by Rebecca Boyer
As a year comes to a close it’s always fun to look back on the past year to see what have been the biggest trends when it comes to paper crafting. Quick — which was your favorite for 2011?
Chevron has been prominent this year in fashion and home decor. It has carried over to the paper crafting world in a big way. So many product lines and projects this year have incorporated the chevron.
Other currently available items featuring a Chevron pattern….
2. Washi tape
Who would have thought this translucent, stretchable tape would become such a staple for all of us paper crafters? Tons of patterns, textures and types have made tape a go-to embellishment.
Currently available washi tapes…
The use of banners on projects has been around for a long time, but this year in particular they have been prevalent. These quick projects are showing up as decorative objects as well as embellishments on pages and cards.
Currently available products featuring banners…
4. Mists & Sprays
Mists and sprays are becoming more and more popular. Masks and stencils abound but simple mist droplets abound.
Currently available mists & sprays…
The vintage movement in crafts and paper crafting is huge. Doilies are showing up in patterned paper, as masks, and as major elements in projects.
Currently available doily products…
6. Hand stitching
Just as the use of a sewing machine on projects was huge in 2009 and 2010, detailed hand stitching with embroidery floss is showing up everywhere!
7. Scrapbooking/crafting with paint chips
2011 has been the year of the paint chip. Hardware and paint stores have become the source of many charming projects.
8. Embellishment layering
Layering embellishments has been in use for a long time, but has been taken to a whole new level this year.
9. Smash books
Quite possibly the biggest product release of the year, smash books have taken the scrapbooking world by storm.
Currently available “smash” type products
10. What did we miss?
What should we add as number ten?
What will 2012 Bring?
I’m excited to see what becomes popular in 2012! I predict the vintage trend will continue, and that paper crafters will start to include more paint, mists and fine art products in their layouts, cards and projects. I also predict that we’ll see more and more layouts that include multiple photos as well as two page spreads in popular publications.
So, what do you think about the trends in 2011? Do you wish they’d never happened, or hope they stick around in 2012? What do you think will be popular this coming year?