But by sheer tilt in the earth's axis (in the northern hemisphere, anyway), it definitely is spring, and I wanted to share some inspiring spring projects with you today to celebrate its arrival.
The cool thing about today's post is where I got these projects. One of the most pleasing things about trends, in my opinion, is that they tend to stick around for a while. Once we've embraced them, we like to hang on to them, squeezing out every last drop before we move on to the next. And, what's more, classic designs and patterns are always in style. By applying a trendy color scheme or the latest texture--voila! Instant trendification.
By way of example, I pulled these projects from Card Creations, Volume 7--one of Paper Crafts magazine's top-selling special issues from last year.
Note how you can still draw trendy springtime inspiration from the pages of its folds. Check it:
Moxie Fab Alert: Clouds continue to reign supreme, as you'll see in our May/June 2010 issue, hitting newsstands in just a coupla weeks. What else have we got here? Clever typography paired with polka dots and stripes in a fresh color scheme and you know this design isn't gonna date itself anytime soon.
Moxie Fab Alert: Does damask ever go out of style? When incorporated in a trendy brown and blue color scheme and paired with a moxie fab bird, it remains one of the most classically trendy patterns of all time.
Moxie Fab Alert: Cute is always in style. Period.
Moxie Fab Alert: Tone-on-tone is another classic way to approach colors. Nicole has trended hers upward by adding monochromatic dimension with the addition of one of the trendiest accents on the scene today: buttons.
Moxie Fab Alert: Another way to treat trendy damask, Wendy has made it soft and vintage-looking by using spray inks in her technique, adding a vintage dimensional focal point, and topping it all off with a sheer ribbon that wows.
Moxie Fab Alert: The combination of stitching and folk art still dominate today, and while it may have "morphed" into more of a doily look since this card was published, we can still gain inspiration from this card's soft, gentle look and our insatiable need to go back to a simpler time.
Moxie Fab Alert: From the ledgers and lines in the background paper to the polka dotted ribbon to the paper pieced eggs, this card is just as fresh today as it was last year.
Moxie Fab Alert: I can't think of a trend in recent memory that has lasted as long as butterflies. We did a full feature on them in our March/April 2009 issue and they had been on the scene long before that. How to keep this design fresh over time? Swap out the patterned paper, the embellishment, the font, and even the focal point as the trends evolve.
Which brings me to this undeniable point. Most people who subscribe to Paper Crafts magazine or who pick up our special issues on the newsstand never throw them away. That's a definitive never. They pore over them, dog-ear them, spill coffee on them, and fall asleep with them in their laps. Fact is, they tend to be a constant resource, and capturing trendy elements that endure is yet another way our magazines can constantly inspire you.
How do the magazines from Paper Crafts and/or the projects you see here today inspire you? I'd love to hear. Leave me a comment by midnight MDT on Sunday, April 4 and I'll draw one random winner to receive something yummy from my prize drawer.
Trending towards the past,