This month’s featured paper is the prettiest color – what girl could not love Petal Pink? I received my Petal Pink Grid Paper at a perfect time of year as here in Japan my whole world is just turning pink with the blossoming of all the cherry trees. Though in the US pink is associated with little girls, in Japan the color pink has a masculine association. The spring blooming of the cherry trees is said to represent the young Samurai warriors who fell during battle in the prime of their life.
Everyone in Japan celebrates the arrival of spring with a picnic or a stroll through the park simply to take in the pleasure of all those pink blossoms. Rain or shine, it’s a celebration and gratitude just for being alive. Though our stroll under the cherry trees was taken on a very rainy day, it did not take away from the pleasure of viewing these beautiful blooms.
As I began to scrap my cherry blossom photos, I looked for a way to add dimension to my mosaic page. Why not layering? This page used four 4x6 photos and one 5x7. Once my 4x6 photos were in place, I trimmed around the main subject of the 5x7 and placed it over the mosaic. The tree is a piece of Microsoft clip art enlarged and layered over the mosaics. The title – which says Sakura (cherry blossom) -- is cut from a package of cherry blossom noodles (yes, this time of year everything is made from the edible blossoms) using an EK success extra large retro flower punch. The cherry blossoms are origami, made by folding a 1 ½ inch square of paper. I’ve included a tutorial at the end of this post on how to fold the origami flowers for those who are interested. It’s my first video tutorial so please go easy on me!
So what will you do with your Petal Pink Grid Paper? Here are some color combination ideas from about.com to get your creative juices flowering – uhh- flowing!
· Pink looks sophisticated when combined with gray or darker shades of blue.
· Pink and orange are totally cute for summer.
· Pink and green are a classic, preppy combination.
· Pink and turquoise are retro and can look soft and feminine.
· Pink and a buttery yellow make a pretty decorating scheme.
· Pink with light purple and other pastels is soft and playful.
· Pink gains strength when added with dark purple or burgundy.
· Pink and brown can be very graphic and modern.
I like that ‘modern’ bit so decided to try that color scheme with this picture of my mom. I used a ‘One Special Photo’ Page Pattern for this one and love the way it came out.
There are so many possibilities for creating a page with Petal Pink Grid Paper! Get out your color wheel and you will be surprised how many colors you can pair with pink.