Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Scrapbook Process: Mixing Black & White with Color Photos

The assignment from Get It Scrapped!Make a page with a mix of black & white and color photos. This page is about snatching my husband's camera to get a few pictures of him. Here's how it came together.


Photo Placement: matting the focal point photo and placing it in a "sweet spot" on the page


Borders: lighter, thinner at the top; darker, thicker at the bottom for weight
Washi Tape and Title: keeping color on color and neutral with neutral


Tweaking: finishing the top border with banners and stitching; changing the washi to patterned paper that matches the banners

Final Touches: finishing the visual triangle of color; adding journaling


Collection Featured: Studio Calico Darling Dear
I wanted the page to be more about my husband and less about the fall setting, so I used the black and white close-up as the focal point and neutral colors for my title and journaling. The supporting pictures and embellishment clusters form a visual triangle and add pops of color to a mostly neutral layout.

Why would you want to mix black & white photos with color photos? How about:
  • To add variety to a collection of portraits (like I did with my page)
  • To emphasize one photo over several others
  • To simplify busy photos
  • To mix old photos with more recent ones

These reasons and more are covered in the rest of the article right here. Hope you'll check it out and give it a try!











22 comments:

  1. Love seeing how your process unfolds, Sue. This is a great new series. Your colorful embellishments really lead the eye around the page, particularly the nested hearts. I've never thought about mixing color and black and white photos. Something new to try. Thanks!

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  2. It is fun seeing your work step by step. I had never thought to combine a BW and a color photo. It really gives emphasis.

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  3. great layotu sue!! love the combo of the photos- going to have to try that sometime

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  4. Love this Sue! Great way to mix the b/w with the color photos and those colors you used really add a nice punch.

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  5. Another very intriguing and useful idea - really nicely done Sue and a beautifully thought out post.

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  6. Love the pops of color with all the neutrals. Beautiful job!

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  7. Love seeing your process, love the black and white photos mixed together :)

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  8. Great mix of the b&w photo with the color photos Sue!! Gives an awesome focus to your main picture! And I love the repetitive use of the triangles on this layout!

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  9. Loved seeing the step-by-step transition. The finished layout is wonderful. Great addition of colors.

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  10. I can honestly say I really really enjoyed this post, how you shared the coming together of your layout was wonderful. I wouldn't have thought about black & white with colour photos together, but boy does it work out well :)

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  11. I love seeing your pages come together, Sue. Love the banners and other layering too!

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  12. I also loved seeing your layout come together, and your use of the black and white picture with the colored ones is fantastic!

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  13. This turned out great Sue & it's nice to see Phil on the other side of the camera!

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  14. Awesome! I like to mix up b&w and color photos sometimes. Good that you got in on the photo taking action! Love that camera embellishment. :)

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  15. Loved seeing your layout come to life in this post! It turned out lovely.

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  16. This turned out great. Love seeing your process. Sweet pics and page. The pops of red look great and as you say do a wonderful job moving the eyes around the page.

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  17. Fabulous layotu!! I love when you post your process! I wish I had the patience to do that!

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  18. Such a great page, Sue!
    And great to see your process!

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  19. Wonderful layout, Sue! Love seeing it take shape through the different photos!
    -Jasmine
    alittledabofglue.blogspot

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  20. Another great layout Sue. Your photos are highlighted by your layout and he takes center stage. I love the mix of the colour photos with the B&W!

    As always your embellishments are perfect. you always nail that down!

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  21. Great peek into your process. Love the contrast between the b/w and colour elements. Great detailing!

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  22. Lovely page! I like the white stars especially. x

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