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Trendwatch: Cabochon Resin Flowers

With all of the cross-over happening from scrapbooking to jewelery making, we shouldn’t be surprised to see cross-over the other way from jewelry supplies back to scrapbooking as well. Lately, the cabochon has been popping up in my crafting.

What is a cabochon? All the definitions I’ve found describe it as a gemstone that is cut flat on the bottom, and domed or otherwise cut on top (but not faceted). Cabochon (or cabachon) also is a common term for a flat-bottomed resin flower.

Let me correct myself: beautiful, amazing, use-them-in-all-kinds-of-projects resin flowers.

Last fall is the first time I recall seeing resin flowers quite like these. Making Memories (pictured above) released them as a part of their Paper Reverie line. Their offerings are low profile and work beautifully on scrapbook layouts as well as for other crafting project applications.

I was happy to see the next CHA show reveal lots more spring and summer releases planned with these beauties from many manufacturers, making them even easier to find.

shown above: Prima below: Girls’ Paperie

There are two problems I have with these beauties. First, they tend to be on the pricey side. Second, most are more bulky than I’d like for use on my scrapbook layouts. I have been utilizing them more on mixed media, gift tags, and other projects where the dimension won’t really be an issue to combat this problem.

shown above (left to right): GCD Studios, Webster’s Pages, Scarlet Lime

I have found that some are lower profile and thus work on my pages better than others. Be sure to take a look at how high they sit before purchasing. The material and look of these flowers is perfect for creating a vintage feel on a project, but they can also be used to evoke a more modern look. If you’re feeling like doing some leg work, I recommend surfing sites like Etsy.com where these treasures are used for more than paper crafts, and where prices can be lower. Etsy has a smorgasbord of options. I found these lovely roses below priced at $6 for twenty – and you can pick the colors!

See more of these cabochons at Sun & Moon shop on Etsy. The flat bottom of these flowers makes them very easy to adhere with either liquid or strong double sided tape adhesives.

One of my new favorite resin flower products are the Pebbles flower brads. While they are a bit bulky because of the brad backing, the small circumference of the flower makes them ideal for embellishing my layouts. Here is where I put them to use on a recent page:

Supplies – Pebbles patterned paper, brads, buttons, alphabet stickers, dimensional stickers (Floral Lane); Fancy Pants filter paper circle; Hero Arts woodblock stamp (Fabulous Flourish); Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad (Brushed Corduroy); Bazzill Cardstock (Kraft).

Thanks to the wide selection of colors available, and the range of styles and flower types, these can be useful on not just feminine pages – but pages for vacations, holidays, boys, and any other subject!

I’m glad to have this new floral option in my scrapbook embellishment palette – and I look forward to working them into many of my future projects.

If you have used these in any of your papercrafting, let us know what you think about them!

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Pantone Forecasts the Hot Colors of Fall 2011

Pantone released its Fall 2011 color forecast in mid-February during New York Fashion Week.

Honeysuckle, Pantone’s 2011 color of the year, is still the major player in this palette, but unlike the near-pastel hues of the Spring color forecast we now see it matched with deeper tones that add more contrast to the overall palette. Neutrals in this collection shift noticeably away from the grays of 2010 toward rich browns.

Pantone Fall 2011 forecast Continue Reading →

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Trend Watch: Rosettes

As the new year gets underway and winter CHA products are revealed, there is an obvious trend that continues to grow and flourish: Rosettes. Whether made from crepe paper, ribbon, or patterned paper, they are a hot item to purchase and make. Something I like about them is that they can be used as a circle embellishment, as a center to a larger embellishment, or as a flower. They don’t have the super feminine look that flowers so often do, and the colors and designs can vary from a bright and graphic look, to a more vintage and soft look. In other words – rosettes can be made to suit most any style!

(shown above: American Crafts)

To see how rosettes can be used in something besides a scrapbook layout, check out this Jennifer Gallacher tutorial on making cupcake toppers on the American Crafts blog.

Rosettes are created from strips that are either folded, crumpled, or otherwise pleated into a circle. It’s simple enough to make your own, though I tend to find the process time consuming unless you’re going for a more rustic crumpled look. Here is a link to a great vintage rosette tutorial video by Lain Ehmann.

To make your own folded paper rosette, you’ll simply need to fan fold a strip of paper. I find this tends to be tedious. I never can keep the folds the same size (without considerable amount of effort and time), and the look is never just right when I’m done. When I want to make this style of rosette, I reach instead for my Tim Holtz Alterations rosette die.

If you like the convenience of the die too, you’ll be happy to hear that Tim recently showed a sneak peek on his blog of a new (smaller) rosette die coming soon. So there will be more size options available for those choosing this method of making rosettes.

For a full how-to on using the die, I recommend Tim’s how-to video for his rosette die, as well as a custom rosette video where he doubles up the die cuts to make a bigger (very cool!) rosette.

The Girls’ Paperie has some cool crepe paper layered rosettes available, and I’ve heard that in 2011 the Girls’ Paperie will be one to watch for more vintage inspired rosettes. In fact – as a design team member – I’ve been able to work with some new designs already, and I believe they’re going to be a hit!

In researching for this article, I also found these new K & Co. ribbon rosettes. So lovely! I am excited to see not only new products featuring rosettes, but also more tutorials and project examples with handmade ones popping up on my favorite blogs.

I have been wishing rosette ribbons would start to pop up, and Jenni Bowlin just released this sneak peek of ribbons coming soon. So fantastic! They will be available in several colors, and are already at the top of my wish list.

To show how I put rosettes in action for my own personal style, I created a layout featuring a few of my favorite photos from my girls’ recent meeting with Santa to share today:

Supplies:
Fancy Pants Tradition flocked transparency and buttons
The Girls’ Paperie Tinsel & Twig alphabet stickers, snowflake rosette, and chipboard letters
American Crafts City Park rosette sticker
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Rock Candy
Hipstamatic iPhone application
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam adhesive squares
other: rhinestones, kraft cardstock, black pen

From childhood pages filled with whimsy to vintage inspired pages, and for every color out there, there’s likely a way to make a rosette work. I’m sure that the rosette trend is here to stay for a while. It goes so well with many other existing trends (such as banners, vintage, etc) and the materials and options are nearly endless – I’m glad to play with them more this year.

Do you like this product trend? What is your favorite way to put rosettes to use? Please feel free to share with us in the comments!

[Disclosure: May Flaum does design work for The Girls Paperie and Tim Holtz.]

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Pantone Announces Color of 2011

Pantone has announced its 2011 Color of the Year. The color is Pantone 18-2120, known more familiarly as “Honeysuckle”.

Described by the company as a “reddish pink” the tone definitely plays into the ongoing vintage theme in the scrapbook industry. Because it also coordinates well with the 2010 color of the year, turquoise (which was seen widely in scrapbook products the past year) we’ve actually already been seeing some of this tone in product lines that are already on store shelves. Continue Reading →

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Trendwatch: Tickets

Left in a strip, used for journaling, as the perfect little paper accent, or as a part of a layered embellishment…I love tickets. They are nothing new in scrapbooking, but recently I have noticed an increase in the number of manufacturers that are creating ticket products. From actual paper tickets to stamps, stickers, and die cuts – tickets are all the rage.

Supply list:

Large and small, printed and plain, vintage or new, I do adore tickets! There’s something about such a classic piece of ephemera that just works for me, whether I’m scrapbooking a trip to the fair or just an ordinary day in my life.

If you’re looking for the real deal, I suggest visiting www.etsy.com and searching for tickets.

I did a vintage ticket search, and I’m almost sorry I did. There’s a lot of fantastic stuff available, and I want it all! That said, real tickets aren’t acid free or made to last, so you’ll either need to be comfortable with that, treat them with an archival mist or acid free preservative spray, or look for reproduction products made for scrapbooking. Today I am going to share some favorites I’ve found in my CHA Summer 2010 sneak peek hunting, as well as some that are available from previous releases.

Kaiser Craft has these printed chipboard elements (which I absolutely adore) that include several tickets.  The line that this chipboard sheet is from includes some other ticket items as well.

Making Memories Je t’Adore line is filled with sweet Parisian inspired details – including a set of tickets shown above.

Pink Paislee is releasing a roll of tickets with the House of 3 Parisian Anthology line. I really like how they’ll be so useful and easy to ink, paint, write on, and otherwise customize.

While the new Fiskars border punch says postage stamp, when I look at it I see the edge of a ticket! I could use this along the left and right side of a paper to make myself my own punched ticket – I think it will be very cute, especially on a larger journaling “ticket”.

These ticket stamps will work with Tim Holtz’s Alterations Ticket Strip die from Sizzix [Scrapbook.com|Two Peas]. Tim isn’t new to the ticket scene – in fact some of my favorite tickets to use at the moment are his Journaling Tickets [Scrapbook.com|Two Peas] that I showed in my layout example.

Looking to get your hands on more tickets right away? Here are a few fantastic products you’ll find on shelves now:

Pink Paislee’s Starlight collection is a favorite of mine (see more of it in this article), especially the sticker sheet. [Scrapbook.com|Two Peas]. The glitter accented ticket stickers are just the thing to add to any layout or project.

Little Yellow Bicycle has these [Scrapbook.com|Two Peas] tickets that come with a cute pocket – I love both the idea and colors. Taken apart or used all together, this is a lot of fun.

Maya Road has a variety of tickets. I like these [Scrapbook.com|Two Peas] kraft tickets a lot. The variety is nice.

If digital is more your style, check out Katie Pertiet’s variety of ticket products.  I especially like the ones with the months on them (shown above).

Rhonna Farrer also has some lovely digital tickets available now at House of 3 – they are one of my most printed and used digital kits.

Need even more? Jenni Bowlin also makes a variety of tickets, some of them themed [Scrapbook.com|Two Peas], and Making Memories’ Vintage Findings [Scrapbook.com|Two Peas] and Panorama lines also included tickets. [Two Peas]

Tickets are not a new idea in scrapbooking, but they have been gaining in popularity, and this scrapbooker couldn’t be happier about that!

Do you have a favorite ticket product? How do you use tickets on your layouts? Please feel free to share!

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CHA Summer 2010 Trends Preview

As CHA Summer rapidly approaches, it’s time to take a look at what to expect when the products hit the floor in Rosemont with the Scrapbook Update CHA Summer 2010 Preview! One thing is already evident: trends in almost all areas of the industry continue to be heavily influenced by the economy and its effect on our collective psychology.

Color

The past few years we were all feeling somewhat subdued due to the economy, and the color palettes reflected that in many ways. We saw muted tones (and even actual gray), and dark colors for holidays that matched our moods. Apparently we are feeling more optimistic now as a whole, because sneak peeks for fall and winter (traditionally times of darker and more subdued colors if we are going to see them) are showing uncharacteristically bright and vibrant colors for those times of year. It’s almost as if we as a group just got so tired of the economic malaise and its accompanying color palette that we decided to turn seasonality on its head. Colors being shown for lines at CHA Summer 2010 – even for winter seasonal lines – are falling more generally along the lines of the bright palette usually associated with summer seasonal product lines. Cosmo Cricket’s “Mitten Weather”, which uses lavender in an unusual way, is an example of the brighter and untraditional color palettes we’re going to be seeing.

Themes

The first trend in themes is that themes, which had almost disappeared after being so dominant early on in the scrapbooking craze, are back. Themes are big! Karen Foster just announced 16 new themed lines for CHA Summer 2010.

But some themes are more back than others. Several themes (beyond the typical life milestones and seasonal ones) are particularly dominant right now. Photography is showing up everywhere, with vintage camera icons and filmstrips being popular.

Perhaps most obviously dominant, however, is the trend of the other “home arts” invading our craft of scrapbooking as a product theme. Cooking and vintage sewing, in particular, have become very popular themes for scrapbook supplies, even from companies who traditionally haven’t produced themed product. This trend is probably fueled by a rise in interest in these activities due to the economy, and a wave of nostalgia for “the good old days” it has brought with it as well.

Products

Two product categories will dominate the trends on the show floor in Chicago, continuing their emergence from CHA Winter 2010 in Anaheim. Both of these categories are tools, reflecting consumers’ continued desire in the poor economy to spend their dollars on items that are reusable, instead of the expensive consumable metal embellishments of a couple years ago.

The first of these categories is die cutting equipment. This category is arguably the hardest fought segment of the scrapbook industry at the moment, with competition heavy in both the manual and electronic equipment markets. This will continue in Chicago. Craftwell will reportedly be finally debuting its eCraft machine for sale after previewing it at several shows. Sizzix is heavily promoting its eClips machine to compete with market leader Cricut, which is hinting at a new product introduction of its own again after making a huge splash at CHA Winter with the Cricut Cake machine.

The explosion of electronic die cutting equipment doesn’t mean that the manual market is dead. Sizzix has taken on a whole new life for many consumers with the introduction of their Tim Holtz licensed dies at CHA Winter 2010. Spellbinders and Quickutz are fighting in court over intellectual property that will affect the future of those two companies (and possibly the whole manual die cutting market). Also, several companies have entered the market selling “generic” dies for cutting with manual machines.

The second product category that is increasingly showing strength the past few shows is stamping. Stamps started their re-emergence as a powerhouse with clear stamps becoming a must-have for seemingly every major scrapbooking collection. Now, consumers are becoming more interested in reusable tools as the economy has driven them towards more cost-friendly scrapbooking. Many consumers seem to feel that the value they get from spending $10 on reusable stamps (especially unmounted ones) is a better investment than the return they get on spending that same amount on embellishments. The past several CHA shows have seen a growing trend of interest in stamping and related techniques, as consumers look for tool items they can use in a variety of ways to maximize their investment.

Those two categories’ dominance aren’t the only product category trends, however. Buttons are making a return, after virtually disappearing for several years. This could be partially influenced by the melding of the scrapbooking and stamping markets, since buttons never went out of style in the stamping market. It also fits nicely with the trendy sewing theme, and our desire for “homemade” in the current economy. Buttons are also relatively affordable embellishments, making them appealing to both scrapbookers and manufacturers on a budget.

Flowers are still big (both physically and figuratively), and we’re continuing to see more of them that are dimensional and especially ones made out of fabric. The fabric flowers, in particular, harken back to the first part of the 20th century and the vintage trend from that era. Some of the recent Prima offerings have a nostalgic touch that reminds me so much of fashions my grandmother wore when I was young, or that I’ve seen pictures of from her younger years.

Products related in any way to journaling are also continuing to be big, such as pens, stamps that make journaling areas, and pre-designed journaling tags.

What we won’t be seeing a lot of is rub-ons. These have been falling in popularity as stamps have been gaining market share. The price point compared to stamps is fairly close – only a few dollars less for a similar number of designs of rub-ons vs. a clear stamp set. But the stamp set is reusable and the scrapbooker has an infinite amount of color selection by switching out the inkpad they use, so they aren’t tied to the product designer’s color palette.

Design/Style

Vintage, which has been around for the past several shows, isn’t going anywhere anytime soon it appears. Lines like The new line from Girls Paperie, Toil & Trouble,  set out to prove at CHA Summer 2010 that the style can even be applied to traditionally “cute” holidays like Halloween. Even in the face of a cute invasion lead by many of the stamping companies, vintage is still heavily dominating the look of many, many companies.

Faces started showing up in designs at CHA Winter 2010. Most notably there was a large showing of stamp designs that were cute cartoon drawings of children (think Precious Moments) such as the designs seen at CHA Winter by Stampavie. But that style, which has always existed in the stamping market but had disappeared in the scrapbook market for a few years, is now returning to products like scrapbook paper and stickers again at CHA Summer. And faces aren’t only on actual people – they’re showing up on animals and even inanimate objects too.

Wood (both printed grain and the real thing) is also becoming more popular, part of the twin vintage and domestic-themed trends. Birds have been trendy as part of both the vintage look and the emerging return of “cute” that has traditionally been associated with stamping. For CHA Summer, it looks like peacocks may be the bird of choice for many product designers (for an example see the Hollywood Vogue line by Webster’s Pages).

And for everyone that thinks attending CHA is just one big party…well, it’s at least going to look like a big party at CHA Summer as the trend from CHA Winter of banners (both in product design and booth samples) continues on. (Party on?)

Our last design trend also was in evidence at CHA Winter, and draws on nostalgia for 1950’s glamour. (Mad Men, anyone?) Even the most devoted Francophile may be sick of seeing the Eiffel Tower after CHA, because scrapbook companies seem to be growing up a whole forest of the legendary icon of glamour. This trend is evident even at companies not typically known for their heavily vintage look (such as in 3 Bugs In A Rug’s new A Trip To Paris line).

Projects

Hand in hand with a growth in interest in stamping, we are seeing a continued growth in interest in cardmaking. This interest is somewhat driven by the duel forces of the economy (handmade cards can be a way to save money) as well as the rising interest in handmade gifts.

That rising interest in handmade gifts is driving growth in the introduction of kits and products for creating projects like mini-albums that make excellent homemade gifts. Many of these albums are themed for the events that would inspire gift-giving: babies, weddings, holidays, etc. Recipe album kits, like the new Kitschy Kitchen collection from Melissa Frances, also continue to be popular as both gifts and family history projects.

ATC’s are another area of surprising growth. 7 Gypsies was onto this trend early in the scrapbook market with their display spinner. Now scrapbookers are becoming more aware of ATC’s as an artistic outlet and fun activity to share with friends as companies like Ranger and Stamper’s Anonymous, both promoted by the stellar Tim Holtz, are producing stamps and supplies for creating ATC’s.

Business

As we started seeing at the past several shows, embellishments are still based largely on paper (stickers, tags, and chipboard), a more affordable option for both vendor and consumer than previous lines that were heavy on metals and other more costly items.

Lines are still largely smaller (pun intended) with a few exceptions. Double-sided papers are taking the place of lines with a dozen or more papers previously. It’s now not uncommon for boutique lines to have only 4 double-sided papers (or even only single-sided ones). And that small size extends to embellishments as well. Fewer are being offered as vendors are slimming back their development and carrying costs. And packages are on a diet, being offered in smaller sizes to keep purchase prices down for both wholesale and consumer buyers.

Celebrity names being used increasingly to market product lines. Five years ago only a few product lines were marketed under so-called “signature” names. Now, the practice is growing by leaps and bounds in the scrapbook industry. Recent examples include the signing of Jenni Bowlin to create signature colors for Ranger, and Teresa Collins signing with Photocentric to put her name on their Stampmaker machine.

Want to get a preview of all the goodies before the show opens in Chicago (and the ones mentioned above in the article)? Don’t forget to visit Scrapbook Update’s CHA Summer 2010 Sneak Peek Page. Sneaks are sortable alphabetically by company for quickly locating your favorite manufacturers’ peeks, or by date added so that you can easily find out what is new since your last visit!

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