Give us your best view of the Titania Tote and win some fabulous prizes!

We are flat out excited to celebrate the one year launch of one of RLR Creations most favored patterns the Titania Tote.

 Photo Credit: Tanya Summers of  Little Mate's Wardrobe

Photo Credit: Tanya Summers of Little Mate's Wardrobe

The contest details:

Help us celebrate Titania’s birthday by submitting a flat lay photo inspired by the Titania Tote between March 17th and March 24th to the RLR Creations Sewing Patterns Group and on Instagram.

You can follow RLR Creations on Instagram here: RLR Creations.

On March 25th, a winner will be chosen by random draw using a name picker generator.

The prize:  We will spin the wheel LIVE to choose the prize. It could be a free pattern, or patterns, and/or a bag hardware gift certificate, maybe some cork for your next Titania tote and a free pattern. It’s all up to the spin of the wheel!

Why the flat lay?

A flat lay photograph is a way to show off your style! It’s a unique way to tell a story or show visual impact without the need for words. Best of all it allows you to think outside the “box” and show your personality.

 
 Photo Credit: Tanya Summers of  Little Mate's Wardrobe

Photo Credit: Tanya Summers of Little Mate's Wardrobe

 

If your next question is “What the heck is a flat lay?”

A flat lay is basically when you’re photographing items from directly above; from a bird’s eye view. Usually those items will be arranged or styled on a flat surface. Most of all you want your composition to tell a story! 

How to enter the Titania Tote Flat lay contest:

We all love to see the beautiful bags that are made using the Titania Tote pattern and most of us are inspired by the beautiful fabrics that are chosen. To celebrate Titania's first birthday, we want to know how you would 'dress her up for her birthday'.

1. If you have made a Titania Tote: Snap a flat lay photo of your Titania Tote along with some items that you would carry in it, or even some items that reflect the inspiration for the fabric choices you made for it. Or, simply choose some items to display with it that will reflect a birthday theme! Most of all have fun with it and show us your personal style.

 
 Photo Credit: Tanya Summers of  Little Mate's Wardrobe

Photo Credit: Tanya Summers of Little Mate's Wardrobe

 

2. If you have not yet made the Titania Tote show us how you would 'dress her up for her birthday'. Simply arrange your chosen fabrics and hardware in a flat lay arrangement, along with some of your favorite sewing tools, or even add a birthday theme to your arrangement!

 
 Photo Credit: Tanya Summers of  Little Mate's Wardrobe

Photo Credit: Tanya Summers of Little Mate's Wardrobe

 
You can purchase the Titania Tote Pattern here: http://www.rlrcreations.com/pdfpatterns/titaniatote
Craftsy: www.craftsy.com/sewing/patterns/titania-tote-w-wristlet-2-tote-sizes/297786
Etsy: Titania Tote with a attachable/detachable Wristlet

How to Enter the Contest: 

Simply shoot your flat lay photo with your phone or camera, then post it in the RLR Creations Sewing Patterns group using the hashtag #titaniaflatlay.

You can earn more entries by also posting to Instagram, and you other favorite Facebook groups. Be sure to use the hashtag #titaniaflatlay so we are sure to find your submission!

Quick Tips to photograph your Titania Flat Lay

Most importantly, your composition should include a Titania Tote or the fabrics and hardware you would use to make your very own Titania Tote. Your submission should reflect your unique style!

Next, you’ll need to select your background. White or neutral backgrounds are normally the best choice. You can arrange your objects on a white piece of cardboard, a sheet or table. If you don’t have anything white, work with what you’ve got. Keep in mind a flat surface is best!

If possible, try to use natural lighting.  Natural light is beautiful, so why not move your arrangement closer to a window. Or if you’re heading out to the café for the day, pick a table in a lighted area to sit and snap. If you need to use artificial lighting, then be sure to light your photo up so you don’t have any shadows that will take away from the “flat” look.

Arrange everything on your background. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different compositions—pay attention to negative space in your image, the angle and positioning of your objects, and how the colors and textures interact with one another. Look at what is laid out in front of you and see how you can make it more visually appealing. Do you want the focus to be in the center of the photo? To be the bottom third? To be the top third? Or be evenly placed?

Getting the right shot might take a few tries, but it’s worth it!

Try and make sure your phone or camera is parallel to the table or surface you’re photographing. You might like to climb on a sturdy chair to get a little bit more height. Keep the camera stable, and as straight as possible; having the camera at an angle will make it less of a “flat lay”.

Sound too hard? It’s not, I promise. Flat lay photography can quickly become addictive.  Just work with what you’ve got, wherever you are and be sure to have fun!

Once you’ve got your shot, share it with the hashtag #titaniaflatlay on Facebook and Instagram to enter the Contest!

 Photo Credit: Tanya Summers of  Little Mate's Wardrobe

Photo Credit: Tanya Summers of Little Mate's Wardrobe

Don't forget to check out Tanya's Titiana Spotlight feature. If you do not own the Titania Tote pattern, you may find a little surprise in her blog post here: http://www.rlrcreations.com/rlrsewingblog/titaniaspotlightweek1