Now, tomorrow's post will show an updated, fresher-looking card than today's retrospective cards. These two cards follow a layout I used repeatedly years ago, so it looks and feels dated to me...and probably to any of you who've been stamping a while.
|Quiet Color Scheme|
|Bold Color Scheme|
Of course I had to make two different color schemes, just to see what the difference would be. I like the bolder one better, but the softer one is pretty, too. The softer card would definitely feel more unified with a "Thinking of You" sentiment rather than "Happy Birthday," though.
These two cards got me thinking about trends, and how they come and go, get make-overs and are transformed into something ever-so-slightly different, and revived. We
Most people who receive our cards have not a clue that the stamp or designer paper or deco scissors or eyelet we used on their card is passé. They don't care--never cared--about such things. We, however, can get sucked into caring very, very much.
Don't get me wrong. There is nothing in the world wrong with enjoying and following trends. They keep our hobby fresh and fun and growing. They are responsible for all the amazing products we have now that weren't available five or ten or two years ago.
But our attitude toward those trends can become skewed and unhealthy. We might spend too much money on the latest and greatest, we might judge ourselves or others harshly, we might get snarky on internet forums, we might feel like we have to keep up with Frieda Famous Flocker and Simone Superstar Spritzer.
I had a wonderful lunch on Friday with Leslie Hanna, also known as the Crooked Stamper. She and I lamented the fact that some magazines require cards to have "currently available" product. What's wrong with using old stamps? Creatively, we don't want to be bound by such restrictions. Neither of us bothers with submitting work to magazines, except my angry submission to Take Ten when I thought their design challenges were ridiculously complicated.
Incidentally, the stamps I used on those published cards were all discontinued. Stampington and Company doesn't restrict product as some other publications do.
But all this got me thinking. I love watching trends, and they make a pleasant whooshing sound as they fly by me. Occasionally, I invite one to roost in my craft space a while. If it's happy there, it stays, and if not, it flies away without regret on my part. It's all good.
But what about you? Do you get sucked in or do you ignore trends? Are you somewhere in between? Do you resent trends or celebrate them? Do you even think about this subject at all or do you have better things to do, like iron socks?
Please share your thoughts!
stamps: Hero Arts (discontinued), Papertrey Birthday Basics
ink: assorted Hero Arts, VersaColor/Magic
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: glue, rhinestones and pearls