Almost as soon as I got my camera, I have been looking for a bag to tote it around in. I didn’t want a bag that screamed “I’m holding a camera!” After browsing the web a new trend was very appealing to me – a Purse/Camera Bag. A bag that looks and acts like a purse but is also outfitted with projection for your camera and photography gear. One problem…I did not have the money to splurge.
On Pinterest I saw that others were making their own – so I jumped on the band wagon!
First, I picked out a purse suitable for the project. I was looking for something of medium size. It need to have structured walls and a flat bottom. In addition, I wanted it to close with a zipper. And of course – stylish!
I found this steal at Kohl’s on sale for $40. My favorite things about it? The camel color, pattern, and shoulder strap.
Using the same fabric from the strap I made, I fashioned a divider for the inside to cushion the camera. It is basically a fabric box. To protect the camera there is a double layer of batting in between the two fabrics.
I love the way it turned out. Now my camera can go on the road with me!
If I did this project again I would consider buying foam to put in the box divider to protect my camera even more, but you can’t beat free materials! The total cost of this project was the cost of the purse – $40!
Remember that new camera I got not too long ago? I’m making progress in figuring out all its amazing capabilities…err…sort of. Anyway, I have been seeing these really cute camera strap covers on Etsy and Pinterest lately and decided to try my hand at one myself. I am very pleased with the result and decided to walk you through the process I took to create this adorable camera accessory, so you too may look fashionable while capturing memories!
Mom, do you remember these fabrics? You have an apron made out of them…and here I am using the scraps! (Something which desperately needs to happen more often because I am accumulating more fabric than I care to store!)
1. Start by measuring you camera strap. Mine measured 23.5″ x 1.5″.
2. To create my strap I added 1″ to the length and 1/2″ to the width for sewing seam allowances.
3. Cut out 2 strips with the total dimension (my pieces were 24.5″ x 2″). I chose to make each side of the strap different with the coordinating fabrics – so I cut one strip from each.
4. Fold, iron, and pin 1/4″ of each short end. Sew with a zig-zag stitch for added decorative effect.
5. With right sides together pin pieces together. Stitch with a 1/8″ seam allowance along both long sides of the strip. This will form the tube that you will slide your camera strap through.
6. Turn and press tube. Make sure you do a good job of getting the seam to lay flat and on the outside!
7. At this point I added the flower embellishment – you could really add anything that fits your style!
8. Push your camera strap through the tube – I used a safety pin attached to the end of my camera strap to assist with this step.
9. Reattach you strap to your camera and enjoy!
Sorry there are no pictures of the strap attached to my camera…but I can’t really take a picture of my camera with my camera! Hope this inspires you to dress up your own camera – would love to see pictures if you do!
I have wanted a nice camera for some time now, and every time I get a little bit of money I stash it away to save up. With a little help from our tax refund, I’ve saved up enough and cashed it in!
My husband and I buy our “toys” this way. Saving up for a long time to buy something that we want but isn’t a need. It really makes you evaluate and spend your money wisely! I hope I made a good choice with this one!
I bought a Canon EOS Rebel Ti3 Digital Camera and a 50mm f/1.4 USM Autofocus Lens. Not really sure exactly what that means, but I did enough research to determine that it’s what I wanted. (My next purchase is going to be a zooming lens!) I’m going to play with it this holiday weekend and hopefully figure out the basics!
Photographer friends (or anyone who enjoys taking pictures) – any tips for snapping memorable pictures?
Nathan was pretty excited that these guys could make it out for the wedding. It had been quite a while since he had seen either of them. I had met his best man last March but his childhood friend I met the day before the wedding. I’m very thankful he was able to see them both. And boy, those three can laugh!
Photographer: Amy Minshull-A Moment’s Photography
Sometimes they are embarrassing 😉
Another wedding weekend reveal! As you know we celebrated two months of marriage and Nathan’s birthday this week. On Sunday we celebrated my grandfather’s 75th, and Grandma has a birthday in another week. March is such a busy month it seems. I’m just glad that in one more week I have spring break!
I hope you enjoy this reveal 🙂
Photographer: Amy Minshull-A Moment Photography
It has almost been 2 months. Crazy, right? Well I think so. Some days we both forget that we are already married. Before the wedding, Nathan and I would say “Let’s get married” almost everyday. We said it so often that we are having a hard time getting out of the habit since we ARE married!
Photographer: Amy Minshull- A Moment Photography
Sometimes getting your picture taking can be stressful. I know several people who, as soon as a camera is taken out, ducks behind someone to get out of the line of fire. Nathan is actually one of those people. Luckily he was very willing for our engagement and weddings photographs!
Here is my handsome man!
Photographer: Amy Minshull- A Moment Photography
As many of you know, I have been married just under 2 months. Earlier this week I got a sweet surprise in the mailbox. Pictures! Nathan and I were so excited to look at them that we quickly flipped through before he had to leave for work. We took more time together later this week to slowly view them and talk about the evening 🙂
I figured since today was Valentine’s Day it would be the perfect day to share some of them! I have to thank my photographer and friend Amy Minshull for her hard work! She and her children were sick the day of. Her husband had to stay home with the kids, but Amy endured the evening capturing our moments. Check out her website and blog to see more of her work.
I will be sharing more with you soon!
As some of you may know, one of the projects that I am working on this summer is to digitally scrapbook our wedding photos and print an album before our first anniversary. I have been practicing and learning new skills in photoshop. So now I had this urge to go back and redo some of my previous pages. You can see the old versions here. And here’s how they look now – completely different. There wasn’t a whole lot that I kept the same!
Hopefully, I will have some NEW pages soon!