Cardstock: A Rainbow of Colors

There are millions of colors in the world, in different tints and shades. Have you ever walked through a paper aisle and been overwhelmed at all of the colors you are given to choose from? How do you know that the shade of blue you are picking will work with the background paper you want to use with it?

There are a few ways you can make sure that you get the colors you want so that when you sit down to scrapbook, you don’t find out the shade doesn’t fit your photographs or other supplies.

Take It With You

Take your photographs with you when you shop for supplies. This way you can try to match the colors as closely to the objects in the picture as you can. This also works if you take a favorite piece of patterned paper with you also or bring the stickers or any other embellishment you want to use on your layout. Most stores don’t mind if you bring something with you to match, just let them know on the way in so they don’t think you need to pay for something you already own. Bringing a swatch or small cut out of the paper or just one sticker can alleviate the hassle somewhat too.

Buy Several

If you forgot to bring your photographs or other embellishments that you are trying to match, hope is not lost. If you can afford to, buy several different shades of the color you are wanting. The worst thing that can happen is that you wind up with more cardstock to scrapbook with. Multi-packs are a great way to get lots of colors for less cash.

Don’t Stress

Does it really matter that the colors don’t match perfectly? Is anyone really going to notice? Most people are looking at your photographs, and while they do admire your hard work, they probably wouldn’t care that you used Wedge wood blue instead of using Cornflower blue.

As long as the colors on your layout coordinate together, matching perfect shades is really not that important. If it is truly that important to you, stocking lots of different colors and shades of cardstock in your stash can help.

Nicole Humphrey writes articles for the Scrapbooking Blog and for the Frugal Blog. She also guest blogs on a variety of topics. You can read more of her articles by clicking here.

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