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Scrapbooking Trends for 2009

This is the first of a series of posts we have planned for the next two weeks on trends for 2009 in scrapbooking.  Each day we will talk about a new trend (or two!). At the end of the series, I’ll tell you which one is my favourite!  We also have several manufacturer giveaways lined up!

This is such an interesting topic.  It is fun to look around and spot trends transcending from fashion, to home decor and to the craft world… and in our case, scrapbooking. For this post, we will start off with a couple of comments on the subject from some well-known scrapbookers.  Make sure you come back tomorrow for more of our trend week.


Joanna Campbell Slanauthor of "Paper, Scissors, Death" can be found at her website here and her blog here.

"1. Small album projects will continue to be popular. They are time-limited, economical, incredibly satisfying—and they make super gifts.

2. Flock, fleece, and felt will go on adding interesting dimension and weight to pages. They provide great touch-ability and a down-to-earth feel as well.

3.  Swirls and filigrees will make ongoing appearances in die-cuts, laser cuts, and inked images (stamped or hand-drawn). These fill the odd corner, direct the eye, and add a touch of sophistication. (Provide the perfect backdrop for flowers and gems, too.)

4. Doodling will rock on and on. Viva the scribble!

5. Hand-journaling will keep contributing a lovingly personal touch.

6. Interactive layouts will be given more attention, as paper engineering leads to a deeper level of involvement by the viewer and the creator both.

7. All things handmade will be hot, hot, hot. Nothing is perfect, but handmade is near enough to heaven for most of us."


Ngaire Bartlam"Top Ten" sub-editor for Scrapbook Creations magazine, can be found at her blog here.

"I think 2009 will be a year of restraint so far as new product goes.. in keeping with the general air of cutting back. I think also crafters and artists will be embracing the "reuse, recycle, renew" ideals and finding new ways to use what they already have. Hand in hand with this, I think there will be more products created from recycled materials, and more multi use tools and products. I see lots more use of "small outlay big result " products: paints, inks, stencils, stamps etc.. things that can be used again and again. Nature will continue to be a huge inspiration for the arts in general.. and I personally would LOVE to see an increase in art that is easy going, non conforming and from the heart. There will also be a big market in fabrics and felts and handmade/crafted. I would like to believe that this year will be full of fabulous and new ideas grown from artists who look around them to what they already have, and how that can be transformed,  for direction and inspiration."


Anna Bowkis: Contributor, The Scrapbook Magazine, DT member Bad Girls Kits, DT member Pencil Lines

"My prediction for 2009 is HYBRID scrapbooking. With the recession crossing to all parts of the world, tightening our belts is something even us scrapbookers are going to have to do now! Hybrid scrapbooking is a great solution to saving some pennies. There are so many great digital websites out there, and even the greats are doing it too; Ali Edwards has some digital elements available at Designer Digitals to purchase and download. If you love to doodle, check out UK designer Kate Hadfield over at Lilypad.com.

My 2nd prediction is REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE The credit crunch is hitting us all now. Don’t throw away your packaging, look at it, and REDUCE< REUSE< RECYCLE. Prima’s packaging is so pretty to reuse, and the flower packaging has some great cut out designs, great for making tags or using as a stencil!. Plastic packaging makes the perfect embellishments when punched, embossed and stamped. Pizza boxes, do not throw away. Tear, paint and stamp that cardboard!"


Stop by tomorrow and the rest of the week as we delve into more detail on scrapbooking trends for 2009!

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