Friday, September 24, 2010

Team Project No. 5, Going Green, Part 2

This week we finish up our Going Green challenge from the month of August. Take a look at what some of our creative team members and friends came up with.

Take a look at this great magnet board by MooreMagnets. It is made with recycled paper, recycled steel, and sustainable wood. Environmentally friendly and adorable at the same time.

RitzeeRebel is doing her part to remind everyone to recycle with this fun pin. The pin is made with eco-felt which is made with recycled plastic bottles.

Next week we will post the first of our entries from our September challenge. Come back then to see what great items were made featuring some very distinct fall colors.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Team Project No. 5: Going Green

Team HHU Goes Green this Friday!
The instructions for this particular project was to make eco friendly items. This means that the items must be made out of at least 75% re-used or recycled material.
This Friday and next we'll present to you the fruits of this project.

"A light heart lives long", a quote from William Shakespeare is printed on this quilted post card from FabricGreetings. The card is made out of tiny scraps of leftover fabrics.

This denim clutch purse from NancysBagsEtc is made of recycled jeans. 

This necklace comes from JewelryByJakemi and the pendant is made of an upcycled Rummikub game piece. On the game piece a picture of the sun and moon is attached and covered with two layers of resin.

Next Friday the rest of the Going Green entries from the HHU Team will be posted. Welcome back then!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How Are Your Pictures?

I think all of us struggle with taking the best pictures possible. There is no doubt the learning curve goes on and on and on. So let’s give this process a little thought. After all the picture really does have to sell your product.

I am going to approach this problem from the aspect of advertising. One of the greatest forms of advertising on etsy is being included in a treasury. People who might never enter your shop check out the treasuries. The old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” is very true.

When curators are selecting items for a treasury, they are looking for a cohesive look. That means all backgrounds should blend together well. So your best bet is to go for a neutral background. It is amazing how many sellers use a very busy background or an odd color for the background. Maybe the solution to this problem is to have your main picture be one with the neutral background. Then your other thumbnail pics can get creative.

Does that mean the background has to be plain white? Not at all. You can still use a prop or a texture. I have seen some wonderful pics taken on a piece of wood, a rock, a tea cup or even a branch. But the background remains neutral.

The other big problem is the darkness of your photos. Your photo needs to pop. And that is done with a photo editing program. There are several very good free programs on the web. One of them is Picasa and the other is Picnik.

Your camera does not need to be an expensive one. There was a very good forum post by Bomobob -a photographer on etsy. His advice is very helpful and you can learn some great tricks. This is the link:

He also wrote a very interesting post about making your pictures pop. I think if you follow his advice, you will be surprised with the results. That link is:

Good luck and don’t be surprised if you find yourself included in more treasuries because of these changes.
Article by Alyce of Fabric Greetings