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Color Combinations with Pink

More Dance (closeup)

Lately I’ve been into pink.

It surprised me recently when I realized how often I turn to pink as my dominate color these days. I’m sure it has something to do with bright sunny summer days.

Have you been into pinks lately, too? If so, here are some ideas to keep the pink love rolling in your scrapbooking for a little while longer.

And if not? Well, maybe you’ll find a few pink palettes here that you’d like to try, just to change things up.

Analogous: pink-orange to orange to yellow-orange

En Pointe

En Pointe (closeup)

All three of the colors on this page share the same hue (orange), which makes them especially harmonious. Pink-orange is the dominant color. The white, grey, and black are neutrals.

Lots of Colors

Toy Time

Toy Time (closeup)

Pink and red are the main colors here, but I added pops of yellow and blue and green accents to communicate childhood energy for this story.

Monochromatic: Pink, pink, and more pink!

More Dance

More Dance (closeup)

Look how the colder hot pink contrasts with the subtle muted grapefruit-like pink. This page also has bits of pink-orange.

Ballet Pink with Metalics

Your First Pointe Shoes

Your First Pointe Shoes (closeup)

This is actually an analogous color scheme: pink to yellow. Gold is a yellow, and pink is a red, plus there is some orange mixed into some of the metals and pinks. I mixed a little pink into the metallic color you see on the swirls to make all the colors work more in harmony together. I think it looks just dreamy!

Analogous with Pops of Blue and Green

Art Masterpiece

Art Masterpiece (closeup)

On this page you get the creamy, dreamy harmony of an analogous color scheme in the paint and mist background, with a burst of contrast from the blue and green accents. If you ever start out with an analogous color scheme but realize it’s too calming for your story, try this.

Analogous with Gold


Paquita (closeup)

Can you tell I love analogous color palettes? Gold is the dominant color on this page, but pink runs a close second place in getting your attention. There are red and orange accents, and the analogous color actually runs as far down the wheel as green (yes, it’s allowed!). The green comes in the smallest amount and makes a slight but important impact: more energy.

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So what do you say? You ready to play with some pinks?

Found Color Schemes

Here’s my first project with the color scheme I found in a pile of leftover pieces.
I say first because I still want to do something more with the larger pieces. But I had this photo-less page to make for my class assignment in Ali Edwards’s Yesterday & Today class and it needed something at the top.

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This layout is very much like Ali’s with just a few changes to suit my style and story needs.

  • Instead of the wider block and horizontal word art that Ali used, I made a narrow journal column and used digital word out that would further emphasize the vertical shape. Paperclipping Members will soon receive their free Design Course where they’ll learn what vertical and horizontal lines and shapes tend to communicate!
  • The longer journaling left me with a smaller area for patterns at the top than what Ali had. I just used the smallest scrap pieces I had in my pile of leftovers. Then I added the embellishments to that area (Ali’s had only the patterned paper plus stitching).
  • I highlighted the paragraph that is the turning point of my story by making it pink.


For years I’ve used the butterfly to symbolize myself and my personality — particularly the part of my personality that feels a desperate need to be free and independent and do my own thing. I started doing that after reading a picture book to my daughter about a sheep and a butterfly.

The sheep was upset to know that the butterfly didn’t need to be with its mother. The sheep wanted the butterfly to anchor down with her flock and be stable and steady. But the butterfly needed to be free and on her own. She needed to wander and jump from flower to flower, from one experience and adventure to the next.

I identified with the butterfly. Powerfully. But over the last few years I’ve learned how to give my children the benefits of being a sheep while still maintaining my need to fly from flower to flower.


Now you know why I chose the butterfly pieces on this page. I chose the colors because they were the colors I wanted to use. That’s it! If it hadn’t been for that beautiful pile of leftovers, I would have chosen orange instead of pink. Orange is my color — a mix of happy yellow and bold red that results in an energetic, playful, confident (if not a bit wacky) hue.

Then again, maybe the pink and cream work to represent the fact that I’ve learned to calm down and allow myself to make some roots. I do think there is something to be said about our urges and our gut instincts and how they can represent what we want or who we are at an sub-conscious level.