Black and white photos for the win with Virginia Nebel!

Black and white photos for the win with Virginia Nebel!

Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season and made lots of memories to scrapbook!  Have you browsed through our recent Scrapbook & Cards Today winter issue?  There are so many creative ideas to get your 2017 scrapbooking underway! 

In this issue I shared my photo tip to use black and white photos on a Christmas layout.  My initial thought about converting colour photos to black/white would be that I would lose the ‘real-life’ capture moment of the photo. I’ve changed my mind having scrapped a few pages with black/white photos.  I love the contrast of the photos with the colourful patterns of papers and embellishments in the background.  I also like to crop the photos close to capture facial expressions that are so special.

My Christmas layout as seen in the winter issue:




Here are some other layouts using black/white photos. 




I hope you give this easy photo tip a try, happy scrapbooking!

~ Virginia Nebel

2017-01-17T09:57:59+00:00January 17th, 2017|Projects & Tutorials|


  1. barb macaskill January 17, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I absolutely agree that the black and white photos really pop against the colored prints and papers! Beautiful layouts! TFS!

  2. KELLY A. CROWL January 17, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Nice layouts!!!
    B & W pix really are so dramatic with ANY COLOR!!!

  3. Glenda January 17, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I still haven’t done this yet but every time I see a layout done with B&W photos, I want to try it. Thanks for reminding me and love the layouts and of course the SCT magazine.

  4. Becca Yahrling January 17, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I absolutely love B&W photos. Most times, I like them better than color photos. Your layout is fabulous.

  5. Karen Lingel January 17, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    I black-and-white my family when they wear inappropriate colors. My family loves to wear, say, red for Easter and turquoise for Thanksgiving. Some people!
    I also do the opposite. When I have beautiful color photos of, say, flowers or something, then I use color photographs, but use black-and-white papers and embellishments. Works both ways.

  6. pt January 18, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Great layouts and design.

  7. Marilyn January 18, 2017 at 7:49 am

    I always love the look of black and white, adds such a classic look! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Sharon K. January 18, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Love love love your many layouts Virginia! I never really gave black and white photos much thought but I have now. Thanks for the inspiration

  9. Brenda January 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I love the black and white pictures with these colours, I’m going to have to try this. Also like the upside down tags in the last layout. Thank you!!

  10. Char January 19, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Great idea Virginia, thank you! Definitely going to try this, I love black and white photos!

  11. Shannon January 19, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I am inspired to use more black and white photos. Love your LO’s!?

  12. Leanne January 20, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Love using black and whites. Your layouts are awesome, Virginia!

  13. NICOLE MARTEL January 21, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    These are beautiful! I love scrapping black and white photos.

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