When I first heard that the Trimcraft designers were planning to collaborate with the Victoria & Albert Museum to use fabric patterns from the archives to design a comprehensive papercraft collection I was incredibly excited.
The team’s desire to bring collections that offer something out of the ordinary and take craft in a completely different direction is just one of the many reasons I love to work with Trimcraft and its products. If you consider the collections launched over the past few years, there is something for everyone from sassy to shabby chic, modern to traditional, youthful to sophisticated, extravagant to elegant. And now, with the V&A collection, we have something that every crafter can appreciate with stunning paper designs and embellishments.
What Trimcraft does so well is create a collection that works so coherently together. The paper designs feature patterns taken directly from the archive and then the embellishments use those same patterns and colours so that all of the elements complement each other beautifully.
I don’t know how Claire and Alice – the ladies responsible for bringing this V&A collection to fruition – managed to whittle the designs down to just 12 but they’ve done a remarkable job. If you think about how many fabric patterns there must be in the archive, selecting just 12 must have given them sleepless nights! I can only hope that there will be a second collection so that another 12 designs come to life in paper form!! Fingers crossed, hey?!
This inaugural collection has now launched so you may find it in your local craft retailer (if, not why not ask them to stock it….they can get in touch with me by leaving a comment below) and the range will be launched on Create & Craft TV on 13 February. This kit will include the 12×12 papers – a pack of 36 sheets, 3 of each design, 12 5×7 card blanks and envelopes in subtle pink and cream, 91 self adhesive green, blue and ivory pearls, 20 red and blue mini bows, 8 paper frames, 16 wooden buttons in various sizes, three washi tape designs, 30 paper blossoms, 8 pearl brads (simply adorable) and a set of 7 sentiment stamps featuring ‘Just for You’, ‘Thinking of You’, ‘Congratulations’, ‘With Love’, ‘Special Wishes’, ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Thank You’, perfect for so many occasions.
Regular Create & Craft TV viewers will have often heard me say , but it’s worth saying again, how much I love a kit that has stamps in. I find it easier to justify purchasing a new kit with stamps, especially if you’re anything like me and already have papers and embellishments coming out of your ears (or spilling out of the craft room or cupboard). When a kit has stamps, you’re investing and buying something that will last. Not only will you be able to create amazing papercraft projects with your kit, but long after you’ve used up your papers and finished off the embellishments , you will still have those stamps in your stash.
As ever, I have been busy creating samples ahead of the show and I have understandably been in my element. The paper designs are simply stunning, so on many of my cards, they take centre stage with embellishments kept to a minimum or used in one small area of the card or project.
I love the rich, vibrant colours in the collection, and of course, those repeat patterns from the V&A museum archives are fantastic. They’re perfect for Mother’s Day, wedding crafts, sophisticated Valentine’s projects and so much more.
For my photo shoot I took one of the paper designs and included a quote from the V&A web site which I thought summed up this papercraft collection beautifully:
The V & A has constantly evolved in its collecting and public interpretation of art and design. Its collections span over 5,000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium, housed in one of the finest groups of Victorian and modern buildings in Britain.
As the paper designs are influenced by the fabric archives of the Victoria & Albert museum, I used dress designs in my cards, both as die cut shapes and the ever-delightful origami dress.
I have used Dovecraft textured cardstock on some of my V&A makes as the colours mat and layer really well and make the V&A patterns stand out even more. These coloured papers will also be available on Create & Craft on 13 February and I’ll write another blog post later in the week with some examples. There will be a further post with the Perfect Allusion First Edition Paper Pad reveal, which will also be on the show and the final new item for the show is the Hey Baby First Edition paper pad and decoupage pad which I revealed last week (see the post here). I also focused on Hey Baby in my latest guest post on thecraftblog.com so you can see even more inspiration there.
I hope you can join me on 13 February when I show off this gorgeous Victoria & Albert papercraft collection as well as the First Edition paper pads from Trimcraft.
In the meantime, happy crafting folks.