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. Jane S March 20, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Love everything I see trending in gold these days from cards to layouts.

  2. artfulscrapbooking March 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Aww gold…how wonderful! Love all your examples coming from your one layout!! Amazing work!
    🙂 Evie

  3. smithdesigns March 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Wow that’s an awesome giveaway. Love all the gold 🙂

  4. D Noreen Demas March 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    I tried gold leaf recently for the first time. While it is an ancient art, it is cool! We scrappers love bling!

  5. Mary Durkin March 20, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Who doesn’t love GOLD?! Great variations on a theme. Would love to win this giveaway.

  6. Ginny H. March 20, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    I love the return of the gold trend, too!

  7. Jessica Wekenman March 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    I am just loving the Gold trend!!! Your layout is so sweet and pretty! I love all the ways you’ve shown us to add gold to our projects!!!

  8. Kelbah March 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I have always loved gold and use it with reckless abandon in my art. If it is “blingy” gold even better! This is a tremendous giveaway, WOW!

  9. Paula Dixon March 20, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    I love it! So elegant! And,your kitty is adorable too…. I love the speech bubbles!

  10. DeAnna Yaritz March 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    I have fallen for gold too…it all started with that American Crafts gold glitter paper…ugh…so awesome 🙂 Love your layout!

  11. Patrice March 20, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    If only gold really did grow on trees! I didn’t even know it was trending; I just know that I love to emboss with gold and I search the world for gold foil–which I renamed goild. Love that stuff!

  12. Cristina March 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    I love gold!! It’s my fave right now! Great tips, and great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  13. Laurie Guidry March 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    I would love to win the gold goodies and try some of these wonderful tips !

  14. Monique March 21, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    That is an awesome give away! Love all the gold!

  15. Stephanie Anguiano March 21, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    Thank you, Ashley! I’m so looking forward to this series. Because of you, I bought my first set of gold Thickers last week. This will help me out them to good use.


  16. Desiree F. March 21, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    I absolutely adore gold now. I used to be just like you, an absolute silver only type of girl. After seeing it in fashion and then scrapbooking products it started to grow on me. Now I love it so much!! Lovely layout and, my goodness what an amazing prize!!!!

  17. smcl March 21, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    I love gold & would love to win this giveaway! Thx for the chance!

  18. Karenp March 21, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Loving these pops of gold lately!

  19. Laura C - Michigan March 21, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    I’ve been using a tiny bit of gold these days thanks to your tutorials, Ashly

  20. IrmaPeredne March 21, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    I’ve always loved gold Ashley, and combining it with silver is also a great look as much of jewelry combines both. What an awesome LO! I especially love the speech bubble clusters! Thanks for all ideas Ashley!

  21. Monica Marie March 21, 2013 at 11:09 am #
  22. Monica Marie March 21, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Viva la GOLD!!!

  23. Bonnie Gwaltney March 21, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Thanks for your inspired varied interpretations of using gold. Love what you did.

  24. craftingwithoutkids March 21, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    WOW!!! That is ALOT of Gold yumminess. I’m generally a silver girl too, but I really like the added accents of a few gold pieces here and there. Plus, I use a lot of brown and earth tones and I think that the gold looks much better with those than the silver does.

  25. Lena K March 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    I love gold in scrapbooking! And I must say that’s just made a LO that included gold on kraft and I was like “this is such an Ashley LO!” Lol. Amazing giveaway, hope I win!

  26. JustYolie March 22, 2013 at 1:38 am #

    The gold looks gorgeous!!1 Thanks for the chance to win!!

  27. sjsz98 March 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Love love love GOLD!!!

  28. melissa smith March 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    Awesome Ashley! Love your article and layout example. I’m crazy for gold and would be delirious if I were to win 🙂 Thanks!

  29. Heather V March 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    I love your layout, and am a fellow gold lover. Would love to win this awesome prize!

  30. Kathy R March 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    I used to use silver but this year I was drawn to gold…and I love it. Love the 3 ways you did your layout.

  31. Ashley S. March 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    I am really starting to like this gold stuff. Thanks for the chance to win. (I am keeping my fingers crossed for my birthday!!)

  32. Gabrielle Chamlee March 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    What a gorgeous golden prize package! Thanks for a chance towin!

  33. Erica March 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    I am really loving the gold trend! And I have always been a fan of sparkle 🙂 What a great prize package! Thanks for sharing.

  34. Linda Eterno March 23, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    Wow! Look at all of that GOLD! thanks for the chance.

  35. Sylvie H March 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    That’s quite a prize! Thanks for the chance to win! I am a recent “gold convert” as well! 😉

  36. GennyV March 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    So pretty! I am so getting into this “gold” thing! Thanks for the chance to win!

  37. Diana Negron March 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Awesome giveaway. I love gold, so I am extremely happy it has become trendy again. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  38. Tina Cloer March 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    This is such an awesome bunch of shiny goodies!!! What girl doesn’t love gold???? 🙂

  39. Susan March 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    I’m the same as you….I used to be an “only silver” kind of girl….now I’m finding myself drawn to the warm golden side of things! <3

  40. Kim R. March 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Look at all that gold goodness! Wonderful! I’d love to win this amazing prize!!

  41. j.leija March 24, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    what a fabulous give away!

  42. Elyssa March 25, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Oh my goodness…check out those gold scrapping treasures!

  43. TerrieF March 26, 2013 at 4:46 am #

    I think it is high time I got back into GOLD

  44. RachelV (noscrappymojo) March 28, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    I never even realized there were so many gold items out there to scrap with! Beautiful!

  45. Jill Polanycia March 28, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Wow I don’t use metallics very often, and I’m also more of a silver girl than a gold girl. This trend is pretty cool and inspiring!

  46. Laura (@Bookworm) March 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    This was a very well done article — I particularly liked the variations you showed at the end. I adore gold spray mists — the Heidi Swapp Color Shine is my newest infatuation — that stuff is gorgeous.

  47. Gab March 29, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    Wow, lots of gold goodness! Love that page

  48. Sara Dick March 29, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    I am a reformed silver girl since Gold Lame found my home!

  49. Loydene April 3, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Saw your gold leaf vid and had to come over to enter this! Thanks for the opportunity!

  50. Carmen Pauls Orthner April 3, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    I am intrigued by the options for more/less gilding. Thanks, Ashley. 🙂

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