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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.

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Cards | Thank You

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Do you need some quick thank you cards?  Well, here is all that you need:

  • Some washi tape
  • Card bases for  3 1/2  x 4 7/8 cards
  • Pieces of 4×5 coordinating card stock
  • White card stock pieces measuring approximately 4×5 ea
  • A sentiment stamp
  • Sequins

To make your cards, first adhere a scrap of card stock to the front of your folded card base trimming the card stock to cover the card base. Next, layer strips of lovely washi tape diagonally across the lower corner of your white card stock. Trim your white card stock to fit onto your covered card base. Your extra washi tape will just trim right off along with your card stock.

Add your stamped sentiment (I used one from Paper Smooches) and then just add three coordinating sequins for some sparkle.

And that’s all it takes to make fun “thank you” cards!


Pinterest Inspiration | Candle Display

When I was looking through Pinterest earlier this week, I flipped past this photo two or three times. I don’t typically use candles much once the warmer weather hits and it just wasn’t what I was looking for. But I did like the arrangement of the photo and finally decided that, although it might not be something I would typically use for scrapbooking inspiration, maybe I should try it. So come take a look and see what you think.

prize candle

The candle is an Orange Blossom candle and you can find it at Prize Candle – a company that specializes in soy candles that contain a prize inside the candle. What I liked about this photo was the way the orange, the greenery, and the blossoms all surrounded the candle on a circular holder. The small details just seemed to envelope the focal point and, even though the oranges are much brighter in color than the candle, the placement of them still allows the candle to hold center stage.

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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:

photos for palette

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.

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Cards | Thinking of You

We finish off today with team designer Yana Smakula. She brings us this hello that is full of sunshine (something we haven’t seen all week here in the so-called “sunshine state”) with help from some fabulous Pebbles products!


I fell in love with the Pebbles Basics Pads the moment I saw them, and patterns like this yellow chevron are the reason why! They are so quick and easy – just grab a sheet and fold it to make a card!

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Cards | Hello

Hi! It’s card team designer Terri Davenport. I’m here to share a fun way to say “hello” – and a quick & easy stamping technique!


I used an unusual stamp to make my circles: the bottom of a glue stick. It’s easy to do – just dip the bottom of the glue stick into paint and stamp it onto the cork! After that, just paint the letters and adhere everything to the card! It’s as easy as 1-2-3 and you are done!

Supplies | Cardstock: Core’dinations. Paint: Making Memories. Chipboard Alphabet: Maya Road. Cork: unknown.