I have a severe case of gold fever! Gold has been the hottest thing on scrapbook pages for more than a year and there's no sign of weakening. Right now, shiny gold foil paper is the latest trend item, but gold vellum is still holding strong.
Chickaniddy Crafts gold foil paper is one of my new favorites. It's a classic! I love to use it for die cutting small accents to my pages.
I first spotted this trend at the time of CHA Summer 2012. American Crafts brand Dear Lizzy, with famous front figure Elizabeth Kartchner, were releasing a gold polka dot vellum within the 5th and Frolic collection!
Not only was it a sheet of vellum, a paper type that made a big come back at that time and still is very much on trend, and not only were there polka dots in the design, which still is a very trendy pattern, it was GOLD! That shiny yellow substance lit up my eyes. I wanted it. I wanted more. Gold! It made me swoon, dance, laugh, squeal and acting silly in all kinds of ways! LOL!
And in the following months I hoarded as much as I could get of that gold polka dot vellum, deciding I would need no less than a life time stash of this classical piece. That was the right decision, because I am still using it on several projects every month.
The Dear Lizzy gold polka dot vellum is sold out everywhere and, sadly, discontinued. Fortunately, WRMK picked up that torch and they now have an entire line of metallic vellum sheets in gold, silver and copper. When I write this, Scrapbook.com have these vellum designs in stock. Don't delay too long to get them because, just as the Dear Lizzy vellum, they might be gone forever soon.
But one golden piece wasn't enough for me. After New Year's that same year, I started to use more and more gold in my projects. Here are a couple of the scrapbook pages I made back then. They are made from my very first Scrap Stash Kit 'Going For Gold', with gold, accented with greens like emerald (Pantone Color of the Year 2013!). You can spot pieces of the gold polka dot vellum on all of these pages.
Smart tip! In fact, if you look at all the pages in this article, I have a small selection of classical golden items in my stash, that are used over and over but with different colors and products. You don't have to buy it all, to follow a new trend. Choose wisely among the many products and you can stretch your stash. A little goes a long way.
This first layout (below), Country House morning, was featured on Two Peas' blog in February 2013. Here, I used some very old gold paper that I found in my stash, together with gold cord for the tag made from a Christmas paper from Webster's Pages. The title is made from golden glitter thickers and gold letter tiles from that very first golden collection from Dear Lizzy and American Crafts.
You can also spot some gold pearl stickers, a golden leaf and flower from Webster's Pages along with golden sequins and glitter tape. Yes, I really dug deep in my old stash to get as much golden items as possible because there weren't too many gold products on the market at that time.
Here's another page from that same series of New Year's Day story. Do you recognize that beautiful golden reindeer overlay from Hambly Studios? They closed down production the other year and are sorely missed. The designer, Allison Kreft is now making collections for Webster's Pages.
The wood veneer pieces (another hot novelty at CHA Summer 2012) are painted with my favorite gold mist ever: Heidi Swapp's Color Shine, Golden Lamé:
I continued to use gold through 2013. Here's a layout from September (The Autumn Twist Scrap Stash Kit). You can see how gorgeous the gold accents look with the deep orange and yellow autumn colors!
I am not done with gold, far from it. Here's a page from January 2014 (the Star Bright Scrap Stash Kit) where I used gold along with colors reminding of Radiant Orchid (Pantone's color of the year 2014).
From the same kit, I used gold together with pink for a more girly, but still elegant, look.
My final example is from the March Scrap Stash Kit Jackpot where we are working with the rainbow colors (huge trend this spring). On this page, gold is just an accent that highlights the other colors on the page.