Trend Talk with Autumn Baldwin: Geometric Shapes

Last month, we had the pleasure of chatting all things confetti with the hip Maggie Holmes. Let the trendy talk continue this month with special guest blogger, Autumn Baldwin, who’s here to share one of here favorite looks of the moment, along with a fabulous scrapbook layout she’s created incorporating this hot design element.

Take it away, Autumn!

Hi everyone! I’m excited to be here to chat with you all about a trend that’s sweeping through all types of design, from fashion and interior decorating to web design and publishing: geometric patterns.

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I’m sure you all recognize the favorite geometric pattern of the moment: the chevron. Bloggers, designers, and crafters everywhere can’t seem to get enough of this nifty zigzag. I’ve seen chevron-painted walls, chevron-printed clothing (like the fantastic skirt above), chevron quilts—you name it, someone’s chevron-ed it. Chevron has even broken into the highbrow world of classic literature with this gorgeous book cover.

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Chevron may be the star of the show right now, but other geometric prints are hitting it big as well. Herringbone, a pattern similar to chevron, was traditionally seen in tweed fabrics, but is now being seen in all sorts of less-traditional ways, such as on this super cool tiled floor.

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Other traditional geometric patterns are showing up in new places as well. Eternal circles (also known as Moorish circles) started as a rug pattern, but now look smart as wall décor. A chain link pattern, formerly seen only on fences, now makes a statement on a sophisticated pillow.

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It’s been exciting to see all the new ways people are using these geometric patterns, and I really love that pattern mixing is getting big as well. For my scrapbook take on geometric patterns, I decided to see if I could mix all four of these patterns on one page.

Layout by Autumn Baldwin

I used both chevron and herringbone patterned papers at the bottom of the layout, a modified chain-link pattern behind my title tag, and circular elements beneath the photo block. I threw in grid and lined patterned papers as well, just for fun. What do you think? I love the mix of six different patterns, and playing around with them was just plain fun.

I hope you have fun too with all the cool geometric designs that are taking over the design world. Try incorporating a few (or six!) into your next scrapbook project!

Thanks, Autumn! This trend is definitely…ahem, taking shape. And you really stepped up the idea of incorporating trends on your cool scrapbook page. We love that you worked in all six geometric patterns without overwhelming your design. I’m sure we’ll all agree that your shapely design looks amazing!

—Megan Hoeppner, creative editor, and Autumn Baldwin, CK Dream Team designer






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9 Responses to Trend Talk with Autumn Baldwin: Geometric Shapes

  1. marvelous layout, Autumn…we, too, have a sandwich artist of the pb&j variety!

  2. Katie Smith says:

    I love using geometric patterns on my layouts!!

  3. Steffanie S says:

    As usual, I am slow to warm up to some of these trends but am really starting to embrace the geometrics! Love your layout, Autumn!

  4. Oh these patterns are going on my “need now’ list!!! Awesome layout, Autumn!

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  6. Kim Watson says:

    Very cool inspiration Autumn… Chevrons are the bomb right now! Your page is awesome too! TFS!

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