Weekly Warm-Up: Try Pastel Color Schemes

What usually comes to mind when you think of pastels? Babies, Easter, princess parties? Well today is the day for pastels to gain full admittance onto other types of scrapbook pages in your albums. Check out these delightful pastel layouts, featured in the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine

Joey Manwarren used pale gray, gray, turquioise, and orange in pastel shades to create this exciting layout for her daughter. 

Fredom by Joey Manwarren, as seen in the March/April 2011 issue, p. 47.

Use shades of gray as base colors, and then add bits of colors that stand out to give your story energy. And for those of you with graduations or trips to start college coming your way, use Joey’s layout to inspire your own ideas on how to scrapbook those stories. 

Challenge: Create a pastel-based layout about something you’re excited about. 

Spring is the perfect time to photograph those moments when something in nature teaches you like nothing else can. This is exactly what Deena Wuest did as she photographed this image. 

Perseverance by Deena Wuest, as seen in the March/April 2011 issue, p. 50.

To keep the attention on her photo, Deena used the pastel color from the photo as the accent color of the layout. The contrast of pastel yellow against gray, charcoal, and black emphasizes how the flower survived through the storm. Juxtapose cool and warm toned pastels on layouts to make pastel subjects in your photos stand out. 

Challenge: Create a pastel-based layout that explains what you’ve learned from something in nature. 

To learn nine more ways to use pastels on your layouts, read “New Scrap Beginnings: Try a New Color Scheme” on page 43 of the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.  

What layouts will you scrapbook with pastels? Share your ideas in a comment on this post and display your pastel layouts on Club CK. And don’t forget to sign up for your chance to win the Pastel Sweepstakes through April 30, 2011. 

Dorathy Gilchrist, associate editor

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2 Responses to Weekly Warm-Up: Try Pastel Color Schemes

  1. Olivia says:

    love the new issue! So helpful, especially considering that I am a beginner scrapbooker!

  2. Kim Watson says:

    Such lovely sophisticated color palettes…thanks Deena & Joey, so inspirational!

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