Good Monday Morning to you! I have to admit that I actually love Monday mornings. Feeling refreshed from the weekend and ready to dive back into the routine. Plus the kids head back to school, which means a clean(er) house and some creative time. Yay for Mondays! Speaking of creative time, I wanted to share my first sneak with the Office Hours March Scrapbooking kit from Studio Calico. This sneak uses just the main kit and is my favorite I made this month.
In addition to getting my kit pages done this month, I’m also working on some projects for Lisa’s class, Color Studio. If you haven’t yet signed up for this class, I’d really, really encourage you to do so. I think understanding colors and how they work together in an eye pleasing way is so important when it comes to designing scrapbook pages or cards. After all, you’re showcasing your most precious memories and photos. The wrong color schemes can be a big distraction or take away from the message you’re hoping to convey. If you’re a beginning scrapbooker or paper crafter, this is a great foundational class. If you’re a old timer (ha!) and have been playing with paper for years now, this is STILL an invaluable class to help you take your projects to the next level.
There are several digital freebies included with your registration. Cut files, printables, and these fabulous Color Studio Planning Sheets. These printable sheets are meant to help you plan out and keep track of color schemes that inspire you. However, I think I’ll be using them in a different way. I find that I don’t have a ton of time to plan my pages much in advance. Plus I keep a color inspo board on pinterest for that. Instead I’m going to use these to record color combos that I really like and that have worked well for me in the past. Sort of like a visual archive of my favorite pages. And since color is so integral to how I scrap, I think this will be a great reference for when I’m lacking in inspiration. Here’s what I did after I finished the page above:
I picked up the scraps of paper that were left once I was finished the layout and added them to the planning sheet to get down my color scheme. This is an analogous color scheme by the way. Something we’ll learn all about in class. 😉 I added the little squares of patterned paper in the order the colors appeared on my layout. So the first block is that navy gingham which mean navy was the prominant color. Then the medium and light blues were next in terms of amount used on the layout and finally green was used as an accent or “pop” of color. In the notes section I included the ways I added texture with this color scheme. I added the colors of floss I used, a random piece of veneer since that worked nicely with these colors, and the white grid paper that added some contrast. It all took maybe two minutes (I just glued down the little scraps as I cleaned up after finishing the page) and now I have a nice little archive of a color scheme that worked really well. (If I had used any stamps on this page, I would have added in those ink colors as well for reference.) Think what a great notebook this would make if you filled in a color scheme for each page or card you completed! I’m very inspired to keep track of mine!
So, be sure to sign up by Feb. 28th! You really don’t want to miss out on this class. Have a great day!