[Last Flatlay] Oh gosh now I’m emotional that this is the last! For this post, I thought I’d share how I got started. I always wanted a flatlay to make people kilig. If it’s oddly satisfying to see, then it’s a good flatlay. When I started 3.5 years ago, I was fascinated with magazine beauty layouts, and wanted to be able to do something of similarly good calibre for my blog. The first flatlays I did were poorly done. I learned along the way—there’s no flatlay school in the world yet i think haha. The more I tried doing flatlays, the more I realized how much science and art went into it. I think I’m a better suitcase packer now coz of layouting items all the time! I also learned so much about editing. Unlike human models, items cannot “project”, so if an item is boring, you needed to think of the right props and layout to make it interesting. .
People have wondered about the process, so here goes! I’d shoot items on the floor on a cartolina, and then edit the rest in Photoshop. Almost all the items and props are owned by me and shot in real life. I actually have a prop cabinet full of shells, crystals, mats, frames and fake flowers coz of this! Most of the flowers I have used are PNG’s, except for some cases when I had good flowers at the time or used fake flowers. All the swatches are PNG’s and were simply edited to adapt the color that needed to be displayed. .
As for the time? It takes at least an hour on average for each flatlay, from layouting, to shooting, and editing. Some flatlays have taken an hour to lay out alone! This is actually why I can’t continue to do this anymore with my current and planned schedule. .
But was it fun? Yes, it was fun! So for this last flatlay, I thought of all the cute things I owned that make me excited whenever I see them. I wanted a flatlay that reflected why I started this. Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone who supported me and gave words of encouragement whenever I was exhausted. I don’t know yet what feed I’ll exactly have from here on, but this time around I hope I can share more about myself and make things less rigid. Please look forward to it! #LastFlatlay