Inspiration is where you find it and since I’m online a lot, I often find inspiration online. I recently got my first DSLR camera and as you can imagine I am pretty excited about it. I’m learning slowly and figuring out what kind of accessories I want and need. Right off the bat, I knew I wanted a camera bag, but not a boring black camera bag. Life is too short for boring and I like bags too much to settle for something un-cute. I went searching online and found this one by Built*, which I bought.
As luck would have it I went to visit The Blue Ridge Gal and learned about Kelly Moore and Epiphanie bags which are beyond cute, but a tad expensive. Not to worry she also provided me with a link to oh, sweetlee me and that is when inspiration struck! You see this creative blogger made herself a lovely camera bag with a cute purse and the padding of a boring black camera bag that she had laying around. Well, if there is one thing I can do, it is to copy a good idea.
I didn’t have any camera bag padding laying around so I went online and googled, “camera bag dividers” and found this kit* on Amazon.
Basically it is padding that you can cut-to-fit with scissors and it comes with Velcro strips. It’s pretty idiot proof except that this idiot didn’t order enough of it. When I got it, I decided I still wanted more padding in the bag to cushion my camera, so I looked around the house and found a diaper changing pad that I wasn’t using.
I figure if it is good enough to cushion my baby’s tush, then it’s good enough to cushion my camera. Then all I needed was a bag. Bags I have aplenty. I pulled one out that sort of looks like an old-school camera bag and lined it with the diaper changing pad and then put in the dividers. I don’t have much camera gear right now so I can use half of the bag for my wallet and necessities. The bag also has a built in slot for my phone.
And this is what it looks like when all is said and done.
I love it! It was easy and inexpensive to make, I think it’s cute, and when I get tired if it I can put the padding in another bag.