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.
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!