Hello, Jonas | Document Life Workshop Lift a Color Scheme from Artwork Challenge

I’ve been working on documenting Jonas’s birth story with a series of layouts and Project Life pages, and I’ was getting board using traditional baby colors over and over again. And man, did this week’s challenge over on Document Life Workshop to Lift a Color Scheme from Artwork get me out of that rut.

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I was inspired by my favorite work at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Tracer by Robert Rauschenberg.

Hello, Jonas | Document Life Workshop Lift a Color Scheme from Artwork Challenge

I used the soft and dark blues, the burnt reds the tiny bit of golden yellow, and blacks found in Tracer as inspiration for this layout. These colors ended up being perfect with the medical blues and the red, screaming, brand new baby in the photos! I also used the work to decide how much of each color to use and even the placement of the elements on the page.

I used older papers from my stash combined with cards from Studio Calico Project Life Kits to crate the page. It was an awesome opportunity to use things that I wouldn’t have thought go together. The background paper from Basic Grey has always reminded me of ice skating, and the dark red mat around the photos was actually Daisy D’s sailboat paper. I knew that the sailboats didn’t matter because you wouldn’t be able to tell that’s what they were! Here’s to using papers you’ve been holding onto for years.

Hello, Jonas | Document Life Workshop Lift a Color Scheme from Artwork Challenge

The layering of the paint and screenprinting on the work influenced me to layer more than I usually do, cutting up the Studio Calico cards and a piece of paper with patterned strips from Cosmo Cricket to layer by tucking bits behind the larger elements. (Don’t be afraid to cut up Project Life cards for layouts!)

I also toned down some of the papers with white washi tape, which also added texture and mimicked the messy brush strokes.

Hello, Jonas | Document Life Workshop Lift a Color Scheme from Artwork Challenge

But of course, the main thing for me is the story. I have a lot of words on the other pages documenting Jonas’s story, but I wanted a whole layout dedicated to seeing Jonas for the first time. Because he was born via C-section, I couldn’t hold him right away. So Jake took pictures of Jonas while they were cleaning him up and ran them over to me so that I could still see what he looked like and what was happening until they got him back to me. That experience was more about sight than words, so that’s why I decided to go with just a few on this page. The following page will be all about my and Jake’s first thoughts and impressions.

Hello, Jonas | Document Life Workshop Lift a Color Scheme from Artwork Challenge

I hope this inspires you to try a new color scheme!

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