Do you ever find yourself in a scrapbooking rut, using the same colors and creating layouts with a similar feel? I have been there lately. I tend to use blues and greens in every layout (my favorites and because I scrapbook two boys a lot). But there is one color I rarely use: purple.
So I issued my own challenge to myself (does anyone else do that?) to use purple on my next layout. I even went so far as to create a visual for inspiration:
I added in the brown because I thought it may be easier use purple with a kraft background. Stretch myself without going too far outside the comfort zone. So…challenge accepted and here’s what I came up with:
Can I just say how surprised I am that I went with a purple background? I was going to go for kraft, but with my focal point photo, that dusty purple worked.
Selecting photos was the hardest part in creating this layout. I had to go back a few years to find someone wearing something neutral. When I found these photos with my nephew, wearing a tan colored shirt, the layout was already coming together.
These photos all came from a series of photos my sister-in-law took on the same day. I had a variety to choose from and I really love the focal photo of my nephew hanging upside down. But the playground equipment introduced a new obstacle: the color red.
Challenge Lessons learned:
- Stay flexible. The red threw in a curve ball and I adjusted by adding small touches of red while sticking to the challenge color scheme. Sometimes, your photos may clash with your products. When it happens you can either turn your photos to black and white or you can work with it.
- Pattern paper helps unify conflicting elements. I wasn’t happy with how this layout was turning out until I added the pattern paper. The range of colors worked perfectly with my color scheme and it brought in more red.
- Color challenges are perhaps the hardest challenge of all. I never would have used this color scheme with these photos if not for the challenge. But it works and I’m happy with my layout.
- There is no journaling on the layout, but there is journaling inside the envelope. It’s not hidden for any other reason than I wanted to include that Maya Road kraft envelope. I had to fight my instinct to use kraft as the background cardstock. That’s what I started with. But with a kraft background, the envelope didn’t work. Changing the background to purple allowed me to add a product that’s been in my stash for a long time. I love when that happens!
Once again, I feel that challenging myself was a success! I ended up with a layout I never would have created had I followed my typical process. However, it definitely took longer to get to actual creation mode. I spent more time searching for photos and looking through my stash than I normally do. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I used up some pattern paper I haven’t touched in years and I used an envelope that’s been in my stash far too long.
Maybe another lesson is: if you want to use up your stash, you need to work a little harder planning layouts!
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