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!
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
Best selling book, Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color by Leatrice Eisemann
Leatrice Eisemann color blog
10 reasons to use color
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
June 14, 2011
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
June 10, 2011
Hope you all are enjoying the color challenges as much as I am.
Today's challenge is to use a monochromatic color scheme. And we have a giveaway which makes it super fun! Create your layout and upload it to the student sharing gallery and then leave a comment with a link.
Two participants will receive one paper pack of either the Candy Shoppe Collection or Metropolitan collection from Echo Park Paper's Dots and Stripes line.
Giveaway closes Monday June 13 at midnight PST.
Some beautiful monochromatic images to inspire you
winners are Katie Scott and Mary Ann
June 08, 2011
Start with color, yes that is right, I want you to start with colors for your next scrapbook challenge. After you have your colors chosen then add photos and journaling, it should feel a bit uncomfortable, but just try it! (and then share)
Today's use color challenge is to start with color by selecting a color combination from one of the sources below and then add the rest of your scrapbook elements.
Stacy Julian, I Love Color
Decor8, Color Me Pretty
Creature Comforts, Color Crush
A Creative Mint, Color boards
winner is Rikki D
June 07, 2011
Use Color Challenge: Instead of using your usual neutral colored background such as white, gray, brown, kraft, or black use a soft blue as your background. (and yes blue is my favorite color-and can't wait to see what you come up with) Load your image in the student sharing gallery and leave a comment with your link. Everyone who participates will be entered into a giveaway for a spot in Katie Nelson's class, Inspired by Color. Giveaway closes Thursday June 9 at midnight PST. **extended to Monday, Jun 13 at midnight PST***
For your Inspiration and for some eye candy enjoy this collage.
blue eggs collage from Flickr member gele
All of these gorgeous photos are the property of the photographer linked to below. Enjoy.
1. Blue and white, 2. blue eggs, 3. Robin Eggs, 4. Lots of blue eggs, 5. Eastern blue bird egg's, 6. robin egg blue, 7. blue eggs, 8. marbled eggs, 9. Nest Eggs, 10. Four Blue Eggs, Close Up, 11. Happy Easter!, 12. eggs, 13. Blue Duck Eggs, 14. blue egg, 15. Duck eggs, 16. Emu eggs
winner is Cathy S
June 04, 2011
Teacher Nic Howard introduced a workshop last year that was a super hit and we are re-running it next month, Colour! Or is it Color? Each week she tackles one color and breaks that color down into scrapbook applicable information. Today's share is taken directly from her class and is all about using the color red in your projects.
Things to remember as we reach for the red in our scrapbooking projects:
- Red is a strong colour so it is very demanding.
- A little bit of red goes a long way.
- If you use red on your layouts, it is likely to become the focal point, our eyes have been trained to see it the quickest.
- Small doses can sometimes be a lot more effective than large amounts.
- Red is the perfect accent colour as it will always ‘pop’ from the page.
Red is a bright, warm color that evokes strong emotions. It is also associated with love, warmth, and comfort. Consider how much of a dramatic effect you want to create as you pull out your red scrapbooking products. Do you want to create energy and drama, signify something bold or important with strong emotion attached? Then reach for the red in larger amounts. For a small dramatic addition to your layout, reach for smaller elements placed close to your focal point on your page.
What red products will you grab?
Add a dash of red with one of these products
- Ink by Colorbox
- Alphabet letters by Bella Blvd
- Dots and Stripes paper by Echo Park
- Claudine Hellmuth Paint by Ranger Ink
- Bling by Bazzill Basics
- Paper by Basic Grey
- Cotton flowers by Bella Blvd
- Trim by Websters Pages
- Stickles by Ranger Ink
- Fabric flowers by Prima
- Alphabet rub-ons by Studio Calico
- Puffies by KI Memories
- Paper by Bo Bunny
- Game pieces by Tim Holtz
- Striped ribbon by May Arts
- Buttons by Jenni Bowlin
- Marker by Copic
- Album by Doodlebug Design
- Clothespins by Canvas Corp
June 03, 2011
Artist Hans Hoffman said it perfectly when he said, "The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color."
Photographer and BPC teacher Tracey Clark is teaching a class right now, Picture Color, and she sends daily email prompts to direct you to take photos that will awake your inner artist as your camera clicks color after vibrant color.
Below is a color prompt from Tracey just for you.
Each day, with each item we use, each purchase we make, there are choices. Price, style, color all play into how we decide what to buy, what to wear, how to decorate. Today’s color study will open your eyes to your choices and discover what colors you are drawn to.
First step: Observe your life today in a big picture way. Notice any consistent or common threads in what you’ve chosen to surround yourself with? Anything from kitchen appliances to shoes to coffee mugs to your bathrobe can all be part of your own color statement choices.
Second step: Decide which of these things best communicates your color statement. Maybe it’s the accent color you’ve discovered that runs throughout your home or closet. Or maybe it’s one single item (your phone case, sofa or jacket) that makes your statement. Whatever it is, capture it in a way that says something about you!
Note: I often let practicality influence my choices. I think many of us do. What will work best with everything else? What color is the most versatile? Is it something I’ll really use? These filters are necessary sometimes but I can safely say that the things I’ve acquired out of love alone, are things I rarely regret. Sometimes color alone can be our guide. This prompt can help you seek out the colors that just plain make you happy.
Find out more about Tracey's color class here.