Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Bit of Humor at CHA

I love the delicate feminine feel of Webster's Pages, even the line I'm featuring in this post. However, do you get the feeling, like I do that maybe the folk at WP were subtly laughing at the "trends" of scrapbook design with trendsetters. Normally, I'd expect an edgy look to something named trendsetters. This line, though, has every kitchy theme you could imagine except for gingham. Then again, maybe  missed that one. On the paper you'll see butterflies, dress forms, birdcages, antique phones (well, "old" phones, things I've used in my lifetime are not quite "antique", no comments here kids, LOL!), word art, cameos, vintage taxis, 50's fashion, and asian influence. They did scatter in some birds.
Yes, pretty much the major trends as one walked the floor at CHA.
So, a better name might have been trend sneeze. Hardly trendsetter. Don't get me wrong. You'll find this line fun and pretty and has colors and patterns that are definitely popular and trendy and you'll love to use these papers and embellishments.
Just don't expect something "trend-SETTING'.

Beaded Clothing, A Trend at Winter CHA

One of the things I noticed at CHA this year was fashion as a prominent theme. While last CHA seemed to feature Home Decor, Winter CHA 2011 featured fashion in so many ways. Lots of garments, dress forms, and decotative pins.

Two items that intrigued me were the Beads in A Bottle from Plaid and the Pearl Pen from Viva Decor.
The bottom 3 photos are of the Viva products and the top photos are from Plaid featuring their designer Patti. (I'll find her card and update this post when I do. Is it just me, or does everyone come home from a trip and feel overwhelmed and scattered?)
Beaded clothing remains a popular trend. Such a fun way to really make your shoes, bags, garments your own with easy to use dimensional elements. The beads work well on scrapbook pages as you can see from the Pearl Pen embellishments on the Tattered Angels mini book in my previous post.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

It's February!

Fun at Green Tangerines yesterday! Of course, it took too long; but, everything I do is slow. Isn't this the cutest minibook? Cory from Tattered Angels was there teaching this. Loved all her ideas. Fun making this and she encouraged our own interpretations so everyone's book differed a little. Loved the E line bling from Prima. Best technique I learned was using watercolor pencils then spaying or glamming. Love the results! Glossy accents works well over those pencils, too.
Diamond Dust and Viva Decor Pearl Pens are some products I now love. Cory had some great tips on using glue, too. I looked back over mini albums I'd made in the past and agree that there are real limits to things like foam adhesive. Glue Dots really have superior qualities.
OK, I've a minor fortune tied up in Tattered Angel's products and loved the inspiration today to maybe actually use and experiment with my stash!
I loved CHA and have posted my photos to FB. I need some time to digest the experience but will likely do a post on the trip sometime soon.

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