Want to know the biggest secret for scrapbooking or card making?
I seriously need to tell you that the number 1 secret to scrapbooking, card making or paper crafting in general is Paper Color Coordination! It can literally make or break your projects. Here is a little list of websites that will help you take some of the guess work out of making papers match. Now what you can do is find a color palette that has already been put together and then go with those from there…
Here you go with 5 great helps!
- ColourLovers.com – My husband introduced me to this site a long time ago when we were making website templates together, he is partially color blind so I would make the color palette choices and he would make the template. Anyway, this site is absolutely awesome for ideas. There are patterns and color palettes that you can use for all sorts of inspiration.
- DeGraeve.com – The ultimate tool for scrapbooker’s and that was NOT even what this was intended for! You can actually upload a picture into this site and it will give you a coordinating color palette, very fun to mess with!
- Scraptitude.com – There are two options on this site for different brands of scrapbook paper. Close to My Heart and Stampin’ Up. All the colors they make are listed and coordinated into color palettes for SUPER Easy color matching! It doesn’t get much easier if you are using these paper brands
- Colorschemedesigner.com – Make the color wheel work for you This is AWESOME – there are several sites like this available, but this one is REALLY nice. What you do is select your color you want to work with on the color wheel by click on it. Then there are several options at the top of the website that help you decide what colors are complimentary, the colors that accent and much more…just click and see…you’ll have fun just playing around I am sure and you may come up with some great color schemes all by yourself!
- Kuler.Adobe.com – another color scheme website that is really helpful, already put together color palettes much like colourlovers…buts it a lot of fun.
Getting an actual color wheel for your scrap room can be of huge benefit as well! But you don’t have to go out and buy one in most cases, they are usually available for free at many hardware or paint stores. With some basic color wheel knowledge, you can mix and match better than the pros
Let me go ahead in case some are not aware, and give you a break down what colors are what on the color wheel…No I am not talking Red, Yellow, Blue, I am talking about what the words Triad and what are “complementary” colors etc…
Complementary colors are the colors that are opposite each other on a color wheel. If you look at a color wheel, you will see that Red is directly across from Green – when you mix green and red together you are back to all of the primary colors in one. Complementary colors always balance back to the three primary colors being together. So if you take the color purple for instance, to make purple you need to mix blue and red together, to balance or “complement” the purple you need to add the yellow. Make sense?
Analogous colors are the colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They are close in shade/color and can create a soft or warm feeling. Usually use the color in the middle as your main color and then the two colors on either side to support the main color to create a really nice look.
Triad colors are three colors that are evenly spaced out on the color wheel to form a triangle. These colors used together can give you a really bold statement, for example taking green, purple and orange (these are the main tertiary colors off of the primary colors) creates a very bold effect that can be quite pleasing.
I could probably go into a lot more, who knew I could use some much of my color theory classes from Beauty School for my scrapbooking projects!??! ;) I think this is a good base for you, if you are interested in more, let me know – I have been thinking about the possibility of teaching a Color Theory Class for Scrapbookers myself
Hope that helps you and gives you yet more great resources and tips! Do you have any color tips you would like to share???