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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…

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Trend | Ombre

In the past year, the ombre trend has made quite a splash across fashion runways and into the home deor industry. The colorful trend can be spotted in hair color, shower curtains, nail enamel, cell phone covers and even shoes.

And perhaps the trend couldn’t be hotter than within the wedding market. From bridesmaid dresses in vibrant tones to wedding cake icing in soft shades for every tier, the ombre trend is headed full speed ahead into 2013.

But what exactly is ombre?

As Merriam-Webster defines it:

om·bré / having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark.

I recently started an ombre pin board on Pinterest and within days, I had good collection of images from painted furniture to tableware to jewelry.

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Trending: Feathers (Review and Wrap-Up)

Hi everyone! This is Ashley back again today, with what is truly the last installment of what has been a very fun series on feathers as a scrapbooking trend. Today’s post is a review and wrap-up of the feather series… and epilogue of sorts. I have a few projects to share that I made to go along with the feather topics over the past month.In Part 1, we discussed feather themed scrapbooking products. I used the Cocoa Daisy feather stamps (that are included in the wonderful give-away, which ends on March 12th!) and heat embossed several feathers on plain white cardstock. Then I cut them out by hand and adhered them on the side of my layout. I love the texture and sparkle the gold glitter finish embossing powder gives these stamped embellishments! Continue Reading →

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Trending: Feathers (Part 3) – DIY Feathers!

This is Ashley again this feathery Friday, with the third installment in Trending Feathers. Today we are going to look at all of the amazing ways you can make your own feathers! Don’t forget, at the end of this DIY Feather Round-Up, there is a chance to enter for a great give-away! 

When I first started looking at handmade feathers, I was amazed at the sheer artistry that goes into some of them. And I thought, there is seriously no way I can do this. But, the more I looked, the more I realized that for all of the artistry that goes into feathers (paper and real), that they are essentially quite basic. And then I thought, I can do basic.

As a simple shape, a feather is really just a somewhat curvy, kinda long and skinny type shape. As having pattern, it really just looks like there are lots of fine downward pointing lines running the length of the center spine. Basically: long + chevrons = feather. Then whatever else you want to add in is just details. A pointy bit at the bottom for the quill, maybe some texture up the sides for the notches that gives each feather its unique shape.

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Trending: Feathers (Part 2)

It’s Ashley again, back with part two of Trending: Feathers! Last time, I covered the fantastic assortment of new scrapbooking products available with feather motifs. Today we are going to look at finding feather products outside of the scrapbook store and craft aisle.

First up is an item I haven’t seen embraced by the scrapbooking world yet (or, again)… feather metal charms! There is a huge selection available online through sources like independent Etsy shops, and I bet you could find them in person in jewelry and beading stores. Here are a few of my favorites I’ve seen recently:

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Trending: Feathers

[Editor's Note: With this post, we welcome the newest addition to our staff, Ashley Calder! Ashley will be a familiar face to many of our readers, as her writing and creative work has been widely published in print and online in the scrapbook world. She's also the author of the book, Scraptastic!: 50 Messy, Sparkly, Touch-Feely, Snazzy Ways to Jazz Up Your Scrapbook Pages --Nancy]

Feathers are a hot and trendy fashion, home decor, and art-inspiration item right now! Seen in everything from feather hair extensions, earrings, feather screen printed clothing, to watercolour wall art, scrapbooking is not to be left out! Fortunately a few scrapbooking companies have already jumped on this trend, and there are products made just for scrapbookers. Today I am going to take a look at feather-inspired scrapbooking products currently available.

Several scrapbooking companies debuted new lines featuring a good dose of feathers last month at CHA Winter 2013. As a feather-lover, I was excited to see these new releases as there were relatively few available in the scrapbooking world until now.

Jenni Bowlin Studio came out with a fantastic new line that is just chock full of lovely feathery goodness.

Jenni’s new feather rub-ons come in black, gold, and silver. I love that there are different styles and sizes included! Four of the designs even match previously released Jenni Bowlin Studio stamps and digital cut files, which means you can layer these feathered beauties.

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Digital Trends | Calendar Accents

Happy New Year! It’s time to welcome the new year with some updated date stamps and calendar accents for your 2013 pages. Let’s go take a look at some of the new ones I’ve found in the digi stores!

Oscraps

At Oscraps, Anna Aspnes has just released a collection of four sets of date strips with four different fonts, as well as brushes designed for circling and striking through the dates. Val C. Designs has released a set of postage-style date accents in both French and English, as well as blank postage stamps that are customizable for any project.

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Digital Trends | Holiday Products, Part I

Digital scrapbooking stores are bursting at the seams with new holiday-themed products. There are so many new products showing up daily that it is impossible to share them all. I’ve chosen some of the more unique and interesting products to show you here but don’t forget to check out the links to the stores – there are many, many more wonderful products out there. In an attempt to highlight as many products as possible, I’ve split this article into two parts so check back tomorrow for the second part! Right now, let’s go take a look at some of the newest releases.

Designer Digitals

At Designer Digitals, Cathy Zielske has just released three really fun holiday products. Her first release includes 10 holiday-themed check cards sized just under 3 x 4, perfect for Project Life or any digital or hybrid project and includes two different Hanukkah cards. Her second release is another fun set of cards featuring holiday themes layered over a grid background. Her third release is totally fun and unique – 17 holiday-themed words featuring social-media savvy hashtags.

Katie Pertiet has also released a bunch of new holiday projects. My favorite is her layered template pack that includes four 12×12 digital pages with stitched page grids.  She included little bits and pieces of accents in a December theme so that the pages can be used for Project Life or in a December Daily album.

Studio DoubleD’s newest release is adorable – it includes five ready-made elfin accents that would go perfectly with any digital layout or an Elf on the Shelf page.

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