Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Designer Showcase: Black and White Photos

Hey all, Pam here again with a designer showcase on black and white photos. I know with scrapbooking, it is hard to know whether to use color or to use black and white photos. Some people don't like to use black and white photos much at all. I like using the them as often as needed.. why? Because they can convey a mood to your page. I will explain what I mean below!

Here is a page by Sharon and her daughter playing the piano. As you will see this layout does a great job of focusing right on the photo and creating an "artistic" mood for the page. Check out the long piano extending along the page. The same photo could have been done in color, but wouldn't have had the same efffect.
BRIGHT IDEA #1: Extend your photo out just like Sharon did for a dramatic effect!

Our next page is by Sheila. This is such a neat page b/c it sort of reminds me a classic photo of a girl with earring. Sheila also used a vintage looking sticker on the side of photo along with some floral paper. The mood of this page was done by using all of the elements together along with black and white photo.
BRIGHT IDEA #2: Use embellishments you wish to match the mood on the page along with those black and white photos.

Gael used the black and white photo to create a dreamy like page along with all of the elements on the page. She clustered flowers, used vintage stickers and some pretty border punches. That photo does an an excellent job of giving the page it's unique look.
BRIGHT IDEA #3:  Use black and white photos with lights color such as pinks and peaches to really make it pop.

Have a great day and find sometime to scrap today!!

Cathy Dippolito
Dolores Schaeffer
Cindy deRosier
Marlene Murphy
Lesley Walker
Gael Spence
Sarah Routledge
Sharon Fritchman
Tanya Ham
Sheila Burns
Pam Callaghan


  1. Sheila and Gael! I love both of your layouts using black and white photos! Thanks, Pam, for posting this!!

  2. These are beautiful! I don't think I've EVER scrapped a b/w picture.