I’ve had a blast observing trends with you this year. From our Trend Talk blog posts to our trend observations at CHA and other tradeshows, we’ve seen some amazing designs, patterns, motifs, color combos, and more! Let’s look back on some of those trends and still if they’re still on your Love list as this year comes to a close.
Our top 10 trends of 2011, in no particular order…
1. Honeysuckle Pink: This color of the year (according to the color experts at Pantone) is vibrant and beautiful. It looks great on scrapbook pages about time spent outdoors, that sweet baby girl, or a special friend in your life.
2. Pattern-filled Shapes: This has to be one of the cutest trends of the year, with its interesting pairing of fun shapes and happy patterns. Use this to create your own scrapbooking accents! Let this fantastic pillow by ThreeRedApples, an Etsy store, inspire you.
3. Through the Looking Glass: This Alice in Wonderland inspired look filled our pages with keys, teacups, even a white rabbit or two. It’s a whimsical approach to take when choosing accents, whether you’re making a page about a tea party or someone’s very merry unbirthday. The Soiree line from Pink Paislee is a beautiful example of this look.
4. Botanical and Natural Prints: This natural, nature-inspired look adds an instant sophistication to projects. You can use it to scrapbook an obvious connection, such as your love of gardening, or you can use natural motifs to enhance a story about a special relationship. Really this is a versatile look that will shine no matter how you choose to use it. Find ample inspiration like this other beautiful photographs at Lupen Grainne photography.
5. Music: The hills weren’t the only things alive with the sound of music this year, so were the scrapbook stores, with music motifs showing up on patterned paper, accents, and more. Did you use any music paper on a project? It adds elegance and charm to projects, whether you’re scrapbooking about a music recital or a special date with your sweetheart. Maggie Holmes used the delicate look of music paper to enhance her story about Daddy’s Princess. What a sweet addition!
6. Decorative Tape: This hot, hot, hot scrapbooking product really had a presence in 2011. Available in a large variety of styles, including the Vintage Street Market variety shown below, it’s easy to see why we all fell in love with this sticky business—it’s versatile and fun to use! Try tape as a border on a scrapbook page, or use it to make a special package look extra special.
7. Chevron Print: Did your take your projects for a zig and a zag this year by incorporating the oh-so-cool chevron print? It would look smashing on a birthday layout. Or why not use it to describe your favorite zany friend? I’m sure all of your friends, zany and otherwise, would adore a card like this one created by Paper Crafts Go To Gal, Kim Kesti.
8. Texture: Scrapbooking was all about the textures this year! From fabric flowers to canvas accents, we were seeing textured treats on so many of the lovely layouts you submitted. I have a feeling this is one trend that won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. How are you going to use texture next? Maybe this project from BasicGrey will get you motivated to ride the texture train.
9. Vintage: The vintage vibe continues to go strong as we bring this year to a close. It was so much fun seeing how different scrapbookers incorporated vintage-inspired elements into their work. Did you create something a vintage look to it? If you have the Sweet & Sour collection from Jillibean Soup, you likely have. Aren’t the old typewriters grat?
10. Homespun: Have you fallen under the homespun spell? Well, you’re not alone. We couldn’t get enough of the house, sewing, cooking, and crafting items. These bitty spools from Maya Road remain one of my top products for the year. So cute!
There you have it—our 2011 top trends. Did your favorite make the list? If so, what is it? If not, what would you like to see on our list? Who knows, maybe it will make an appearance in 2012. Please, share. We love talking trends with you and can’t wait to get your take on all things hot.
Happy trend spotting!
Megan Hoeppner, creative editor