“Teach Me” Tutorial: Monochromatic Colour Scheme with Jess Forster

Today we have a special “Teach Me” tutorial from design team member Jess Forster. She’s not sharing a technique-heavy new project, but how she builds a bold monochromatic color scheme—perfect for any project that you would want to create! Let’s find out her tips on how to do this successfully!

Hi friends! I am so excited to be back on Elle’s Studio blog today to talk all about monochromatic colour schemes. I love creating bright, bold layouts that focuses on using one pop of colour. Curious how to create this type of page? Read on to learn about my process! 

The first step in making a monochromatic layout for me is finding a colour in a product that you love. I was inspired by the 3″ x 4″ “Thanks Dad” journaling tag from the May 2020 Kit. I enjoyed the simple line of blue hearts near the top of the card. The deep blue colour combined with the prompt, guided me to create this 6″ x 8″ double page layout which documents my dad’s special relationship with my kids. 

Supplies | May 2020 Kit, Currently Icon Stamp

Using blue as the main hue of the page, I choose matching 3″ x 4″ tags from the May 2020 Kit. In this layout you can see that the black and white colours in the journaling tags and stamps are used as neutrals.

Next, I used the Colour Story App to batch edited the photos for my page. Specifically, I adjusted the curves, brightness and contrast; then use the black and white filter, “Audrey” at 75% to get the same look across each of the photos. 

Lastly, I selected blue tags and stars as embellishments, and used black ink the Currently Icon star stamp, and placed in a visual triangle to add interest and dimension around page. 

Simple and chic, monochromatic colour schemes are great way to document relationships as they give a timeless feel, especially when you switch your photos to black and white and let the product, like the May monthly kit and extras journaling tags and puffy heart stickers pop off the page. The black and white photos also allow you to tell a deeper story with pictures from multiple time periods and events!

Thanks for reading and good luck creating your own monochromatic pages!

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