Trends definitely move very fast. They move with movies, tv shows and fashion. They seam to move like lightening. If you blink, you miss out totally. Others tend to stay for a while.
Being one step ahead is hard.
How do you keep ahead or on the trend band wagon?
Do you try or just cannot be bothered?
Sometimes as a Design Team member I find that I look and listen a lot to what’s the “latest thing” in the area of movies/books etc. I keep my senses poised and as soon as I hear “the next best thing” or “Rising popularity” in the news I perk up. Doesn’t mean I always design to those trends though. I go with my flow of creativity.
The latest things in the teen areas as far as I know are..... Zombies, Vampires (are starting to go out) and The Hunger Games movie/books.
Why teens? Well the teenagers seem to make the trend world move.
Vampire trend came with the rise and popularity of Twilight movies and books. And out came darkish layouts, red roses, black, lace and hearts. And cameos (see further below). The “traditional” vampires always seemed to wear old cameo and high lacy neck fashion.
Zombies – kind of gruesome – have no idea where this came from, and I’m sure someone will enlighten me, but I see a lot of dark green, black and splattered looks, ripped and stitched layouts.
With the Hunger Games can I predict the Effie Trinket, Capitol Couture type look. What’s that? Well over the top “impossible to use your hands” nail type art. Lots of shiny, glittery embellishments, bright, gold, silver colours and clean cut lines contrasted with leather, distressed looks, dull blues/dirty whites and earthy colours. Main symbols would be the bow and arrow, the bird (which I found out is the Mockingjay), possibly trees, large flowers, Lace and satin with bling bling bling! Here is my Pinterest board link where it has a few pictures to start off http://pinterest.com/debrarty/hungergames-project-ideas
Think Fiskars boarder punch lace, flower making with Fiskars scissors and embossing stylus, Fiskars Surecut trimmer. Fiskars Tree template and Ultra shape express. With ink colours of brown, red, black, orange, glitter paints, glitter glues, bird/arrow embellishments (print these off the internet and glue to chipboard/cereal box cardboard.)
Another angle is not the teenagers but the jewellery trends....
I see the humble cameo sneaking back in.
Here is the link to my Pinterest board of Cameos:
There are truly some beautiful designs out there and this is easily replicated in the scrapbook field with stamps.... Oval stamp and another stamp inside. Great embellishments for wedding, elegant and ancestor type layouts.
This is also good to go with the “old style” upstairs/down stairs type era (before world wars where there was servants and the very rich being served) layouts. A TV program that I have enjoyed to do with this is “Downton Abbey”
Boarder punch laces would be good here too. Especially with the interchangable boarder punch cartridges and the oval scallop squeeze punch and other pop up leaver punches inside those oval scallop shapes. (Your own Cameo punched embellishment)
Another trend that I fell onto and am being drawn into that seems to be here to stay is the Steam Punk look.... clock parts, tattered, distressed looks, bronze, old style fonts, old fashioned steam engines, old style cameras etc.
Think Jules Verne and you will be on the right track. Do a google search on "Steam Punk"
So that is about it for now. Certainly not an extensive review of trends at the moment. But it will start you off on a good foot. Usually in the past I have not followed trends and was way behind them..... but the Hunger games have intrigued me so have the cameo come backs.
Personally I am on the distressed Tim Holtz type looks mixed with Steam punk and making flowers with mulberry paper. I am also studying NZ flora and fauna – putting these in card/scrapbook forms.
Many Fiskars tools are very useful for all of the above styles and trends.
What have you found out?
What trends are you following?
What do you get a kick out of?
Have I missed anything out?
Thanks so much for dropping by and reading this post.
I’d be interested in your answers in the comments in this post.