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This is Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., and we’re spreading more holiday cheer with another FREE DOWNLOAD and a camera bag and several gift card giveaways!


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Go{4}Pro Photos is giving away an awesome FREE Furry Friends Mini Campaign Kit download over at their Facebook page until Monday.


Download the FREE Furry Friends Mini Campaign Kit here:
http://tinyurl.com/7bmh8mv

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Now here’s a quick peek at the latest camera bag I was lucky enough to review – The MODERN Hard Case by Drop It Modern.

Drop it Modern The Modern Hard Case camera bag

What’s shown in the bag?
• Nikon D700 body with grip
• Nikon 50mm f/1.4G
• Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
• Nikon SB-800
• Apple iPad2
• Speck iPad2 FitFolio Cover
• HTC Evo Shift 4G phone
• Abie Designs camera strap
• wallet WhiBal card
• Compact Flash Cards

Photos just do not do this camera case justice – it’s brilliantly vintage, yet perfectly modern all in one. I was extremely impressed with the sturdy construction.

I don’t want to send it back. If I suddenly quit posting to this blog and Facebook, you’ll know the case and I ran away to Jamaica and lived happily ever after!

Full review coming soon… Until then check out my other camera bag features:
1. December ’11 Professional Photographer Magazine column
2. Web Exclusives supplement column to December ’11 issue
3. Web Exclusives mini bag review March ’12
4. July ’10 Professional Photographer Magazine column
5. Camera bag features here on Paperie


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I found this awesome tutorial on Pinterest this week and just had to share it with all of you – “How to Make a Paper Bow” by How About Orange.

How About Orange how to make a paper bow

Read more and see the full tutorial at the How About Orange website!

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And don’t forget to enter our contests / giveaways this weekend!



emera messenger camera bag contest
win an *emera green messenger camera bag – enter here



Bad Sass gift card giveaway

win a $250 Bad Sass Backdrops gift card – enter here



Artsy Couture giftcard contest

win a $100 Artsy Couture gift card – enter here



Poppy Tree frames gift certificate giveaway

win a $30 Poppy Tree Frames gift card – enter here



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Hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend!
Robyn & Todd
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May201225

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This is Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., and we’re kicking off summer fun with a FREE DOWNLOAD and a camera bag and several gift card giveaways!


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Tonight we’ve got a FREE download and giveaway / guest / vendor post by Bad Sass Backdrops, Inc. and Sassy Designs, Inc.!

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It’s a birthday celebration at Bad Sass Backdrops, Inc. and they’re doing a buy one backdrop / get one backdrop FREE sale through midnight EDT on Sunday. You can find more details (and several merchant discount codes) in their newsletter. Their sister company Sassy Designs, Inc. is also running an 80% OFF SALE through the end of May!

First up for grabs is a FREE customizable mini accordion album template:

Free Sassy Designs download

download link ← for Sassy Designs, Inc. mini accordion album template

And as if that wasn’t enough, one lucky Paperie reader will win a $250.00 gift certificate to Bad Sass Backdrops, Inc.!

Bad Sass gift card giveaway

How do you win the Bad Sass gift card? Easy!

1. Follow Bad Sass Backdrops, Inc. on Facebook

2. Follow @sassydesignsinc on Twitter

3. Follow Paperie Boutique on Facebook

4. Follow @paperieboutique on Twitter

5. Leave a note in the comments here saying what your
     favorite Bad Sass Backdrops, Inc. product or design is


Each entry requires its own separate comment here. (In simple terms: If you want FIVE chances to win, you have to do the FIVE separate things listed above, and then make five separate comments here telling us how you did them.)

Comment that you have followed Bad Sass Backdrops, Inc. on Facebook and/or @sassydesignsinc on Twitter (or already do) – and that you have followed Paperie Boutique on Facebook and/or Twitter (or already do) – and/or list your favorite Bad Sass product – in separate comments here to have multiple chances to win!

Comment(s) must be posted here by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 29th. U.S. residents can enter up to FIVE times total. Post that you have met the individual requirements in separate comments here to have multiple chances to win! See official rules for more details.

You can enter / post up to five times total – one entry each for all of the options listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: Comments are held for moderation and may not appear immediately. Please be patient! They will show up eventually.)

You have FIVE chances to win, but only one chance PER OPTION – please do not post the same link multiple times. Duplicate links will be removed. Each entry requires its own separate comment to have multiple chances to win!

Comments on this entry will be numbered in order of posting. The winning number will be chosen by Random.org, and the winner will be contacted within 48-72 hours of the winner-announcement to claim their prize.


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And don’t forget our other contests / giveaways this weekend as well!

emera messenger camera bag contest

win an *emera green messenger camera bag – enter here



Artsy Couture giftcard contest

win a $100 Artsy Couture gift card – enter here



Poppy Tree frames gift certificate giveaway

win a $30 Poppy Tree Frames gift card – enter here



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Last but not least, we don’t stop to thank our host and sponsor, Hosting Matters, nearly enough. They keep this site online, provide the bandwidth for all of the great photos / content / free downloads, and work around the clock – even on holidays – making sure you can always get your Paperie on! We’ve been with them for over a decade now and can’t recommend them enough!

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Have a great Memorial Day holiday!
Robyn & Todd

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May201225

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This is Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., and we’re kicking off summer in style with a giveaway and guest / vendor post by *emera camera bags!

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Up for grabs is an *emera Green Messenger camera bag!

There are times when you don’t need to carry a standard sized emera bag. A short trip, say. Or if you’re just toting a smaller camera, an iPad and a little lunch. Enter the Messenger, economic in stature yet generous in stash-ability. Impeccably designed to store and protect all your spendy stuff, it has four flexible padded compartments and a deep inside zip pocket. Wear it across the body courier-style to keep your hands free for a quick cappuccino. Chic, smart and shiny. Green with orange lining.

• Water-resistant PU coated canvas with soft leather straps and trim
• Comfy shoulder pad on the strap
• Top flap whips closed and stays closed thanks to magnetic buttons
• Flap has zipper pocket roomy enough for a small notebook
• Wide back pocket – ideal for your phone
• Interior zip pocket for passport, tickets, and fancy snacks
• Modular Velcro dividers for flexible organizing
• Durable canvas lining
• Small metal feet to help protect the base


You can see more of the Green Messenger, and just what it will hold, in my Professional Photographer Magazine column (and accompanying, expanded Web Exclusives piece) from December 2011.

And *emera is running a special Memorial Day weekend promo — all their camera bags (except the Green Messenger) will be 20% off with free shipping. And the Green Messenger is 30% off—just $89—perfect for Father’s Day! The sale runs through Monday, May 28th.

So how do you win a Green Messenger of your very own?

It’s easy! You have FIVE chances!

1. Follow *emera on Facebook

2. Follow @emerabags on Twitter

3. Follow Paperie Boutique on Facebook

4. Follow @paperieboutique on Twitter

5. Comment here and tell us what your favorite *emera bag is


Each entry requires its own separate comment here. (In simple terms: If you want FIVE chances to win, you have to do the FIVE separate things listed above, and then make five separate comments here telling us how you did them.)

Comment that you have followed *emera on Facebook and/or Twitter (or already do) – and that you have followed Paperie Boutique on Facebook and/or Twitter (or already do) – and/or list your favorite *emera bag – in separate comments here to have multiple chances to win!

Comment(s) must be posted here by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 29th. U.S. residents can enter up to FIVE times total. Post that you have met the individual requirements in separate comments here to have multiple chances to win! See official rules for more details.

You can enter / post up to five times total – one entry each for all of the options listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: Comments are held for moderation and may not appear immediately. Please be patient! They will show up eventually.)

You have FIVE chances to win, but only one chance PER OPTION – please do not post the same link multiple times. Duplicate links will be removed. Each entry requires its own separate comment to have multiple chances to win!

Comments on this entry will be numbered in order of posting. The winning number will be chosen by Random.org, and the winner will be contacted within 48-72 hours of the winner-announcement to claim their prize.

Thanks so much to *emera camera bags for the incredible prize giveaway, and good luck to everyone who enters!


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Don’t forget we also have two other giveaways going on at the moment!

One is a $30 gift card to Poppy Tree Frames — and the other is a $100 gift card to Artsy Couture!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!
Robyn & Todd

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We’re excited to have Poppy Tree Frames back for another giveaway and vendor / guest post!

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Poppy Tree Frames specializes in custom frames – and now they are excited to launch their Ready-Made Frames! Just go to their site, have a look at the frames, and a few clicks later the goods will be mailed out to you!

ABOUT POPPY TREE FRAMES: At Poppy Tree Frames we fully understand that the best memories are ones that are captured, and our delight is framing those treasured snapshots in frames that are bold enough to make a real statement yet remain elegant so as to not distract from the subject.

Poppy Tree Frames are a small crew of artisans, wood-smiths and lovers of the brilliance of the old world and the pervasive whimsical and artistic aesthetic of today. Offering 18 customizable frames styles in 42 colors and 49 prints we are excited about what we are pouring ourselves and like a father proud of his son, indeed we are proud of what we have begotten and want to share our craft.

Poppy Tree Frames ready made frames

Want to win a $30 gift card to Poppy Tree Frames? All you have to do is go to Poppy Tree Frames on Pinterest and repin your favorite image – then share that pin on Facebook with your Facebook readers. (This must be on a public Facebook page so we can verify it’s there – if we have to register to see your Facebook page, it is not public, and the entry will be voided.) Don’t forget to come back here and post where you shared your pin!

You can get up to two extra BONUS entries by following @PoppyTreeFrames on Twitter, and then commenting here to tell us you’ve done so (or already do) — and / or by listing your favorite Poppy Tree Frame over here in the comments.

That’s all there is to it!

Comment(s) must be posted here by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 29th. U.S. residents can enter up to THREE times total. Post that you have met the individual requirements in three separate comments here to have multiple chances to win!

You can enter / post up to three times total – one entry each for each option listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: Comments are held for moderation and may not appear immediately. Please be patient! They will show up eventually.)

You have THREE chances to win, but only one chance PER OPTION – please do not post the same link multiple times. Duplicate links will be removed. Each entry requires its own separate comment to have multiple chances to win! See official rules for more details.

Comments on this entry will be numbered in order of posting. The winning number will be chosen by Random.org, and the winner will be contacted within 48-72 hours of the winner-announcement to claim their prize.

Be sure to check out the Poppy Tree Frames website here and their Facebook page here! And thanks to Poppy Tree Frames for giving our readers another amazing giveaway!


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We’d also like to welcome a couple of our newest advertisers!

Online Photoshop Mentoring -with- Brenna Gentry:

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An Online Photoshop Class that is not a ‘Here’s how to use Photoshop‘ class, but a ‘Here’s how I use Photoshop & my thought process behind every step I make while creating beautiful edits‘ class. I share with you MY personal workflow that I use on every single image I edit & more importantly I share the questions you need to ask yourself while editing to get the results you desire.

I remember the feeling of staring at my screen not knowing where to start, what to do, how to do it & the frustration of not being able to get my images to look like I wanted. This class will push you past all of that & take your images to the next level. Upon completion of the class you will feel confident, motivated, excited & inspired. Why wouldn’t you want to give that to yourself?

Need some quick & specific mentoring? Check out the Online 1-Hour Mentoring Consult!

I would also like to offer a limited discount code for Paperie readers – use paperie35 to save $35!


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Green Apple Ideas:

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Green Apple Ideas is a new kind of marketing company. We offer affordable DIY business and marketing help for photographers.

Two sisters, Tricia and April, got together create a small business with the mission of offering choices to women by teaching business and marketing skills. The Green Apple girls wanted to be able to help moms have the choice to work from home if that is what they desired!

Check them out at photographer.greenappleideas.com!


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If you are interested in advertising with us, please contact Todd:
todd AT paperieboutique DOT com

And don’t forget we currently have a $100 gift card giveaway running through Friday with Artsy Couture!

Check back soon for more goodies!
Robyn & Todd

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May201220

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New week – new winners – and a new $100 gift card giveaway!

We want to thank all of our readers and vendors for two very successful recent promotions! First up, the winner of the MOO.com $75.00 gift card

Moo gift certificate winner

…is CPMarketing! Congratulations to Chris, and thanks to MOO.com for the fun giveaway!


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Next we have the winner of the Artsy Couture “prize pack”…it’s Carrie Hanna!

Artsy Couture contest winner Paperie Boutique

Thanks to Carrie, and also to Artsy Couture for such a great prize!


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But as they say…that’s…not all! Artsy Couture is having an amazing sale through the end of May! ALL Artsy products are 22% off + free shipping! For more details see image below and visit artsycouture.com!

Artsy Couture spring site wide sale coupon code

And one lucky Paperie reader will win a $100 Artsy gift certificate this week! How do you win?

Easy! Just tell us your favorite Artsy Couture product in the comments here.

You can have up to two additional BONUS entries by following Artsy Couture on Facebook and / or Paperie Boutique on Facebook (or stating that you follow one – or both, in separate comments – already).

Comments must be posted here by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 27th. (Deadline extended due to site maintenance.) U.S. residents can enter up to THREE times total. Post that you have met the individual requirements in three separate comments here to have multiple chances to win!

You can enter / post up to three times total – one entry each for each option listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: Comments are held for moderation and may not appear immediately. Please be patient! They will show up eventually.)

You have THREE chances to win, but only one chance PER OPTION – please do not post the same entry method multiple times. Duplicate entries will be removed. Each entry requires its own separate comment to have multiple chances to win! See official rules for more details.

Comments on this entry will be numbered in order of posting. The winning number will be chosen by Random.org, and the winner will be contacted within 48-72 hours of the winner-announcement to claim their prize.

Thanks once again to our sponsor Artsy Couture for being so good to our readers!


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P.S. Don’t miss our FREE Father’s Day template downloads.

Check back soon!
Robyn & Todd

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May201210

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Guess what? Today we have one of our favorite sponsors back for another giveaway and guest / vendor post! Please welcome Artsy Couture!

artsy couture portrait frames

What’s up for grabs? An Artsy Couture “prize pack” that includes two Sweet Frames (up to 11×14) and a $50 gift certificate good on any Artsy products!

WHAT ARE SWEET FRAMES?
Sweet Frames are a collection of distressed and aged looking frames hand crafted from high quality wood. Every frame is meant to inspire whimsy and wonderment, like being presented with a life sized piece of candy. Join in on spreading the sweetness.

How do you win? Go to Facebook and / or Twitter and answer the following question:

If there is one photography mistake you’ve made along the way and could take back, what would it be?

When posting to Facebook, make sure to tag @Artsy Couture in your answer – and when posting to Twitter make sure to tag @ArtsyCouture in your answer. Then don’t forget to come back and link your Facebook and / or Twitter post(s) in the comments here so everyone can see. (These must be on a public Facebook or Twitter account so we can verify it’s there – if we have to register to see your entry, it is not public, and the entry will be voided.) That’s all there is to it!

You can have an optional, BONUS entry by telling us your favorite Artsy Couture product in the comments here.

Comment(s) must be posted here by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 11th. U.S. residents can enter up to THREE times total. Post that you have met the individual requirements in three separate comments here to have multiple chances to win!

You can enter / post up to three times total – one entry each for each option listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: Comments are held for moderation and may not appear immediately. Please be patient! They will show up eventually.)

You have THREE chances to win, but only one chance PER OPTION – please do not post the same link multiple times. Duplicate links will be removed. Each entry requires its own separate comment to have multiple chances to win! See official rules for more details.

Comments on this entry will be numbered in order of posting. The winning number will be chosen by Random.org, and the winner will be contacted within 48-72 hours of the winner-announcement to claim their prize.

Thanks to Artsy Couture for having such an amazing prize pack for our readers!


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And heads up that we currently have a $75 gift card giveaway to MOO.com:

Moo Paperie Boutique giveaway
Find more details on how to enter here! And don’t miss our FREE Mother’s Day and Father’s Day template downloads.

More on the way – see you here soon!
Robyn & Todd

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May201209

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The digital edition of the May 2012 Professional Photographer Magazine is now online for digital subscribers.

May 2012 Professional Photographer Magazine

In this issue I reviewed summer-themed products by IKEA (photography by Munchkins and Mohawks Photography), Denny Manufacturing Company, Inc., Black River Imaging (photography by Photoumbra Studios), Poppy Tree Frames (photography by Dani Antonucci Photography), Heather Green Designs for Bad Sass Backdrops, and Photojojo.

May 2012 Professional Photographer Magazine summer photography
May 2012 Professional Photographer Magazine summer photographer

Click the magazine pages above to read a larger .pdf version of the article. You can also find the article on page 50 and page 52 of the print-version when it hits mailboxes. Plus you can download the digital edition now if you’re a PPA member or digital subscriber.

And don’t miss the special article and interview with Heather Lickliter of Fairyography.com and StylizedPortraiture.com – you can find them starting on page 33 and page 86. Congratulations to Heather on the beautiful features!

May 2012 Professional Photographer Magazine fairytale princess photography

Don’t get Professional Photographer Magazine yet? Subscribe here!


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And heads up that we currently have a $75 gift card giveaway to MOO.com:

Moo Paperie Boutique giveaway
Find more details on how to enter here!

More coming up this week..check in soon!
Robyn & Todd

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May201207

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We’re excited to have MOO.com back for another guest / vendor post and giveaway! One lucky Paperie winner will win a $75 gift card to MOO! And read ’til the end because we also have FREE Mother’s Day and Father’s Day templates up for download!

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As blogged about here on Paperie, I recently had the chance to try MOO Luxe Business Cards. “Printed on Mohawk Superfine paper, Luxe Business Cards are the cashmere sweater of Business Cards – they look as good as they feel…At triple the thickness and weight of most ordinary cards, Luxe boasts a rich seam of colour within the layers of paper, and a stunning, tactile quality that you won’t find anywhere else on the web.

I’ve also used MOO standard, recycled and rounded-corner business cards for years. There’s just nothing like thickness and feel! And with MOO’s “Printfinity” you can print a different design or photograph on every single card in the pack! This is perfect for running seasonal promotions or if you shoot different styles of photography – you could print wedding, maternity, and newborn business cards in one pack.

And now Paperie readers in the U.S. have a chance to win $75 from Moo – all you have to do is visit Moo’s site and tell us what your favorite business card design is in the comments! You can find several examples to choose from here:

1. http://us.moo.com/design-templates/luxe/business-cards/
2. http://us.moo.com/design-templates/business-cards/


     Here are a few of my favorites:
Moo biz card template
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Moo business card template

Entrants may also get one additional “bonus” entry by posting a photo of your own MOO business cards to your Facebook account (and link to @moo.com in your post) -  or  - post a photo of your own MOO business cards to your Twitter account (and link to @overheardatmoo). Then come back to the comments here and post the link to your Facebook -  or  - Twitter entry so everyone can see. (These must be on a public Facebook or Twitter account so we can verify it’s there – if we have to register to see your entry, it is not public, and the entry will be voided.) Don’t forget to come back here and post the link to your shared post. That’s all there is to it!

This contest is open from Monday, May 7th – Sunday, May 13th (11:59 p.m. EDT) to residents in the U.S. You can enter up to TWO times total. Post that you have met the individual requirements in two separate comments here to have multiple chances to win!

You can enter / post up to two times total – one entry each for each option listed above. (PLEASE NOTE: Comments are held for moderation and may not appear immediately. Please be patient! They will show up eventually.)

You have TWO chances to win, but only one chance PER OPTION – please do not post the same link multiple times. Duplicate links will be removed. Each entry requires its own separate comment to have multiple chances to win! See official rules for more details.

Comments on this entry will be numbered in order of posting. The winning number will be chosen by Random.org, and the winner will be contacted within 48-72 hours of the winner-announcement to claim their prize.

Thanks to MOO.com for such a great contest! Good luck everyone!


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Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching. If you need a quick last-minute gift (for clients or your own mum), don’t miss the FREE downloads we posted last year! Here’s an example of one mini-storyboard:

10x5 mom storyboard

And in plenty of time for Father’s Day, here are two FREE templates up for download. Both look the same – but one is designed to print as a 5×7 photograph collage. The other is designed to print as MOO postcards. With MOO’s “Printfinity” you can insert different images in each postcard, and make a customized “Happy Father’s Day” card for each of your clients!

     5×7 FREE photo collage template
fathers day photo template design

     Moo FREE postcard template
dad free template download

Photoshop Layers
The images you insert should be 300 dpi – pixel dimensions needed are given in a layer you will hide.

download link for 5×7 ← (please note this file was designed in CS2 and you must have Photoshop or Elements and know how to edit a .psd layered file)

download link for postcard ← (please note this file was designed in CS2 and you must have Photoshop or Elements and know how to edit a .psd layered file)


PLEASE NOTE: We do not provide technical support for these downloads.


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More great stuff on the way this week – stay tuned!
Robyn & Todd

All templates are ©Robyn Pollman, 2010-2012. All rights reserved. They may not be copied, resold, made available for download or given away elsewhere, or redistributed without my written permission.

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May201206

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We’re excited to present one of our favorite features on the site – photography packaging photos & descriptions by Erica Clark Photography!
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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had a love affair with all things stationary. Even as a teenager, I was always looking for the most unique and personalized gift packaging. I would wrap CDs in sheet music and unravel and scrunch up the inside of cassette tapes for the bow. Now, I totally allow my photography business to feed my love for boutique packaging.

I specialize in family photography and weddings. So, I decided to include my packaging for family clients as well as my wedding welcome packets which I send to brides who book with me. (Vendor information provided after photos.)

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All teal colored boxes were purchased at H-B Photo. I ALWAYS buy my boxes from there. The quality is great, the prices are good, and the shipping is lightning fast.

The brown paper bags shown in the first image were purchased at my local dollar store where they are 2 for a $1. The little white bags are bought at a variety of places. Basically, wherever I see a good sale.

I bought the tiny brown paper sacks from a vendor on Etsy, I tuck a business card inside and clip it with a miniature clothespin I found for $2.00 a box on clearance at Walmart. I think about 20 came in a box. Needless to say, I bout about 10 boxes.

The twine, I bought it from our local farm store when they were marked down and out in a clearance bin.

All ribbon/lace was purchased at our local Hobby Lobby. They frequently have 50% ribbon/bows sales. When they do, I stock up…big time.

The burlap, which is cut into strips, was also purchased at Hobby Lobby. I’m an economical girl because the way I see it, if I save money, so do my clients. So when I bought the burlap, I bought TONS of it because I printed off a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby’s website.

The red and white baker’s twine was purchased at JoAnn’s Fabric. The tissue paper was purchased at Target. The little back chalkboard ‘thank you’ tag is actually just black card stock with a hole punched in it. I bought a chalkboard pen online (eBay, I think) and I hand write ‘thank you’ on the card stock. I trim the edges so it looks like a little ticket. The white button is just from my stock pile of random buttons. The clear plastic bags are from Rice Studio.

My business cards and mini cards are from Moo…of course. One of my favorite things about Moo, besides the ultra high quality, is their infinity print. If I buy 100 cards, I can have 100 different images on the backs. That’s pretty awesome in my book. As a photographer, it’s like having a mini-portfolio in my wallet. I always hand out cards with images on the back that might correspond to the type of photography a potential client may want. Some of my stickers come from Moo as well. The business cards and mini cards serve as hang tags as well.

The stickers I use to seal the tissue paper are from WHCC. The 5×5 press printed square is also from WHCC and I use the other side to hand write a thank you note.

The petal enclosure is what I use for discs of digital files and the 5×5 card fits right on top of it. I buy those from The Paper Source. I seal the enclosure with one of the Moo stickers.

The 3×3 accordions are from WHCC and are sometimes one of the little gifts I give my clients.

The following is what goes into my bridal packets, along with a few business cards from local hair/make-up, DJ, & cake vendors.

All of the press printed products are purchased from WHCC. ALL of the images used were taken by me, but the templates were purchased from Design Aglow. I LOVE Design Aglow! LOVE!



Included in my bridal packets are:

A little accordion pocket planner. That way, as they complete each step of the planning process, brides can check it off in their planner. It’s the perfect size for their purse.

The 5×5 trifold includes info regarding save-the-dates, first looks, formals, and even a little note just for grooms.

Also included is a 4×5 accordion card all about make-up and ways for brides to look their best.

Finally, a 5×7 press printed card that talks about engagement sessions. On the reverse side is ‘what-to-wear’ advice.



Most of my brides don’t hire a planner, so I try to make the planning process as easy as possible for them.

The last thing I include is an Erica Clark Photography tote bag wrapped with the baker’s twine. The 3×3 hang tag is from WHCC and the totes are from The Wedding Chicks.

When my clients receive their prints or when my brides receive their welcome packets, I want them to feel like they are receiving a special little gift that was meant just for them.

I always say that hiring a custom photographer should be a luxurious experience and I want my packaging to represent just that.

A side note on budgeting, I always wait for sales. Always. Hobby Lobby always has sales/printable coupons on their website, Design Aglow offers a discount when the item is just released, WHCC has press printed cards sales every spring and winter, Target and JoAnn’s have clearance items, Moo offers free shipping sometimes, and so on.

When I decided on my branding colors, I thought about holidays. Yes, holidays. There are 2 major holidays that use red as the main color: Christmas and Valentine’s Day. The week following those two holidays are when I clean up!

My point is, luxury doesn’t have to have a hefty price tag. Just be smart about what, where, and when you buy.

A very special thanks to Robyn for allowing me to share my packaging addiction. I’m grateful to have Paperie Boutique as a source for inspiration.

And a huge thanks to Erica Clark Photography for taking the time to share her packaging photos / resources / hints & tips! If you just can’t get enough of Erica’s packaging and presentation, make sure to visit this blog post and tell her thanks for sharing with the class!


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Excited to announce the winner of the 3-month subscription to Chic Critique Forum is Tara Nichols!

And the winner of our Poppy Tree Frames giveaway is…Olivia Price Photography!

Poppy Tree Frames Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered both contests, and to Poppy Tree Frames for the fun prize! I’ll be in touch with the winners by Monday!


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If you’re interested in having your own business packaging, marketing ideas, or photography-related products featured please contact Robyn (e-mail is in the sidebar and is robyn @ this domain – or you can leave a comment).

Check in all week – great things are scheduled!
Robyn & Todd

P.S. The Savvy Photographer is running a photo contest through May 15th, 2012. Categories include Baby, Child, Family, Seniors , Wedding, and Pets. The prizes are amazing, so visit the site to check them out – and enter!

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