Weekend Color Challenge | The Results

Hello!

Thanks for stopping by today! It’s time to reveal the results of the color challenge I issued last Friday. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve rarely participated in challenges or if I’m just picking hard ones, but I can’t seem to get through these without an obstacle or two to overcome. This color challenge was no exception.

Challenge Results

Supplies: Pattern Paper – Basic Grey Fusion collection. Cardstock – Bazzill White/OP, Espresso/OP, Wild Pansy Grasscloth. Embellishments – Maya Road envelopes, Tim Holtz memo pins, Jenni Bowlin Play mini Bingo card, 7 Gypsies Inspire sticker, Creative Imaginations Creative Cafe sticker (discontinued), brown embroidery thread. Tools: Silhouette, Sew Easy, computer font AmerType.

Selecting photos was the hardest part about this layout. I had to go back a few years to find someone wearing something neutral enough to work with purple. Before I found these photos, I had actually started going through years of digital images to see if I could create a collage of smaller photos that included purple. I was shocked that I only found six images that would work. I abandoned that idea when I found these photos because….well, my nephew is more interesting!

Thankfully, these 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 the big obstacle: the color red.

What I learned from this color challenge:

  • 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 can help 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 the red I needed to make all the elements flow.
  • 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 the results. The challenge stretched me and made me think outside the box. Getting out of our comfort zone and trying new things can help generate new ideas.
  • 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!

Mental note: Include more purple in my photos! Not that I’ll wear purple exactly, but I’m certainly going to try and be more aware that purple is not a color that shows up in my photos that much. I love purple (especially lilac!) and it’s time to bring more of it into my scrapbooks.

Once again, I feel the challenge is a success! This will be an ongoing feature I’ll kick off the first weekend of each month. What are some of your favorite challenges? I’m going to need some ideas!

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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