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Trend | Project Life Out of the Pocket

A new trend is becoming more and more visible in scrapbooking. Many people are enjoying the convenience of the coordinated Project Life and other pocket style kits so much, they are using them for non-pocket pages. Often times, this usage of the pocket cards is coming along with another trend borrowed straight from pocket layouts – grid style layouts.

The straight lines, symmetry, and heavy graphic overtones of this look is in sharp contrast to the random vintage collage look that has dominated the space for the past few years.

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CHA Mega Show 2014 | Trends To Watch

As the CHA Mega Show 2014 sneak peeks will start to come in earnest in the next week or two, I thought I would share with you all a look at the list I’ve been working on for awhile of what I think will be the trends and styles we will see that should dominate the scrapbooking lines in Anaheim this year.

Wood: Both in its actual physical form and in the form of printed wood grain design, wood has been hot for some time. This will definitely continue in Anaheim with a wide range of die cut wood embellishments being on display. (Is wood the new chipboard? Interesting question…)

Cork: Natural materials (not just wood) in general seem to be on the rise, and cork has definitely gotten hot in the past year. Die cut cork shapes are making appearances in various collections, and consumers are also using die cut machines to cut their own from sheets of cork (like I did for the layout below, which was featured on Season 3 of Scrapbook Soup this past fall).

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Transparency: This old trend is making a comeback, long after the demise of the original hip producer of scrapbooking transparencies (Hambly). This is just one of many trends coming out of the Project Life community, and was also popular with December Daily participants this year. In Las Vegas, a growing list of companies introduced transparencies, predominantly in holiday lines (led by former Hambly designer Allison Kreft with her signature line for Webster’s Pages) and this will definitely continue with the spring/summer lines, as already evidenced by introductions leaked by the American Crafts group of brands. Continue Reading →

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Trends | How Project Life Has Changed The Scrapbook Industry

A lot has been said about how Project Life’s massive and rapid popularity the past few years has changed the consumer side of scrapbooking. But how has it changed the scrapbook industry from a business perspective? As we come upon another Craft & Hobby Association trade show in a few weeks, with all of the new product releases, it seems a good time to examine the fundamental shifts this seminal product line has brought to papercrafting as a business.

Everything Has Gotten Smaller

This trend started with the re-emergence of cards as a market force, but was accelerated and brought into non-card products by Project Life’s explosive popularity. Design elements such as embellishments are decreasing in size. It’s all about scale. The shrinking size of elements is to better accommodate the smaller canvas size of Project Life, where the largest basic area to work with is 4×6.

Not only are items getting smaller, but designs are too. Patterned paper designs are being scaled smaller, and more and more papercrafters are buying 6×6 paper pads instead of full-size paper to get both the smaller scale of the prints and also because that size is sufficient for doing cards and Project Life. Continue Reading →

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Digital Trends | Template Packs

As I’ve mentioned before, I love digital templates. They are so versatile and so helpful when you just want to get a page done quickly. Which, let’s face it, most of us do! But what I really love is when designers offers template packs or bundles – you get so much more “bang for your buck” as the saying goes, and you have multiple templates that usually coordinate. I’ve been seeing more and more template packs this spring so let’s go take a look at some of the newest ones I’ve found!

Pixels & Company

Tiffany Tillman has two beautiful new template packs out at Pixels & Company. The first is a set of six two-page clean and simple layered templates. I absolutely love the look of these templates and the two-page design is fantastic for those of us who like to fit a lot of photos on a layout. Her second set has a clean and simple style again but is just a bit more artsy – it includes four single-page templates.

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