Monday, August 20, 2012

Trends in Paper Crafting - Part 1

 Note: We've had some problems with the photos not displaying in this post. Hopefully this time everything is working!

Hello, Memory Bound friends! It's an exciting time at the store, as we are starting to receive all the great products we ordered last month at the trade show!

Just like in fashion or home decor, there are trends in paper crafting. As we walked the trade show, we paid special attention to styles so that we could report back to you with news of what's HOT in paper crafting! As you start to see new products coming in to Memory Bound, keep an eye out for these trends! 

So here's Part 1 of our trend report, with our observations listed in no particular order...

Small Binders & Journals
Many manufacturers are offering small binders (both 3-ring and spiral) as an alternative to the more traditional 12x12 scrapbook album. In addition to the smaller format, companies are producing a wide assortment of divided page protectors and papers which can be cut into small elements to fit into the slots. These wonderful tools allow scrapbookers to preserve memories in fun new ways. An example of this trend can be found in the SN@P! line by Simple Stories.

Mixed Media
Paper crafting has been influenced by a wide variety of other art forms, enabling once-traditional paper crafters to explore new media such as wood, metal, and fabric. Manufacturers have embraced the mixed media trend and are offering a huge array of new products to support it. Of course, Tim Holtz continues to be one of the main creative engines behind the mixed media trend, as we all eagerly await the new products and techniques he brings to us! 

Special note: September is Mixed Media Month at Memory Bound, with several great opportunities to learn more about this trend! Check out our current newsletter HERE for details.


 Banners are EVERYWHERE! We saw pennant and notched-style banners on scrapbook pages and cards, and full-sized banners in various themes. We even saw banner-shaped mini-albums! I think banners are here to stay.


 Chevrons are a very popular design element right now! We saw this fun zig zag design on paper, embellishments, ribbon, fabric, stamps, and more. Chevrons add energy and a sense of movement to your designs.

Watch for these stylish elements on new products as they arrive at Memory Bound! Which of these trends are your favorites?

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