I've talked about the importance of color in scrapbooking before. A specific example of the use of color is Monochromatic. A workable definition of monochromatic is the following:
The monochromatic color scheme uses variations in lightness and saturation of a single color. This scheme looks clean and elegant. Monochromatic colors go well together, producing a soothing effect. The monochromatic scheme is very easy on the eyes, especially with blue or green hues. You can use it to establish an overall mood. The primary color can be integrated with neutral colors such as black, white, or gray.
A good visual example of a monochromatic color scheme is the following...
I went to Kuler to create this color palette. Kuler is a great site to go and play with color. On the create a color page they even have a menu of "Select a Rule" and under it all the color choices of analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, etc. It is a fantastic resource!!!!!
Sometimes people shy away from using all one tone of color because it can be hard to highlight the most important elements. That's probably one of the most difficult things about monochromatic color schemes. If this is you try using tints, shades and tones of the color you are using to enhance your layout.
For example in this layout I went into my folders and found different shades of blue. I put them into the layout until it worked. Some paper that I brought in worked and others didn't. Something else that I did to make it easier was I used a template. All I wanted to do was focus on color...not design therefore I used a template so I wouldn't have to think about that aspect of my layout. ;D
If you've never tried this type of color scheme layout I challenge you to go for it! ;D
Lynn Grievenson Essential Bases, Island Blues, Antiquities, Antiquities 2, French Summer
Anna Aspnes Hipster Plumes Korners
Katie Pertiet Everyday Inspiration 5-3-09, Graphic Word Blocks, Dried Brush Edges
Ali Edwards Template No.11 (altered), Remember Word Art
(Monochromatic layout concept inspired by Designer Digitals Daily Dose Challenge.)