I've been scrapbooking for nearly 11 years now. I think in that time I've done hundreds of autumn-themed layouts. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes and Thanksgiving Day parades have been covered several times. Back to school, raking leaves, and pumpkin carving activities are a yearly tradition, but I'm getting tired of the same old autumnal color scheme on my layouts after all these years.
I did a little research both on the Internet and in the aisle of my local paint store, and I've come up with some lovely color combinations that give you a warm autumn feel without being so traditional and expected.
I had a blast at the paint store, mixing and matching various color chips. By altering the tone or depth of the colors chosen I was able to achieve a fresh twist on the boring old fall color scheme of gold and browns. Another twist I like to use is avoiding more traditional neutrals, such as tan or black, and instead using a nice vanilla, navy blue, or charcoal grey.
On this first layout titled "Splendid Autumn" I used a popular autumnal combination of green, gold, and blue, but in a more vibrant and playful hue to add some zest and freshness to this layout. In order to keep the layout warm I included chocolate brown as my neutral tone and used letter stickers from Flair Designs that included traditional colors such as orange and rust.
- cardstock - Bazzill
- patterned paper - Stampin' Up
- autumn-themed stickers - Flair Designs
- paper flower - Creative Co-Op Inc.
- rub-on stitches - Daisy D's
This second project is a greeting card that was crafted in autumn colors, but the saturation level of the colors is reduced significantly. This gives the card a soft, almost vintage feel.
- card base - Keeping Memories Alive
- embossing folder - Cuddlebug
- patterned papers - Die Cuts With a View
- silk flower - Heidi Swapp
- copper wire
- clear beads
- word beads
This last layout focused on using primary colors in place of darker tones. I was inspired by the vibrant greens in the right-hand photo. Several different polka-dot patterns add a touch of whimsy, I think.
- cardstock - Bazzill
- patterned paper - Chatterbox (blue dot and yellow floral), Stampin' Up (green dot), Daisy D's (red dot)
- ABC stamps - Stampin' Up
- ink - Olive Green StazOn, Tsukineko
- fabric tape - Making Memories
- gold pen - Pilot
- lime foam dots - Heidi Swapp
- red shipping tag
- gingham ribbon
- misc. buttons
Below are some color combinations I really like; maybe they'll spark your creativity and get you thinking of fall colors in a whole new light.
Pale Gold Soft Grey/Blue Plum
Tan Medium Brown Dark Gold
Burnt Orange Pale Red Brick
Deep Blue Vibrant Green Stone Grey
Dark Teal Green/Blue Pale Grey/Blue Burgundy
Dark Gold Medium Blue Vibrant Gold
Medium Brown Peach Brown Toffee Brown
Deep Blue Dark Brick Red Vibrant Green