One Easy Idea to Add Color to Memory Keeping Pages (with Video Tutorial!)

by Nathalie

Hey, crafty friends!

Nathalie with you today to share one easy idea to add color to memory keeping pages featuring the beautiful Build A Garden: Tulips & Friends.

This new stamp/stencil set is beautiful; the tulip design has a lot of movement which makes it so versatile.  Plus, the stamp set is filled with many and diverse sentiments that can easily be used in memory keeping as well as card making.

Let me show you today's project!

@altenew_ add a pop of color to memory keeping by Nathalie DeSousa

What makes this project different, you may ask! Well, I am using a partial coloring idea to bring the page to life! This is an easy way to add detail to a background, and interest to the entire page.  Let's take a closer look at this layout.


@altenew_ add a pop of color to memory keeping by Nathalie DeSousa

What better way to showcase the delicate and intrinsic detail of the design than to showcase both stamped and colored image in the same page?! An easy way to add color to memory keeping is to create a partial color image.  In this case, it all starts with using a stamping platform to create two identical stamped images on two same-size cardstock. This is the key to the success of this technique!

@altenew_ add a pop of color to memory keeping by Nathalie DeSousa

I am choosing to use a colored and white cardstock for my layout.  Once the images are stamped, I trimmed the white cardstock by about a half an inch around the perimeter.  I then  matched the images of the white cardstock to the one in the colored one, thus creating the illusion of a partial colored image.


@altenew_ add a pop of color to memory keeping by Nathalie DeSousa

I am further developing the idea on how to add color to memory keeping by adding colored embellishments on top of the plain black and one stamped images.

I'm using the Build-A-Garden: Tulips & Friends stamp set to create the background and stamp on the white cardstock.  However, I also built a separate image using the Build-A-Garden: Tulip & Friends Set and the Build-A-Garden: Tulips & Friends Add-on Die.  This gives me a die-cut that I can add to my page.

@altenew_ add a pop of color to memory keeping by Nathalie DeSousa

My choices of colors for the flowers seem different at first look, but they coordinate seamlessly, as I am using the same colors of inks (Cherry Blossom Crisp Dye Mini Ink Cube Set, Sugarplums Crisp Dye Mini Ink Cube Set ).

However, I am only using a partial image of the purple blossoms, so that the black and white stamped background also shows in the final look of the page.

I am also enhancing the color of the memory keeping layout by adding color to my title work using Enjoy the Ride Chipboard Alphas and the Bold Sentiments Stamp Set.

You can see how this layout came together in the video. Watch it here, or in HD in Altenew YouTube Channel:

Click here to watch the video!

I hope that the video gives you a better look at how this page comes together, and the simple concept of using partial coloring as an idea to add color to memory keeping layouts.

@altenew_ add a pop of color to memory keeping by Nathalie DeSousa

I cannot wait to see what you create with this concept and how you'll add a pop of color to your next project, regardless of the format you choose.

Remember the key is to create two identical backgrounds, and trim one of them to showcase a bit of the simple stamping next to the colored images. You are free to choose your colors and create the partial look that best fits your project.

Remember to share your finished projects with us!

Until next time!




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Christine Kiehl July 25, 2022 - 8:15 pm

Most excellent layout! Love all of the many details! Fresh!!

Tara C Prince August 17, 2023 - 11:14 am

so gorgeous


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