I really enjoyed putting together part one of behind the Instagram, so today I’m back with part two. In this version, I’m going to show you the before and afters too, aswell as all the behind the scenes stuff!

Lets start with the above picture, one of my most recent ones. I really love the effect of making things out of book pages, and it’s something I’ve done a few times before. I had the idea to try and make snowflakes, so I spent my Saturday morning watching Youtube tutorials and luckily, it was very easy to pick up! I couldn’t find any string to tie them together, so I used a gold necklace instead which you can’t really see. I actually asked Dan to take a picture of this with me outside, but it didn’t turn out how I wanted (plus I find getting other people to take them really stressful, anyone else?). I added some further detail in the Bokeh app, one of my go-to’s at the moment! I really love the finished look and the handmade feel of this picture.


I found the idea behind this ‘book tree’ on Pinterest, a place which I find so useful when you’re struggling for creative inspiration! I borrowed some of my stepdad’s books because I didn’t have many of the same size, added some fairy lights around them and laid on the kitchen floor, Dan stood over me to take it. The things you do for Instagram, eh? I edited it the same way I do with all my pictures, using Lightroom, and again the Bokeh app.


I love the playfulness feel of this picture! It’s one of my favourite I think, plus you can’t beat a candyfloss cloud can you? I added that in afterwards aswell as some mini marshmallows (which you can’t really see unfortunately), and some little snowflakes to add to the festive feel. I came up with this idea the same way I usually do with the others, when I’m trying to go to sleep!

Probably the most extreme of the before and afters, my book shoes! I did some leaf shoes, that you can see in my first post of this series, so I wanted to try something of the same vein again. I spent the morning trying to draw a decent pair of shoes on an old book page (one I didn’t love that much, obviously) and then added them in using Photoshop, aswell as the stacks of books which I’ve used on previous pictures before. This was one of my most popular photos I think.



I’d love to know which picture is your favourite? x



  • Amy Eade

    I loved your book shoes! I love seeing these behind the scenes post, you should definitely make them a regular thing 🙂
    Amy xx

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you, I definitely will!

  • Ooh I’ll have to try that bokeh app! I love the candyfloss cloud pic especially

    • NatalieLeanne

      It’s a great one, I love it! Hope you have fun using it 🙂

  • I always find it so interesting to see how other people work!

    Danielle xx

    • NatalieLeanne

      Me too, I love a good before and after, I find them so interesting xx

  • Love your IG pictures! It’s good to see how you actually put them together!

    • NatalieLeanne

      I’m so glad you like it, thanks for reading Michele!

  • Loved reading this! Thanks for sharing again. Your Instagram photos make me want to be more creative!

    • NatalieLeanne

      You are too kind Sophie!xx