Happy New Year first and foremost. I’m not a huge fan of resolutions and life-changing challenges in January. For me, the clock striking midnight on 31 December is like the break of any other day. If you want to make changes, make them when you are ready and feel able to accomplish them. There is nothing more disheartening than setting yourself a goal you already feel unable to accomplish for whatever reason.
My goals and desires change as often as the seasons and I prefer to aspire to something rather than set myself up for inevitable failure with a precise target. So, as 2018 gets going I am aspiring to do more scrapbooking, get started with hand lettering /calligraphy and knit more! I’m not sure it is possible to knit more given that I knit every spare minute I have but it’s what I love doing so it’s on the list. Oh, and drinking more water. That’s on there too!
Also included in that list is more craft tutroials for this blog. Please let me know what type of tutorials you’d like to see, or if you see any of my sample cards and want to know how they are made, just mention it in the comments below.
I am kicking off my first post of 2018 with some inspiration for a wonderful paper pad – so wonderful in fact, that I actually parted with my own money to purchase one for my own crafting!
Wanderlust, is one of two First Edition launches (come back later in the week for the second preview), both of which will be available as I return to the Create & Craft studio on 9 January. It’s been so long since I was there, I have really missed it.
What stands out for me the most with the Wanderlust paper pad is the amazing colour palette. Dusky pinks are teamed with greys, midnight blue and deep rich yellows, finished off with gold foil detailing. These are not immediately colours I would put togehter yet, once again, the talented Trimcraft designers have put together a collection of patterned paper designs that work so beautifully together.
Nature is a huge influence in the paper designs, originated by Katie Pertiet, with butterflies and florals throughout. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a paper pad just for girls though! There are some fabulous masculine designs in there with geometrics and pinstripes. I made a male birthday card and gift box easily with these papers.
I designed the triangle gift box after deconstructing a box that contained a free gift that came with some make up I purchased. I recreated the shape in Cricut design space and resized it to fit onto a 12×12 page. Here’s the link to the file if you’d like to have a go at creating your own: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/72814110
You can of course, go as feminie as you like with the glorious butterflies with pearlescent finishes and floral repeat patterns. The papers are 200gsm so are also perfect for structural off the page crafts such as this cup and saucer which I am going to pop a little plant inside, or the box frame above.
If pressed to pick just one favourite thing about this paper pad however, it would be that the paper designs speak for themselves. Embellishments, die cuts and stamped sentiments can be kept to a minimum thanks to the stunning designs that stand alone and create wonderful cards.
In both designs above, the main features are the patterned papers with minor focal points such as the sentiment and the bow. Those floral antlers also have glitter on them too! Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that half of the pad is double sided so you can do funky folds like the card below, showcasing both sides of the paper.
Hope you can join me on January 9th on Create & Craft for this wonderful Wanderlust paper pad.
The technicial bit: This creative 12×12 premium paper pad includes 48 sheets with 3 sheets of 16 designs, perfect for capturing a decorative look on all of your papercraft projects. The pad contains one glitter design, two pearlescent effect papers and two foil designs. Half the pads is double sided designs. Everything about this paper is premium, made from 200gsm paper to ensure it stays strong and won’t tear or distort when using heavier embellishments. Each pad is acid and lignin free to ensure creations won’t fade or spoil over time. The pad is FSC certified meaning papers are sustainably sourced and any waste from production is managed sustainably.
I’ll share more details of what else will be available on the show in previews two and three which will be posted later this week.