Aloha!! It's Hannah with you here today and I am loving the Main Rhapsody Kit this month. The colors are my favorite to work with. That is what I as my inspiration for creating the layout I want to share with you.
I am often inspired by colors and use that to guide my layouts and spreads. There are a few ways you can use color on your layouts to really help elevate your spreads and make something visibly pleasing but help tell the story of your photo.
Here is a look at my full layout.
The First thing I think about when I am using color, is am I sticking to a certain color combo or use whatever colors are in the papers and embellishments in my kit. This will help guide me to picking my patterned papers and embellishments as well as help me decide the media I might want to add to my background.
For this layout I decided to try to stick with a Teal and Purple combo with black accents. This color palette is just calling to me lately. Maybe is makes me beckon warmer weather and sunshine or maybe I just love them.
I used Shimmerz Acritonez and other acrylic paint from my stash to create that really fun and graphic background.
After my background is finished I think about if I want to mat my white card stock. Sometimes I decide to just leave the white and doodle a line around the layout to frame everything in. This time I used a watercolor patterned paper from Cocoa Vanilla Studio in purple and pink to highlight the purples on the background.
I layered some of the frames on the top and bottom of the layout in between the card stock and the patterned paper mat. I then sewed around the whole layout in a light teal. Still thinking about color, I decided to use the light color to give a variation on the teal color. The background has a really bright teal and I thought the light color would help tone it down a bit.
This is the point where I really decide am I going to pick patterned paper to compliment my photo or my background. I still haven't picked a photo and this decision will help me decide what photo I want to use too.
I decided I really wanted to use similar colors to the background. I then found this photo that I thought really complimented the papers and colors on my page. I haven't actually picked the paper layers but I know that it won't be too hard at this point. I really liked how my shirt was a bit of a different blue/teal than the background. This kit actually had a bit more blue in it so I was thinking it would bridge and connect the media colors and the collection together.
Another thing to think of is if a black and white photo makes more sense. I really love using black and white photos on really colorful layouts like this one. it really helps focus on just color and the only the colors you want on your spread.
I used quite a bit of the papers and the vicki boutin ephemera as the layers behind my photo. It was really fun picking and choosing shades of purple and teal. I also stuck in some black pieces to tie in the black dots on my background.
I added some of the black words in the Vicki Boutin ephemera pack right over my camera lens for something fun. The picture isn't really a need to see everything in the photo type of photo. It's a self portrait and I just love what it represents. I also added a small alpha font in white to pop against the black. These Elle's Studio aplha's from an old Clique Kit were the right size.
When using color, when you repeat the same colors throughout your layout intentionally it really helps tie everything together. It helps your eye go to the area's you want to highlight. I did this with keeping my embellishments above and below my photo and on left side.
I scattered Maggie Holmes hearts and bows around the layout. I also added the exclusive sequins around my layers. I love the little bit of shine they add to my layout.
Adding embellishments in the same color palette also help your embellishment clusters tie into the whole layout. Like using green mini staples on ephemera to the layout, adding tiny purple sequins in the big sequins, and adding black and white pieces to your clusters.
I even tucked in pieces of the Dear Lizzy Ribbon in the layers and on one of the Vicki Boutin journaling tags. I love the texture they add as well as different tones of purple.
Being really intentional with my colors I was able to create a beautiful layout. Using color can really help tell a story of a photo or a feeling. Here is one last look at my layout.
Be on the look out for the process video over on my Youtube Channel where you can see me put this layout together. Also don't forget you find some really cute Valentine's day add ons in the Store as well. Use my code Hannah10 and you can get a 10% discount on them too.