Monochrome Scrapbook Layouts – When one color is enough

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.

Other Related Articles:

How to Choose Color Schemes

Scrapbook Layout Color Schemes

How to Digital Scrapbook

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8 Responses to Monochrome Scrapbook Layouts – When one color is enough

  1. Yvonne Russell (Grow Your Writing Business) April 15, 2008 at 11:53 pm #

    Hi Karen
    Your creativity continues to amaze, inspire and delight. I’m enjoying the journey even thought I don’t srapbook (yet).

    I could be tempted by digital scrapbooking, though.

    Yvonne Russell (Grow Your Writing Business)’s last blog post..Weekend Writers Cafe – Is Blogging Good Or Bad For Your Health?

  2. karooch April 16, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    Stay tuned Yvonne. I have a big announcement coming up in the next few weeks which will be just perfect for you.

  3. Used Fishing Gear April 24, 2008 at 3:33 am #

    Could you point me in the right direction for a fishing theme template. I’m looking to do a scrap book to document all my fishing trips and vacations.

  4. karooch April 25, 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    Scrap Girls have fishing themed templates which might be what you’re looking for. you can find them here:

    They also have a fishing themed digital scrapbooking kit which you can see here:

    Just hold your mouse over the images to get a pop up window showing you a larger version.

    Hope this helps

  5. Stefanie September 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    Great tips on using one colour to create a great scrapbook. Sometimes being creative when using one colour can really make a scrapbook more interesting than one that uses many colours. I’ll have to try this technique when I have the chance. Thanks.

    • karooch September 16, 2010 at 9:08 am #

      Thanks Stefanie. I find monochrome layouts are quite soothing to do as I’m not stressing out over color coordination.


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