Hey there, Happy Friday! Today I am posting about a pretty recent new love in my life: colour. (yeah, I spell it with a U. Just like neighbour and humour.) Before I discovered scrapbooking I was kinda boring and beige and didn't wear or use much colour. I remember once reading some self-help book where the first chapter was entitled "Your Least Favourite Colour Should be Beige" and thinking "Ooops" as I peeked in my closet. But thanks to scrapbooking those days are far behind me. What I learned from using colour in scrapbooking has even spilled over into my wardrobe and decor choices. I now embrace colour and use it, if not with wild abandon, then at least frequently.
I thought I'd share this love with you by challenging you to use a specific combination of colours on a page. I took my example from a variety of sites that share colour combinations and used a photo taken in Grenada to draw colours from.
This photo was taken at the Carenage in Grenada, and is a pretty famous view. Just for some random fun info, the Cathedral at the left with the deep coral roof is where I used to go to church, and my school was the light coral building just above with the green roof. Can you imagine having this as your daily view? I definitely didn't appreciate it enough!
Ok, back to business. I went to my supplies and pulled out papers and embellishments that were very similar to the colours in the photo. Here's the layout I made using this combination
A couple close-up shots
Here are some tips for working with colour combinations:
Feel free to use all or just some of the colours
You can add a neutral colour as your base
The colours don't have to be exact, go with your instinct and use colours that appear to match, or that are shades or hues of the colours shown.
To keep things simple use a black&white photo as I did, then branch out into colour photos once you're more confident
Remember, just like a sketch this is a guideline or a way to jumpstart your creativity so don't worry if you go "off track!"
I had so much fun doing the first combination that I had to do another, so you get a bonus!
This is the world famous Grand Anse Beach. Sigh, don't you just want to move there?
You can right click to save these images to your hard drive to use later, or just refer back to this post. Don't forget to upload your work to the Flickr group!
Happy Summer Scrappin'!