Designs {discount alert}

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This next CELEBRITY CRUSH is on prop shop ReiLynn Designs

DISCOUNT ALERT!:  PROPINS and it is 25% off
and expires Oct 22

1) What is the very first prop you made?
Give us some details… and looking back at it now…
Honestly, it was my daughters first blanket. I made it in third grade “knowing” that it would be perfect for my baby someday. It was made 100% at recess while watching the other kids play kick ball- I was “hooked.” I still have the blanket, and I wouldn’t change a thing! It helps that it was made for my little girl, I could never sell a blanket that was made while I was sitting in dirt! LOL!

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2) What got you into the photography prop vendor world?
Like I had mentioned, I have been crocheting since I was in grade school. I never thought of it turning into my career until a few years ago when I opened ReiLynn Designs as a girl’s boutique. After working with a few amazing photographers, I knew I wanted to pursue more photography aimed designs. The creative community of photographers is so rewarding to be a part of.
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3) Share some love… please name your top 3 professional photographers who you love working with…
My top three photographers to work with: Abba Color Photography, Shanna Rae Photography, Gabriela Bauerova Photography. They are so great with working on my color inspirations and bringing in fresh product ideas!

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4) Let’s have fun… any extraordinary talent, or obsession, that you’d like to share with us? IE: can you touch your tongue to your nose, or do you snowboard, maybe run marathons or like to mow the lawn in your bikini ? :)
I was an art major in college and minored in painting. I love to oil paint and am actually published in a few art books! My house is full of paintings and I do gallery shows a couple times a year.

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5) What are all of your shop links, so we can cyber stalk your goodies and shop often! ?
Website: www.rdphotographyprops.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/reilynndesigns1
Google+ : https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108133069533317501593/108133069533317501593/about/p/pub

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6) Tell us about YOU… personally. Are you a wife, mother, sister friend. Do you enjoy sports, wine tasting, avid book reader.

When I’m not working, I’m traveling with my little girl and my significant other, Amber. We love to take educational trips as a family and are always planning the next one!

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7) Share with us your ALL TIME #1 FAVORITE image in your portfolio! 
I love everything about this image! She is so gorgeous, from her mouth to her hair and little fingers and toes. I love that the way the image is composed that you see every beautiful detail!
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8) Do you have any other photography based adventures planned for the near future? For instance, collaborating with workshops?
I am working with Creative Captures Photography Workshop in June as a vendor sponsor. I hope to work a few more workshops, as well as do some traveling truck show events this summer.

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9) Any fabulous formative info you can “share” with fellow vendors who are just starting out? We could always use inspiration… so we’d love a “pep talk” !
Make sure to build relationships- not just your brand. There are so many prop makers out there filling e-mails with items because it is easy to get caught up in selling. Photographers have their own style, find a couple that fit your prop style and build that trusting relationship first. Don’t forget to build relationships with other prop makers for ready to ship sales or combined prop set ups.

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SPOTLIGHT VENDOR: Custom Photo Props

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This weeks SPOTLIGHT VENDOR isCUSTOM PHOTO PROPS
You can find their shop here: http://www.customphotoprops.com/

Long time vendor & friends at CUSTOM PHOTO PROPS
have your perfect selection of newborn photography props…
just see for yourself…

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Also, find them on >>> FACEBOOK <<< for extra specials & discounts!

Products, but not limited to: 
Faux Fur Photo Props
Baby Wraps
Artist Line
Hats
Boy Props
Baby Girl Props
Headbands
Baby Blankets
Studio SETS
Crowns
Fringe Blanket
Newborn Hammocks
Beds
3-D Mat
Novelty Items

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Their line of faux fur for baby/newborn sessions are DELECTABLE!
Here is a lil video, to get you drooling…

Plus…

awesome, unique and MUST HAVE newborn props
of all sorts, shapes & sizes.

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AS ALWAYS…
find them in our blog side bar >>>
or simply click any link here to shop this great vendor…


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 CUSTOM PHOTO PROPS

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GIVEAWAY! Blog Block Party today… who wants to enjoy?

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It’s time to PARTY!
Chic Critique is hosting their annual Blog Block Party and we are excited to be a part!
You can get 19 sweet freebies this week!
You can find all the party goers at Chic Critique (link here:  http://goo.gl/jzbCTo ).

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WHO WANTS TO WIN FROM PROP INSANITY?!

One lucky Prop Insanity reader will win a $40 Gift Certificate to any of our Blog Advertisers
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HOW DO YOU WIN?! 
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Head over to Chic Critique >>> HERE <<< and get MORE goodies from other vendors!

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