August 5, 2012

Photo Background - first day of school - with Astrobrights!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I recently received some super fun paper with the challenge to create something for back-to-school.  The paper from AstroBrights papers was so fun and bright, I thought it'd make an awesome photo backdrop - so that's what I made...that paper is all about Creativity and Getting noticed - perfect!!  Besides crafting, you could use it to eye-catching fliers and announcements - the ideas are endless.  

The traditional shot....

The fun jumping shot.....

And I'm here with a quick tutorial on how to make the backdrop.....

First grab some paper - - see the fun messages from Astrobright...

Cut the paper in half longwise, then cut into it about 1 inch apart, just not completely to the edge - you can see what I mean in the picture below:

Then from the other side, repeat but cut in between the cuts you already made - - see the picture below:

But cutting it that way, it makes the paper zig-zaggy - when you pick up the end you can see it...

So I had my babysitter cut a bunch after the kids went to bed - big shout-out to her!!  Then staple the strips onto a board...

Then I clipped it to my makeshift backdrop - -

And took some pictures - so fun!!  Here's an idea of using a mini-chalkboard...

I kind of wish I would have hung it just a bit lower on the background so it went all the way to the ground, but the sitting shot is still cute:

What could you make with AstroBrights papers?  you can particpate in the Make Something Astrobright design challenge to win paper and other prizes.

And with back-to-school on the realm, keep in mind the "Give a Brighter Year" sweepstakes  where you can wish cash and school supplies for your school valued at $30,000 - wowza!

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

10 Fabulous Comments:

I'm amazed what you did with that paper!! It's bright and it's just right for anything for children. Nice job. Linda

first...LOVE IT! (specially the jumping shot)

and second. i need a babysitter like that.

I love astrobrights papers! I have used them in school for years to make signs or labels or pocket chart words. I also love their card stock! I use it for business, product tags, jewelry cards.

I have used Astrobrights papers for my printing needs, but love your backdrop idea. I never would have thought "out of the box" like that!

So many fun shots! I love the backpack in the background! This is so much more fun than the traditional front door picture!

Awesome! I love the pictures and like a few others I especially love the jumping shot. Great idea :)

This is so cute! It would be great for a birthday party, too. I would like to use this for my daughter's birthday where she can take pics with her little friends.

What a fun backdrop that makes! Your girls are too cute with all their poses! :)

Judging from the pics, this backdrop fits your kids perfectly. I hope you’ll link this up today (or anytime this weekend) at One Creative Weekend on

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