As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we’re inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Natalie Elphinstone with her simple tip.
What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?
I stick with a colour scheme to scrap my layouts. I tell myself before I start that I’ll only use grey, pink and green for example and then I’ll use that to form the basis of my page. A few little bits of other colours might sneak in, but I’ll make sure they don’t distract from the main focus.
What problem does it solve for you?
Having accumulated quite a few scrapbooking supplies over the years (haven’t we all?!) I find I can waste so much time sifting through it all to find “something that will work” for my page. At the end of that process I might have unearthed 5 different sets of brads in all the colours of the rainbow, when all I need is one. If I limit myself to a certain colour scheme before I start the hunt then I’ll stop after I find the first pink one because then I know that will be perfect.
Why do you think it works so well?
Having a predetermined colour scheme means my pages come together in a cohesive fashion. It means they are more pleasing to the eye, especially if you stick to the design principle of gallon/quart/pint which means using one very dominant colour, one accent colour and one for small highlights.
How can others get started with it?
There are many ways to chose a colour scheme. Some of the common ways I use is to stick to scrapping with just one collection or a kit, or take part in a colour challenge or Mood Board challenge which can be found on many blogs. Find a photo that includes similar colours, or print one in black and white so it doesn’t clash, and then start scrapping!
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