Color Blocking class (both digi and paper)

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Color Blocking class (both digi and paper)

Color blocking is one of my favorite methods of scrapbooking. It’s pretty easy to do and makes really nice pages. Basically, you pick papers in coordinating colors and arrange those papers and your pictures on your page – most commonly this is done using rectangles and squares of different sizes. But I’ve seen pages using circles too. Keeping your edges straight makes it simple though. The beauty of color blocking is that you can do it with both paper and digital scrapbooking. For paper scrapbookers, there are templates you can use to make it easier. I’m sure the digi world has similar templates.

For this class, I’m using three coordinated papers (one for the background, two for mats/title), three photos, and embellishments (for my page, I had flowers that were part of patterned paper – I planned on using three, but only ended up using two).

1. You’ll want to have your pictures, a ruler, the paper, your adhesive, embellishments, and an idea of what to journal. It’s easiest to pick your paper colors based on the colors in your photos.

For my photos, Natalie’s wearing very bright colors in her dress and more subtle colors in her tights. My background paper matches the “loud” dress colors, then I picked a brighter pink and a subtle purple to use as my coordinating colors.

2. The next thing you’ll want to do is trim your pictures so that they’ll fit nicely on the page, yet have some consistency. For my photos, I kept the height the same (trimmed to 5½”) and then varied the width – on the larger photo, it’s 3½” wide, and on the two smaller photos, I trimmed to 3” wide.

3. I don’t have a photo of the next step, but cut a strip of one of your papers for the title. The strip I used is 11” wide and 1½” tall. Think about how you will do your title - you want the strip tall enough if you’re using big letter stickers or a certain size on your Cricut. If you’re handwriting your title, it’s not as big of an issue.

4. You can choose to mat your photos with one of your coordinating papers. I usually mat, but decided not to for this layout. Instead, I matted my embellishing flowers (and for color blocking, it’s a good idea to create a mat for your embellishments if they are not in the same shape family as the rest of your elements). I inked the sides of the flowers with a bright pink ink. (The flash kind of drowns these out though) These mats are 3"x3" so that they are the same width as the two smaller pictures. It's best to keep things similar in size so the page flows nicely.

5. Forgot to take a photo here too … but lay out what you have so far so that you know what kind of space you have for journaling. Then decide what you want to journal – the journaling looks nice matted on one of your papers (and I printed mine on the purple lighter paper). Go ahead and journal. Wink My journaling block measures 3½” to coincide with the width of the largest picture, and is 3" tall so it's the same height as the embellishment mats.

6. Start playing with how you want to lay everything out on the page. Here’s mine before I stuck anything down (the title letters aren’t glued down at all). In retrospect, maybe I should have taken a picture of this when it was something I wasn’t happy with since the next picture almost looks the same. Lol Oh, well, I know for next class!

7. Okay, now glue everything down if you’re satisfied with colors, sizes, etc.

8. Look at it – is there anywhere else you’d add color? I thought about adding some veritical strips of bright pink because it felt a little boring. Then I remembered that I have bright pink ribbon - perfect!

All done!!! See, that was simple, but it looks nice. I love sticking with the geometric approach with the squares and rectangles, and coordinating papers. I normally don’t use embellishments as large as those flowers, but it worked out well.

Now you try. Smile

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Love it. I love her outfit Wink

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Neat explanation - thanks! Smile And she is so cute, btw!

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oooh good one! I never thought of putting a matte behind the embellishments. Can't wait to give this one a try. ETA, and I love your finished page.

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Matting embellishments??? How cool is that!! TFS this awesome way of scrapping Gwen!

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That turned out really cute! TFS the class...can't wait to try it! Smile

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Love this page. I will definately be trying this.

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nice!! and great tip!!
i gotta get my butt in gear and do some of these projects!!

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great page Gwen, I love that you added the ribbon! I will try this for sure.

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Can I ask a stupid question? I started a LO tonight trying to use this technique, and I'm wondering if the whole idea is to stick with solid colored paper (i.e. cardstock). I started playing with patterned paper in the same color family, and I'm not sure if that is what you had in mind!

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Not a stupid question! You can use patterned paper on the same color family Wink

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Great!

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I went through my old pages to find some other examples of color blocked pages

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Love this technique Gwen! TFS! Biggrin

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Those are all pages I haven't seen. Thanks for sharing this technique with us. I'm so behind on classes. :oops:

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Okay, finished my LO. I have no clue if I did what you intended (why in the world am I having trouble with this idea...seems so simple, yet when I sat down to actually do it, my mind turned to mush!!! LOL), but it is done and I had fun doing it! I'll post a pic tomorrow!

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Very cool. This totally fits my style. I may try it as soon as tonight Smile

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I think this is it:

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I really like this way of doing pages. Thanks Gwen for this! I am going to try to get one done today!

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Stephanie - great page!!!!! love your color family!

Katie - can't wait to see. Smile

Kelly - looking forward to yours too. Wink

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Well, here it is! As I said, I'm still not sure this is what you had in mind. Forgive me if I totally botched it up. At least I have a finished LO, right? Smile

I chose to use a lot of green because that is the feel that the butterfly place had...basically you are inside a huge greenhouse; tons of plants and flowers everywhere! So I thought that was kind of fitting.

Journaling: We spent the morning of Jon and Kate's wedding day at Magic Wings, looking at all of the beautiful butterflies and flowers. Evan enjoyed the fish swimming in the little ponds; Lindsay fell asleep! We spent our whole visit trying to get a picture of the pretty blue butterflies, but they closed their wings every time we got close. Just as we were getting ready to leave, one of them decided to land right on my shoulder! What a perfect opportunity for a family photo!

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Katie that is a beautiful LO great job.

Btw love your siggie....she's so precious

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These are all great! I'm hoping to do this tomorrow.

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whoa everyone. Those rock! Biggrin Thanks Gwen! I will try it this weekend Biggrin

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"Katie P" wrote:

Well, here it is! As I said, I'm still not sure this is what you had in mind. Forgive me if I totally botched it up. At least I have a finished LO, right? Smile

I chose to use a lot of green because that is the feel that the butterfly place had...basically you are inside a huge greenhouse; tons of plants and flowers everywhere! So I thought that was kind of fitting.

Journaling: We spent the morning of Jon and Kate's wedding day at Magic Wings, looking at all of the beautiful butterflies and flowers. Evan enjoyed the fish swimming in the little ponds; Lindsay fell asleep! We spent our whole visit trying to get a picture of the pretty blue butterflies, but they closed their wings every time we got close. Just as we were getting ready to leave, one of them decided to land right on my shoulder! What a perfect opportunity for a family photo!

Okay Katie where have you been? That page is AWESOME! Great job and thanks for asking the ? cause I meant to ask the same one. Now I get it. lol I have a lo I did like this awhile ago that I will share and I also have to do the new one.

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Oh my goodness Katie, that page is AMAZING. The color family choice is so perfect that the butterflies in the pictures seem like they're ready to fly out of the picture. The 3-d butterflies just look like they're futher along in the "fly out of the photo" stage. It's incredible and I keep scrolling back up to stare at it!

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That page could be published Katie! Wow! So love it.

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Wow, thanks everybody! You gals are so nice!!!! Smile

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"Katie P" wrote:

Wow, thanks everybody! You gals are so nice!!!! Smile

Oh and BEAUTIFUL siggy pic!

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"tialee" wrote:

Oh and BEAUTIFUL siggy pic!

Thanks! Just realized I had the same one for a while and thought it was time for a new one...

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that is a gorgeous siggy! She's just presh!!!

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Katie - you NAILED it! awesome layout! and I also have been enjoying your new siggy, she's a cutie!

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Here's mine. I also entered it in the motion challenge. I like it alot!

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Shannon, so nice!!

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Shannon - that's great! I never thought to put my photos in a circle like that (well, only as cropped circle photos in a circle). I like it!

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That wasn't quite my plan, but the pictures were too big to fit anyother way. I do like how it came out though.