Flat Lay Inspirations

A while back, I recreated some selfies I found on Pinterest. As an endless source of inspiration, sometimes a picture sticks with you and you want to try recreate it, or put your own spin on it. One of the boards I am obsessed with adding to is Flat Lays. I love them so much, but I struggle with coming up ideas for them. This is where Pinterest comes in!

For this post, I will share the original pin, and also my take on it. This was seriously such a fun way to kill a few hours on a laidback afternoon!

Here are four flat lays, and my recreation of them.

Flat Lay #1



makeup products

This one caught my eye, as I was really impressed that they used the actual product in it. It was splayed out so impressively, that I knew I had to try it. Although a small part of me was really unhappy about wasting a bit of makeup for flatlay purposes, I argued it would just be this one time. My take was a bit more colourful, but I have less neutral coloured tools and products, so I made do. It was definitely fun trying to arrange all the powders, creams and tools everywhere!

Flat Lay #2


flatlay 2


makeup flatlay

Side by Side

A lot of flat lays I see have lots of extra themed details that I don’t have, so I can’t really recreate. Ones that just have products tend to catch my eye more because of this. I loved this flat lay, as it seemed like organized chaos. The best way to run things. So I looked the photo over a few times, before collecting lots of similar makeup items I had to try recreate it. We both have the Marc Jacobs mascara funnily enough!

Flat Lay #3


flatlay 3


lifestyle flatlay

Side by Side

I don’t have a single slogan shirt. I really need to fix that. That aside, I said before I tend to veer away from flat lays with lots of details for decor, but at the same time I love them. When it comes to more lifestyle flat lays, the more details the better. This one had a running theme of photographs and living in the moment, so I did my own spin on it. Mine is definitely less refined, but I love how it came out all the same!

Flat Lay #4


flatlay 4


flower flatlay

Side by Side

I wanted to end on one that was more minimal and simple. Plus, I had some fresh flowers around, so I had to include them somewhere! I didn’t have a small notebook with a cute message that included a love heart, but I did have this card. I really love this one, it’s sweet and simple.

Flat lays are seriously one of my favourite things to search up on Pinterest. The endless creativity and inspiration on there leads me down so many rabbit holes!

Have you created a flat lay recently?


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  1. Never done a flat lay. The first with make up is cool even if did waste some. I’m into shelfies at the moment. Also I think there is a thing about taking pics of books where reading esp if linked like a book about France in front of Eiffel Tower; don’t know what you call that, and may have made it up!

    1. I’ve always been draw to flat lays for whatever reason haha! That sounds like fun taking photos of those books in places where they’re linked ?

      1. By the way when I first looked at your post the pics you had side by side just appeared on top of each other …. I think that was because reading on my phone so small screen; then later on my phone when clicked through to view they were side by side. It did not matter but just thought you would like to know.

        WordPress is a pain because you can read things without clicking on them. In my overall stats 3rd is Home / archive and I think that is where people have read posts without clicking on, so I don’t actually know what was read.

        P.S you have inspired me to do a book flatlay before work …which I have managed to do without getting late!

  2. This is such a good idea! I used to be all over pinterest but for some reason I really haven’t used it in the last year. I absolutely need to start using it again to help get some inspiration, especially where flat lays are concerned! Great post πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, I’m glad you like it! I’m on and off with Pinterest, but lately ive been really getting into it. Especially with flat lays! ?

  3. This looks really cool! My favourite is the last one πŸ™‚ I kind of want to try it myself now haha

    1. Thank you! That one was really fun to make! It’s simple but beautiful ?
      You should definitely give it a go! I had so much fun making them ?

  4. Flatlays are true work of art, sometimes they are so hard to do I don’t know why so searching for inspiration is always a good idea. You did a really good job Angela. xx

    1. They really are amazing! I don’t know how people are able to create such amazing flat lays off the top of their head! I always need some inspiration to help me on mine ?

  5. Loving that last flat lay! This is such an awesome post idea- I love recreating Pinterest posts so this is such a fun idea!

    1. Thank you! That’s my favourite too! Haha, it is really fun! I’ve been tempted to try recreating outfits from Pinterest too, like what you did a few weeks back ?

      1. Do it! Always a blast!

  6. I LOVE how yours turned out! So pretty and chic! I actually like yours better then the Pinterest posts. You put your own spin on them and I love that! I haven’t done a flat lay but I really want to get into them. I see them on other peoples blogs and instas and love how chic they look. <3

    1. Aww thank you Kate! I definitely wanted to add my own spin on each one. Flat lays are so much fun and so addicting haha! I cant get enough of them, you should definitely give it a go some time ?

  7. I love this idea, good job and I love the photos you picked!!


    1. Thanks Joy! I had so much fun recreating all these flat lays ?

  8. These are gorgeous! My heart broke a little for the first one… that’s a lot of foundation but I like that yours are more colourful ??

    1. Thanks Mimi! Haha, I was trying to get barely any out, but more squeezed out than intended! ?

  9. These are all great, think my faves are the last two πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Sarah! It’s quite fun trying to do more lifestyle flat lays. They can have such a range of items outside of just makeup ?

  10. These are all amazing and love your recreation of them! Great ideas, def need to check out for more flatlay ideas on Pinterest πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Maha! Pinterest is so much fun to look through! They’re definitely the bets place to check out flat lays ?

  11. You did such a beautiful job recreating these!

    1. Thank you so much! It was so fun ?

  12. These are beautiful! Flat lays are more complicated than they seem, but your post was great inspiration.

    1. Thank you! They can be complicated, but that’s why a little inspiration is sometimes needed ?

  13. I love this blog post idea! TBH some of your flat lays look better than the ones you used for inspiration!

    1. Thank you!! ? I’m really happy with how they came out in the end ?

  14. Flat lays are hard work!! But you did so so good!! I actually prefer some of your pictures!! Loved this xx

    1. They definitely are! Thanks Anni πŸ˜€

  15. These are great πŸ™‚ I’m still yet to find a decent plain surface to do things on! Do you have a bit of fabric you did one on? It looks like it in one of the photos but i might be wrong?

    1. I do them on my white desk! I sometimes use the kitchen bench as it has more of a design on it. You just need some kind of big clear surface ?
      I did use some material in the third one. That was some spare material I had lying around ?

  16. I love your flat lay recreations!! You did such a good job of creating them in a similar way ? xx

    1. Thank you! It was so much fun trying to recreate them ?

      1. It’s good and yeah it seems like it ? xx

  17. Drool – I love a good flatlay hehe! πŸ™‚ Your flower photo is particularly stunning <3 xo

    1. I love flat lays too! I spend way too much time looking at all the Pinterest ones haha! Thanks so much Carina! ?

      1. haha tell me about it I follow so many flat lay account son insta haha xo

  18. Nicely done I too get lots of inspiration from Pinterest lol including outfits haha

    1. Thank you! Haha, Pinterest is jam packed with so much amazing ideas, it’s hard not to go on there πŸ˜€

  19. I love Pinterest; I try not to get so addicted to it lol. Awesome re-creates. Also, you have an instax? I always wanted one lol.

    1. I am in danger of getting addicted to Pinterest haha! There’s just so much amazing ideas on there. Thanks Jo!
      I do have an Instax! I got them on sale a while back, and I love using it for polaroids. I don’t use it too often though, as the film for it can be pricey.

  20. I’m always impressed by your creativity, Angela! Recently I’ve started looking for some insta inspo too, and I find it really helpful ^^

    1. Thanks Siyana! Instagram is great for inspiration too! I should look there more as well πŸ˜€

  21. Can you please take out my picture. The picture with the white background and powder and petal with Eve Lom brush product. This is an infringement of copyright.

    1. I’ve removed the image. Sorry about that.

  22. Love these

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  23. Thank you for this share, useful

    1. Thanks for reading

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