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Monday, January 6, 2020

A Year of Double Page Spreads: January

When you take a lot of photos (I took 25,034 last year alone) you tend to need to extend your layouts to more than one page... enter the double page spread (DPS)!

Basically its two layouts that coordinate through color and theme to create a unified effect, as opposed to two single layouts that stand alone. However, by treating facing pages in an album as one page (think of it as a 12x24 layout instead of just two 12x12s), you can create a large canvas to express the many aspects of your event. You can also add one larger eye-catching photo among the smaller photos for emphasis.

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Of course, there are some tricks to DPSs that will help them look utterly amazing in your album, let's talk about one each month for the year of 2020.

First, if you have too many photos to fit on a single page, a DPS allows you to spread out a little. They also allow more room for journaling. Be sure you are using your own handwriting, it is SO important, and you can turn your handwriting into a font HERE!

The main element tying your pages together, besides the photos, should be the papers. The matching background papers create a common color scheme and instantly tie the pages together. Plus, if you like to have the facing pages in your scrapbook match, creating a double-page spread is the perfect solution. When facing pages match, the overall effect creates a continuity that is nice to look at, rather than the sometimes jarring effect very dissimilar pages can have. Most of my scrapbooks have a color palette that I stick to, so even pages that are not DPS still look nice next to each other in the album.

Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss next month's tip for making gorgeous DPSs!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Color of 2020!

Pantone has announced its color of the year for 2020: Classic Blue!
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A timeless and enduring blue hue, Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. It instills calm, confidence, and connection. 
Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking Classic Blue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.
Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.

As technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection. Non-aggressive and easily relatable, the trusted Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction. Associated with the return of another day, this universal favorite is comfortably embraced.
Pantone Color of the Year 2020, Leatrice Eiseman Quote.
What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

2019 Trend Watch: December

It's that time again -- card making season! Add a touch of shimmer, glimmer, and glam to your cards this season with Foil! Foil is all the rage and it's no wonder, foil elevates the elegance of a card and punctuates the point of any layout with a burst of brilliant energy. It can brighten up any project with light and delight. All of your projects will be even more special with foil! And there are so many easy ways to get foil on your projects now that it's easier and faster than ever to make your projects shine! Print these beautiful foil gift tags for free (just right click and save then print) and check out even more fun foil HERE!

Friday, November 1, 2019

2019 Trend Watch: November

A lot of you may remember when quilling came on the scene. I know I did because right away I knew I didn't have the patience to cut super thin strips of paper and wrap them around in a circle with my fingers, lol. Now, with all the quilling tools we are adding die cuts instead of thin strips of paper and boy oh boy are the results striking! Try something like the below with an orange and yellow color palette on your next paper crafting project!

many thanks to quilledcreations for the photos

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

2019 Trend Watch: October

October brings cooler weather for a lot of us and the crochet and knitting folks aren't letting us down! Besides the large chunky knit blankets we are seeing a lot of food themed stitching in the areas of knitted hats, knitted headbands, and knitted nose warmers! Incorporating yarn, ribbon, lace, and even fabric into your paper crafting projects is fun and really gives a sense of warmth and homey goodness. Try it out...

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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thank you to banggood for the photo collage

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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