About 5 years ago I started thinking about Teal... not the dark version that I had always considered the real Teal, but that middle ground - turquoise is what I've always called it; somewhere between Aqua and Teal. I started thinking about it as I was considering new furniture. And I realized that this color was more neutral than even cream. Think about it, what color doesn't work with "turquoise", that middle bluegreen color? Red, check. Pink, check. Yellow, check. Orange, check. Green, check. Blue, check. Brown, check. Black, check. It works for every season - spring skies, summer water, winter snow. It's the perfect color.
It suddenly occurred to me that Teal has taken over my scrapbooking. I know that it's normal for all of us to scrap around our favorite colors; or, at the very least, to sneak in small aspects of that color. But it seems the scrap world went crazy for Teal! I mean, obviously - it's available everywhere. And we scrappers have eaten it up. No more strictly red and green Christmas pages, teal works well there too. No more strictly pink and red Valentines - those colors look so well with a dash of teal. No more pastel blue when we can use that beautiful aqua color. Summers look great with a dose of teal. That true teal, the dark side, looks great with the browns and golds of fall. Baby boys are teal and brown. Baby girls are pink and teal.
And do you know why? Its not just the neutrality of the color but the fact that it truly makes us feel happy. When GiGi moved into the spare room of my mom's house, it was a Disney room. There were lithographs, snow globes and canvases of Disney all over the room - and still are. The colors were yellow walls, royal blue curtains, and red comforter. The first thing we brought into the room was a teal bedside lamp. That looked so pretty, we bought a teal curtain. Then a teal rug. Amazingly, I found a throw at WalMart that had flowers of teal, green, red and some striped pillows of the royal blue, red, yellow and one teal stripe through the middle. Then there's the owl canvas and owl hooks. This room is lovely. But mostly, its happy.
I still receive the only scrapbook magazine left - Creating Keepsakes. It's a good mag (my fave was Scrapbooking, Etc. which went out of publication this year). I love mags, they're soooo portable and that's important while sitting in the car waiting for cheer practice to end and you forgot to charge your phone. At any rate, I skimmed through my new mag last night and realized that 8 out 10 layouts had at least one itty bitty hint of teal in it. That's amazing with the variety of creators, subject matters, manufacturers that composed those layouts. So I went back and looked at the layouts I've created over the past 6 months and yep, theres a whole bunch of teal in there. Here's the last 4 I did previous to the ones shown in the last 2 posts: