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From Trend to Staple | Decorative Tape and Baker’s Twine

Trends have come and gone ever since the advent of modern scrapbooking, but sometimes a trend sticks around long enough to move out of the fad stage and become a staple. We’ve seen it happen with many supplies and motifs over the years (clouds, woodgrain, and bling are just a few examples). Thinking back to what I saw at CHA Winter 2012, it’s apparent two more once trendy supplies have firmly cemented their staplehood: baker’s twine and decorative or washi tape. These two items were found in many, many booths on the CHA Winter 2012 show floor and will be plentiful this season on store shelves.

You know an item has become a staple when We R Memory Keepers adds it to their lineup of basic embellishments. This season both tape and twine join the ranks of brads and other staple items on We R’s rainbow wall of embellishments.

Doodlebug Designs added to their Doodle Twine collection this season with several new colors, including a gray that’s very trendy! New Baby Girl, Baby Boy, and Boy twists have also made their way into the Doodlebug family, along with a new selection of twine cards to coordinate with the company’s latest paper and embellishment collections.

Jillibean Soup has long offered baker’s twine in colors that coordinate with their papers, and their most recent CHA show offering added three new cards to the mix. One is a much bolder color set than we’re used to seeing from the company, and coordinates well with their new Game Day Chili sports themed collection.

Bella Blvd. has added Designer Tapes to their rapidly expanding lineup of embellishments. These tapes are available in two different widths in a variety of trendy patters and colors that coordinate with almost all of Bella’s recent and past collections.

Tim Holtz’s tissue tape has been around for a few years now, and in his latest release at CHA Winter 2012 the veteran designer added a new Commute set of tape designs to coordinate with his new Destinations paper collection.

Maya Road is the place to go for embellishments of all kinds, and the company has now added large spools of baker’s twine (although they call it twine cording) in a variety of colors to their offerings.

The relatively new stamp company Lawn Fawn also expanded their catalog at CHA Winter 2012 by adding twine (along with a new paper line). The natural version of the twine is inkable and can be colored with mists, inks, and many other colorants.

Decorative tape is something totally new to Cosmo Cricket, who debuted two collection-independent sets of it in January. Though neither tape set is tied to a particular collection, both sets coordinate well with all the new lines they showed.

American Crafts has been a hot spot for trendy washi tape ever since the debut of Amy Tan’s first signature line of scrapbooking products with the company at CHA Summer 2011. Amy is releasing more tapes in her upcoming Sketchbook line that is shipping shortly, but unfortunately the tape prototypes didn’t arrive in time for the CHA Winter 2012 show and only a printed hang tag was available for viewing. Given how popular the last set of tapes were, though, I expect these to be a big hit, as well!

Studio Calico and Crate Paper, also part of the American Crafts family, are also producing new tapes for all of their lines, which is actually a first for both brands. It seems they’re benefitting from their new position under the American Crafts umbrella and have been able to expand their lines – something that’s great to see in an industry that’s been somewhat volatile as of late. Unfortunately, they also suffered prototype issues like their American Crafts parent so there were no samples on display at CHA Winter 2012.

If American Crafts is known for trendy tapes, then My Mind’s Eye has become the company that can be depended on for new baker’s twine. MME included coordinating twine in both the Follow Your Heart and Miss Caroline collections that were just released.

You can add October Afternoon’s name to the list of companies that have expanded their embellishment offerings this year. The company is adding several items to the lineup, including tapes for each of their new collections!

I can’t write an article about decorative tape without mentioning Hambly Screen Prints. Their washi tape was one of the biggest hits of CHA Winter 2011, and this season they are releasing two more sets, including a camera print that is sure to be popular.

One last company that I want to talk about on the decorative tape front is Bazzill Basics Paper. Long known for high-quality cardstock, the company has recently started to expand their offerings to patterned paper collections, and with their last release they debuted some new embellishments including paper tapes for each new line!

If you’d like to read more about past twine and tape offerings in the industry, you can check out two of my past Trend Watch articles here and here. I’m excited to see these items becoming staple offerings, and I can’t wait until the current crop starts to hit the market!

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9 Responses to From Trend to Staple | Decorative Tape and Baker’s Twine

  1. gela March 21, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Holy crap how many jobs do you have?!! I have a hard time going to my one job :)
    Any ho, great article. I guess I better buy some washi tape.

  2. Suzy Gray March 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    I heard from several manufacturers that their heavy push to tapes and twine was a result of not being able to get ribbon made inexpensively in China. All their prices are going sky high. So it’s a win win for tape/twine crazed scrappers like me because the variety is fantastic.

  3. Mary in IL March 22, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    I absolutely love washi tape and this huge new variety just makes me all the happier! Thanks for the showcase of goodies to be arriving!

  4. Lea Kimmel March 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    I like to make my own “washi” tape with my Stampendous and other companies stamps, inks and sprays. It’s so easy to do and you can make it coordinate with any project you’re working on. Fun too! Great article.

  5. Susie Moore March 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    These washi tapes are absolutely beautiful! And making your own with stamps is such a great idea!! That way the tape would always coordinate with your stamped image. Great article and great comments.

  6. Ruth G March 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    I don’t have any washi tape yet and now it just seems so daunting to pick from so many different choices! I also have a bit of a prejudice against tape! I don’t like it used when something else would work for adhesive, so this’ll take a change in philosophy on my part, too;-) Thanks for showing all the fun trendy stuff! I love it all!

    • Nancy Nally March 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

      Most people aren’t actually using washi tape as an adhesive from what i’ve seen. They are using it the same way they would use strips of patterned paper decoratively.

  7. Gab March 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Wow I love the look of the Bazzill tapes! Great article, thanks Melissa

  8. Vicki J April 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Honestly I think its alittle early to call either of these staples. While I love the look of twine –I haven’t gotten on the washi bandwagon yet….but give me time :)

    But I do have some old HS tape from years ago… that phase came and went… as did the fiber trend.. both similar products

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