I love write. click. scrapbook. Saturdays. I love taking time to look back through the galleries. I remember back when a Simple Scrapbooks magazine would arrive in my mailbox, how I would turn the pages as fast as I could to see all the layouts. Then I would go to sleep and dream of all that I saw. Then over the next few weeks, I would go back through and study it. I would look through the layouts and ear mark those that sang to me. Then I would study them to see how and why.
Now that everything has gone online, I sometimes feel like information and layouts come at us so fast and so furiously, that it is hard to slow down and do what we used to do. That's part of why I love gallery walking. It just lets us take time to look again. Slowly. Purposefully. Shall we begin?
Rather than make lists, this month we are going to go layout by layout and look at the colors of each layout. Color is a true starting place for many layouts. Let's look and see how our team put things together.
Francine's layout is lovely in yellow and grey. Current color trends certainly affect our pages. As you put together your wardrobe each season, look to see if the colors would translate well onto a page.
Aliza's page talks about her love of black clothes. Notice how she uses stark black elements to help support her journaling. The ink drips. The stitching. The small graphic papers. That she used them in such sparse measures, makes you notice them all the more.
We have learned how impactful repetition can be. Vivian's layout is a perfect example. She uses color families as repetitive elements. The lettering of her title, the photos, and then the painted veneer cameras. First, the repetition is visually soothing. Then the colors help you notice the vibrance color in the photos. And lastly, the contrast of the darkest brown provides a backdrop for the colors to shine. Perfect.
Lisa's layout shows how much she loves color. Have you taken a moment to document the color in your life? As a side design note, Lisa's journaling inserted on the diagonal is wonderful! And the teeny heart on the photo is one of those Lisa elements that just help her pages to ooze likability.
Next, let's look at Katie's layout. She added her favorite colors in equal proportions. Equal? I know. The pink/red takes up the whole page. But the blue is so saturated, compared to the spritz of the pink. So really they are quite balanced. Your mind will gather up all those spritzy dots and combine them to look the same as the blue. Really. Pop back over and look and tell me which one you see in greater proportion. Neither, right?? I knew it! Katie is a genius. And you can be, too. Then next time you have two equally bold and bright colors that you want to include, add one through mist. The diffusion will be just what you need to keep things balanced without having to resort to actual balanced use.
Did you read through Deb's notes? There she tells us how she is drawn to soft blue. I love that when she made her layout she didn't drown us in it. In fact, when you first see Deb's layout, I would venture that you, like me, first noticed the bright, warm yellow. But do you know what sets that yellow off so well? You guessed it, the soft blue that she loves. When you love something, don't force it to be center stage. Sometimes it can play a more powerful role in the background. I guarantee that had she used a bright green in place of the soft blue that the beauty of the yellow would have been lost.
Diane and color are like bread and butter. They just go together! (Just because I am that way, I am curious about her home decor and how she incorporates her bright happiness throughout her living spaces!) For the color on Diane's layout, look to how she has muted brights rather than bright brights. If the colors were all saturated, it might have screamed too loudly. Rather, the yellow in the middle draws our eye right in and the dark red peeking out from behind the photo grounds it. Then the other four color stripes are fun and happy without overwhelming.
From bright to muted, let's next look to Celeste's layout. This is a terrific example of how color doesn't need to be vibrant to be impactful. And also how a neutral can help push a color forward into the spotlight. Celeste's use of greige (grey-beige) serves an important role in highlighting the star of the page and the story, orange. Before we go on, have you made a page documenting your favorite color yet?
When I first noticed Kathy's work, I must admit I was smitten by her ability to use bright colors and lots of patterns. I love how she didn't shy away from them and incorporated them with ease and delight. This month, Kathy's layout stayed true to her talent. Let's look. The first thing that catches the eye of course is the myriad colors. The next is that the patterns are all small, which makes them evenly weighted. Lastly, the white space on the right and from the kraft in the center offsets the bountiful color. Lending a hand to that is the black in the title as well. And see how Kathy didn't add the center to the middle of the letters? Those stark black circles do the same to Kathy's layout as Vivian's brown camera did on hers. Solid grounding. It is these touches that help keep everything so visually pleasing.
My layout is next. Usually when we think of color on a layout, we think of the paper and embellishments. But color can also be found in the tint that we put on our photos. We can change the mood of the photos by adding a filter to a photo. This one is muted and rosey with a filter from Willette Photography. I use it often. Probably too often. Rebecca Cooper and Marcy Penner are masters at putting an individual stamp on their photos by the tints they add. It's fun! You might want to try it!
Do you sometimes recognize layouts before you even read the name attached by the colors and hues? Alexandra is that, for me. It's not a particular color exactly, but that her pages and photos have a lovely vintage glow. Alexandra's layout this month is true to her style. As you study her layout, tell me if you could identify the date the photos were taken. I know I cannot! And I love that! She, more than anyone, finds patterned papers that support her aesthetic. In color, in texture, and in design. It's an art. And she is an artist, for certain.
When I read through Jenny's notes, I learned that she had to dig back into her summer photos to find some that fit her favorite colors. And it got me thinking, I wonder if there is a time of year that photos are easier for me as the colors better fit my favorites? And I think there is! How about for you?
As you look at Jenny's layout, do you see how there is a subtle pattern on her background yellow paper? This pattern helps to diffuse the yellow, which otherwise might be too much. Remember how we talked about the pink on Katie's layout being less saturated as it was spritzed? The same is true with Jenny's yellow having a lighter graphic design. So when you love a color that is a bright one, look for it on a b-side of a patterned paper. That's where companies like to hide their cool graphic subtle tone on tone patterns.
Erin's layout is an example of how well she incorporates the colors in her photos into her layouts. I usually reach for white to be my background paper. Erin grabs a color. And is do good at it. I am going to try harder to follow her lead!
Christa's layout shows how color families can make it easy to use color. If you find a similar color on several patterned papers you have a great start to selecting the papers. This lets you use various patterns without trouble. Then, once you have a handful of patterns with like colors, you can branch out to other differently colored papers with like patterns. A formula for certain success!
Jennie's layout isn't a favorite colors layout as much as a favorite color combination layout! And what a terrific combination it is: blue/aqua/turquoise and red. Have you a favorite combo? How did you stumble upon it? Has it always been? Did you find it in a patterned paper family? Once you find it, don't worry about reusing it often. If you vary the combination proportions, you can get miles and miles out of your favorite without it seeming repetitive. If you don't believe me, look through Jennie's blog. You will see her favorites and see how well she uses them. And never will you think, gosh, I'm tired of aqua and red! Promise.
Kelly's layout is a good reminder that it is okay to stray away from typical colors. Girls don't need pink. Boys can have it. It's okay! You can look to the photo, to your kids, or to your favorites. The colors on your layout should support your story, or at least not detract from it. Other than that, there are no rules. Just a million and one shades to choose between!
When I saw Amy's layout, I fell in love with the bits of red. In their varying shades, and proportions. In their saturated hues. In their patterns. And their subtleties. I love how the strings of the threads trickle across the pages. I love how the radiant sun in the top left of left photo moves the red into the yellows. And just like that I am moved from red to yellow and now see all the golden yellows. Do you ever get lost in the color of a layout? I do. And it moves me.
Celeste's layout is so lovely in its springy hues and peachy pinks. It's a sweet side of Celeste. I love how she layered, not just her patterns, but her colors. And mixed in a multi-colored paper which ties all of them together. Using flower centers in different colors also helps to tie them all together. If ever you are stuck for a color scheme, finding a digital kit is a terrific start. All of Celeste's elements are from one kit. It helps tie things together so nicely. Digi kits are a bit more eclectic that a regular paper release. Even if you don't scrap digitally, there is terrific color inspiration to be found on a pretend shopping spree.
Christine's layout's color scheme is based upon the sun and ocean. And what is not to love about that? Looking outside for colors can be very helpful. It can provide the background to a photo that is cropped too closely to see. It can provide a mood. It can be a starting point for layout that is having trouble finding its place. And if that outside in color scheme means something to you, it can even spill over into your journaling. Just like it did Christine's!
Sarah's layout is filled with the color spectrum, in rainbow form. Not only does she use the colors in her patterned paper, but then Sarah adds a rainbow flair. And a spectral title. And adds in the colors missing from the balloons as embellishments in the lower left hand corner. I wonder if she even knew that red and yellow were missing from the balloons. Sometimes color is so intuitive it can be tricky to put into words.
The colors in Emily's layout are her favorites. And some of mine. Compare the yellow and blue to that on Christine's layout. Isn't it crazy the difference of hue can make? The colors here take center stage as they appear from the bottom. The idea of them being framed makes them so much more impactful. And surrounded by all that yummy white white space makes it even more so. Do you see how she has created color vignettes in the left upper and right lower corners? and on the photo? Having each color represented in the vignettes gives the layout a equal balance, top, middle, and bottom. If a color had been left off, then your eye would have kept moving to find it. But with each there, instead, then you are satisfied at each visual stop.
Amy's layout about black orange and purple being associated with Halloween reminds us how our holidays and festivities are tied to colors. Test time. Christmas colors? Hanukkah colors? Valentines? Easter? See? Why is this do you think? Have you thought about your emotional responses to color? and holiday color combinations? Or even wider, just general combinations. My high school was royal blue and white. My town's now is maroon and gold. And I have lived in three red/white college towns (though to be exact, OSU's colors are scarlet and grey. The names are very important!) Red and white makes me think of football. Just does. Have you refrained from putting two colors together on a layout because the combination made you think of something other than the subject of your layout?
Emily's layout uses a mist name Fig Magenta. Which is apparently her favorite even though she doesn't like purple or pink. Curious, no? Have you a non-favorite color that seems to make repeat performances on your pages?
When you know that Paula loves both green and blue and the in between teal, don't you love how she blends the green and the blue letters to make teal ones in the middle? I love that Paula's layout pays homage to her favorite colors without it being the subject of her layout.
Thank you for walking through the gallery with me! I hope you enjoyed our stroll!
For our printable this week, we have an album cover for your gratitude album. I hope you had a terrific turkey day and that you had a chance to fill out your gratitude cards! Here is a link for your album cover.
Enjoy your day! and thank you for stopping. We are truly grateful for your time and loyalty!