Welcome to The Love of Flatlays Challenge!
Confession, I have a flatlay obsession if you hadn’t already guessed (my personal Pinterest page is testament to this ha!), but I lack the consistency of practice. And it got me thinking! How much more fun would it be to build on it as a community and unleash our creativity side by side?
How It Works:
It’s a weekly Instagram challenge and will run with a new theme each Friday for 8 weeks, starting TODAY September 14th. I will announce the theme here on the blog, along with some tips and tricks to help you along with the chosen theme for the week.
Each week I’ll chose a few to share on my Instagram stories to help us get to know one another too!
Simply post your flatlay, along with the hashtag
so we can all follow along!
Don’t be shy! Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in. The purpose of this challenge is to explore your creativity and to build a sense of community; really though, it’s a chance to kick back and have some fun!
Drum roll please…
WEEK ONE - BACKGROUNDS
There are so many options when it comes to backgrounds for your flatlays. For this challenge, push the boundaries a little and get out of your comfort zone. Try a background that you wouldn’t normally choose and roll with it.
Here are a few background ideas to get you started:
You can pick these up for next to nothing in any craft or stationary store. Go for the largest size available which is usually A1. Card creases less than the paper sheets, it may cost a little more but it lasts much longer.
This is a fun one and easy to find around the house. There’s bedding, blankets, curtains, clothing, scarves, baby muslin, quilts...so many possibilities!
There is so much versatility with this option and they cover a lot more surface area if a larger background is what you’re looking for. From florals to wooden floorboard effects, your options are practically endless. While I’m on the subject of paper, scrapbook paper can be delightful for adding texture and layering in flatlay photographs. A fabric background can introduce a beautiful texture and softness to your flatlays.
Can’t find a background you like, why not try making your own? For instance, I struggled to find a certain colour for our AW18 collection. I popped down to the local hardware store, picked up a couple of paint samples and a sheet of thin plywood and painted my own. Simple, fun and with such great results. So, let’s all get creative and get creating!
I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this theme- happy hashtagging! #loveofflatlayschallenge