Foto
15Feb

Flat Lay Board

Flat Lay Board

Flat Lay board!? What the heck is that Erin? Well, chances are my gorgeous friends, you’ve probably seen them more than you know. They are all over Instagram (Follow the blog here….) and are used in “flat lay photos” like this and this. Shay Cochrane is hands down my favorite stylist when it comes to the flat lay design. I try to emulate (fancy word for copy) her style whenever possible.
I thought it might be fun to share with you THE easiest way to create your own flat lay board using stuff you probably already have or can get on the cheap.
What you will need:
1 Piece of luan plywood (or cardboard) cut to the size you want (I went with 18×18 square)
1 roll of contact paper or shelf liner in the design you want (I found mine at Wal Mart for $6.00)
Table Saw or hand saw (trust me the table saw is easier)
Razor Blade
First, I asked J if we had any extra board lying around the shop and sure enough he had a big piece of luan plywood that we could chop down to size.
http://test.erinhaight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0001-300x200.jpeg
I knew the contact paper was 18×20 so we went with an 18 by 18 square piece to make things easier.
http://test.erinhaight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0002-300x200.jpeg
Once we had the piece of wood cut we laid down the contact paper flush on either side and pulled the backing down about 1/4th of the way so we could avoid air bubbles.
http://test.erinhaight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0003-300x200.jpeg
http://test.erinhaight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0006-300x200.jpeg
Then we took a razor blade and cut off any of the edges that had excess contact paper on them. This helps to avoid snagging and then pulling up the paper.
http://test.erinhaight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DSC_0007-300x200.jpeg
Then et viola, you have yourself a gorgeous flat lay background board that can even be reversible. I’m planning on using a marble contact paper on the other side of this to make it super simple on me for blog photo shoots. See where I used mine right here…..
So, will you try this at home or have you already? If so share with me in the comments below…