31 Days #26: Choosing Colors for Scrapbooking

by Lain Ehmann on July 26, 2012

We all know about ROYGBIV, but once you get through the rainbow, there’s still a lot of color ground to cover. And that’s what makes today’s question a great one:

How do you choose color combos for scrapbooking?

I’ve got some great suggestions for you that DON’T involve taking a class in color theory (unless you want to!). Watch the video, chime in below, and don’t forget to check out yesterday’s post on Getting Out of a Scrapbooking Rut so you can win, win, win!

Links and Resources (some may be affiliate links):

My color combo pinterest board

The color wheel I have from EK Success (if you decide you MUST have one!)

The Scrapbooker’s Color Palette (if you want to do some more reading about color in scrapbooking – I haven’t read this book, but it looks interesting, and for $3.50 on Amazon it might be worth the risk).

The Color Marketing Group (for people who REALLY want to geek out on color!)

simple scrapbooking layouts

  • http://twitter.com/HeatherDubarry Heather Dubarry

    Great ideas Lain! I’m another person who never worries about matching photos to my paper. I want to use paper I love! 

    Another great place to get color combo ideas is Design Seeds. Love how she pulls color together.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545515408 Marygail Caalim Mello

    I bought myself a color wheel too and never used it! Bought it because I thought I needed this cool tool.  Great tips!

  • lsalthouse

    Lain, I am really enjoying your videos this month, they are small bursts of daily inspiration! Also, the free scrapinar this month was top notch. I signed up and paid for your 9-1-1 Blog Diagnosis, but today I got another email with the offer. Just hoping you have received my payment. I know you must be busy with this and I’m sure you’ll get around to my blog as soon as you can. Just want to make sure I’m in the queue!

    Sue Althouse

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000220062703 Kelli Panique

    Hi Sue!  I’m Kelli, Lain’s assistant.  I just sent you an email about your question above!  Go check it out!  :-)

  • Kris Van Allen

    I do not want July to end, because I am really enjoying having coffee with you inthe morning!  THANK YOU for affirming that it is just fine to use colors and papers that we like on a page and not worry about the colors in the photos. when I started scrapbooking, back before god made dirt, I became a consultant with a DSM company; between those years of matchy matchy and the years I worked at a national scrapbook store, I have seen so mamy people get just knotted up into a sailor’s knot over the “just right” shade of teal to use. after a while, I decided that if they continued to work that way, it was their method of choice but did not have to be mine. Now I have come nto my own style: I by a line I like, make pages with it all prematched (or with basic Grey and some of the other lines, they match year after year!), and make what I want. The photos and story are added, and hang the colors. as you said, sometimes I print in black and white just to remove color issues!

    We all develope our own styles, and that’s what we can celebrate!

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