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The "A.B." in ABCreations stands for Anmarie Bowden, that's me! My favorite ice cream is Mississippi Mud from Baskin Robbins, altho I'm partial to Oreos crumbled on top of Vanilla Bean ice cream too! I was born on Super Bowl Sunday. I have been digiscraping since 2000. I live in beautiful sunny California. I am married to my soul mate and we have two gorgeous children. My favorite saying is, “If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart!”

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

2019 Trend Watch: September



The school year has started and you want to get organized but not give up any of your crafting time, right? Why not get into the planner trend with the rest of us? It's simple and easy, and oh so fun! There are a wide range of products and formats to choose from, find what you like best and jump in! Once you get your planner you can go nuts with all the embellishments in every subject and every color!

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

2019 Trend Watch: August






Adult coloring is slowing down a bit, but punch needle crafting is seeing a surge of interest, fueled perhaps by the recent revival of macrame and loom weaving. The trend setter that has caught my eye is the paint with diamonds type of needle crafting which is like Cross Stitch meets Paint By Numbers, because diamonds are a girls best friend, am I right? You can even turn your own photos into big canvases and then add the diamonds which are actual plastic crystal-like gems. Check it out!

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Monday, July 1, 2019

2019 Trend Watch: July



Unless you've been hiding under a rock this summer, you've been seeing flamingos, pineapples, rainbows, mermaids, succulents, and glitter everywhere! It's so easy to create with these items because they really lend themselves to so many genres. Pineapples can be about almost anything from a hawaiian vacation to making fruit smoothies at home! And let's face it, glitter makes everything better, lol! Have you tried your hand at any of these fun trends?





Saturday, June 1, 2019

2019 Trend Watch: June



Pop-up cards/shaker cards have been around for a while, but with all the new dies out there, these cards are getting FANCY! For the big card-sending holidays, the pop-up card knows no end, I just keep seeing them trend! My daughter even made one for my birthday (no dies used -- so clever!)
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

2019 Trend Watch: May




Succulents are all the rage right now! My BFF and I did plant nite and it was all about succulents!


Then I went to my local Michaels and all the paper crafting was succulent-themed! The little tiny cacti really are adorable!
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Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 Trend Watch: April



Have you noticed the resurgence in pouring and pull string art? It's suddenly everywhere! I first noticed the pouring on cakes with a super fine frosting that coats the entire cake in a magical way!

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Then it leaked into paper crafting using string and paint, so my daughter and I gave it a go...

No matter your medium, its lots of fun not just in the creation, but in the magical product you have at the end!

Friday, March 1, 2019

2019 Trend Watch: March



Hand lettering has been a massive trend in 2018, and it shows no sign of slowing down! What I'm seeing is a lean towards calligraphy or brush stroked text. With all the new sparkle/glitter markers on the market, and of course our own handwriting being so important in our paper crafting, people are really hopping on this trend and learning to refine their skills! They are even offering a calligraphy elective at my daughter's elementary school! I'm lucky that I took calligraphy lessons long before it was trendy so that I could address our wedding invitations, so now I can use it on all my paper crafting projects, check it out...




Friday, February 1, 2019

2019 Trend Watch: February



Newsprint has been around for a very long time and as the digital age continues to be ushered in, it is more and more important to remember our roots. Digital is here and then gone, print is forever (so to speak). Although we may not be reading the newspaper like we once did, there are still ways to keep it in our lives. Using newsprint in our paper crafting is a great way to do that! Afterall, scrapbooks used to be newspaper clippings and journaling about memorable events. Whether you are creating a modern, retro, or vintage-themed layout, newsprint makes every era distinctive!

My example for February is my daughter's girl scout cookie selling scrapbook page. She sold cookies on the 100th anniversary, so I used a newspaper clipping from 100 years ago as the back drop for this page! What a great way to be true to the craft while incorporating our modern lives!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 Trend Watch: January


When I talk about scrapbooking trends, I'm really referring to paper crafting trends (both digital and traditional) because scrapbooking is a paper craft. I want to explore trends that perhaps extended out from scrapbooking into card making, bible journaling, multimedia, travel journal, planner pages, smashbooking, bullet journals, and etc.

Pantone's 2019 color of the year is Living Coral, its an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge. Using this color in your paper crafting is smart, classy, and always on fleek! Pantone has been engaged in the color of the year for over 20 years and their experience shows! This warm coral color gives the feeling of comfort in a familiar and lightly playful way. I prefer to go with several shades of the same color in a monotone-type display, I think it makes the page pretty, while still really focusing on the photos.