Seasonal Photo Layouts | Color Prompt

For my second layout in this seasonal photo series, I started with a color palette:

I was really drawn to these colors and while they are more Halloween-ish, I thought I could make it work with a fall photo if there were equal parts of all the colors instead of skewing black and orange.

Whenever I select a color palette, I tend to go looking for products first. I started with paper and selected the single color prints in black, orange and yellow first. (FYI – the white and yellow print is actually one of my Blanc Boutique papers colored with Scattered Straw distress stain).

Then I started digging deeper in my pattern paper files (I store my pattern paper by manufacturer) and I came across some paper from Ambrosia, an older line from Basic Grey. The colors were perfect and I didn’t even plan it! I have always loved that butterfly print.

And before I show you my layout, I wanted to share another quick tip.

When you combine manufacturers, occasionally you may find papers with different background colors. Most of the patterns I selected had greyish or cream backgrounds as the black chevron on the left does, but the black medallion has a white background. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but in person you can really see the difference.

I didn’t want to find another paper, so I opted to change the background color with distress ink. Pumice Stone has a really nice lighter grey tone and you can see from the photo on the right above, it easily altered the white background. It’s subtle, but in person it makes a difference. Distress stains work well too if you have a larger area to cover.

Here’s what I came up with:

I selected a fairly random photo that I might never have scrapbooked otherwise. There’s no real story. It’s just a photo I took from from the road while driving down State Road 840 in Middle Tennessee. I went with this photo because I thought that the blues and greens provided contrast to the paper colors. At the same time, because of the paper colors, the oranges and yellows in the photo really pop.

This layout is based on a sketch from an Allison Davis class at Scrapbook Generation. Her original sketch was for 2 pages but I only used the left side of the sketch. To finish off the layout, I added the sticker along the edge to help frame the white space and some ribbon to soften the sharp edges a bit. The brads helped turn the paper squares into the look of a quilt.

Other: Making Memories paper, October Afternoon polka dot paper, American Crafts Lullaby thickers, Maya Road ribbon.

I really had fun with this one and it reminds me that I create some of my favorite pages when I push outside of my comfort zone. It keeps scrapbooking interesting! Do you ever create layouts around a color palette?

Thanks for stopping by today!

18 Comments

  1. Such a great color scheme. You are right. Could be Halloween, b
    ut that doesn’t come across in your layout. Great page and tips!

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  2. Such a great selection of colors and patterns, Tammy. I love how this came out, with the blocked background.

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  3. I adore the blocks of patterned paper, so trendy! Great tip on the ink, Pumice Stone is one of my most used.

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  4. I love what you did with this color combo-great layout. Thanks for the tip on changing the background color!

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  5. Oh, I love this page. It turned out just perfectly, the combo of colors and patterns and even the proportions you used are just right!

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  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

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  7. I love your take on these colors! It’s so fall but not too halloween.

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  8. Beautiful page love the colors 🙂

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  9. that color scheme is so awesome with the greys! you really rocked it! super layout!!

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  10. This is beyond fabulous! SO many great colors and patterns 🙂

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  11. Very beautiful LO! Love all the mixed papers!

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  12. love this layout! love the colors and the grid background!

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  13. Your layouts are always so stunning.

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  14. That’s a great page Tammy. And I think the edging along the left really contributes to the page – great detail! I’ve been snapping a few fall foliage shots too. I hope to scrap some soon.

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  15. Wow, what a beautiful layout! I love the color pallette and mix of pattern paper. Great tip on changing a background color. I run into that all the time and I just end up not using one of them. I am definatly going to be using your tip alot.

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  16. What an awesome color palette and the end result is just beautiful Tammy! I love this!

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  17. Love your color palette and the way you went about shopping your stash. That tip about the Distress Inks in genius! I often have the white/creme problem, but not anymore!

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  18. Fabulous layout – I like the use of the squares that allow you to use lots of vibrant colors but not overwhelm the photo.

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