Whimseybox: DIY + Craft Trend Report

We've established many times that I am all about the trends.  Remember this awesomely-trendy project?  And then there was that one time that I picked the top colors of 2012, eight years in advance.  Yep, I'm all about the trends.

... crickets...

OK, so maybe I'm actually lousy about following trends.  But I am pretty good at predicting them and really enjoy reading other people's predictions and analyses of trends in the craft industry. Which is why I was so happy to find the Summer 2014 DIY + Craft Trend Report by Whimsey Box. I think they're spot-on.  If you're at all interested in trends, you'll want to go to their post and read the entire report.  I'm only going to hit a few highlights here.

First up, Designs + Motifs.

I love (and have used!) almost all the items on the HOT list.  I especially love any sort of camping and outdoors motifs, as well as stars, florals, fruit, and scallops.  All of those seem timeless to me.  Here's a semi-recent layout of mine with fun fruit accents.

I'm glad arrows and polka dots are on the STILL WARM list, as those are favorites of mine.  I use them all the time (and will continue to do so, no matter whether or not they're trendy.)  From the COOLING list, I am happy to bid farewell to deer heads (ugh), mustaches, circus stuff, and glasses.  I'm not ready to say goodbye to chevron yet though.

On to Techniques + Materials.

On the HOT list - pinatas!  I love making pinatas!  Here are some of my favorites.

As for the STILL WARM, I hope washi tape stays around forever.  Although, I probably have enough to last forever even if they suddenly stopped making it!  (You can see how I store my washi tape.  That photo is from September and I've almost doubled my stash since then.  It's so useful!)

From the COOLING list, I'm more than ready to say goodbye to plastic dinosaurs and other plastic animals glued to stuff and spray painted some trendy color.  I can't tell you how many of those I come across as part of my Fun Family Crafts job.

On to Colors + Textures.

I have mixed feelings about the items on the HOT list.  I'm really tired of the mint green and peach combination that is everywhere.  Copper is good, rose gold is ok, and I like all sorts of woodgrain.  I haven't seen much marble.  I'm guessing I'm going to start seeing it everywhere now that I've said that!

As for the STILL WARM list, I'm a fan of all three and consider them to be more staples than trends.  Gold is classic, B/W is timeless, and kraft is about as basic as you can get.  I am thrilled to say goodbye to both items from the COOLING list.  Neons have their place (like in Vegas, in bowling alleys, and in roller skating rinks), but they're really difficult to work with in scrapbooking.  Burlap has its place too (though not the three previously-mentioned locations). I'm totally over burlap-covered furniture (how is this a good idea?), burlap table runners, burlap wall hangings, burlap wreaths, and all the rest.

As I mentioned, these three are only a small part of the entire trend report at Whimseybox. You'll want to read the rest if you found this at all interesting.  I'll wait while you go check it out....


OK, so what do you think?  Do you agree with the report?  Anything you're happy (or sad) to see on any of the lists?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!


  1. Hmmmmmmm... good to see a lot of the trends are sticking it out ... chevron i am not happy about --I will love it forever :)

  2. I'm not sure what to think .... I don't consider myself all THAT trendy ... I tend to like what I like and stick to it ... polka dots, stripes, bright colors ... and I really do love tags, flags, bling, buttons, brads ... I still use eyelets on occasion! :) And I have to agree about chevrons and stars too ... they'll never go away either! :)

  3. I take these "reports" with a grain of salt.... they are definitely listing most of the trends but how they are categorizing them? I think they are definitely off... I see them as an opinion piece where they seem to be passing themselves off as rooted in real data. :)

    1. Interesting! I read these as predictions based on observation, not reports rooted in data, but I see your point. Are there any in particular that seem wrong to you? Because these seem spot-on with what I'm seeing in the craft (vs. scrapbooking) world. I'll be curious to see what the Summer CHA releases look like and how they fit this.


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