Adding Color to Your Scrapbook

Can you scrapbook if you are color blind?

The question was raised the other day while I was chatting with some of my scrapping friends. Interestingly, one noted that an incredibly successful wholesale design and manufacturing company that gets a ton of publicity on the Internet is run by a color blind guy. IMAGINISCE, which sells innovative papers and gazillions of coordinating products, lacks nothing despite the fact that its owner can’t detect the difference between mauve and burnt sienna.

Ironically, scrapbooking centers on color and its coordination with photos and other embellishments. It’s challenging for even the most astute scrappers to creative eye-popping layouts, let alone ones that have issues differentiating between various shades and hues.

When choosing a color scheme for your scrapbook layout, consider the following terms:

Monochromatic: Uses varying shades of the same color, such as light and dark blue.

Analogous: Uses colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, such as red and orange.

Complementary: Uses colors that are directly opposite one another on the color wheel, such as blue and orange.

Triadic: Combines three colors that create a triangle on the color wheel, such as red, yellow, and blue.

It’s important to remember these terms so you can utilize them when designing your layouts. With so many colored, patterned and printed paper choices available, it’s a good idea to get acquainted with the options you have to coordinate colors to complement your pages. For example, if you have photos of your son’s 5th birthday at the circus and they feature a host of competing colors, it can be difficult to choose a scheme that will unite the entire page. While adjusting brightness, contrast, and saturation of the photos via image editing software is an option to balance out the layout, you might be better off converting all of the photos to black-and-white or sepia to make them easier to work with.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.