Trending: Gold – Part 1

Hi everyone! This is Ashley today, here to kick off another “Trending” series. For the next few weeks, we are going to talk all about gold! If you’ve ever read my blog, you are already well familiar with how much I love gold. But, it wasn’t always that way! I used to be a dedicated silver girl, and avoided all things gold. It just wasn’t “me”, and I just wouldn’t use it. But oh, how things change! Now I can’t get enough gold! And, there are so many golds to choose from: glitter gold, warm golds, yellow golds, champagne golds, brown golds, gold foil, burnished gold, shiny gold, and mirrored gold…


Supplies: patterned paper (Jillibean Soup); chipboard speech bubbles (Pebbles); glitter letter stickers (American Crafts); acrylic paint (Martha Stewart Crafts in Gold); gold glass glitter; mistable fabric sun (Studio Calico); wood veneer feather (Studio Calico); gold mist (Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine); wood veneer houses (Studio Calico); gold glitter paper (American Crafts).

hottipOn this page, Guard Cat on duty, I combined several types and finishes of gold. By using so many different types of gold, it creates a rich and full finish. If I had only used one type of gold and then added in a second small amount, the page may feel imbalanced and the golds may appear to clash. When in doubt, add more! 

Let’s take a closer look at how many different golds went into this page. I used some of my absolute favorite gold media and gold papers.
  1. Gold glitter paper by American Crafts, put behind plain white cardstock with cut-outs. This is a great alternative to die cutting or electronic cutting that difficult glitter paper. I love how chunky and thick the glitter finish is on this American Crafts paper.
  2. Wood veneer house tapped into Tsukineko Encore! Ultimate Metallic Gold ink pad.
  3. Mistable fabric sun heat embossed with Zing Gold Metallic embossing powder by American Crafts. It is on top of a chipboard speech bubble painted with Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine. The speech bubbles in #4 and #7 were treated the same way.
  4. Gold foam acorn left over from my Christmas decorations! This was snipped right out of a spray and used as-is. Look for gold around you!
  5. Wood veneer feather covered with German gold glass glitter. It is layered on top of a speech bubble cut from resist paper misted with Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine.
  6. Glittered foam American Crafts Thickers. Extra easy sparkle!
  7. Punched burnished gold finish metallic paper.
  8. Cardstock speech bubble painted with Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic paint in Gold. The speech bubble in the lower right corner of the page, with the white bow on top, was painted the same.

Now, if you remember above, I told you when in doubt, add more! But what if more is just too much for you? Well, when more is too much, add less! You could easily replicate the look and style of this page, but only using one or three gold elements. Try to remember to either stick to the same gold (the same tone or the same finish) for a highly matched page or combine completely contrasting golds for a more dynamic page.

I stripped the color out of all of the gold elements from my page, and then chose to add in the gold back in to select areas to demonstrate how you could create an awesome gilded page with just a bit less gold than I used in the first version.

Want to make your title jump and sparkle right off the page? Highlight your title:


Selective use of gold can highlight an icon on your page that helps tell the story. I think the gold house with the gold-misted resist heart above is a really good visual representation of how our little orange guard cat must feel about her home:
Use gold to draw the eye around the page. A cluster of three embellished gold speech bubbles placed around the title and photo really helps lead the viewer from the top of the page, to the title, and right down to the photos.
hottipWhen more is too much, add less! Use selective use and careful placement of gold elements as a design choice and to highlight important features on your page. Sometimes, a lot of gold goes a long way… but sometimes just a little bit of gold goes even farther.


Take a look at my Gold Pinterest board for more gold products, gold inspiration, and gold colorways.

And now, finally, there’s the giveaway! This month we will have an AMAZING prize to give away, thanks to our very generous sponsors. You’ll want to make sure to stop in every week and leave a comment for your chance to win this fabulous prize pack!

Giveaway Rules:
  • Leave one comment per Trending:Gold post.
  • Winner announced April 16th.
  • U.S & Canadian entries only.
Thanks very much to our wonderful sponsors American Crafts, Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp, Prima Marketing, Omiyage, and Stewart Superior.

This give-away prize includes:  6 sheets gold glitter paper (American Crafts); 1 gold dot vellum (American Crafts); 9 packages gold glitter/gold foil Thickers (American Crafts); 4 packages gold glitter brads (American Crafts); 1 package gold pearl brads (American Crafts); 1 package gold glitter buttons (American Crafts); gold rimmed Dear Lizzy brads (American Crafts); gold foil accent stickers (American Crafts); metallic gold chipboard Luxe stars (Pink Paislee); gold glitter letters (Pink Paislee); 4 pack assorted gold glitter (American Crafts); 6 gold glitter tapes (American Crafts); chunky gold glitter, gold microbeads, gold metallic embossing powder, gold glitter finish embossing powder (American Crafts); gold leaf and glue pad (Stewart Superior); gold ink pad (Stewart Superior); gold glitter leaves (Prima); gold metallic leaves (Prima); junkyard gold metallic findings  (Prima); gold tipped zipper flowers (Prima); gold stick pins (Prima); gold accessory pack (Omiyage); Gold Lame Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); gold foil dot chipboard stars (Pink Paislee); gold rub-ons (Pink Paislee).

For close-ups of these fab products included in the give-away, visit my blog.

And many congratulations to our last winner for the Trending:Feathers prize pack, Evie!

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131 Responses to Trending: Gold – Part 1

  1. Theresa G. March 20, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    I am a fan of all that sparkles….and that means GOLD fits the bill!!! So happy!!

  2. Susan Kopp March 20, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    I love glittery gold goodies! Thanks

  3. Gwen L. March 20, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    Ooh… I love gold! Such a perfect accent to just about anything! Thanks for the chance!

  4. Jean_H March 20, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Wow, that’s a lot of gold – such generous sponsors!! I can only imagine the layouts and cards I could create with all that goodness. Thanks so much for the chance to win 🙂

  5. nkmac March 20, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    “Goldfinger” wow…A girl can never have enough gold…..that would be sooooooo nice to “win”!!!

  6. maryellen March 20, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    I’m a less is more kind of girl, but for a change I’m ahead of a trend. I’ve been accenting my cards and pages with gold and silver for a long time. It’s not always easy to find what i want in the exact “shade” of gold, but this package would take me a long way. Thanks,

  7. Margie Visnick March 20, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    What an amazing giveaway!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Tammy Davis March 20, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Wonderful giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  9. Barb S March 20, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    I love that gold is coming back. Thanks for great ideas and for a wonderful giveaway!

    • Cindy deRosier March 20, 2013 at 9:10 am #

      I love gold! I use it frequently in cards, but haven’t used it much on layouts. Time to change that!

  10. Lisa F March 20, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Wonderful ideas and thanks for a chance to win!!

  11. Jennifer S March 20, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    I was also a silver girl for years & years. I am really just loving all the gold that is available now & am starting to incorporate it into most of my layouts now. You’ve really been inspiring to take that leap into the gold & glittery!

  12. Susan L. March 20, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    I love anything that sparkles and is glittery!

  13. Jennifer March 20, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    WOW! Love all the gold bling!! Interesting post – thank you.

  14. Laura b March 20, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    My gold trend started with the dear lizzy gold circle vellum paper. Great post

  15. PaperPixie March 20, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Just like you, I have always been a silver girl. I just started using gold in my scrapping in the last month or so and I can not get enough! I am looking forward to this series. Thanks for doing it!

  16. Kristol Nelson March 20, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    I find I use a lot of silver before I grab gold. But I just used a bit of gold glitter tape on some older MME Lost & Found paper and I love the look of it. So move over silver, you have a bit of competion!

  17. Bethany Becker March 20, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    I love your layout! Great use of gold. I love my silver, but I am starting to use gold now!

  18. JillT March 20, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Wow! This is a massive stash of goodies. Thanks for the chance-to you and all the sponsors.

  19. Andrea Friebus March 20, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    I’m working on invitations to my in-laws’ 50th anniversary party. It’s their golden anniversary and these products would be amazing to use!

  20. christinec68 March 20, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    I love all the gold and the guard cat!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Paula D March 20, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    all thoe gold goodies are making my heart go pitter-patter.

  22. fran March 20, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    love metallics!

  23. Brenna R March 20, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I’m loving the gold trend and all the gold scrapbooking products. I hope Gold becomes a long term staple!

  24. favouriteworkofart March 20, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Love the article – so many great tips and ideas.

  25. amanda March 20, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    I have never won a thing in my life so maybe this is my chance 😉 I would LOVE that gold collection of stuff to arrive on my doorstep. Such an awesome giveaway.

  26. Marianne Walsh Barone March 20, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Great looking and very gold layout! I am loving that prize pack!!

  27. Pamela Williams March 20, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    OMG…that’s a lot of gold!!!

  28. Lauren March 20, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Wow, what a great prize pack! Am loving your Trending articles Ashley, keep ’em coming!

  29. Audra March 20, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Holie Molie!! That’s A LOT of good products! What a fun giveaway! And I love your layout… I’m embracing the good trend too!! 🙂

  30. madeline March 20, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    I am also a silver girl…but this girl can try new things, especially if she wins that shimmering prize pack!

  31. Mel H March 20, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Got to love the bling in this prize. I love the layout you shared today!

  32. Jocelyn Olson March 20, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    I’m more of a gold girl, but I love to see any kind of metallic on a layout!

  33. Kim A. March 20, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    I love gold, too.

  34. Donna March 20, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Love, Love, Love anything that sparkles or shimmers. Keeping my fingers crossed to win some new goodies! Thanks for the chance!

  35. hoping2scrap March 20, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    what a cute page! and such good ideas about using gold!!

  36. Michelle T. March 20, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    I love it all. I’m trying to use more gold too. It’s great that there are so much product offerings/options out there.

  37. Emily Dismukes March 20, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I absolutely love the way you use gold. I still don’t like gold jewelry as much as silver, but I’m obsessed with everything else in gold! And it’s mostly thanks to you. Thanks for the chance to win that amazing prize!

  38. Molitva March 20, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Great page! I love my gold washi tape and mist!

  39. Pam Prather March 20, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    I love the use of gold as an accent. The gold truly highlights the warmth of the pages!

  40. Kris March 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    I’m loving gold right now, too. Mostly for cards and Christmas tags. You’ve inspired me to expand to a layout soon. Great article.

  41. Amanda N. March 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    That’s a lot of wonderful golden goodness! The gold really makes a page pop!

  42. Cassandra Duchaine March 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    I’ve only used gold on Christmas pages but you have inspired me to try it out on my next layout! I’d love those gold supplies to inspire me.

  43. BeachGal March 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    I’m loving all the gold elements that are being released. Would love to win some!

  44. Jennifer March 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Wow, incredible LO! Love the gold! Love the way you switched out so much gold for the silvery look. Again, incredible! I seldom use gold but I’ll start looking to use some soon!

  45. Sharon March 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    This is a lot of gold!
    Thanks for posting something new & different

  46. vmcm March 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    I have been also leaning towards the gold, both in crafting and in life! Love it!

  47. Tessa March 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Great article, and great layout. Thanks for the tips on using gold, I will have to try it! And that is one amazing price package! How exciting 🙂

    • Debra williams March 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      What a GOLDEN opportunity! Thank You!

  48. Marcia Deignan March 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    I am salivating over the gold items now too! Would love this prize package!

  49. Linda Hahn March 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    I, too, am a GOLD lover! Would love to win this gift package, especially since I’ve never seen gold washi tape!

  50. Mary in IL March 20, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Love this gathering of gold! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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