December Challenge: Black and White Photo

I was thrilled to see how bright and cheerful the December kit, Everyday Stories, is! As the weather shifts to more gray, dreary days, it’s so nice to play with a rainbow of color. One of my favorite techniques for using a lot of color on a layout is to use black and white photos. The pictures always work because they are neutral – any color or combination of colors goes! So, your challenge this month is to create a layout featuring brightly colored product and black and white photos. To get us started, creative team member Claudia is sharing this beautiful page:


Speaking of using a black and white photo, Claudia says, “This is something I do quite often, so this challenge couldn’t have been more perfect for me!”


“I wanted to kind of replicate a Silhouette look without actually using a Silhouette (since I don’t have one). I chose some of my favorite papers from the kit and cut out some stars. I had to do this by hand so this took me quite a while. Adding the stars in all sorts of different patterns instantly created an interesting background for me to work off of. I added some of the Pinkfresh Studio Leather Alpha stickers to the stars to decorate them a little bit more. ”


That black and white photo is really beautiful, and not having a Silhouette machine didn’t slow Claudia down one bit when it came to adding color to her page. I’m inspired! How about you?

Here’s how to play along:

1. Create a layout using brightly colored product and a black and white photo. The layout should be traditional or hybrid. This month’s Scrapbook Circle kit is perfect for this challenge, but any materials will do.

2. Post your layout to your blog, an online gallery, or social media site (be sure to tag Scrapbook Circle!). Comment on this post with a direct link to your layout.

3. For an extra entry, post your layout to our Facebook Community, Scrapbook Circle of Friends. Find the photo album titled “December Challenge-Black and White Photo” and add your layout. Feel free to tag me – @Tessa Elzea Buys – so I’m sure not to miss it!

4. Link us to your entry by Sunday, January 15th, 9:00 pm PST. The randomly-selected winner of a $20.00 gift certificate to Scrapbook Circle will be posted on January 16th.

Good luck and happy scrapping!


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