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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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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 4): Cut them out!

I’m back with the fourth and final installment in the Trending: Feathers series! So far we’ve looked at: feathers in scrapbooking stuff, feathers in other potentially crafty stuff, and DIY! feathers. Today we are going to talk about die cut feathers. I have a Silhouette Cameo, so that is what my projects used, but the ideas and inspiration pieces can easily be adapted to be used with any other cutting system — or any other kind of feather you might fancy! Check out my Pinterest Feathers board for dies and cutting files.

I used cut feathers on this layout in three different ways. First, I cut a feather out of the top third of the white cardstock background, and backed it with new Crate Paper Party Day pink and red diagonal stripe (which I literally took out of the box when I opened my order at home, and then put directly onto this layout. Love it that much).  Second, I used that white cardstock feather that I cut out of the background, and I misted it with aqua blue. I used a few different colours, and concentrated the darker mist on the left side of the feather, to create a sort of messy ombre look. The third feather is a different style than the top two. I cut it out of plain cardstock, then covered it with chunky gold glitter. That’s a pretty fast, easy three ways to dress up a simple feather die cut to add to your page!
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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.

Paper Feathers

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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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