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Using Color Palettes to Inspire Your Layouts – Part Two

Welcome to part two in my series of articles about using color palettes to help you create scrapbook pages. In part one, we talked about how color palettes can help you make product selections. Today, I wanted to show how color palettes and the accompanying photos to help you make design decisions.

We all come at the design process from different points of view. Many people start with photos and select supplies that match. Others may get the creative juices flowing by opening up a new set of supplies. But what about something entirely different?

I am a big advocate of shaking up the process and approaching a scrapbook layout in a different way. I am a process driven scrapbooker so I understand that it can be easier to just keep doing what works instead of trying something new.  But from my own personal experience, I know that approaching the process in a different way can help you stretch your creative muscle.

Today, I wanted to try something a little bit different. I’m going to use color palettes not only to help me make color choices, but I’m also going to use the photo to inspire the design or starting point for some layouts in progress.

Three color palettes, three different layout designs

1. The rule of thirds

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This image made me think of the rule of thirds. In the photo above, the bottom two thirds of the photo is in monochromatic shades, while approximately one third down from the top is a splash of contrasting color. I think this composition could result in a dynamic layout design. Continue Reading →

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Trends | Coral

Coral was without a doubt one of the hottest color trends on the show floor at CHA Winter 2012. Existing somewhere between the 2011 Pantone color of the year, Honeysuckle, and Pantone’s 2012 pick of Tangerine Tango, shades of coral run the gamut from vibrant pinks to sultry oranges. A quick Google Image search for “coral color” turned up this spectrum of shades, showing just a few of coral’s many faces.

With versatility like this, it’s no wonder that coral made an appearance in one form or another in almost every paper manufacturer’s booth on the CHA show floor. In fact, the color was so popular that I had to narrow down the list of collections to feature here to those that prominently used coral in their color scheme. In reality, there were many more lines that I could have shared that used coral as an accent color, but the range of images and styles shown here should give you a pretty good taste of what’s to come (and is in some cases already available!) from the new crop of collections.

Die Cuts with a View (also known as DCWV) made the color the focus of one of their newest paper stacks. Coral Couture pairs both the orange and pink versions of coral with aqua and yellow to create a sophisticated color palette. The addition of large floral and butterfly motifs give the line a vintage feel. For more on this line, you can visit my blog here, where I spotlight this new paper stack, and May Flaum also took it for a test drive in a post on her blog.

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Trend Watch | Gray and Yellow

The yellow and gray color trend that swept through the home decor industry last year has found a new home in this season’s crop of scrapbooking supplies. As the Scrapbook Update crew covered the show floor at CHA Summer 2011, we spotted line after line that was either completely inspired by a yellow and gray color palette or at least included hints of it in some way.

When I say that this color scheme was big in the home decor industry last year, I mean big! And from the looks of things, it’s still going strong this year. To demonstrate just how popular this color combination is, I put together a little pinboard on Pinterest displaying some of my favorite yellow and gray images from around the web.

And now, just as I collected some of my favorite home decor examples of yellow and gray, I’ve brought together a sampling of my favorite yellow and gray scrapbook supplies, as well! Continue Reading →

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Trend Watch: Plum

As a fan of the many shades of purple, I can’t tell you how excited I am to see a lush shade of plum popping up all over sneak peaks for CHA Summer 2011. It’s so prominent that I’m officially issuing a trend watch: Keep your eyes peeled for fabulous plum products! Already I’ve noticed many top companies previewing product that features this lovely color. Here are a few examples that I’ve found from the CHA peeks that have started showing up.

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