Summer Trends Report


This Trends Report is brought to you by the AFCI Trends Committee.

The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) Trends Committee is always on the lookout for creative trends to keep your business in the know about what’s popular on the Internet, and with crafters, makers and DIYers.  Here are the current trends we are seeing.

CHIPBOARD

Submitted by Candy Rosenberg, {a vintage girl}

Chipboard

Chipboard has been around for many years and has been a mainstay in mixed media art and layouts.  However, it is now showing up more in albums and junk journals due to its versatility; giving great dimension to these kinds of projects. The designs can range from simple shapes to very intricate designs, allowing for a full array of choices for your project. Chipboard can be altered in a variety of ways with mediums like paint, shimmer sprays and pastes – or, just leave them natural and use brown ink to keep the vintage look.

‘CRAFT WORK’ LOOK

Submitted by Debra Quartermain, Debra Quartermain Design

Craft Work Look

The ‘craft work’ look coming down the runway for summer is very similar to the popular Boho style with fringe, lace and appliques used on everything from summer dresses to jeans and bags.  Hats and flip-flops are making a statement adorned with feathers, ribbons and other trims.  Summer is a time for playful creativity and with a pair of scissors, fabric adhesive and assorted trims. Trendy fashion items can be easily made and personalized.

PAINTED FLOWER POTS

Submitted by Kathy Cano-Murillo, Crafty Chica, LLC

Painted Flower Pots

Artfully painted flower pots have become part of DIY culture. We’re not talking about our beloved decoupage planters, but high-level techniques from gallery painters who are applying their visual messages in a functional and decorative way. And it’s not just about the planter; it’s also about what goes inside. Muralist Jeff Slim of Phoenix, Arizona, is an example. He is known for his collection of one-of-a-kind pieces that he sells in gallery shops and boutiques around the state.

EMBROIDERY HOOPS

Submitted by Lisa Kettell, www.lisakettell.com

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Embroidery hoops and circular art are hitting hard this year. From florals, design to party, the hoop is where it’s at. Put a picture inside, weave it up or create a centerpiece.

RAINBOWS

Submitted by Lisa Kettell, www.lisakettell.com

We are seeing a spike in rainbow love! Watch for unique color palettes and styles – especially warm hues such as beige, creams, spicy oranges, rose, muted blues, violets and garden greens.

NARWHALS

Submitted by Lisa Kettell, www.lisakettell.com

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Narwhals are back and bigger than ever. They are the new unicorn for 2019, while sloths are becoming the new llama.

ORANGE

Submitted by Lisa Kettell, www.lisakettell.com

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Move over pink: Orange is taking over. The hot color palette this year is corals, tropical citrus and muted pastels.

‘Tis the Season for December Trends


This Trends Report is brought to you by the AFCI Trends Committee

The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) Trends Committee is always on the lookout for creative trends to keep your business in the know about what’s popular on the Internet and with crafters, makers and DIYers. Here are the current trends we are seeing.

1. Lighted Christmas Trees

Submitted by Kathy Cano-Murillo, CraftyChica.com

This holiday season you’ll see these vintage style trees, reminiscent of the one Grandma used to have.  You can purchase them in retail outlets or better yet, make your own version at a paint your own pottery studio.   The motif is also used in illustrations, jewelry, wall art and more!

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Mr. Christmas Ceramic Christmas Tree Figurine at Target

2. Fa la Llama

Submitted by Debra Quartermain, DebraQuartermain.com

The Llama icon trend continues with the fun “No Prob-llama” and “No Drama Llama” sayings on everything from pillows to signs. Images appear in holiday gift wrap, party decor and housewares. Of course the creative world is filled with adorable stuffies, ornaments and pillows. Expect to see many llamas wearing holiday attire this season!

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Photo credit: Debra Quartermain, DebraQuartermain.com

 

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Happy Llamakah Card from Paper Source

3. Pa Rum Pum Pom Pom

Submitted by Jennifer Priest, Smart Fun DIY

Pom pom crafts and felt ball crafts are everywhere this holiday season!  Pom pom garlands, trees and ornaments are showing up as holiday décor.  With multiple pom pom maker tools to choose from, crafters can make pom poms in any size to DIY their own pom pom holiday decor. Looking for a trendy gift?   Pom pom scarfs, pom pom edged blankets, pom pom wall hangings, and pom pom keychains are on point.

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Pom Pom Christmas Tree found at Hobby Lobby

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DIY Ice Cream Cone Ornaments by Jennifer Priest, Smart Fun DIY

October Trends Report: 2 Creative Trends We’re Seeing


This Trends Report is brought to you by the AFCI Trends Committee.

The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) Trends Committee is always on the lookout for creative trends to keep your business in the know about what’s popular on the Internet and with crafters, makers and DIYers. Here are two creative trends we’re seeing right now.

1. Sprinkles!

Submitted by Kathy Cano-Murillo, Crafty Chica

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MexiSprinkles by Candy Ramirez

Sprinkles have gone above and beyond the normal rainbow pebbles. New sprinkle brands are popping up and feature custom mixes for every personality. From Friday the 13th to Hocus Pocus, you can see many of them for Halloween. Regular favorites include mermaid tails, cacti, pinatas and many others. And people are using them on everything from cakes and doughnuts to ice cream and chocolate-dipped pretzels.

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MexiSprinkles by Candy Ramirez

2. Instagram Challenges

Submitted by Jennifer Priest, Smart Fun DIY

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Walnut Hollow Instagram Challenge

Collaborative social media based challenges are everywhere on Instagram. Challenges include daily prompts to get your creativity started. Most challenges focus on a theme and occur every day for one month. You can find challenge through their hashtags and get attention from other participants by hashtagging your posts for the challenge. People are looking for community, inspiration, and connection and get it by sharing their projects in these online challenges, like AFCI member Walnut Hollow’s #BurntOctober wood burning challenge.

September Trends Report: 4 Creative Trends We’re Seeing


This Trends Report is brought to you by the AFCI Trends Committee. Interested in submitting a trend? Contact Kristen Farrell at kfarrell@afci.global.

The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) Trends Committee is always on the lookout for creative trends to keep your business in the know about what’s popular on the Internet and with crafters, makers and DIYers. From pom poms to vintage rustic designs, here are four creative trends we’re seeing right now.

1. Pom Poms (They’re Here to Stay)

Submitted by Debra Quartermain, Debra Quartermain Design

Pom Pom Trim Boho Bag

Boho bag designed by Christie Troxell

“What a fun and light hearted trend, the classic pom pom and pom pom trim is still showing up everywhere! From DIY yarn pom pom crafts to strings of multi colored pom pom as room dividers, wall accents and window décor. Clothing hems, sleeves and necklines often have a delicate edging of tiny pom pom trim or large pom pom tassel strings. This corresponds with the popular boho trend.”

2. Crystals

Submitted by Kathy Cano-Murillo, Crafty Chica

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“Crystals! The law of attraction has escalated beyond positive thinking. From rose quartz crystals to amethyst – people are turning to nature’s jewels to attract positive energy in their lives. Look online to see scores of DIY crystals, DIY crystal-inspired soaps and candles, and artful accessories such as crowns and earrings. Look at this DIY crystal tiara from HelloGiggles.”

3. Vintage Rustic Designs & More Fall Vibes

Submitted by Lisa Kettell, Lisa Kettell Designs

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General Store Ceramic Platter

“What does September mean? Summer vacations come to a close, kids go back to school and Autumn festivals start to brew. It’s this time of year that we begin to get our rustic on. I am seeing a variety of vintage rustic designs. Stores just can’t get enough of general store motifs and farm to market supplies. Think wood, metal and ceramic. All mixing together as one. From wood crates, signs and displays to blanks ready for customizing. Laura Ingalls would be proud.”

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Blank Metal Displays

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Blank chalk board signs

Blank Wooden Planks

Blank Wooden Planks

“Let’s not forget the warm and cozy vibes of red and black. This means we will all be acquiring lumber jack plaid. Designers just can’t get enough of this warm fall combo, which I believe will extend into the holiday season. From fashion, home décor to crafts, plaid has taken over.”

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Main Street Bakery Wood Crate

“Are you a foodie? One look at the general store and marketplace designs hitting the scene and you will be. Nothing like getting inspired to bake and create. Especially when you have really great products on the market to play with.”

4. Paint Pouring

Submitted by Candy Rosenberg, A Vintage Girl

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Paint Pouring By Diana Mango

“I have been bombarded recently with the following trend, Paint Pouring. Although this is not new to the art world, it is new to your average consumer. I have not had a chance to try it myself and I have everything I need to do it, but I am little scared. I have watched many hours of YouTube videos and there is so many ways to do it that I am not sure where to start. I believe the biggest apprehension is the space that is needed and subsequent mess that is made, maybe I will just dig in but meanwhile I am going to share some Paint Pouring love right here.

What is Paint Pouring?
According to Marion Boddy-Evans it is pouring, puddling, dripping… the defining characteristic of this acrylic painting technique is that you don’t apply the paint with a brush or palette knife, but rather use gravity to move the paint across a canvas. The results are unlike anything you can get with a brush: fluid flows of paint without any brush marks or texture.

A great informational article by Golden Paints with a great explanation of the entire process can be found here.

The first artist that I would like to introduce is Diana Mango and quite honestly, I had not seen this technique hardly at all until I seen her doing it and sharing on her personal Facebook. We are fellow swappers on several Artist Trading Card groups, so we have been trading art for well over a year. She just jumped right in and was showing her finished work. She had a natural ability in creating cool effects with Paint Pouring. She has recently created a Facebook to show her work at, stop by if you get a chance.”

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Paint Pouring By Diana Mango

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Paint Pouring By Diana Mango

“Now, Diana Mango is a young woman that is budding artist but by no means has exhibits in art galleries and the such, this just shows that anyone can truly do this. However, there are some learned tricks and many techniques to create certain results by way of practicing.

These are completed works that I found on the Internet that are more known artists, so you can see how they are differ regardless of the one that is creating it.”

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Paint Pour with the Double Dirty Landscape Technique by Caren Goodrich

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Rick Cheadle of Cheadle Designs

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Nata S. Fine Art on Etsy.com

 

August Trends Report: 4 Creative Trends We’re Seeing


This Trends Report is brought to you by the AFCI Trends Committee. Interested in submitting a trend? Contact Kristen Farrell at kfarrell@afci.global.

The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) Trends Committee is always on the lookout for creative trends to keep your business in the know about what’s popular on the Internet and with crafters, makers and DIYers. From ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) to a new Artist Trading Card (ATC) here are the four trends you need to know about right now.

1. ASMR

Submitted by Jennifer Priest, Smart Fun DIY

“ASMR and sensory content are huge right now. The slime, bath bomb, and DIY science experiment trends of the last few years have blossomed into a new series of sensory focused DIY projects. Creators are using art and craft supplies to create sensory experiences via ASMR videos. From crumbling floral foam blocks covered in glitter to cutting handmade soap loaves to watching artists whisper while painting, ASMR is showing up big time in the DIY space. Squishy toys are being replicated as squishy DIYs using foam kits and silicone baking molds. And bath bombs are being created with ASMR effects or in giant size, the fizzing producing a feeling of satisfaction in those who watch.”

2. Nature is Calling (and so are the “Rosés”)

Submitted by Lisa Kettell, Lisa Kettell Designs

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Picture by Lisa Kettell

“Currently I am seeing a variety of interesting trends throughout the creative industry. The first being floral. Designers just can’t get enough of floral patterns. From fashion, food to crafts, florals have taken over. Floral embroidery on clothing, hibiscus lattes, and rose centric décor, this trend has only begun to bloom.

What goes with flowers? Insects of course. Birds, butterflies and bees themes are back. They join the floral movement and can be seen in lots of designs. Is it a summer trend? Maybe, but I see these magical insects flying on for a bit. Joining forces with the world of science. Be on the look for specimen jars, beakers and industrial science hitting stores hard in August.

Look for the essence of rosé to hit hard in August, too. It’s become the party wine of choice this summer and popping up in creative design. Scrapbooking, planners, wall prints and mugs, this blush wine has everyone talking.”

3. Artist Trading Coins – the New ATC

Submitted by Candy Rosenberg, A Vintage Girl

“This month I would like to highlight a new trend in Artist Trading Cards. I have personally participated in swapping with others all over the world for 10 years now, and I have made well over 10,000 ATCs. The new trend is called Artist Trading Coins, which measure 2” in diameter. It is not often that something truly new is introduced, but I think this one comes close.

The Artists Trading Coins trend was started by Crafty Hodges on YouTube, whose process video shows more about these fun little circles of art.

The traditional trading cards have been around for quite some time; measure 2.5” x 3.5”; and fit in a standard trading card pocket for storing. Traditional cards are swapped all over the world and have no rules except the size. I have created and/or traded many cards that are sewn fabric, metal, heavy chipboard, plastic and even good old paper. They are very fun to trade with others all over the world with many Facebook groups and websites that allow you trade with others all in one setting. Artist Trading Cards and Artist Training Coins are fantastic ways to get your mojo going; use up scraps and bits and pieces in your craft area; and are considered small pieces of art in the craft industry.

This sector is often overlooked; however, there is a huge market that is very hungry for products, especially tools and punches that make it easier to create these little works of art.

Here are some examples of coins created by Crafty Hodges, the founder of this new trend. What a cute idea that is taking the ATC world by storm!

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Artist Trading Coin by Crafty Hodges

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Artist Trading Coin by Crafty Hodges

I went ahead and tried my hand at it, but first, I scoured my local craft store to find a 2” punch to make them easy and uniform in size. Fiskars has a great heavy-duty version that has worked beautifully.”

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2” punch by Fiskars

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Artist Trading Coins by Candy Rosenberg

 

4. European Trends

Submitted by Roberta Birnbaum, robertabirnbaum.com

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Picture by Roberta Birnbaum

“I recently spent six weeks in Europe and loved witnessing the trends. Back in the “olden days” aka pre-Internet, European trends were sometimes a full year-or more- ahead of the U.S., and even longer for Canada. It was wonderful to see some of the same trends occurring concurrently.

What really stood out? Unicorns (still), llamas (very popular), and tassels and pompoms (wow!); they’re everywhere. Tassels and pompoms are decorating clothes, accessories, and home décor. I don’t see it falling out of favor any time soon.”

Crafting Trends From Altenew


This is a sponsored post by Altenew.

Altenew has always been at the forefront of introducing new trends and designing innovative paper crafting products since its inception in 2014. From introducing the most elegant layering stamps to designing layering floral metal dies, Altenew has been working hard to captivate the crafting world.

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Our team is always thinking of small and big ways to improve the crafting experience. By providing daily project ideas in our blogs and social media, and developing interactive video content (Facebook Live, Altenew Academy, Lydia’s Crafty Corner), we aspire to inspire creativity at every crafting level.

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Our leadership team is continuously looking for ways to bring new life to existing product categories. For example, our gradient ink color families work beautifully with our wide range of layering stamps, thus taking out the guesswork and letting the crafter focus on expressing their creativity.

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This year, we have introduced a special kind of washi tape. You may be familiar with standard size washi tapes, but have you seen washi tapes that will cover an entire A2 size card front? Our extra wide washi tapes will do just that! And by adding a die-cut sentiment, you can now create a beautiful card in just a few minutes!

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You may also use them as patterned papers and die-cut letters and shapes out of them.

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Some of our washi tapes have beautiful images that you can fussy-cut and create hundreds of embellishments with.

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You may also use them to create partial backgrounds for your focal images.

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Our washi tapes are not limited for card making but are also great for art journals, home decor, mixed media projects, or any other DIY projects.

We are very excited about this new product category and cannot wait to see what everyone will create with them!

“Alt” translates to “old” in German, and thus “Alt-e-new” represents the juxtaposition of classical and contemporary designs. Our team recognizes the importance of bringing joy to others, and that the personal touches of a handmade card or a scrapbook layout can comfort the people who are most important to us.

Ultimately, we hope our products inspire crafters to express their unique creativity and make spectacular projects that bring joy and happiness to their loved ones.

Tasnim Ahmed | President

 

July Trends Report: 4 Creative Trends We’re Seeing


This Trends Report is brought to you by the AFCI Trends Committee. Interested in submitting a trend? Contact Kristen Farrell at kfarrell@afci.global.

The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) Trends Committee is always on the lookout for creative trends to keep your business in the know about what’s popular on the Internet and with crafters and DIYers. From outdoor decorations to junk journals, here are the four trends you need to know about right now.

1. Outdoor Celebrations, DIY Party Decor & Fringe!

Submitted by Jennifer Priest, Smart Fun DIY

Outdoor celebrations are at the forefront this summer and fall. Beer garden parties and patio parties decorated with painted terra cotta pots, wood slices, and hand-woven or embroidered fabrics are popular on Pinterest and Instagram. Bright colors are showing up in craft and party decor with a nod to the simple, random geometric patterns of the 1980s. DIY party decor is still a major trend, from balloon arches to handmade party poppers and DIY photo back drops. And finally, fringe is in … from the fringed tissue paper on pinatas to long fringe on shirts, purses, and jackets at festivals, fringe is popping up everywhere.

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Outdoor Celebrations, Smart Fun DIY

2. Wood Embroidery Hoops

Submitted by Debra Quartermain, Debra Quartermain Design

One of the DIY trends I have been following is the renewed and continuing interest and use of wood embroidery hoops. From pretty welcome wreaths to colorful hanging pocket storage, embroidery hoops of all sizes are being transformed by the creative maker. There are many examples of beautiful and intricate embroidery to fun stenciled phrases all embellished with dimensional elements like flowers and trims. Fabric pockets, wood words, mixed media elements all contribute to unique creative expression with a simple wood embroidery hoop!

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Wood Embroidery Hoop, Debra Quartermain

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Wood Embroidery Hoop, Debra Quartermain

3. Clay

Submitted by Kathy Cano-Murillo, Crafty Chica

Everyone is playing with clay! Do a search on Etsy and almost 800,000 entries come up. Ceramics used to be known as Aunt Lydia’s late night hobby, but these days more and more people are indulging in the art form. Millennials are embracing a zero-waste lifestyle and that means no more disposable dishware; they are investing in handmade ceramic pieces from local makers. This, coupled with the bohemian trend still going strong, clay pieces are everywhere, even on mainstream TV, such as the popular show Queen Sugar, where one of the main characters is always seen drinking from handmade mugs. Working with clay is very organic and universal. Add in a variety of new accent products such as image transfers, silkscreens and glittered low fire glazes – and it’s suddenly cool again. Visit any maker’s event to see more and more handmade bowls, cups, pottery, and jewelry.

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Ceramic mugs featured on Queen Sugar

4. Junk Journals

Submitted by Candy Rosenberg, A Vintage Girl

You’re a scrapbooker, card maker, art journaler, perhaps a mixed media artist…you have a desk full of parts and pieces. Paper, ephemera, tags, oh my! You ask yourself, what do I do with all this? A trend was born of junk journals out of the need to use up our bits and pieces. What a great way to put all these elements together and create a book that we can record our travels, our stories and so much more. They have become increasingly popular with a great variety of vintage ephemera kits, printed digital kits and for those that want the creativity of others, handmade journals that are made just for you. A true testament to the pure joy and inspiration of creating without rules, a junk journal can be anything you make it, literally.

Made from nearly any material, the possibilities are endless. Small, medium and large, thin and chunky, it’s all there. I am a part of several junk journal Facebook groups with endless inspiration, one of the largest is Junk Journal Junkies; it has over 15,000 members and is a well administered group. This is where I procured the following inspirational junk journals to share with you. Other groups and resources can be found at the end of this article.

Additionally, as AFCI members this hot trend offers a great way to utilize all the great supplies that we have on hand and is a great way to show a variety of uses with your manufacturers products. Manufacturers have a great avenue to offer products that make creating junk journals easier as the most often comment I hear is that they are intimidating to make.

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Junk Journal by Sigita Grunte

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Junk Journal by Sigita Grunte

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Junk Journal by Sigita Grunte

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Junk Journal by Liz Caranci @lizthepaperproject

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Junk Journal by Liz Caranci @lizthepaperproject

Junk Journals by Marina Wilson
Marina shared with us a bit about her process:

“I have a few ways of doing it, I cut patches out of any number of fabrics like upholstery, old clothes, scraps, new fabrics, etc. After putting together my main layout I sew it to interfacing and add any extras at that time. I pick what I want for the inside and then sew that together. I add my eyelets and elastics then pick out a number of papers I want to use. Vintage book pages, coffee dyed paper, music sheets, etc. I may sew and add embellishment from there.”

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Junk Journal by Marina Wilson

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Junk Journals by Marina Wilson

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Junk Journal by Tyler Nappa

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Junk Journal by Tyler Nappa

Junk Journal Groups
These groups are typically closed groups and you will need to ask to join; you may be asked some questions to make sure that you are a good fit. This keeps these groups tight and keeps the drama to a minimum.

There are a lot of great Etsy Stores that offer ephemera or kits that have everything you need to create your own junk journals or have one made for you.

What trends are you seeing? Leave a comment below.