To Color or Not to Color

By | December 28, 2015

Today, I have another scrapbook page to share that I designed using my daughter’s dance pictures from last June.  There were so many great pictures from that photo shoot that it’s given me a creative burst!

I designed this page on My Memories Suite using the same digital download (Heartsong by Misty Cato from Sweet Shoppe Designs) that I used on my page last week.  However, this page has an entirely different look because I used the photo effects tool to change the photos to black and white.

Dance 2015-007

The dance photos I purchased this year had a really unique color scheme.  It’s been a little bit of a challenge for me to design scrapbook pages around those colors.  So for today’s project, I just decided to eliminate the problem altogether by changing all the photos to black and white.

For scrapbooking, I like to either have colorful photos and then select background colors and embellishments that are muted to enhance the photos, yet not detract.  Or, I like to have black and white photos and then select colorful background papers and embellishments.  Either way, I think the photos should be the center of attention, and no matter what, the design of the scrapbook page should not be so busy that it draws your eye away from the main focus – the photos.

While my page today is not super colorful, I really liked the soft colors and in particular the coral roses and olive green title and ribbon.  The original colors of the photos would have clashed terribly, so this technique worked perfectly.

Black and white photos can also completely change the mood of a page.  They provide an old-fashioned, elegant look.

Give it a try next time you create a page.

Tami Hewlett

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