We’ve collected white-suffused pastel inspiration for you on Pinterest, and we’ve got scrapbook pages below that put this combo to work. See the products and textures our team used, see the relative proportions, and see how they made this combo work.
[hr]Carrie Arick says, “This is one of those rare photos (and times) that captures my son when he is relaxed, happy, and living fully in the moment.”
“The colors give the page an ethereal look that supports the mood of the page while highlighting that this is not an everyday occurrence because of the dreamy effect suffused white creates. For the photo, I used a combination of a graduated filter and screen blending mode to create a photo with pastel coloring. This washed out my son’s face, so I created a mask to brush my son back into photo ( see the tutorial using masks and brushes from The Lily Pad that I used). The screen blending mode came in handy for the paper and elements, too, because it removes black pixels and lightens colors by infusing them with white.”
[hr]Katie Scott says, “We love the beach. These photos are from a few years ago but represent what we did today. Beach photos are a good match to this suffused pastels and metalics color scheme. My photos were a bit dark so the lighter background helped to convey the light happy feeling of the beach.”
[hr]Deborah Wagner says, “My oldest son is at an age where he dislikes being photographed so when he was goofing around with my pink sunglasses, I grabbed my camera and took a quick photo. He was not happy with me or the photo, but I thought it was cute.”
“I used the pink glasses as the starting point for this page. I don’t get to use pastels very often when scrapping my sons but it worked here. I added a touch of gold for the title to increase the glamour–just another opportunity to annoy my son. To get the pixelated look on the background photo, I used the Photoshop mosaic filter and a pastel gradient fill layer.”
[hr]Kiki Kougioumtzi says, “This is a layout with a short review of our latest school year.”
“Because this is something that is now in the past, a scheme of soft, faded, nostalgic colors seemed appropriate. I made a rainbow background and collaged letter stickers over it. To tone down the colors, I overlaid the page with gesso and white acrylic paint. With very diluted watercolors, I colored my title and to make it stand out more. I outlined the letters with a silver marker.”
[hr]Vicki Hibbins says, “I love this photo of my daughter taken in my friend’s studio. Pink pastels and silver are the perfect complement to her fairy outfit. I used a Photoshop layer mask and watercolor brushes to ‘watercolor’ the photo. To lighten the background paper, stitching and flourish, I lowered their opacities. All the elements work together to create an ethereal feeling.”
[hr]Karen Poirier-Brode says, “This is a page about my granddaughter at the bowling alley with friends at her seventh birthday. I started the page with a photo full of bold color. I edited the photo with a poster filter, decreasing the saturation and then adding a mask and using a brush to take down the color even more. I also edited my digital elements (the butterfly and the flower). The final page has a fairy-princess look even thought the photo was taken at a bowling alley.”
[hr]Kristy T says, “This is one of my favorite photos from a shoot we did with my family not long after my son was born.”
“When I am using pastels and white I like to use elements that add texture and contrast to the page since colors are muted. For this page I used crackle paint on chipboard, shimmery paints on wooden veneer and embellishments that had dimension and shine. I also made my own background paper by spraying glimmer mist onto the paper and then using a wide brush to spread the mist for more even color. A touch of metal on pastel pages adds contrast and interest.
[hr]Audrey Tan says, “This page is about visiting my dog which we had to re-house as we are moving to another country soon (unfortunately, we couldn’t bring him). I applied a retro filter to the photo, and the white-suffused pastels compliment it perfectly.”