Top Trends of 2010

October Afternoon Seaside/Seashells paper; Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly Punch; K&Company Handmade Floral Fabric Art Swatches; Studio Calico Mister Huey’s Sunshine Color Mist; Technique Tuesday/Ali Edwards sentiment stamp “Life in Pictures”; Prima Marketing Faience Cecilia flower; American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lovely Ribbon Card; Jenni Bowlin Studio Vintage Valentines Chipboard Buttons; BasicGrey Jovial/Nice paper

Welcome to papercraftstyle! When I’m not making something, I’m often perusing scrapbooking shopping sites and galleries. So I decided to start a blog to share my favorite finds with other paper crafting enthusiasts.

It’s the end of the year, and thought that a fun first post would be to countdown the “top 10 trends of 2010” (try saying that 5x fast!)

10. Fancy Ribbon. Gone are the days when the hardest decision while buying ribbon was choosing satin or grosgrain. In 2010, it was whether you want ruffled, tulle, knitted or crocheted. Adhesive fabric strips or candy-striped twine. Or masking tape in any color of the rainbow. Simple spools have been replaced by sampler cards that feature a variety of ribbon types and textures.

9. Fabric. When major manufacturers like BasicGrey and American Crafts introduced fabric versions of their patterned paper lines, it didn’t take long for us paper people to realize that we could use fabric in harmony with our paper stash for mini-album covers, handmade embellishments and more.

8. Rosettes. These pretty flowers popped up on tons of girly layouts. The latest blooms are less prim and more off-beat, and my guess is that in the new year you’ll find even more cutesy and vintagy versions.

7. Plaids. A favorite in fall fashion, plaid was in season all year for scrapbooking, whether it was incorporated in cozy Christmas pages, or picnic tablecloth-inspired summer layouts.

6./5. Handwriting/Typewriting. These opposites attracted paper crafters everywhere. If you oogled over the perfect penmanship of Ali Edwards, Kristina Werner or Liz Kartchner, you could own it, too – as a stamp, rub-on or sticker. Typewritten sentiments and backgrounds also took centerstage: papers disguised as dictionary pages, or journaling cards featuring monogrammed letters. I love the two together – the loose look of handwriting paired with upright type.

4. Spray Ink. These mists were a mystery to me until I attended my local CKC, when the technique was introduced in a class. What I found was that the spray bottle was just as easy to use and (almost) as quick to dry as a dye ink pad. Others bought in, too: spray inks showed off their color in background masking techniques and added shimmer to otherwise plain papers.

3. Butterflies. These winged creatures fluttered onto projects as embellishments. Butterfly borders and punch-out collages were more sophisticated than cutesy, thanks to the uber-popular Martha Stewart butterfly punches and other similar tools.

2. Retro and Vintage. Whether you were scrapping old or new photos, chances are your layout featured a retro print or vintage icon. Jenni Bowlin old-fashioned buttons and bingo cards and Cosmo Cricket’s cartoon veggies worked their way into even the most modern of pages. Studio Calico was a standout in this area: their new retro-inspired, ultra-hip collections merged the past and present perfectly.

1. Banners. Paper Crafts magazine’s Trend Editor Cath Edvalson spotlighted banners back in the January/February 2009 issue. But it wasn’t until 2010 that I started noticing that nearly every project or product at 2peas or in Creating Keepsakes had a banner incorporated in the design. We saw them in American Crafts’ whimsical Dear Lizzy spring line and in October Afternoon’s seaside patterned paper. And we painstakingly cut-out countless banners by hand. 2010 truly was a banner year!

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2 Responses to Top Trends of 2010

  1. halinsb says:

    Great info…looking forward to more updates to your blog!

  2. susan r. opel says:

    Hi, Steph! Your blog is cute. :)
    And I love your top 10, especially the shout out for Cath.
    xoxo

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