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Archive | May 6, 2013

Using Color Palettes to Inspire Your Layouts (Part 1)

If you spend any amount of time on Pinterest (…like I do…) you will most likely have seen a variety of color palettes in your feed.  Beyond the obvious eye candy, color palettes can be a very helpful tool for scrapbookers and paper crafters. Not only can they provide a wealth of inspiration, they can also help you formulate design decisions.

Starting today, I am bringing you a three-part series all about using color palettes in your scrapbooking and paper crafting. In this first installment, we’re going to look at how a color palette can inspire your product selections using the gallon/quart/pint theory. In part two, I’m going to show how different palettes can inspire design decisions and in part three, we’ll look at how color palettes can help solve paper crafting dilemmas.

How color palettes can help with product selection

I have always been inspired by color and love coming up with cool combinations to set off my scrapbook pages. Back when I was still using a lot of plain cardstock on my layouts, I often used the color wheel to help me find cool combinations. As scrapbooking products evolved and manufacturers added more pattern papers in coordinating colors, I let the pattern papers guide my color decisions and left the color wheel behind.

But I’m starting to sense that there is another personal evolution starting. I want to be more involved in the process again. After seeing so many inspiring color palettes online, I challenged myself to come up with some fun ways to make them part of my process.

For my layout today, I had these two photos:

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Green is the dominant color, though the shades vary between the two photos. The other major color is that peachy red flowers. Rather than going to my stash of products to randomly search for something that might work, I went to my favorite color palette site to search for some inspiration. Continue Reading →

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Cards | Thank You

This week, Card Annex designer Susie Moore is here with your Monday card inspiration! Today’s card is all about die cutting – and Lori Whitlock!
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Susie used a digital die cut from the Silhouette Online Store called “Thank You Card” by Lori Whitlock. Paired with a patterned paper from Echo Park’s “For the Record 2″ collection, also designed by Lori, the die makes quite a statement! Continue Reading →

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