Last year our family went camping over Easter weekend. The Easter bunny followed us, and left plastic eggs in the forest and baskets of goodies for the kids. We discovered a delicious treat…. marshmallow peeps toasted over a campfire. Mmmmm… carmelized sugar never tasted so good.
How about a little scrapbooking lesson on pulling color to customize a layout? If you look at my photos, there is nothing that looks spring-timey or flowery in the least bit. We were camping, so the colors are dark with browns and greens, lots of dirt and wood. If you are trying to coordinate your pictures to your paper, your first thought would be to pick a more outdoorsy theme.
But wait! It’s about Easter and peeps, so why can’t I have flowers and pink paper? As my husband says: “Nobody tells me what to do, not even ME!”
The key is how to pull it all together.
Here’s the layout, as it started out. This was the design that my students created in my March classes.
Anyhoo, this is a darling color combo from the Sophia paper pack, but it’s just washed out when I plop down those dark camping photos.
The yellow of the peeps is the reason that these photos WILL work, since it is repeated in small amounts in the layout above. And since the layout isn’t so much about camping as it is about Easter in the woods and toasted peeps, I want the peeps to POP!
But it’s not enough to pull the entire layout together. The bold answer: black. I needed a color that was repeated in the photos to add as accents to my layout, without dramatically changing the look and feel of a spring-time theme.
By adding a small amount of black with the title and journaling, a few stamped black accents (stitching below the lower left photo, swirl in the upper right embellishment cluster) plus a row of black mini brads, it pulls the photos and page together so your eye sees the entire layout as one element.
So, don’t be afraid to go with color and theme first, then tie in the photos with a coordinating color accent.