Using Fall Colors to Create a Special Scrapbook


For those who love to scrapbook, just about any season or any occasion is enough reason to do another photo book, and autumn is no exception. In fact, fall scrapbook shades offer some of the most interesting, vibrant colors to use as backgrounds and accessories for each memorable page. Think of lush red apples and the paper colors "Red Devil" and "Kisses" can bring your photo shoot to life. How about giant orange pumpkins nestled against bales of golden yellow straw? Even the rich taupe of "Carob" paper reminds one of overturned earth and country lanes.

There are several color methods for creating a unified fall scrapbook that will unfold its charming story from beginning to the very last page:

1. Consider the event. Autumn includes both Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations. While orange and black own the former, the ruby reds, yellows, earthy browns, and deep greens of nature's bountiful harvest are easy to capture in the latter. If a special birthday or anniversary is cause for commemoration, try matching your colors to the color scheme at the party, which should show up in many of the photos.

2. Examine your favorite pictures for repeat colors. Do outdoor or indoor photos have a similar background? Is there a unifying color in the clothes or decorations? Perhaps one particular color just pops in each photo. If so, use it or a variation of it for your base paper throughout your scrapbook.

3. Is there a certain mood you wish to capture? How about roaring fires and warm apple cider? Consider a lively palette of reds, yellows and oranges against a dark neutral chocolate or khaki. A more romantic mood might display a starlit night with navy and accessories of silver or gold.

4. Trust the color wheel. The site offers a digital color wheel that allows you to jump in anywhere. Just pinpoint your favorite base color and at your fingertips are a plethora of winning combinations based on monochromatic, complementary, split-complementary, analogous and triad groupings.

5. A simpler solution is to choose a lovely piece of fall-themed patterned scrapbook paper and then pull from it a few solid shades to use as your complementary colors. Because even scrapbook companies follow trends, expect to see Pantone's color-of-the-year, Radiant Orchid, in many patterns. It can be worked into a fall scrapbook when used as a bold accompaniment to deep mustard, gold, and gray, but if used in any quantity, don't be surprised if this dramatic color steals the show and brings its own air of sophistication to your scrapbook.

6. Autumn is definitely a "warm" color season. Choosing shades with red, orange, and yellow undertones (the color of fiery flames) will offer uniformity and capture that special feeling of fall.

Experienced scrapbook hobbyists usually place a simple mat around each photo before placing it on the scrapbook paper to help control the color combinations on any page. While white and black borders add elegance and formality, for fall scrapbook colors, consider cream to lighten dark photos and chocolate, gold, or khaki to brighten light pictures.

Start right now capturing memorable photos of both daily life and the special events of this vibrant season. The brilliant colors of fall will offer you the perfect background for every scrapbook theme and occasion.




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