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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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Digital Trends | Black and More Black

A few weeks ago, I wrote about black being very trendy in the digital world: Digital Trends | Black. Well, this trend is not slowing down. Black is everywhere – even in spring-themed kits – right now. Let’s go take a look at some of the brand-new releases!

Pixels & Company

There are two new kits at Pixels & Company that feature black this week. The “New York State of Mind” kit features multiples pieces of black paper, many black elements and text stickers. The “Peeved” kit includes black papers as well as a bunch of black word art stickers and ribbons.

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Trending: Gold | Part 4 – All That Glitters

Hi everyone! This is Ashley today with the fourth installment of my Trending:Gold series. Today I have eight glittery gold layouts to show you, featuring lots of different ways you can add glitter and sparkle to your projects using glitter and embossing powder. Plus, I’ll show you some ways you can get the look without getting messy by using pre-made supplies.

If you are just tuning in now, be sure to go back and check out the earlier installments for more ideas on using gold. Read: Part 1, a gold review; Part 2, on how to use gold foil; and Part 3, on color pairings and inspiration. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each part in this golden series for you chance to win a fabulous prize pack full of gold goodness, provided by our generous sponsors.

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Instead of covering an entire embellishment with gold glitter, try just dipping in an edge. Dip-dying is all the rage in fashion and home decor right now, so keep up your cutting edge in your scrapbooks, too. To achieve this look, simply brush the edges of the embellishment with a liquid glue like Mod Podge, and then sprinkle the glitter on. You can also actually dip your paper right into the glue and let the excess drip off before glitterizing. alittleextrachin_00 Continue Reading →

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Trending:Gold | Part 3 – Color Inspiration

Hi everyone! This is Ashley today, with the third installment in my Trending:Gold series. Today, we’re going to talk about color… and provide some ideas and inspiration on how to combine gold on your pages with other colors.

If you missed the first two installments, you can go back and read Part 1 and Part 2.

Before we go any further, I’m officially declaring that gold is the new black! That’s right — gold is basic, and timeless (for now!) and can be paired with anything. If you still aren’t fully convinced, think of it as a shinier, flashier neutral.

Here are 10 color ways that I’ve used to pair with gold… some of these, like neon pink and gold, became fast favorites and I’ve gone back to these color combos again and again. Click on links in the caption below to see full size images.

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Trending: Gold | Part 2 – How to Gold Foil

Hi everyone! This is Ashley today, back with the second installment in my Trending:Gold series. (To read part one, click here.) One of my long-time favorite mixed media supplies is gold leaf, and today I have a step-by-step tutorial video to share to show you how you can create your own vintage wallpaper-inspired gilded paper.

The gold leaf and glue pad used in the tutorial are supplied by Stewart Superior, and are included in the great gold give-away this month! Don’t forget to leave a comment on each Trending:Gold article for your chance to win!

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