By: Traci Armbrust
Banners: Not a day goes by that I don't see some kind of banner. They are pretty much everywhere and on everything. We've come a long way from the traditional old "happy birthday" banners or the plastic triangle banners you would see at a sale for the local car dealer. They are now tiny enough to go onto cards and tags and can also be large enough to decorate large banquet halls for events. I started to see this trend pop up about two and a half to three years ago and it is still going strong.
This friend's banner was created with our Pennant Flags die. I love it because you get a mat to go on top of the pennant
Photos Props:How did we take pictures for so long without these? These obviously have become a lot more popular since the introduction of the photo booth at weddings but people are starting to see the functionality in them at everyday parties and events. You don't need a big picture booth to have fun with these babies! I believe the mustache and lips are classic, but you are starting to see a real push into holiday and birthday themed photo props. So then the next step is once you get all your photo props created, thinking up a clever and decorative way to display them for your guests.
Try using ordinary photo props and putting your own spin on them. I did this by adding hearts and lots of reds and pinks for a valentines themed party.
Duct Tape/Washi Tape: I thought I would group these together even though they are definitely not the same thing. Washi tape is made from natural fibers such as bamboo or hemp but most the time from the bark of trees that are native to Japan (the mulberry, the mitsumata shrub or the gampi tree). It is almost as strong as duct tape but has a transparent quality about it. It's uses are limitless, just like duct tape. Duct Tape is composed of three layers. The top layer is plastic polyethelyne; the middle layer is fabric mesh; the bottom layer is a rubber based pressure sensitive adhesive. Washi is very delicate and is used a lot in gift wrapping, paper crafting and scrapbooking. Duct tape is beng used for home decor, especially outdoor things since it is waterproof. Tweens and teens have also taken a particular liking to it for wallets, and purses and even covering shoes. Who knew that something the military had created to keep moisture out of their ammunition cases could look so good in my pocket?
Polaroids: Well it was only a matter of time before these came back as all great vintage items do. In the papercrafting world we are using frames and mats all the time and these lend themsleves for a perfect space to journal below. The traditional size is great, but when it comes to the size of these fun polaroids, the sky is the limit. As long as you are getting that traditional polaroid shape you can morph the size to make the frame work for you.
Chalkboards: I believe I left the best trend for last. The chalkboard has returned! You might not find it in your child's classroom anymore but you'll see it when you get invited to a wedding, in your pantry on a label, in home decor frames and oh-so-much more. Sometime I don't know if it is so much the chalkboard as it is the typography and the graphics that are used on that chalkboard. Once again that vintage/steampunk feel is just so perfect on that stark black chalkboard and etched in stark white. Eeeeee I'm getting goose bumps just talking about it.