Shades Of The Departed

April 19

A Monthly - Weekend With Shades - Column

Spring is here!

What a wonderful season for digi-scrapping! There are so many great photo opportunities in spring. From photos of flower gardens to birds building nests and children hunting Easter eggs to teens vacationing on spring break. There are the religious holidays of Easter and Passover... have you documented how your family celebrates these special spring holidays? What about First Holy Communion, Mother's Day, and that other rite of spring... opening day at the ball park? At the tail end of spring will come kid's end-of-the-school-year picnics, proms, and graduation ceremonies. And then there are all the spring weddings... and anniversaries too! What are you waiting for? Start clicking the shutter and creating scrapbook pages to remember!

Enough with the blues, grays, and whites of winter. It's time to leave the dark jewel tones behind too! Creating scrapbook pages for spring means a color pallet of fresh pastels and bright nature colors. We're talking the many shades of green that burst forth as new leaves sprout on the trees, the pinks and pale purples of hyacinths, the bright yellows and reds of tulips and daffodils, and the peach and blues of iris'. These are the colors that define spring for scrapbook pages.

You will also want to use the common elements of spring in your layouts such as bulb flowers... tulips, daffodils, and iris. Baby animals such as bunnies, chicks, and squirrels, are always popular. And then there are the weather elements including rain, umbrellas, and rainbows. Putting these colors and elements together will give you beautiful pages in keeping with the season.

Here's an example of a page I just created. I used pastel pinks and greens for my primary colors and chose a most adorable photo of my cousin Frances taken back in 1923. Isn't she just the cutest thing with her little parasol? When I first saw this photo, which was shared with me by my wonderful and generous cousin M.E., it shouted out, "digi-scrap me!" I knew right then and there it would be my first digi-scrap page of the spring season. I incorporated a few images commonly associated with spring; new growth in the form of budding branches, pastel flowers, and a strip of ivory lace (common in First Communion, prom, and wedding dresses). The result is a page suitable for framing :-)

Need some background papers and spring elements to work with? You're in luck! The April Blog Train theme is "spring blossoms" and it features kits from 91 designers. There are over 300 background papers and over 500 elements and they are all free! The papers and elements I used to create the page above all came from the April Blog Train.

Go ahead and capture all that spring has to offer in photographs and then enhance them on your own digi-scrap pages. You'll love the result!

Happy Spring! Happy Digi-scrapping!


Blogger valenaann68 said...

I love your digi-scrapbook page! What program did you use to do that? I want to learn how to digi-scrap but I'm not sure how to start.

July 13, 2009 at 8:13 PM  

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