Here's a sneak-peak of today's project:
Let's face it, the scrapbooking industry is just like any other profit-driven business. In order for scrapbooking supply companies to succeed, they must keep pumping out new and desirable products and market them to consumers aggressively. Creating scrapbooking "trends" is perhaps the industry's most clever tactic. Even if at first glance we think: "Hexagons? Why the heck would I want to put those on my scrapbook page?" -before you know it, we're scouring suppliers for hexagon printed paper and snapping up hexagon punches.
I like to think of myself as an independent thinker and not easily sucked in by fleeting trends, but I admittedly have become obsessed with chevron-printed cardstock and can not seem to get enough Washi tape, even though I could probably wrap my house twice with the supply I already have! (You, too?)
So as any addict, I've been trying to reform. I've been resisting the urge to succumb to the latest scrapbooking trends, vowing to use up supplies I already have and to not buy any more paper! ...Mustaches? Why would I want those? ...Chalkboard paper? What's that all about? ...Speech bubbles? What's up with that? ...Walking away...not interested!
And then, as any truly hopeless addict, I buckled the second temptation hit! I saw an evil little video on "My Craft Channel" introducing Rhonna Farrar's Chalk Studio papers & embellishments by My Mind's Eye and before you know it, I was hitting the "Buy Now" button as if it was a desperately needed fix for a crackhead! In my defense, look how cute these papers are! -Each chalkboard paper with an equally trendy muted-pastel pattern on the back (a couple even with CHEVRONS!!!!):
So I figured if I was going to create a layout incorporating the latest scrapbooking trends, I might as well go all the way! This layout doesn't hold back when it comes to being trendy...it's got it all!
- chalkboard paper
- speech bubble
- chevron paper
- striped paper
- baker's twine
- dangling charms
- camera graphics
- mock stitching
- colored paper clip
- ...even the requisite "cute kid"
Put it all together...drum role, please....
And there you have it...addicted to trends or not, I don't regret this purchase for a second! (And Rigel, thanks for this adorable photo that played right into my "plan".
I hope you share your scrapbooking addiction story with me (or any addiction story for that matter...Nichole, I'm speaking to you & your Sea Salt Caramel ice cream craze!) so I don't feel quite so alone in this!