Fun Ways to Use Kraft Color on Scrapbook Layouts

by Dorathy Gilchrist

Understated elegance, charm, sophistication. Kraft paper and raw chipboard can bring these and other qualities to your layouts. Move these supplies from your "not sure what to do with this" stash and create lovely backgrounds and accents that will help put the spotlight where you want it--on your photos and memories.


Laughing with Erin by Kelly Purkey, as seen in Super-Fast Pages with 4" x 6" Photos, vol. 2, page 38.


Combine Kraft with Vibrant Colors

Kraft paper is great to use for scrapbook layout backgrounds, especially if there are bright colors on your page or in your photos, like in "Laughing with Erin." The next time you find yourself in love with a brightly patterned paper and wanting to use a lot of it, try kraft as your background and prepare to be very pleased.  



Our Home by Piradee Talvanna, as seen in the November/December 2010 issue.


Dry-Emboss Raw Chipboard

Kraft also works well with neutral tones. Piradee Talvanna's photos on "Our Home" are mostly neutral shades, and so dry embossing the chipboard houses is the perfect solution to add elegance to the chipboard without adding distracting color. Try adding a dry-embossed raw chipboard element to your page the next time you are scrapbooking photos without much color.       



Shoes by Amy Peterman, as seen in the November 2009 issue, page 115.


Uses Raw Chipboard As-Is

Use raw chipboard to create beautiful accent pieces, or as in the case of "Shoes," a title.

Use raw chipboard:

*for a shabby chic look,

*an outdoorsy look,

*a rough-around-the-edges look, or

*to quickly add a nice accent when you're short on time.



All Through the Year album by Susan Weinroth, as seen in Fast & Fresh Scrapbooks, page 106.


Use Kraft in a Scrapbook Album

Because kraft looks well with so many other colors, it's an excellent choice for an entire scrapbook album. Adjust the colors throughout your album while maintaining a balanced, consistent feeling as kraft is carried through each page. Using kraft, Susan Weinroth was able to make her "All Through the Year" album cohesive and lovely, despite changing seasons and topics in her photos.


For more great scrapbook album ideas, order your copy of Fast & Fresh Scrapbooks today.  


Find more ways to use kraft color on your scrapbook pages in the article "Krafty Solutions" in the November/December 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.     




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