The sunshine colors!
Today we are going to talk about orange and yellow.
Orange is my absolute most favorite color. I would have never in my life thought I would say that. I definitely would have said green before I started scrapbooking. I went to Catholic School and Sister Mary Ellen used to say “Think Orange” all the time. I swore off orange after spending a year in her classroom! Now it shows up on my pages a lot and next month (let’s hope) I should be moving my studio into a space with an orange wall! I’m so excited. But I digress...
Orange, a close relative of red, sparks more controversy than any other hue. There is usually strong positive or negative association to orange and true orange generally elicits a stronger "love it" or "hate it" response than other colors. Fun and flamboyant orange radiates warmth and energy. Interestingly, some of the tones of orange such as terra cotta, peach or rust have very broad appeal. Orange is often used to draw attention, such as in traffic signs and advertising. Orange stimulates activity and appetite. It is a color that encourages socialization.
Today I found this really cute orange printable pillow box to share. If you are an orange hater (how could you be?), feel free to print it and use it as a template with other colors!
In scrapbooking, I like to think of orange as pink for boys! I don’t have girls so I have to reach for something. ;) Orange looks great paired with almost any color. When paired with black and purple, it can start to look a little too much like Halloween though.
Like me, our own Marnie Flores is a lover of orange. She says, “For me, it is not only happy, it is almost joyful. I dress my kids in it whenever I can (while I still get to choose!) which makes for an easy page when I am coordinating paper to the photos.” I’m guilty of the same – I always try and pick up a couple of orange shirts for the boys at the start of any season.
Here are some orange layouts from the Collective and the Flickr gallery to get your orange juices (get it - orange juice - ha!) flowing.
Here's one from me. Can I tell you how happy I was that he decided to make an orange colored soda?
Here's one from Marnie. I love how she softened the orange which made it more pretty and girly.
And from the Flickr gallery, this one from Avital Gertner. Could it be anymore orange? I'm in love!
Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism. Who knew?
Yellow is a color that really pops in a bouquet of flowers and in nature. As this gorgeous photograph from Frank Wuestenfeld shows.
In scrapbooking, yellow is underused. You don’t see a lot of yellow pages in galleries, but when you do - they stand out. I notice when I use yellow I get comments about the yellow, blue not so much! Here are some layouts that use a lot of yellow. I love how it’s so bright and cheery.
Here's some yellow scrapbook inspiration. I drew from my older son's yellow shirt for the background on this page. I have to really try and remember to use yellow once in awhile!
And this one from meastmanak is just stunning. I love the yellow background with pops of red!
Come back tomorrow and we’ll talk about the favorites of many – blue and green. Be sure to work on your rainbow layout and if you have any great examples of orange or yellow to share, link me up in the comments!