Pantone has spoken and it looks like 2014 will see purple being a big colour influence, not just any purple but a magical, enigmatic, exotic shade of purple named Radiant Orchid. It's been present in fashion collections and fashion brand advertisements for a while; and now we can expect it to pop in in interior design and even in the film and entertainment industry. Certainly we are seeing it in CHA 2014 scrapbook releases, in particular in Studio Calico's Lemon Lush collection.
So here's a Citrus Twist page celebrating Pantone 18-3224, also know as Radiant Orchid. I take advantage of the fact that this colour is a complex blend of both cool and warm undertones to work a bold combination : purple, orange, powder blue and salmon pink, throwing in some pure white as a neutral accent.
The picture on my page is of dandelion seeds floating like parachutes in the air. An unusual choice but one that works because the white seeds stand out crisply against an out-of-focus background rendered a shade of radiant orchid. It's not a photo but rather a little postcard I bought a while ago at a flea market.
Design-wise I put the page together like a fashion mood board (inspired by the half inch label strip of a Maggie Holmes Styleboard paper) with a couple of floral prints juxtaposed with some geometric patterns. A rosette is added to introduce some dimension and texture, in the form of a central metal brad. It's circular shape is then repeated in the title with a hand cut HELLO, layered underneath with soft vellum.
If you are intrigued by the idea of scrapbooking with this trendy colour, and at the same time feeling daunted by it, you might like to check out Noell Hyman's video tutorials on Radiant Orchid. She shares ideas for combining it with cooler tone palettes and also with warmer spectrum of colours.
For anyone who's not a fan of purple, my two other layouts for using the March Citrus Twist kits will have a much quieter colour palette, featuring neutrals on one and soft tiffany blue on the other. I'm hoping to finish photo editing before the weekend (before I get caught up with the thrills and, hopefully not many, spills of the Paris-Nice 2014 race) and will try to post them next week.
Citrus Twist March Kits : Studio Calico Lemon Lush (Wall Flower, Colored Vellum, Chipboard Heart Stickers Packaging), Dear Lizzy Daydreamer (Sandbox, Enamel Dots), Webster's Pages Sprinkled With Love Alpha Sticker, Crate Paper Styleboard Pickett Fence Label Strip. Others : Studio Calico Atlantic Vellum, Studio Calico Here and There San Diego, Amy Tangerine, Dimensional Sticker