Choosing a monochrome color scheme for your scrapbook layout is not just as simple as picking the color and then selecting all your scrapbook elements in the same color.
Like all good scrapbook ideas you need to put some thought into it. First you need to think carefully about the color you select. Since this the only color you will be playing with the choice is particularly important.
As I wrote in my previous article on choosing color schemes, different colors reflect different moods. So if your photos and your scrapbook moment are of a tranquil nature, then vibrant reds aren’t going to get the right message across.
In the Bella Belliura layout I selected pinks with a slight leaning in the mauve direction for my color. I chose a monochrome color scheme for this layout because I wanted to use several photos and I wanted a floral Spring feeling to the layout without the elements competing with the photos for attention.
The important thing with a monochrome color scheme is to make sure that you add texture and dimension to your scrapbook layout to replace the interest factor of not having color combinations. So although you are only using one color, you should choose different shades, tones and depth of that color in the different components of your scrapbook layout.
In paper scrapbooking that can include using elements made of different materials, such as metal, ribbon, fabric or corrugated cardboard. In digital scrapbooking you add different drop shadows and bevels to add your dimension. And you choose elements that introduce different textures into your layout. For example the tied ribbon fluttering in the corner of the main photo and the shiny smoothness of the oval brads.
I also chose to lift the corners of my photos , using some cool templates from Scrap Girls, so they look like they’ve just been dropped loosely on the page.
Add a few techniques such as these and you’ll ensure that your monochrome color scheme is interesting and exciting and not at all dull.
And thanks to Tink for giving me the idea of scattering the photos off the edge of the page.