Enough with White Space Already!

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Ho Hum Ho Hum……the front pages of Etsy continue to drive white space photos into your face.  While we just finished with Valentine’s Day pages out the wazoo, the latest pastel trended treasuries are basically boring. The boredom is not because of the wonderful item selection – in fact, I do believe that it is harmful to those artisans- but exists because of the overly stark white backgrounds.  Such a sterile, crispy clean to the point of harshness and blindness to the eyes (its like getting a snow burn) background literally washes out the item. And if your item is a soft pastel color….well there you have it.

Deep rich vibrant colors, like all the shades of red just revealed since Christmas for Valentine’s Day for example, go exceeding well with the white space photos. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July, St Patrick’s Day are jewel tone color rich. As are the seasons of summer and autumn.  And then comes beautiful spring and while we should be rejoicing in the earth’s returning beauty, grace and  rebirth, it tends to wimp out, at least to me, on the pages of the Etsy magazine.

I have been noticing recently a lot of shop items being photographed in also a washed out bleach by the sun kind of look as well. Now this style is rising in popularity as pictorial photographs but as an Etsy buyer,  I want to be able to see what I am potentially buying – in detail. And a little drama doesn’t hurt either.

So first hats off to all our treasury makers who enjoy drama and little white space in their treasuries. And hats off to the shop owners who offered us such delightful photos to build these treasuries upon. I went through a day’s worth of treasuries in our treasure chest and found some really ass kicking inspiration.

‘Light Up the Night Rustic Weddings’ by MDCardsandGifts


Layered Wedding Dress – The …

$1480.00

20 x white color cotton ball…

$15.50

Bridal brooch bouquet light …

$68.00

Solar Lights – Green. Solar …

$15.00

12 Rustic Wedding Favors, Fr…

$36.00

Rustic Flower Girl Basket Fi…

$24.50

Hanging tealight jars Set of…

$75.00

light fixture lamp metal sig…

$200.00

Solar Lids Mason Jar Solar L…

$10.00

Vintage Rustic Wedding Invit…

$50.00

Rustic Log Cabin White Birch…

$14.00

Wedding Cake Topper- Mr & Mr…

$13.00

2 Birch Log Tea Light Candle…

$22.00

Emerald Green Taffeta Prom D…

$115.00

Hand Painted Mason Jar Moroc…

$24.00

Champagne Wedding Toasting F…

$65.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘Hey… Who WHO Who MOVED My CHEESE?’ by CatFabricsandButtons

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Lemon Yellow Glass Jar with …

$25.00

Vintage Cat Eye Glasses. Sun…

$70.00

Vintage multi strand necklac…

$22.99

SALE Yellow Gray Flower Slou…

$34.00

Henry the Owl 8.5 x 11 Gicle…

$22.00

Rhinestone Earrings, Yellow …

$15.00

Bug – Fabric Winged River Ro…

$4.25

Dear God, please don’t l…

$12.00

Sheet Music – Sweetheart Lan…

$13.00

He Loves Me-Loves Me Not-Whi…

$24.00

Vintage Bright Yellow Jewel …

$14.00

Prom Dress Yellow Vintage 19…

$75.00

FOUNTAIN- ACEO Print – Beaut…

$4.99

CrazyCatGlass Lampwork Boro …

$19.99

Lively Yellow Vintage Open W…

$2.75

Art Photo Design Checker Cab…

$10.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘you are somebody’s reason to smile’ by atticle


Vintage German Op Art White …

$45.00

COMING SOON Leather Satchel …

$85.00

Rough Diamond Sterling Silve…

$95.00

Underneath, small 7″ x …

$20.00

vintage sign letter 24″…

$90.00

Photography – Black and whit…

$40.00

Danish Table Lamp Sakura – …

$185.00

Antique 1800s Edwardian Jack…

$495.00

Mane

$50.00

v i n t a g e Unique Metal R…

$12.00

Black and White Solarplate P…

$25.00

Pope Paul VI Religious Medal

$2.00

READY FOR ADOPTION Needle-Fe…

$36.00

Vintage Afghan Off White Cab…

$65.00

Black Iron Horse

$23.00

White and grey felted wool s…

$75.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Of course this is all just my humble opinion. Most really good treasuries have a nice mixture of both white and non-white space photos. So if you want to try something a little different, see what you can do with all 16 slots and zero white space! Then edit by adding some related items photographed with abundant white space and see if you don’t come up with something striking and bold.

One last nod goes to the Etsy Treasury Hunter website. Check it out to see some very special recognition of the non-atypical treasuries created by very talented curators…including our own members. Visit here

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