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I can honestly say they don’t come much sweeter than this girl. Allison Kreft is a class act, 100%! And she’s also a true trend expert, though she’d never admit as much (because she’s humble like that).
Allison spent many years with Hambly Screen Prints, bringing us amazing transparencies, paper, rub-ons, and more.
I knew, in my years as a magazine editor, that I could count on Allison’s art to point me in the direction of the next big thing. Every. Single. Time.
Allison has a natural ability to design products that are ahead of the trend curve, and while Hambly has closed its doors *sniff*, it hasn’t slowed Allison down. Today, she designs signature (and A-mazing!) product lines for Webster’s Pages and Echo Park, as well as produces fabric designs through Spoonflower.
"Hello, World! I’m one of Allison’s adorable lines for Webster’s Pages! Even if I weren’t the mama of a toddler, I’d be all over this business. I mean, the fox/ele/owl party is enough to make anyone smile."
Everyday Eclectic, Allison’s latest release for Echo Park. Complete with tasty Bomb Pops. How can we go wrong with that?
Have a favorite “Allison” print? Well, odds are you’ll find it in Spoonflower’s impressive assortment of Allison Kreft Designs fabric. I ordered several of the baby prints and have LOVED using them!
Hey, Allison, here’s a tag I created using your sweet fabric. I gave it to a new-mama-to-be. Thanks for helping me make her day!
Yup, this talented chica keeps busy, and we’re so lucky she does, as it means more amazing things for us to play with. But, enough of my gushing. Let’s hear it straight from Allison’s point of view!
Megan: From your trend-savvy vantage point, what would you say is the next big thing we can look forward to in the world of paper crafting? Why?
Trend Friend: I think we will continue to see more fun embellishments to coordinate with paper. Like the unique shaped paper clips, printed pattern rubberbands, kawaii-style puffy stickers, photo overlays and printed transparencies.
Megan: Of the many amazing trends on the scene at the moment, what is your current fav when it comes to the world of crafting?
Trend Friend: I love the “photography inspired printer paper”. From the clouds, bokeh lights, sandy beaches to all the different real textures like glitter and gold foil. I think it adds a different element/layer in paper crafting.
Megan: While I know you have a natural cool factor, I also know you’re an incredibly hard worker, which means doing your homework. Do you mind taking us on a small tour of that research route by sharing a site or two you refer to when seeking trends? Preferably something one of your gems that isn’t as known on these world wide webs?
Trend Friend: There are so many great sites and blogs I love to read. Lately I've been loving the Parcel Post blog from Urbanic and also the blog from Ban.do.
Megan: As you find yourself inspired by trends, how do you translate that inspiration into projects? For example, do you have a notebook where you keep your trendy tidbits contained to pull from as you’re crafting?
Trend Friend: Pretty much my iphone is my go to for notes these days. I'm constantly inspired by things when I'm out and about. I find it easiest to take a quick picture, write down a note or use Siri when my hands are busy with kids. (Evernote is a great app for this!)
Megan: Mind giving us a peek at project you’re currently working on or just finished?
Trend Friend: Well I can't give you a peek just yet- but I did just finish designing a baby photo book for Shutterfly! It will be available mid-summer. It was a fun project and I loved working with the Shutterfly team. And I’ve also just released fabric with Spoonflower, which I’m excited to see.
Megan: How can our SCT Trend Friends learn more about you and your style?
Trend Friend: If you want to see what I'm up to daily check out my Instragram account at allisonkreft You can also find me at the following locations:
P.S. My class is THIS WEEK. Makes my stomach flip-flop just typing that. *gulp* And Allison is going to be a guest in my live studio audience (Wed. only). You’ll have to look and see if you see her cute face. :) And, speaking of, to all who’ve RSVP’d/enrolled (to watch from your comp, that is) or sent your words of kindness, thanks so very much. The support from this brilliant SCT family of mine has meant so much. From my heart, I offer my thanks! I’ll be sure to give you a recap soon. In the meantime, any good-luck vibes you want to send my way would be welcomed with open arms! *double-gulp*
As we welcome the weekend, we thought we would leave you with this thought...
We also thought is was time to catch up on some winners! We love our WINNERS! Between vacation schedules, the summer issue release and the fact we are knee deep into the fall issue, we apologize for the delay!
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And superheros use sequins right? (just go with it friends and you'll see where I'm heading!) Yesterday designer Shellye McDaniel shared some beautiful cards in her Card Cafe Thursday post and ways to use the fabulous new Doodlebug sequins that we shared in our Top 10 Most Wanted in our summer issue. These shiny bits of goodness just make everything feel SUPER! (are you still with me?)
Our friends at Doodlebug Design shared an extra package of these mini bottles of sequins that we would love to share with one lucky reader! Leave a comment below telling us what your favourite article was in our summer issue (you can view the entire issue HERE!) and one lucky winner will win a package that includes 12 little bottles of SUPER sequins! Please leave your comment below by Thursday, July 24th. Good luck!
Tomorrow we have a list of some recent winners to share so be sure to join us to see if you are one of the lucky ones! Have a SUPER Friday!
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Hello Scrapbook & Cards Today, friends! Shellye along today with a couple of ways to spruce up your cards with sequins. These are also fun ideas to transfer to your scrapbook pages or other papercrafts. For both cards I am using the "Radiant" Collection by Authentique Paper, sequins from Doodlebug Design and adhesive by Xyron.
On the first card I let the pattern of the journal card guide me in sequin placement. I love the diamond pattern so I chose to highlight that area with the sequins.
To attach the sequins, I've used the 3/16" Adhesive Dots by Xyron; these work nicely for small or larger sequins. To the center of each sequin I added an adhesive backed pearl. You can also add seed beads, enamel dots, brads, small buttons or leave plain!
Finishing up the card was as easy as adding a sentiment sticker layered with a label sticker!
I've always loved hand-stitching sequins! It takes me back to the days when I was newly married and made applique stockings, ornaments and a tree skirt for our first Christmas :) I didn't add the seed beads to the centers of mine, but it works out just fine without them.
Begin by lightly drawing out the letter or design that you'd like to use. Thread a needle with thread and begin stitching the sequins over the pencil marking. Use a back-stitch method so that the sequins are locked into place.
As you can see, when you set out to focus on a certain technique or embellishment on your card, little else is needed!
I hope that you've enjoyed these ideas and will give them a try! ~ Shellye McDaniel
Thank you Shellye for joining us today! For more amazing inspiration, be sure to visit Shellye's blog at www.shellyemcdaniel.com. Lots of eye candy there!
Sometimes the hardest part of creating a page is figuring out exactly what you want to say! I have made so many layouts about our annual vacation to Mexico that I often find it difficult to write the journaling for them - I feel like I've said it all already! So that's when I turn to my family.
On this page, I simply asked each of them what their favorite part of our vacation was. Using speech bubbles,I recorded their answers next to their photos. It was a simple way to get a new journaling perspective on a layout.
Because I had completed my journaling in no time at all, I was able to spend a bit more time on the design. I focused on using a color palette inspired by the sea and sand. A few swipes of light aqua watercolor across the background was topped with stenciled cross hatching in a darker blue paint. Once dry, I used the same stencil to add some more crosses with an aqua fine-tipped pen.
I layered several squares of patterned paper with distressed edges on top of the painting, and then framed each of the photos with a wood veneer piece. The speech bubbles were created with a stencil as well - I just traced them onto white cardstock and cut them out.
I loved spending a bit more time on the design details and getting creative. And I love that my family voices make an appearance on the page as well!