Scrapbooks Etc just published the "Top Trends of 2012" for their Facebook Fans. I really enjoyed the article. Trendy is about the last word anyone would use to describe me (though apparently I was setting color trends back in 2004), but I thought it would be fun to see how trendy I am. I took a quick look back through my layouts from the past two or three years to see how I've done with the Top Trends.
1) Wood Grain
At first glance I thought this patterned paper might be wood grain. Upon closer look, I think it's a fictional animal print.
Woods, not wood grain.
No wood grain, even on trees!
Hey, I found some! I used Studio Calico's wood grain alphabet stickers for this title.
2: Spray Ink
Yes! I use spray ink often! On this layout I masked the title and sprayed over it.
I used the same technique here.
3: Baker's Twine
I own it, but haven't used it. Ever.
4: Nautical Motifs
I've been on 15 cruises, yet none of the layouts I've made use nautical motifs! I don't suppose fish and waves count as nautical motifs? I didn't think so.
Not a single doily anywhere on my pages.
7: Honeycomb Shapes
Again, none. Never.
Yes! I have lots of layouts that feature numbers. I just made some cards using number print patterned paper, but I can't show them yet. Here's a recent layout with numbers for a title:
9: Divided Page Protectors
10: Western Motifs
To summarize, out of 10 trends, I've used 3: wood grain, numbers and spray ink. Looks like I need to make some honeycomb-shaped embellishments wrapped in baker's twine for my nautical layouts, which will be placed in divided page protectors. With doilies. And western chalkboards. Or, I can keep doing my own thing, embracing the trends that are "me" and ignoring the ones that aren't. Yep, I think that's what I'll do.