Today Nerd Nest Challenges Creative Team member Jen is here to share her take on May’s Nerd Nest Challenge, Go Ombré.

Ombre is one of those trends that I’ve been slow to adopt. I probably still have unused ombre digital papers from when I first started scrapping in 2010. I think ombre supplies are beautiful, but I had a hard time knowing how to use them.

Carefree kit and artsy papers by JB Studio

Dani, one of the designers I CT for, makes ombre papers with almost every new release, so I figured I’d better learn how to use them! I started out small, adding in an ombre journal card here and there.

Drip Drip Drop kit by JB Studio

After doing that a few times, I made a page using an ombre paper as a background. I LOVED how they turned out.

Learning to Embrace Ombre with Jen | Nerd Nest Challenge 3

I branched out, trying to make my own ombre effect by arranging different colored supplies to make an ombre effect that mimicked the sunrise. It’s a neat effect, and something I definitely want to do again.

I’m glad I finally gave ombre a try. When you’re starting out with a new technique or supply, I think working with it in small doses can really help build confidence. Who knows, it could become your new favorite thing!

Thanks for joining me in my journey towards embracing ombre. I’d love to see examples of how you’ve used ombre in your pages!

Jen Johnson is originally from Nashville, but ran away to South Florida to marry a boy she met on the Internet. She has always been a memory keeper, but never realized it until she discovered digital scrapbooking in 2009. Now she loves to document her life in SoFlo with her husband, stepson, and cat, cleverly named Miss Kitty. Her biggest scrapbook is the “All About Jen” book. She worries that might sound narcissistic, but who else is more qualified to tell her story? She loves to travel, read, eat good food, and watch bad TV. She has a blog, hclappy scraps, where she writes about digiscrapping, minimalist Project Life, (step)motherhood, and her search for that ever-elusive “healthy lifestyle” everyone talks about. She says Y’all and Yonder a lot, loves run-on sentences, and finds it a bit awkward talking about herself in third person.