How to choose a color palette for your scrapbooking layouts can be a challenge at times, but when in doubt, let your photographs do the deciding for you. That is exactly what I do.
How To Choose A Color Palette
Whenever I am trying to decide what the best colors are to use for my scrapbooking layouts, I always use my photographs as a reference.
If you want to make sure that you have a good color theme for your scrapbooking layout, you must never go shopping for cardstock without your photo’s in hand.
Start by spreading the photographs that you want to use out in front of you. Most of the time your photographs will be of a particular event or occasion, so hopefully, the colors in the photographs will be continuous.
Pick out a color in your photographs that you want to bring out, whether it be a color in somebody’s t-shirt or the color of the flowers in the background.
When you choose your patterned paper and card stock, hold the photographs with the colors of your choice against the paper to see if they are well matched.
Most people normally stick to one or two different colors in different shades, but there is no reason why you can’t have more.
What Are The Best Colours To Choose If My Photo’s Are Random?
If you have a bunch of random photographs that are not of a specific occasion, then it can be a little more challenging to pick out your card stock.
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In this instance, I normally go for a neutral color like black, white, grey or even cream. I find there are normally neutral colors that you can match up easily to most photographs, and of course, neutral colors go with anything.
Beware of making your colors too bright, or you could drown out your photographs.
On any scrapbooking layout, the aim should be to highlight your photographs and memories, and not drown them out with too many embellishments and background colors and patterns.
Finally, remember that your scrapbooking layouts should always show a bit of your personality, so there are no hard or fast rules here.
What you like is not necessarily what the next person will like. So while I can give guidelines, never forget to express your own individuality on your scrapbooking layouts.
If you have any further tips to add for how to choose a color palette for your next artwork, please comment below.