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Weekly Challenge :: Go monochromatic on your next scrapbook page

weekly challenge: go monochromatic on your next scrapbook page @ shimelle.com

It’s been a long while since we first talked about colour theory on this blog, but ever since it’s come up just now and then. Maybe it’s me wishing for spring, but colour is on my mind so much lately, and I’m finding it more a creative pull than perhaps it usually is. Playing with so many different colour combinations is bringing me much joy, and I’d love for you to feel happy creating with your favourite colours too. Which means, I’m going to ask you to play favourites. If I force you to answer right this second, what’s your favourite colour?

And now take that answer, and go on to the challenge! This week, it’s definitely okay to play favourites. I challenge you this week to go monochromatic on your next scrapbook page. Choose one colour and select your supplies only in that colour, though you can use plenty of shades (adding white) or tints (adding black) to have plenty to work with, and make a new scrapbook page. Everything else is completely up to you, so you can take your inspiration in any direction you like! You’re welcome to include black and white photos or colourful prints – the photos themselves do not need to be monochromatic, just your page design. To get you started on this week’s challenge, take a look at these examples from contributing designer Nicole Nowosad and guest artist Zsoka Marko.

weekly challenge: go monochromatic on your next scrapbook page @ shimelle.com // layout by Nicole Nowosad

weekly challenge: go monochromatic on your next scrapbook page @ shimelle.com // layout by Nicole Nowosad

I find a lot of inspiration from mixing different colours and so the thought of just using one was a bit of a challenge for me until I broke it down into being just all about shading! Once I wrapped my head around the idea of using a monochromatic colour scheme, it was really just about shades of pink/red and not so much about using “one colour” anymore.

weekly challenge: go monochromatic on your next scrapbook page @ shimelle.com // layout by Nicole Nowosad

I used several different colours and patterns of pink/red in the Starshine collection and kept the lines clean by using small one inch squares of the different patterns and colours and arranging in a quilt like pattern to help mix up the various shades of pink/red in the collection!
- Nicole

weekly challenge: go monochromatic on your next scrapbook page @ shimelle.com // layout by Zsoka Marko

weekly challenge: go monochromatic on your next scrapbook page @ shimelle.com // layout by Zsoka Marko

When I saw the word “monochromatic” in this challenge, that was it! I’ve been hoarding this striped paper from Shimelle’s True Story line for ages, waiting for the right moment, and now it just seemed fitting! I’ve created this circle cut file from some car cut files I’ve found at the Silhouette store, then backed all circles with different papers; some from the same Shimelle collection, some from other brands in my stash.

weekly challenge: go monochromatic on your next scrapbook page @ shimelle.com // layout by Zsoka Marko

I love using lots of embellishments on my pages but here I kept them to a minimum: wooden buttons and star stickers from Freckled Fawn plus enamel dots and brads from Simple Stories. I didn’t have Thickers I quite liked on this layout so I spray painted some white ones with Shimmerz Vibez in deep blue sea for my custom colour.
- Zsoka



You have a week to complete the challenge and share a link – but of course you’re welcome to set your own time schedule. Whatever keeps you happy and creative!

I’ll see you tomorrow to share how I took on this challenge! Place your bets on what colour I’ve chosen this time.

Today’s Guest Artist: Zsoka Marko loves cut files, circles, and lots of embellishments. You can find more from Zsoka on Instagram, in her scrapbooking gallery, and on her blog.

22 February 2016



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9 Comments for Weekly Challenge :: Go monochromatic on your next scrapbook page

  1. Mary Says:

    both pages are absolutely stunning. I’m not a ‘pink’ person but Nicole’s page makes me want to scrap pink
    and Zsoka’s page with those circles is so original I feel I want to scraplift it (but then mine will not be original :(
    Thank you ladies for these two amazing pages

  2. Gab Says:

    Love this challenge! Your page is so fun Shimelle – I love how you pulled out the colours in the photo too.
    And both Nicole and Zsoka’s pages are just beautiful

  3. Zsoka Marko Says:

    Awww Mary you’re too sweet! Please lift away, I’d be honored! All of us pull inspiration from others, and this is why we share our work so others are inspired to get to the scrapdesk! I’d love to see what you create! If you’re on Instagram just tag me, my handle is zsokamarko xxx

  4. Helen Parkar Says:

    Great challenge. I loved creating my red layout this morning, Helen x

  5. Megan Says:

    I bet you use red :) my favorite color is purple but I rarely ever scrapbook with it. It’s not a common color in scrapbooking. I’m going to go through my stash and see what I can find. Thanks for this great challenge!

  6. Heather Leopard Says:

    Wow, ladies! These are so fabulous!

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  8. Lisa-Jane Johnson Says:

    Such great ways to use up smaller pieces. I need to make a Pinterest board just for these smaller piece ideas (I don’t like calling them scraps!)

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