Hello! I’m so happy to be here doing my first blog post as a new member of Sahin Designs Creative Team! I am going to talk today about why color makes such a big difference when you consider what collections to use with your photos, and why picking one collection can be a sure way to make sure your layouts are visually cohesive.
For this project I made a few 6×8 pages about a trip we recently took to the zoo. They will go in an album I have of all of our zoo trips over the last couple of years. Each trip we go on I use a different collection to document so it helps break up the album.
Here are a few tips about color and examples of the way color can significantly change the way layouts look. For these layouts, I’m working with the Woodnote collection.
Match your products to your photos.
This is the opening page of this part of the album. When I look at this photo of me and my family, I see mostly the color of our skin, the dark green behind us and the gray and pink of our outfits. It’s a pretty balanced photo in terms of dark and light so I chose one dark card and one light card to keep it balanced visually.
Here’s an example of how different this would look if I matched these cards with a photo of non complementary colors.
The bright blue doesn’t match the light and subtle tones of the cards and completely changes the tone of the layout.
Use one collection per layout or mini album.
One of the perks of scrapbooking with one collection is that since the color palette is defined it keeps a common thread of color even when photos don’t match each other. The photos from this trip to the zoo are a good example of photos not matching each other but working better together with these matching cards.
The cards from this collection have mostly gray, pink and green. When you place them next to the photos they highlight these colors in the photos and make everything go together better.
Have a stockpile of product to match any project.
“Woodnote” is an older collection but it was perfect for this project. I love that I have so many cards to choose from over and over again, and I don’t have to worry about running out.
In this spread, I printed out the butterfly card. The sentiment on the card didn’t really match the theme of this layout so I cut out the butterflies instead and only adhered them down the middle so that they are a little more dimensional. I love how versatile these products are!
Also, note how I used a white card with lighter embellishments to contrast the dark of the photos.
Notice again how the addition of a color like orange really changes the feel of the spread. That bright orange does not go well with the light pink. Keep in mind the hue and tone of colors when matching them up.
Go black and white when colors just won’t work.
The photo of my daughter seeing baby Fiona at the Cincinnati zoo is really blue. It doesn’t complement the cards well and you can see how much better it goes when I changed it to black and white.
You can see how much that blue and teal affects the overall tone of the spread before it was converted to black and white.
Digital products are such a great investment because you create a supply of reusable products that will work for years to come. I hope you got some helpful tips and are inspired to get crafting!