Real men have pink scrapbook pages | Ideas for scrapbooking boys with pink

By Dina Wakley

I have three boys who I affectionately call “the fellas.”

I love my boys, truly and deeply! Having all boys, however, means that I have fewer opportunities to use cute girly scrapbook products and even fewer opportunities to use one of my favorite colors: pink!

I decided a few years ago that I was going to use more pink on my boy pages. I like pink, and my pages are a reflection of me. Plus real men can pull off pink, right?

Here are some ways to incorporate pink into your boy pages.

1. Include you on the page.

When you’re on the page,  you can use pink without feeling guilty! I used a bright pink Hambly overlay for this background. I love how intense it is! It perfectly captures the feel of the goofy photos.

2. Make pink hearts.

For the layout “My Guy,” I cut lots of freehand hearts from a sheet of art paper that I made. The hearts are pink and work well to portray the love I have for my son.

On “My Boy,” I incorporated hearts cut from pink patterned paper. I like how they contrast with the black-and-white photos.

3. Pair pink with more “manly” colors.

Pink will instantly look more manly when you pair it with boyish colors like orange and blue.

This layout about my son starts with a sheet of light pink cardstock. I liked how the pink looked against the bright blue in the photos. I added layers of orange to complete the page.

4. Use pink in a small but effective amounts.

When making “Carter,” I used a pinkish frame around the photo. The pink looks good against the blue painted background and helps draw the eye in towards the photographs.

The only pink on “Oh Summer” is the bright pink title. I liked how the bright pink contrasted with the other colors in the layout and seemed to pop off the page.

5. Use it just because you want to!

I used pink on these tags simply because I love pink!

I love using pink, aqua, and mustard. It’s one of my favorite color combos.

I started making these tags before I knew what photos I was going to use. When I started searching for photos, I found these black & white shots of my fellas. I liked how the photos looked against the artsy background, so I used them.

I hope you have some new ideas for using pink on your boy pages. Remember, real men can have pink scrapbook pages! :)

 

Dina Wakley is a mixed-media and scrapbook artist who lives in Glendale, AZ with her husband and three fellas. You can find more information about Dina’s work and online classes on her website, http://dinawakley.com.

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4 Responses to Real men have pink scrapbook pages | Ideas for scrapbooking boys with pink

  1. Stephanie Medley-Rath June 9, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Thanks for creating a post using pink on men/boy pages. I am so sick of a masculine/feminine divide in scrapbooking (i.e., “I have sons so I can’t use all the flowers and butterflies on my pages”). Why couldn’t I use a flower on a page with a boy? Why couldn’t I use a dinosaur on a page about my daughter? Pink actually used to be the color associated with boys (pre-WWII) and still is in some cultures.

  2. Heather Haigh January 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I like this post a lot. I have two boys myself and I don’t shy away from pink, in fact, I think my favorite page ever is mostly pink.

    http://heatherygoodness.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/think-pink/

  3. Alice Boll February 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Hi Debbie,

    I featured this post as my ‘Today’s Scrapbook Wonder’, a daily link I provide with fun scrappy tips online!

    Thanks for the inspiration,

    Alice.

    If you’d like to see my feature: http://www.facebook.com/ScrapbookWonderland

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