"The last time I fell in love with a Crate Paper collection this much was when Random debuted nearly a year-in-a-half ago. I remember it being a really exciting time, too, because Random brought with it a color palette and design style that had never before been seen from the likes of Crate Paper. Fast forward to the present, and once again, Crate Paper's done the exact same, but this time, the collection is called "On Trend". Instilled with show-stopping color and eclectic design, it's one of the those collections you just can't go without, not if you're a color fanatic like myself. From what I can tell thus far, it's some of the best color I've ever had the opportunity to work with! In a big way, it's totally 'me'..no surprise there."
"I've already spoken about the layout at length via my personal blog, Retrospection. To it though, I would like to add a couple of items. First, Crate's Chipboard Accents have been a part of the Crate family for as long as I can remember. In using them, I often target the non-traditional pieces, or leftovers. For example, with this layout, I took a thin oval chipboard frame, backed half of it with pattern paper, and then left the bottom portion of it empty to create the illusion of unity. Second item on the list are the little pieces. Case in point; Crate's tiny chipboard flowers and buttons. Gather them up, put them in a small bowl, and keep them nearby on your desk. Don't leave them on the sheet because chances are, they'll stay there forever. Make it a habit to use your tiny chipboard accents. Give'em layers, too!"
"My kiddos and I recently spent an afternoon at our local pumpkin patch. I knew right away I would be using the Acorn Avenue collection for these photos. I cut a variety of papers from the 6 x 6 pad to create a sunburst design in the bottom left corner and built my design from there."
"On Trend's color palette opens the door to a plethora of color combo options! Here, I stuck to a simple blue & white scheme with tiny pops of pink & olivine. This casual look is further supported by a minimal display of embellishments that include a hanging banner, chipboard accents and flower."