Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Freshen Your Page with Fashion Trends!

Hi everyone! Doralisa here to welcome you on a Wednesday! I hope you all had a nice long holiday weekend and took some time to remember our heroes on Memorial Day.

Today, I’m looking at fashion trends. Are your scrapbook pages keeping up with the current fashion trends? In some ways, it’s easier and less expensive (and less risky!) to use fashion trends on your layouts. Let’s take a look at the Spring/Summer 2013 fashion trends from Vogue.

The Sixties – Try using colors from the Sixties. A good source for color palettes is A ready-made digital kit I found on ScrapMatters was Free Spirit by Jennifer Labre Designs.

Stripes – This is pretty easy to add to your layouts since there are so many kits out there with striped papers. Amber has a set of neutral striped papers called Stripes: Classified that you can use for starters. And who says you have to keep your stripes to paper? Victoria Feemster has a Stripey Alpha that can help your layouts sport the striped trend in a subtle way.

Checks – Checks are all over! Although Vogue’s example consists of black and white checks, you can use colorful checks, like Simply Happy {checks} from Victoria Feemster.

Oriental prints – Such a fun touch to add to pages! Kim B’s collection, Acceptance, has some great pieces, such as the printed papers. Be sure to check out the Acceptance flairs too! A Little Bit of China by MHK Scraps has some wonderful Asian prints that would work as well.

Tuxedos – Trying to use this trend on your pages might be a little tricky. Aside from using an actual tuxedo (like the one in From This Moment by Amy Stoeffel), I think incorporating black and white elements, like Amber’s Black Tie Affair and Blackbird or geniaBeana’s Basically Elegant, can be a great way to bring this fashion trend into your layout.

Ruffles – While ruffles are pretty on dresses, skirts, or even blouses, it’s a little hard to incorporate on a digital layout, unless you have something like the tutu from Wimpychompers’ Sweet Dancer. A loosely gathered flower might be another way to use the ruffles trend on your page.

Hawaiian prints – Anything about Hawaii always reminds me of summer and beaches. Use touches of Hawaii on your pages, like those found in Hawaiian Escape by LDrag Designs or Just Like Paradise from Jennifer Labre Designs.

Safari – The best thing about using the safari motif is being able to use neutral colors, which are pretty easy to find. Welcome To The Jungle by Down This Road Designs has great papers, including animal prints. You can also use palm trees and a little bit of burlap to add interesting texture.

Kimono – While Vogue’s interpretation of the kimono isn’t traditional, you can use traditional elements, like those found in Kokeshi by Amy Stoffel or Asian Paradise by guest designer Tracy Martin.

Metallics – Now who doesn’t love bright and shiny on a page? A quick search in the ScrapMatters store found quite an assortment of metallic items. You can use any of the silver elements from the Hold It Bundle by Amber, gold accents from Mezzaluna by KimB, Dangle Charms from Down This Road Designs, metallic word art like Heartfelt: Words from Jennifer Labre Designs, or even one of the many metallic alphabets like Brass Alpha or Simple Metal Alpha (both from Down This Road Designs), Chunky Metal Alpha (Simply J Studio), Paper Chrome Alpha (Clever Monkey Graphics), and Wired Alpha (MHK Scraps).

Pleats – I’ve always been a fan of pleats, and I found one in Amy Stoeffel’s She: Bits. However, the accordion-pleated flowers are extremely popular, so it should be easy to find a kit that has one to place on your page. And, I love the pleats in the banner from Whisper of the Heart: Elements by Meagan’s Creations.

Dots – Another simple fashion trend for your pages. You can find lots of dotted papers, like the My Basics – Rainbow Dots by Crossbone Cuts Designs, Frosty Flakes Dotted Paper by Memory Clips, and Everyday Basics: Dotted Papers by andilynn designs.

Gold Sequins – These little accents add a bit of bling to your page, but may be hard to find. I spotted some in From This Moment by Amy Stoffel, Amber’s Joyeux Noel collab and Christmas First by KimB. No one has to know your sequins came from a holiday kit – I won’t tell! J

Twins – This has to be one of the easiest fashion trends to put on a page. Just double-up on an element! Two frames, two flowers – there are lots more creative ways to interpret this trend. And the twins don’t even have to be exactly the same. How easy is that?

Fringing – I’ll admit that I wasn’t quite sure how to bring this trend on to a digital page, but I found a pom pom fringe (silver-colored, so very versatile!) in the July Birthday kit from andilynn designs. Another creative way to add fringe is to layer very thin strips of paper. By varying your shadowing on each strip, you can add interesting depth.

So if you’d like to get trendy on your pages, add one of these current fashion trends. You just might find a new look that you love!

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