Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Color Me Happy

I love colors. What would our world be like if we didn't have color? Seriously, blah! Colors reflect a lot of things and are a symbol of life.
A scrapbooker looks at colors just like an artist does. Well, heck, a scrapbooker is an artist, after all. Right? Scrapping encourages us to use color combinations that we wouldn't think to use together. 
Take the color brown, for example. Brown, by itself, you may think is not a pretty color. But add something else to it, like yellow & turquoise, and it really changes the perspective.
That's what I love about scrapbook challenges. They encourage us to experiment and try new things. Things we may not think of on our own. I would've never thought of combining those three colors, if it weren't for this month's CK Color Challenge. Turquoise & yellow, yes...even brown & turquoise, yes...but the three together? I, most likely, would not have done on my own.
So I went with it, and the results...I'm extremely happy with! I used a light brown with this layout, but just the same, it's brown! Here's the layout I came up with...
These are pictures from our annual trip to the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY. We go every year. It's our mark of the official 'end of summer'. Our last big hoorah before the girls go back to school.

And, if you don't know it already, my sewing machine and I don't get a long well, so I never sew on a layout. But, I do like the looks of stitching on a page. So I compromised here, and used a Sakura pen to do the stitching around the letters. It's not cheating! ;-) There's also some stitching on the ribbon...it came that way!
Among this layout, I spy some Amy Tangerine, Prima, & K & Company...

I had some help in figuring out where to put the photos on this page. I love, love, love sketches. Sketches are fun, and again, encourage us to try new things. This is based on the October sketch from PageMaps.

So there you have it. My advice for you is to be creative and use your imagination. Try new things. You never know the outcome until you do it. You may decide it works for you. If it doesn't, then you know and at least your tried! Remember, you can do this with any craft or activity...not just scrapping!

Have a blessed day and happy creating!

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most. ” ~ John Ruskin


  1. You did a great job with the faux stitching!

  2. Just like you I like sketches...my favorite type of challenge.