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A Splash of Fruit: Summer Color Combo
by Jeanette Giancaspro
Fruit is a hot trend in the scrapbooking industry right now. Several manufacturers are featuring both a fruit theme and fruity colors in their summer lines this year. Although I’m not a trendy scrapbooker, I’ve always liked bright, fresh, fun colors.
This layout is from a few years ago, but you can see how I used paper with strawberries and cherries, as well as fruit-colored papers. I wrote the journaling on a strawberry die cut, and the flowers were part of the paper’s design. I cut the title with my Big Kick (Big Shot), using a QuicKutz alphabet. The sunglasses, pail and shovel, and flip-flops are Sizzlit dies, and I cut them out of foam.
This layout is more recent, but the color palette is basically the same. There is more orange and blue, and a little less green and pink, but the colors are still bright and “fruity.” Instead of die-cutting the title, I painted chipboard letters to match my papers. This time I used my Cricut machine to cut the embellishments, and I stamped the fish and the smaller words in the title.
As you can see in the second layout, these freshly-picked colors aren’t only for “girly” layouts. They work just as well with pictures of the men in our lives. And they aren’t just for summer either. The colors in this palette are perfect for birthdays, travel, celebrations, children, and many other themes.
There is an old saying: “Everything old is new again.” It certainly applies to the scrapbook industry. Although the papers that I used are no longer available, the new lines of products have a very similar look and feel to them. Here are a few of my favorites:
Now that the warm weather is finally here, I’m sure that many of you will be out and about taking pictures of the fun you’re having outdoors. I hope you’ll try using some of these fresh and fruity colors on the layouts that you make with those pictures.