Today, I’m featuring Brusho Crystal Color with Black and White photos on a love themed scrapbook page for the February 2018 Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop. I will say that this page was all about experimenting! The Brusho Crystal Colors are a fun medium perfect for creating bright backgrounds. I love the splash of color which perfectly showcase the Black and White photos.
The theme for this month is Love. I chose to share a family trip we took to South Dakota. It was my husband and son’s first trip to South Dakota where we visited the Badlands and Mount Rushmore. This is trip was amazing. I loved the time we spent together exploring, creating memories and having a wonderful adventure.
This months I’m back with another traditional 12×12 scrapbook page. The page I’ve created will actually be mixed in with Pocket Pages. I will tell you not to be afraid of mixing styles. While I love traditional pages, my time is precious. I love that I can create pages quickly by using the Stampin’ Up! Memories and More suite of products. Another tip I have for you is to NOT worry about making two traditional pages but instead place a piece of Designer Series Paper behind your key page or just create a journaling page.
Now, don’t forget to mark your calendars for next month! The Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop is the THIRD Sunday of each month! So, we will be back on March 18, 2018 with scrapbook inspiration using Stampin’ Up! Products!
Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop
Love Scrapbook Page
Love is this months featured theme. Looking at my scrapbook page, you’ll notice that I took a slightly non-traditional look at the theme of love. I’ve chosen to focus on a family trip. We love taking family trips together. This trip was special. My husband and son had never been to South Dakota, so I had lots of fun sharing some of my favorite sites with them.
If you watch the Olympics, did you see the story about Lindsey Vonn? Did you notice that her grandmother has scrapbooked much of Lindsey’s ski career? Now, did you here Lindsey mention how much she enjoys looking at the scrapbooks of her younger years? Yes, she enjoys looking at the scrapbooks. This is why I scrapbook. It’s the memories we are creating together with family.
I want Caleb to have these flashes to the past. They are a way for him to look back and to remember the fun we had as a family. It is one of the ways I can show him how much I love him.
Using Black and White Photos
Now, I want to talk about using Black and White photos on your Scrapbook Pages! While I don’t use Black and White photos very often, I love the look. They can really make a statement. Why might you want to use Black and White photos? Let me share…
- Do you have a photo or a group of photos that you would like to use but there is a lot of background noise? Sometimes the background of a photo can distract from the main subject. Converting the photo to a Black and White photo can help the noise in the background fade while increasing the focus on the main subject of the photo. Noise can be anything like lots of distracting colors, unsightly distractions or unwanted people.
- We all have some photos that are either blurry, over exposed or under exposed. How can Black and White can help? Convert the bad photos to a black and white photo. In today’s scrapbook page, our family photo was actually over exposed as the person that took the photo for us changed my camera settings but I didn’t realize the problem until after I downloaded the photos off my camera. I could possibly correct the color picture but I really love the look of the Black and White in this case.
- Using Black and White photos can help create a cohesiveness to your page. Sometimes we have photos that are related but don’t provide a unified story. By converting the color photos to Black and White, you can help unify the story by creating a cohesive look.
- Another aspect of Cohesiveness is when we have too many photos but are having a hard time narrowing down our photo selection to just a few photos. By converting the photos to black and white, you can add lots of photos while maintaining the story with little distraction.
- This tip is especially good when using the Memories and More Kits! Sometimes we find the PERFECT pocket card we want to use but it doesn’t match the colors on the photo. Well, guess what! Convert the photo to black and white! Now the pocket card will work perfectly. This applies to ANY kit.
- Go Retro! This one is fun! Set a retro tone to your scrapbook page by using Black and White photos for visual impact. A retro feeling scrapbook page can be lots of fun especially with Designer Series Paper that has a certain muted tone or theme.
- Contrast! Black and White photos mixed with either a few or lots of color creates contrast. The Black and White photos will just POP off your scrapbook page while showcasing the colors on the page. I love the contrast between the Black and White photos against colors.
- Texture! Black and White photos mixed with the colors and the embellishments used on a scrapbook page helps to create texture. This is the mixture of variety. I love the shades and tones highlights by the use of Black and White photos. When using Black and White Photos, you DO need to think about how you can add texture. I created texture by using Brusho Crystal Color, embellishments that are raised by using Stampin’ Dimensionals, Metallic Thread and Enamel Shapes. Other ways you can create texture is by tearing or crumpling paper.
- Impact! Using Black and White Photos creates impact by highlighting the tonal qualities of a photo! When converting a photo to Black and White, play with the levels. Consider adjusting the contrast to add more light or dark to the photo to increase the visual impact.
On today’s Scrapbook Page, I’ve focused on using Black and White photos as a way to tell a cohesive story. The page features contrast, texture and impact. In the background, I used Brusho Crystal Colour for dramatic effect. The colors as a base for the black and white photos creates contrast.
I also managed to “fix” a bad photo. As mentioned above, our family photo was slightly over exposed but it also had lots of heavy shadows. By converting the photo to black and white. I was able to tone down the dark shadows while improving the tonal qualities of the photo.
Texture is about creating visual interest. The Brusho Crystal Colour is speckled in the background which creates visual texture as the backdrop to the photos. With the addition of the Enamel Shapes and Metallic Thread, I added more texture.
SunnyGirlScraps Scrapbook Tips and Tricks:
- Consider using Black and White photos if you are struggling with the composition of your Scrapbook Page.
- Choose elements that create texture.
- Try something new… I had lots of fun playing with the Brusho Crystal Colour on this scrapbook page. The page did “buckle” a bit since you need to spritz the Brusho but it adds to the texture of the page. And, I LOVE the intense colors.
- Stamp a background! I used the Post Script Stamp Set to help tell the story.
Love This Scrapbook Page Details:
- I used 12×12 Whisper White but actually glued two sheets together to help make it sturdier since I was using the Brusho.
- The Brusho Crystal Colour is sprinkled on dry Whisper White where I wanted the color, then I spritzed with a Stampin’ Spritzer.
- After the page was dry, I stamped the Post Script Background Stamp with Archival Basic Black using the Stamparatus for perfect placement.
- I attached the photos.
- At this point, I added my die-cut elements with the Real Red Love layered over the Classic Label punched piece which is stamped using the Tabs for Everything Stamp Set.
- I stamped the “May the Adventures Continue” from Glamper Greetings then added the die cut Ampersand from the Large Letters Framelits.
- The bottom right corner I added a cluster of elements.
- First, I layered some washi tape using the Pick A Pattern Washi Tape and the Basics Pack 2 Washi Tape.
- Next, I added a Daffodil Delight ring which was made using the Layering Circle Framelits.
- I stamped the heart from the Heart Happiness Stamp Set and die cut the heart using the Lots of Love Box Framelits. The heart also features Basic Black Metallic Thread and is attached over the ring and washi tape elements.
- Now, I added the journaling which is printed on Whisper White Cardstock and punched using the Triple Banner Punch.
- The page is then finished off with another die cut from the Large Letters Framelits and the Enamel Shapes.
Continue on the Blog Hop!
To continue on with the next blog for the Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop, you’ll want to visit Dena Albee! I’m excited to see her scrapbook page and what she has to share with you! To view her blog, you can click on her name or the Next Button.
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