Feelin’ Fresh

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When spring rolls around each year, I want to clean. I want to throw open the windows and let fresh air in. I want to get rid of the clutter that has accumulated over the winter. I want to use fun and bright colors on my pages!

In honor of this fresh start that spring brings, our first challenge for April at Counterfeit Kit Challenge is Feelin’ Fresh! Choose an object from real life or online (think Pinterest perhaps) that says FRESH & let it inspire your project. Color, shape, pattern – maybe it reminds you of a memory!

So I chose to use this fresh color scheme as inspiration for my page for this month’s challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. I am using my kit for this month, Snapshot, based on the inspiration kit Ashton Court by Cocoa Daisy.

This color scheme was perfect for showcasing photographs of my daughter and me at our recent horse show. We both did well—the show was a great start to our spring show season.

Make sure to check out the projects made by the rest of the team on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Also, we would love for you to join our new Facebook Community!

Now go create!


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Using a Limited Color Palette

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I LOVE color. I could spend days on Pinterest just pinning color combinations that I love (see my Color Inspiration board here.) But when I scrapbook, there are times when I want to limit the use of color.

In this layout, I purposely used a limited color palette of pink and black to complement the blue and grey in the photographs. The pictures are somewhat busy and bold, so the soft pink does not compete with the photographs. The black accents ground the page and give structure to the layout.

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All of the embellishments are in the same colors, yet add needed texture and dimension to the page. I added just a touch of gold to set off my title.

To learn more about using a limited color palette on your layouts, check out the blog at Get It Scrapped.

Now go create!


Revealing Setting

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Setting plays such an important role in our photographs and therefore in our scrapbooking. When creating a page, there are many ways to convey the feeling of your setting through color, shape, and texture.

Take a look at this page.

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The title and journaling state that these photos were taken at a state park in North Carolina called Hanging Rock. One picture shows two people (my husband and son) walking up a trail and the other picture reveals a view from the top of a peak. But those are not the only elements on this page that reveal the setting.

Since the photographs show the contrast on the trail of the shadows under the trees and the sun in the open areas, I used a mixture of dark and light patterned papers. The colors are mostly muted like the trees and other vegetation, with a few bright hues like the occasional flowers along the path.

The patterned papers at the top of the page are cut at a diagonal to represent the many steps we navigated up the trail. The strips also hang down from the top of the page reminiscent of the tree branches over our heads.

To further the feeling of being in the woods, I used a patterned paper with a woodgrain texture and several wood veneer pieces. The flower is made with a natural fabric and a wood button.

To learn more about revealing setting through color, shape, and texture, visit Get It Scrapped. A membership will get you access to a huge library of design classes and e-books including “Visual Storytelling,” a course that teaches how to reveal setting and other elements through product choices and page composition.

Now go create!