Inspiration by Joey
Have you ever struggled with the decision of using black and white photos or color? How do you choose? With the ease of using some of the wonderful software programs out there, converting photos is now the easy part, deciding what is best for the layout; not so much.
Well, there are some photos that just scream color. They are vivid and lively and and soon as you see them, you know just what paper program to use to best maximize the colorful effect. Sometimes there are photos that have the perfect "artsy" look to them and there isn't any doubt that black and white is the answer. Then, there are the photos that are in between like these of my son's summer hair cut. The background is brick and although it is interesting in texture and color, it is still neutral enough to go with practically any paper program and not be distracting. Converting it to black and white enhances the brick pattern and plays up the contrast between Oaken and his shirt, but again, not terribly different from the color version. How did I choose? I went with the contrast idea, not just in black versus white of the photo itself, but also the idea of the moppy, carefree hair contrasting the cooler and much shorter version. Sometimes black and white is the perfect answer when you want to use a specific color combination,but the colors in the photo don't match - especially if seasonal colors and a big part of the layout.
Choosing between black and white and color can be a challenge sometimes and if there is any doubt, try laying both down on the chosen papers and see what speaks to you. Ultimately it is the creator's decision and there are never any black and white wrong answers, only a spectrum of colorful opportunity!
This layout consists of all Making Memories product, mostly the Passport collection (papers, alphabet "double", buttons, and stickers), and a few snippets from the 5th Avenue collection (paper strip between photos, ribbon, and buttons), "seeing" used Providence alphabet rub-ons in black.