A question if you try to match your papers to your photos.

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Posted 2/6/2013 by melanell in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:39:19 PM
I like to draw my paper choices from the colors in my photos.

There's only one problem. I'm always using the same colors.

My favorite color is blue. DH's is red. We have a lot of red & blue in our house. Even the car is red. I have 2 boys. They wear an awful lot of, you guessed it, red & blue.

I have lovely papers in pinks and oranges and greens, and they keep being neglected.

In the past, if I made a fall LO with pumpkins or something, then I pull out some orange, and for layouts with my niece, I might use some pink. But now, that I'm doing a PL style album, I keep trying to go with a color that works with the majority of the pics, and the red and blue is overwhelming.

How do I make myself move past this?

I don't really want to do an all black and white spread just to use different colors, kwim?


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Posted: 2/6/2013 12:49:22 PM
just watch GG videos she's good at using different colors that doesn't match the photos and just adding an element that match the color in the photos to pull the LO together... i personally don't match my photo with the paper that i want to use. but that's just me i like my eclectic way..lol

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Posted: 2/6/2013 1:21:00 PM
Personally I tend to work along the lines of GG too. I love a lot of contrast in the majority of my pages so the predominant colours of the photo would be just the pulled into the layout in minimal amounts to tie the whole thing together.

I have found though that a coral type shade of pink/orange works very well with lots of different photos as it suits flesh tones very well and complements many other colours too.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 1:28:06 PM
I would start using complementary, secondary, tertiary, or analogous colors rather than matching. You will have tons of combinations that way. If you have trouble visualizing a certain combination, just look up a color wheel online. You can still use your blue and/or red, but you'll have a lot of colors to mix them with that will look great.

I think there is also an online tool that will pull out colors from your photos and give you matching colors, complementary, etc. but I'm not sure the name of it. Maybe another Pea can help with that? Anyway, HTH, and don't be afraid to get away from directly matching!

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Posted: 2/6/2013 1:31:55 PM
Two words: color wheel.

Until you get used to using colors not in the pictures, you can use the color wheel to figure out which colors would be a good contrast, which can also help your pictures really pop! It helps you figure out a variety of colors (not just contrasting colors) to use rather than just the prominent colors in the pictures. In fact, if you use colors that are in the photos, sometimes it can be just too much.

The last layout that I did was one of my DGD who was wearing a very pretty green. It was a very prominent color in the photo. If I had used that green to mat the photo, or even for other accents, it would have been overwhelming. So I found a patterned paper that had a similar green as an accent, with other colors that I could use. One of those colors in the paper was a pretty blue, and that looked beautiful as a mat for the photos and for accents, even though there was no hint of that color in the picture.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 1:34:11 PM
There is a 2 Peas class on color that I have on my "wish list". It's Amy Heller's class called Through the Kaleidoscope. I really want to take this class as I read such great reviews about it! It would seem to me that it would help you choose papers that are complimentary to the red and blue in your photos by understanding how colors work together and the moods they create.

Perhaps a Pea who has taken this class could tell us if it would be helpful in situations like this?


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Posted: 2/6/2013 3:04:54 PM
There are a lot of colors that go with blue and red. In fact, if you try to match, you might end up with some pretty awful selections. Kind of like when my toddler thought she had to match - and that meant even if it was navy blue and turquoise! LOL

Your basic orange and green do go with blue and red...Creative Memories has an entire line that are those colors.

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Review the color wheel and then just start mixing it up, if you feel you must. But then using specific colors tells your story too.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 3:09:21 PM
https://kuler.adobe.com/ If you click on 'create' it'll take you to the color wheel.

Sometimes I go for the feel/mood I want to convey rather than the colors in the photos. Like yellows and oranges for warm or happy. Greens and purples are cool and relaxed. Etc.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 5:24:11 PM
I definitely need help doing this.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 6:28:58 PM
Glitter Girl just did a video on color-coordination a couple of weeks ago: #52 or #53. She's so good at choosing papers/etc that don't necessarily match her photos. I'm trying to get better at this. She'll pick out pps that make me think "now how is she going to make that work?" and she DOES! This year, that's one of my goals: to try not to restrict myself so much where color is concerned. There's lots of inspiration here at 2Peas and I refer to it often. Maria

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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:30:13 PM
My mother calls herself a crayon, and I fear she has handed a bit of that down to me

Even when I look at some of the kits on the market I think "Nothing matches!".


I need to buy my family new wardrobes with a rainbow of colors, or I need some sort of scrapping therapy to get past this personal quirk. Thanks for all of the ideas and tips. I will definitely give them a try.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:31:46 PM
You could also try adding some neutral colors to your layouts. I like using kraft, white, cream, and black. Sometimes I use grey. I also look for patterned papers with neutral colors.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:35:45 PM
We are Disney nuts and I too, have had this challenge - all my photos are from Disneyland and then all my papers tend to be in the same palate. It was getting pretty stale. Then I took Shimelle's Scrapbook Remix class and I learned how to match patterns and scale and voila! It's a whole new world over here! I highly recommend that class if you are looking to mix patterns and colors. It's excellent.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:37:34 PM
I've been playing with desaturating pics before printing, so the colors don't compete as much and I can use whatever paper I want. Of course if its a good pic to begin with then I don't mess with it and I make sure to find paper that does it justice. But my day to day pics aren't that great and actually benefit froma little lightening and desaturation, with the added benefit that they flow with more papers.

Go for it!

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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:50:46 PM
The Glitter Girl Video was great. Thanks. I definitely would never have though to start with the papers she chose.

I like using kraft, white, cream, and black. Sometimes I use grey.

I was just noticing today that I have virtually nothing grey in my stash. And I like the color grey. I just never buy any.

I need to go fill my cart with some greys.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:51:53 PM
"I would start using complementary, secondary, tertiary, or analogous colors rather than matching. You will have tons of combinations that way. If you have trouble visualizing a certain combination, just look up a color wheel online. You can still use your blue and/or red, but you'll have a lot of colors to mix them with that will look great."
I'll do this or...
Look at what other colors come in the blue or red pattern paper & pull colors from that.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:58:44 PM
I've been experimenting with this myself lately - especially when I do a layout for a challenge, because I usually put all the papers together and THEN choose photos to go with it. Sometimes I'm surprised at what can go together.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:44:42 PM
I just started pulling together some kits from my stash after reading the thread the other day, and I think (hope!) that will help.

because if I already have a kit all ready to go, I'm going to want to use it....even if it isn't all matchy-matchy with my photos.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:10:41 AM
I have trouble with the same thing. My son loves orange, I wear pink, it gets kind of monotonous. A couple weeks ago I decided to forget it and pull my papers together without matching them to the photos and I loved it!!

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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:58:00 AM
I have actually chosen outfits for my children to wear that matched papers I wanted to use for an event. That lasted for a while, but they have very distinct personalities and did not cotton to being told what to wear once they hit a certain age.

What about doing contrasting or complimentary colors? It does not have match, just be in harmony.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 11:31:45 AM
I have to say, I am not one to totally match all my papers to my photos. Or yes... I would be using all of the same papers and everything would look the same! I like to use all different collections and don't really go by that "rule" unless there is something that really stands out!


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Posted: 2/7/2013 12:32:21 PM
I have been known to wear certain outfits just because I wanted the colors to match my product.
How do you feel about turning the photos black&white? I do that quite a bit.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 12:51:50 PM
Haha this makes me laugh because this used to be me! I always though everything had to match just perfectly, now I am beginning to embrace that things don't always have to be matchy-matchy! I would suggest that you find color combos that might compliment the blues and reds but still offer great color selections. For example, Shimelle uses a lot of the aqua-blue color with red and white which I wouldn't have thought worked together but it's actually beautiful!

Good luck!

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:54:04 PM
I don't worry much about matchy with photos and papers. If a photo "looks right" with papers, I use it. I almost never convert photos to b/w. I like color photos.

Here's an example of a photo not matching the pp, but I think it worked out just fine.

LO with photo color not matching pp

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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:38:00 PM
Thanks for the links, Izzy B.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 4:29:39 PM
This is a big reason why I have so much paper. I try to match the paper to the photos, and so have not only every color, but also several shades of each color so that I'll have the "perfect paper" when I need it.

Good thing I love paper!

If I have to use all this paper before I die, I'll live forever!

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