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I love color, but I also love the contrast of black, white and neutral colors in the company of one single hue, in this case … blue. The more you play with colors, the more confident you will be using them in your paper crafting.


Challenge: Pull a sheet of white, off-white, taupe, and gray cardstock. Introduce a muted blue, or perhaps two shades of blue. Play with black pattern paper. How does the pattern you choose affect the feel of your cardstock palette? Try a bold stripe, a small gingham check, or even a traditional toile.

Even Better: Remove the moody blues and swap it for a cranberry red, avocado green or even a sunflower yellow.



  1. This may be a bit strange but I think your color combo would go great with my Oregon Coast beach photos! Our sand is so gray that even sunny summer photos are all pretty gray. I love Pantone’s spring colors, I’m heading over there to check out those greens and that great blue! I love getting color inspiration from home decorating items! Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie,
      I totally agree — these would be wonderful Northwest coast colors — post your layout in our Flickr group so I can see!

  2. Sherrie M. says:

    I love these colors….we did our bathroom last year in these colors. Now I’ll do a scrapbook page with them too!

  3. This is my faaaaaaavorite color combo. I use that shade of blue on 80% of my scrapbook pages, it seems!

  4. I love this combo, as well. While I love the blue, I think the cranberry red is the best ‘punch’ color to go with the more neutral shades.

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