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Heritage Scrapbooking: Bold Background Color for 70s Photos

Can you go bold with retro photos? Often color schemes that work best with older photos are subdued and neutral. Neutral and subdued can often negatively impact a story you wish to share. Sometimes it is better to go bold, even on the entire page.

San Antonio, Texas has a vibrant Spanish culture. These photos of my family going on a rare vacation should not play up the browns of the faded Alamo (in photos, if not in real life). Instead, the better choice would be to focus on the emotions the city brings.

I am not a fan of orange and rarely use it, but when I put together orange, red, green, and yellow, I envision the many housewares and home decorations that have I seen in the abodes of family and friends of Latin heritage, these are the colors that come to mind. I love how the bold colors portray a vibrant, look at my mood. It also downplays, once again, the chopped up photos that persist through this album. I look back on this page and wish I had printed the title bigger, but at least it doesn’t say “Title” which has happened on occasion!

For this layout, I pulled the bold pieces from different scrapbook kits. Now, some artists among us may cringe at the colors I pulled together. Others will enjoy the whimsical color combination. The goal of my scrapbook page is not to win awards or critical acclaim. My goals are to tell stories and grab the attention of those reading my books. Keep that in mind when you’re afraid to go bold because you don’t know how to put things together.

Have fun using bold colors in your 70s themed pages. The only caution I have is to do it intentionally and sparingly. If my entire album was this bold, I think the colors would detract from the stories inside. A touch of attention-grabbing orange and red can make a wonderful statement.

Now that I have shared my bold use of color with the 70s themed scrapbook, go and create a layout with your family photos. Come back and share a link in the comments section below.

Source: San Antonio Trip: kit – ‘Giving Thanks’ by Stacey’s Scraps, altered heart – Chore Day by Correen Silke, button – Autumn Leafs at O’Scrap Blog Train

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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