Here are a few trends for spring that make me happy: I've been seeing a lot of stripes (think nautical, with a twist, like colors or size of stripe), bold colors but not necessarily neon (think a nice bright aqua and deep pink), big patterns (chevron is still popular, but also a lot of mediterranean influenced patterns on rugs and textiles), ombre and ikat (what fun words to say!), soft florals and pretty embroidered lace (a modern twist on eyelet). The good news is that a lot of these are easily applied to scrapbook pages and projects. Here's what I've been doing with some of these:
Chevron patterns. I pinned a tutorial from Studio Calico awhile ago that showed how to make chevron patterns with 1 1/2 inch squares of patterned paper. I finally gave it a go on this Christmas layout. It was super fun! Simply cut 1 1/2 inch squares in half on the diagonal to make diamonds, and then alternate them on top of each other to make a chevron.
Grey and yellow. I saw this a lot in fashion last fall, and carried into winter and spring. I love how the right shade of yellow makes a black and white photo pop. And I can't resist yellow-glittery chipboard letters.
Pattern Mixing. I'm not so bold at this with my clothes (I'm always afraid of doing it wrong!), but when I saw these cards from Basic Grey, I had to buy them.
Then I had to do something with them, so I created a mini with some paper scraps I had on my table. It's about 3 x 5, and I used old book pages for the pages. Inside, I included some random photos that I had in my files, the ones I really like for one reason or another, but that aren't really the type to use on a big page. I'm thinking of this as an album where every photo proves something, like, "This photo proves that Luke has always loved dogs," on a page with a photo of Luke as a baby petting my sister's dog. Simple, but fun to look through. And I can mix and match to my heart's content!
Did you notice stripes, polka dots, grid, and color-blocking on the cover? Somehow it all works together. Here is one of the inside pages:
Stripes, Florals, Birds. I ordered an assortment of washi tape from a deal website a few weeks ago and couldn't even remember what I ordered until it arrived in the mail. What a pleasant surprise! I love every single pattern, and have been trying them out on all kinds of projects. Not only is it fun to hang up kids' artwork with (so much prettier than masking tape!), but it is fun to use on projects and pages.
I've also been experimenting with ombre designs as backgrounds for photos on a page, and I want to make some pages with a big stamped background. But there are only so many hours in a day! Go have some fun with something new for spring. And then come back tomorrow when I do some SPRING CLEANING!