Happy Wednesday OA fans! Amy here with you today. We're a couple days late in posting our Monday Challenge post because Typepad was down for several days. But now things are back up and running so we are here today with this week's challenge, and it's a fun one!
One of the most challenging aspects, I think, to making successful pocket pages is making them look cohesive and flow with ease. One way to achieve this is by having a color story (palette) that pulls the whole spread together. With pocket pages, you are often working with multiple photos, multiple pre-printed cards, and or ephemera into the pockets all with their own colors. Simply by pulling out 2-4 colors from your main imagery, you can pull the whole story together to create a cohesive look without it appearing messy or disjointed.
For my spread, I chose to create a story about my daughter and her recent experience coloring Easter eggs. There was a time when I worried about what the kids were wearing and how their hair was combed for such occasions (purely for how they would turn out in my photos), but as of late, I've decided to let them be themselves and decided that I would create around their choices, rather than having them work around my scrapbooking. Pocket pages are great for these real-life moments.
In my main photo, there are many colors going on - orange, pink, teal, lime green, purple, magenta, peach. If I tried to put all of these colors in my spread things would become very muddy, very quickly. So, I decided on 4 colors to pull out - teal, pink, yellow and turquoise. By strategically placing each of these colors throughout the spread (using Daily Flash - Girl Talk and Snapshots), your eay bounces throughout the page with purpose - to the photos and the journaling and lastly to the supporting graphics and sentiments.
As you can see from this tighter image, you can see that I've used all the colors in the images, and the additional colors (lime green, peach, red) are still working with the page, but they fall away nicely and don't compete with the other colors.
I asked Laura to play along with this week's challenge and this is what she came up with!
Here's what she had to say about the challenge:
"Like most people I'm sure, we are SO excited in our house to finally have some sunny days around here. My son ran outside to play in his jammies and I just let him, we were just so happy to be warm outside in short sleeves that I didn't mind, and I snapped a few pictures. I thought I'd make a spread to add to my great yellow Snap! album. I tried to make it as happy and springy as I could with bright colours and the adorable smiley face sticker."
As you can see, Laura, too went with a 4-color scheme to pull her story together. She pulled the blue and the yellow from her son's clothing and the orange and light teal from the gorgeous OA papers from Daily Flash - Snapshots collection. even though there are a spattering of additional colors in her page - it works because she let those colors fade into the background and accentuated the other colors by repeating them throughout her spread by using stickers and Snap-Caps. Gorgeous job, Laura!
Are pocket pages stumping you? Do you feel pocket challenged? Simplify things by choosing a palette that tells the story along with your photos! Care to play along with this week's challenge? If you do, feel free to post your creations to our Flickr Gallery for all to see! Thanks so much for joining us today! Have a super week! ~Amy