Scrapbook Challenge | The Color Purple

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:

How to get out of a scrapbooking rut; a challenge that switches up the typical scrapbooking process

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!

Thanks for stopping by today!

20 Comments

  1. Love reading about how you went through the process of a color challenge. That’s one challenge I have yet to try. If you want some ideas that are not sketches, you could check out Journaling Junkie, Scrapbookers Anonymous and Scrap Our Stash.

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    • Thanks for the suggestions! I will pay more attention now that I’m going to need more inspiration. 😀

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  2. oh tammy, i love this! i love the little details like the bingo card and the pocket–really really great

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  3. I think your layout turned out great! I love hearing about your process and the challenges you had to overcome. Sometimes my brain just gets in the way of my creativity! Ha! I’m loving purple right now too 🙂

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    • We all face the challenges and I’m finding that I actually enjoy figuring out how to fix it! Maybe it’s my new thing. 🙂

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  4. It looks great! Thanks for sharing how you adapted for the challenge. I think the thing I find hardest about challenges is how to adjust when something is not what I envisioned.

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    • Thank you! It is hard because I think “challenge” makes us feel like we have to stick to a set of rules. That can be helpful in terms of limiting product, but it can also stifle creativity. It’s always a balance.

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  5. Your layout came out great! I agree, that envelope was worth using on the page! I like all kinds of challenges – sketches, color, use your stash. One thing about the purple is you just need a little bit of it in the photo and you can pull that out. For example, I have a multi-colored hat and I wear it with everything when we travel, so I can pull out whicheve rcolor I want. So when you are wearing something multi-color, it’s fun to pull out the colors you don’t scrap with often.

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    • I think that’s the happiest thing for me, being able to use that Maya Road envelope! Funny, the things that make it fun. Thanks for the purple tips. I may have to resort to staging the scene to get it in. But I will! 😀

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  6. Your layout turned out positively great! The one thing that I have done when my photos and color scheme don’t quite work is print the photos in black and white (or blue and white).

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    • Oooo, blue and white??? I’ve never done that. I like the idea though. I will try that one of these days.

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  7. totally love this! Love the envelope, title work and photo montage. So adorable!

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    • Thank you! 🙂

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  8. Great job! My favorite part is the photo strip. I’m experimenting with something similar on my most recent pages. I finished all of my 35mm photos recently and can freely move around with digital. I like how you got more photos on the page without overwhelming it.

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    • Thanks! I have been really loving photo strips lately. I love what you said, it’s additional photos but they don’t overwhelm the layout. That’s exactly how I feel. 🙂

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  9. Great job!! Using a color that is not in your norm is hard to tackle.

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  10. Love your layout!
    It is so fun, those photo’s are awesome 🙂

    I too have coloured with the Bic markers but I want to play around with flesh tones. Bic’s or Sharpies don’t have the colours I want 🙁

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    • True! There are so many stamps out there with the cutie pie kids that you can’t color in if you don’t have the right flesh tones….. Back to the Copics…. 🙂

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