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June 27, 2011

Where do I begin? Not only do I Iove Nic Howards beautiful scrapbook pages, adorable New Zealand accent, and fun teaching style, I also LOVE how much amazing content she packs into her workshops!

I wanted to give you all a sneak peek inside of her Colour! Or is it Color? classroom so you can see just how much you get!
You won’t want to miss this opportunity to explore the world of color with Nic! Class starts on Thursday, June 30th. Click here to learn more and register today!

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June 27, 2011

Here are a few colorful techniques to try from partner Pink Paislee's blog and website.

1. use colorful spray mists

2. layering products

3. misting backgrounds and borders

4. make a tape flower

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June 23, 2011

I asked Prima to share some of their best tips for making colorful titles and they have shared these fantastic ideas.

Playing around with titles is not only fun, but it adds visual interest to any project. A great title can help set the mood of the design by simple use of the right color. Of course Prima offers a variety of fabulous products which are perfect for embellishing any project! Let's take a look at two designs which use creative titles to their best advantage!

Technique: Using Bold Title Patterns
Mini-Album: "Happy" by Cari Fennell for Prima

A fabulous title can convey feelings of happiness and joy! By adding a fun polka-dot pattern in a sunshiny color you will really amp up those happy rays.

Carry the fun, bright colors throughout the book to keep a smile on your face as you fill it with precious photos from a momentous vacation or event.


  • Use pre-made patterned letters for instant fun on your designs.
  • Keep the pattern consistent with the look you are trying to achieve: i.e. -pair a lace pattern with wedding photos, or a denim print with a boy's page.
  • Don't be afraid to use bold colors or prints on your projects!

Technique: Colored Title Play
Layout: "Journey" by Brittany Laakkonen for Prima

Try playing around with your titles by using different colors within the same title.

On the layout, "journey", Brittany colored just three letters a dark turquoise to set the word "our" apart. What a fun twist to create a title within a title-just by using different shades of the same color!


  • Try misting each of the letters a different color to match your theme, photos, or mood you are trying to convey.
  • For pre-colored alphabets, feel free to mix them up within the same title for a bit of fun.
  • This is also a great way to use up those left-over alphas we all have sitting around!

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June 22, 2011


We all know that color causes an emotional reaction, based on our life experiences and associations with said colors. We can use color to communicate emotion, mood, sentiment, season, or even theme in scrapbooking and photography. When you start your next project think about the emotion you want to communicate and be intentional about finding colors that support it.

Remember, color is subjective, while their are guidelines and generalizations that are interesting and insightful to read, color communication is all about your perception.

Chart of emotions that color communicates, source here

  • Yellow – warm, exciting, happy
  • Blue – deep, peaceful, supernatural
  • Green – peace, stillness, nature
  • White – harmony, silence, cleanliness
  • Black – grief, dark, unknown
  • Red – glowing, confidence, alive
  • Orange – radiant, healthy, serious

Interested in delving further into color and scrapbooking? Take Nic Howards Colour! Or is it Color? class starting next week.



First to share is Robyn from Unity Stamps

"When I look at the photo, all I see is the natural beauty of the girls and how beautiful their skin tone is, It seems to glow which makes them look extremely soft, delicate and super-sweet, I guess you could say they look very girly which naturally makes me think of the color pink., I also noticed that the girls are wearing pastel colors. This emotional reaction to the photo helped me come up with the color scheme for my layout.

With all this in mind I chose my colors for this layout which are mainly pink and colors that coordinate with pink. I needed some contrasting colors in my layout so it wouldn't be monochromatic, so I looked to my patterned paper for help. In the patterned paper there is light blue and a kelly green, Those colors were perfect to add a splash of color to my layout and still keep it soft, sweet, and allow the girls' natural beauty to shine through and communicate my feelings about the photo."

From BPC teacher Elizabeth Dillow

"This layout was shared on Write.Click. Scrapbook when we were talking about understanding our signature style and something I discovered about my style was brought to my attention by a person in a scrapbook class I taught in Colorado Springs last year. One of the women who attended observed that my pages often contain a "love kiss" to my subject in the form of a little note. I had never thought about it that way, but looking over my pages--she was absolutely right. I almost always direct my journaling to the person I'm scrapbooking about; while I can be very wordy on some pages, I do love that inclusion of a little reflection about my subject. It seems just enough to me--the thing I want most from my pages is to convey how much I love my family and friends--now and in the future, and I can use words, shapes, and color to prove that love."

From inside Amy Tangerine's class, Get Those Creative Juices Flowing, a superb example of using color in the photos and products to create an emotional reaction.

Thanks for reading, be sure to share your projects in the student gallery.

For some intellectual information on this topic browse the sources below

Color symbolism

Best selling book, Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color by Leatrice Eisemann

Leatrice Eisemann color blog

Color meanings

10 reasons to use color


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June 21, 2011

When people ask me how many hours a week I scrapbook, I never know what to answer because I feel like I'm ALWAYS scrapbooking -- making memories, taking photos, thinking of how to record them, or actually creating layouts. I don't see a separation between my scrapbooking and non-scrapbooking times because I've found ways to integrate my passion with my family. To me, saving time is all about integration. Some people call it multi-tasking, but don't you think "integration" sounds so much more slick?

Here's a list of some easy ways you can integrate scrapbooking into "the rest" of your life:

  • Have your kids help you with your scrapbook pages -- let them select the brads, count out buttons, punch shapes... it makes scrapbooking fun "together" time.
  • Save items like to-do lists, shopping lists, and recipes for journaling on your layouts.
  • Look for unique embellishments around the house -- LEGO pieces, hair barrettes and ribbons, and even old school papers can be turned into cute and innovative decorations.

There are tons of ways to bring scrapbooking together with "regular" life. All you have to do is get a little creative - and we're good at that, right? :)


Want to learn more ways to save time while scrapbooking meaningful pages? Join Lain and a few hundred other hearty souls as they take on the MotherLOAD Scrapbook Marathon this summer!

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June 20, 2011

I couldn't resist creating a colorful treat idea to share during our color fun month here at BPC. Enjoy!

To make your own

purchase colorful candy

sort into color piles

layer into clear bags

package bag with colorful trim

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June 16, 2011

Grab something yummy to drink. If you're experiencing cold weather - grab a hot cup of tea, cocoa or coffee to sip; if you're somewhere warm - grab a refreshing cup of lemonade or iced tea. Take your little cup of happiness, and savor every sip.

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June 15, 2011

Hi everyone! My name is Lynn Ghahary and I am thrilled to be the guest blogger today here at BPC. Summertime means vacation time in the Ghahary household. My family and I take an annual vacation to Ocean City, NJ every summer and it truly is one of the highlights of our year. Every year I tell myself I am going to create a mini album to document our trip and every year it somehow doesn't happen. By the time we return home I am too tired and overrun with laundry to even think about creating, and then the summer seems to fly by before I even have the chance to download my photos from my camera. Well this year I am prepared! I created this "Travel Log" using the Daily Junque collection by Pink Paislee  to bring with us on our trip so I can document our vacation memories on the go and in the moment.

This mini album was so easy to create yet it really packs a punch as it is filled with lots of pages for journaling, adhering photos, and places to save memorabilia. To begin I simply cut down two pieces of chipboard for my front and back covers to approximately 5" wide by 6 3/4" tall and rounded all four edges. I punched two holes and used binder rings from my local office supply store to hold everything together. If you didn't want to use binder rings you could certainly use ribbon or twine as an alternative. I wanted to be able to move around the pages of my album easily so I chose to use the binder rings. I used the Wooden Alphabet from the Daily Junque collection spritzed with some navy Glimmer Mist to spell the word "LOG" on my cover and stamped the word "TRAVEL" with red ink above it. You'll also notice I added a large glass tile to the cover backed with a punched circle of map themed patterned paper. I loved the idea of adding dimension to the cover and this glass tile gave the illusion of a globe - perfect for my travel theme. If you can't find something similar at your local craft supply store you can use Glossy Accents to add that glazed, dimensional look to your punched piece as well.

The inside pages of my mini album were created using a combination of patterned papers cut to size and lots and lots of Ephemera pieces from the Daily Junque collection. Here are  the inside pages of the album:


I included two different types of envelopes in my mini album for gathering and saving memorabilia. The first is a small glassine envelope that is included in the Ephermera pack. I thought this glassine envelope would be great for holding a favorite shell collected from the beach or some other small keepsake. I simply punched two small holes in the envelope and added some twine (also from the Daily Junque collection) to tie it closed and keep my mementos safely tucked inside.

I also created a library card pocket using my Silhouette die cut machine. This pocket is the perfect spot to hold onto tickets, postcards, or other such memorabilia. If you don't have a Silhouette there are lots of free templates that can be found on the internet to create a similar pocket like this one here. And for those larger pieces of memorabilia (e.g., maps, pamphlets, etc) don't be afraid to punch holes directly in them and include these pieces in your mini album as well!

Well there you have it - a mini album all set to go with you on your next vacation. And of course the Daily Junque papers are so versatile that this album can be used for any type of trip or adventure you may find yourself embarking on this summer. Now ... if I could only find an easy solution for the piles of laundry that will greet me upon our return. ;)

Pink Paislee is giving away a complete set of Daily Junque to one lucky BPC member. Leave a comment below sharing your summer travel plans to be entered to win. Giveaway closes Friday, June 17 at 9:00am PST

Enjoy your summer and thanks for stopping by the BPC blog!

***Winner is Monica Blain***

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June 14, 2011

Since we are all about color this month we have to share some awesome paint chip ideas from the web. My favorite is the heart banner. Don't you love it?


reposted with permission from Graceandlight.com and you should check out her site and cute etsy site here.

For more fun check out these links

orb from ReadyMade magazine

notebooks for rainbow themed party

Easter garland and circle garland

and for more follow this pinterest board

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June 14, 2011

Thanks for playing along last week- hope you enjoyed!

Challenge 1: Blue Background

winner is Cathy S

Challenge 2: Start with Color

winner is Rikki D

Challenge 3: Make it Monochromatic

winners are Katie Scott and Mary Ann



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