These have been around for a while, but they're one of my favorite go-to reference materials. See, I have found that I can accomplish a lot more at a faster pace when I pre-plan my pages. So I plan now, scrapbook later--when I have more time to really sit back and enjoy it.
Well, when I'm sorting my photos and pulling together sketches and supplies I plan to use for those photos, usually I can find a printed paper or two that works well (and I'm all about using what's already in my stash right now). But 9 times out of 10 I don't have any cardstock that matches. (Don'tcha hate that? A whole stack of plain paper and I never have the right green or the reds I have are just slightly off!) So what do I do next? Well, I'll tell ya... I don't pack up my papers and photos and head to the store to match up what I need. Instead, I pull out my Bazzill swatches.
(This is what they look like when you buy them from the store. They're grouped by texture for the most part and not by color. Since I scrapbook by color and not texture, I've actually reorganized mine into color groups which I find is MUCH easier when I'm matching swatches to my projects. But, anyway...)
I take these handy-dandy little swatches and use them to choose my colors. Once I find the colors I need to purchase, I write the names and the color family (ex: blues, greens, reds) down on a slip of paper and take that to the store with me--so much less to carry and I don't have to worry anymore about keeping track of what I brought into the store with me vs. what I picked up there. The color families just help me narrow down my search so that I'm looking for a specific name within a group of 50 colors instead of 500 colors.
It's so quick and so easy I can guarantee that if you invest in these swatches and really learn to use them (and keep up with them as colors are discontinued or new colors are added) you'll never be disappointed! I love, love, love them! Know what else? Well, if you subscribe to our email newsletter you'll be happy to know that this week's edition had a coupon for 25% off all of the Swatch Books! How's that for great news on a Friday afternoon? If you do not currently receive the weekly email update, you can register by clicking the link here on the blog and see the most recent edition (with the coupon) by clicking here.
(For those of you who have owned swatches for a while and are curious about what changes need to be made in order to update your swatches you can access a list of corrections here; however, swatch books need to be in their original format for updates to work correctly.)