Friday, October 26, 2012

Black & White Photos on a Scrapbook Page

While most of us are taking color photos these days, it is easy to convert them to black and white when needed. There are both artistic and practical reasons to consider doing so. Although I rarely convert color photos to black and white, I do have a nice collection of black and white photos printed and waiting to be scrapped. This business portrait of my husband, for example.

Design Notes:
  • Using a black and white photo allows more flexibility in selecting the color palette
  • Angling the photo slightly provides contrast to all the straight lines on the page
  • Grouping embellishments in three places forms a visual triangle that helps guide the eye around the main page elements
  • Circle embellishments help break up the square, linear look
  • Pairing this formal business portrait with a brief story about my husband's work history provides a bit of family history preserved for future generations   

Patterned Paper: Lily Bee (Buttercup)
Ink: Jenni Bowlin (Tin Can)
Tools: EK Success & Fiskars circle punches, Spellbinders Small Pinking Circle dies

Tools: Jenni Bowlin Tab Punch
Other: Studio Calico Wood Veneer People, Uni Ball Silver Gel Pen, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Do you scrap black and white photos? There are 5 good reasons to consider doing so in this article over at Get It Scrapped!


  1. What a lovely layout and great journalling about your husbands career and the journey that he took with his career, to where he is now.

  2. I don't convert color photos to black and white often either. I guess I just don't think of it much. I love the look though and that you can pretty much pick any color to use with black and white. Great page!

  3. Love the way your patterns are mixed to create a colorful but subtle background for the photo. Enjoyed reading the journaling, too. My husband went a similar path in a different field and enjoyed being a contractor for many years before retirement.

  4. This is such a great masculine page! I love scrapping black and white photos. I think they have a timeless look.

  5. Really great page, Sue!
    Love how you embellished!

  6. I resist turning photos into b&w, but there are the occasions when it's just a better option! Your page is gorgeous...and I love the layered circles!

  7. I love what you've done with your layout! Love, love the circle embellishments! Beautiful patterns and colors. Works perfectly for a masculine layout! Beautiful job Sue!

  8. I've been seeing a lot of fabulous layouts with B&W photos recently, this one is brilliant too! I love the colours and the circular elements, but most of all I love the dapper photo of your husband! x

  9. I like the colors in this layout and the fact that you documented his work journey. I have quite a few older black & white photos I want to scrap, but I rarely print any B&Ws.

  10. I love the circle embellishments and the colour combo!
    Alison xx

  11. Love the b&w photo with these colors Sue!! And great page design!!

  12. Love it!!!! Neat and beautiful!!! Hugs...xoxo

  13. Great layout! I love the circle embellishments and the people icons. Great story to document for Phil. This is great! I do love to use black and white photos when I want to use something that doesn't match my papers. Such a practical solution! :)

  14. This is fab! Such gorgeous colours too.


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