Monday, September 20, 2010

Scrapbook Trend Watch: Halloween Glam

It's been very exciting for me to see the newest crop of Halloween scrapbooking products as they are released. In the past supplies for this holiday have ranged in theme from cutesy to kitschy to downright scary, and, while there's nothing wrong with any of these (and I've certainly bought enough of each type of product to prove that), I have to admit that the current trend for scrapbooking this holiday about all things spooky and sweet is probably my favorite- I'm calling it "Halloween Glam."

First thing, right up front- I totally stole that phrase from TomKat Studio. If you're not familiar with Kim's work, I suggest that you head on over to her site right now and browse all the gorgeous party supplies that she creates. Her latest creation is called Halloween Glam, and it's pure eye candy (for more photos, check out Hostess With the Mostess).

I was nearly drooling in my keyboard the first time I spotted that lovely gilded pumpkin, the fab damask patterns, and all the rich, punchy purples mixed in with traditional Halloween oranges and blacks.

Kim's creation immediately made my mind wander to the lovelies that Miss Martha Stewart creates every Halloween, especially her over-the-top gorgeous glittered pieces (because, come on, who doesn't love Martha's glitter?). Those bits of sparkle make even the most sinister of skulls look sensational.

A combination of silver and black glitter lends a touch of elegance to this tiered pumpkin centerpiece.

The Halloween Glam look isn't just for parties, though. This year it's also extremely prevalent in scrapbooking supplies, where elements from fashion and home decor have fused with traditional Halloween themes to create some fabulous new lines.

Case in point: the Midnight Spell paper stack from Die Cuts With a View.

This stack is packed full of gorgeous designs, like this set of intricate scrollwork frames housing Halloween silhouettes.

A common theme for this year's papers is to take a typical home decor icon, such as the damask below, and replace elements of it with skulls, bats, or pumpkins for a subtle Halloween look. Of course, the jack-o-lanterns interspersed among the scrolls make it a bit less subtle. :)

Here we see another home decor inspired sheet- tables, candelabras, and chandeliers float above a purple damask background.

And these chandeliers are beautifully glittered- in fact, half of the sheets in this collection are glittered or foiled.

House of 3 is always on top of the trends. They recently released their new Halloween line, including these gorgeous Phantom digital papers. Again, we see damask and strong architectural themes in these designs.

This Haunted Borders brush kit is from House of 3's Halloween line from last year, but it coordinates well with their new papers. Lots of scrolls and spooky elements here.

Pink Paislee's Hocus Pocus line features a rich color palette to complement its intricate scrollwork, skeletal damasks, and ghostly chandelier.

The Haunted line from My Mind's Eye presents a simpler take on the Halloween Glam theme. It starts with a pared-down palette of kraft, white, and black, and then builds with the same scroll, damask, and home decor themes. There are argyles and houndstooth patterns thrown in for good measure, as well.

Anna Griffin's designs are always timeless and elegant, and her very first Halloween line, Esmerelda, is no exception. While it sticks to a very traditional orange and black color scheme, it outdoes itself with intricate designs and that fabulous lace paper.

Provo Craft's Cricut gets in on some of the glam action with the new Happy Hauntings cartridge.

While this cartridge has many traditional cute and scary elements, it also contains a fantastic set of ornate frames, complete with spooky silhouettes. There are a lot of possibilities here for Halloween home decor, cards, and scrapbook pages.

And, finally, the October issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine reminds us that we don't have to break the bank buying lots of new products to get the Halloween Glam look.

The article Pretty Spooky shows readers how to get a fabulously spooky look by using supplies they already own (think damask stamps, black color mists, black scroll patterned papers).

For a non-girly girl who still likes to bling it up from time to time, the Halloween Glam look is a chance to play with pretties without having an all pink, all the time color palette. Bring on the costume photos, I'm ready to play!