ALP Trend watch tropical

It’s time for a new Trend Watch Challenge. This month, I’m challenging you to use a summery, tropical motif I’m seeing everywhere in scrapbook lines and on projects – palm leaves!

Last summer, it was all about pineapples and flamingos, and while those images are still around in full force, tropical leaves seem to have emerged as a not-so-subtle signifier of summer, relaxation, vacations, and paradise on pages. Have you noticed this, too? It’s as if tropical foliage is the new floral!

I decided to give this trend a try with a layout about the buffet on the Caribbean cruise I went on last fall. Even though I had plenty of photos from my vacation that featured palm trees, I challenged myself to try to go the less literal route and use this tropical leaf motif on a vacation page that didn’t otherwise feature them directly.

I used a cut file from the Silhouette Store to cut out a few leaves, and I love how their organic shape helps balance the graphic pattern on the other half of the page. You can also find palm leaf patterned papers, stickers, and diecuts in lots of current product lines and in digital file shops. These leaves are simple enough in shape that you could also cut them out by hand to achieve a similar look.

There are all sorts of cool ways I’m seeing this trend show up:

  • Layered under photos and photo mats
  • Die cut from unexpected colors and patterns like white cardstock, gold foiled paper, a black and white pattern, or even another tropical-themed paper like flamingo prints
  • Strung up on summery banners with swimsuits and tropical flowers
  • With stitching details to show the veins in the leaves
  • Painted on pages using mixed media
  • As a subtle stamped background pattern
  • Adhered in a grid pattern for a bold background

How would YOU use tropical leaves to decorate your pages and help tell your stories? All through the month of July, upload a project to the Awesome Ladies Project (in your personal gallery) and share the link in the comments on this post.

Just log into your free ALP account and visit your personal gallery on your profile page (click “Register” at the top of the page if you are new to this site). You can also share your projects on Instagram using the hashtag #alptrendwatch in addition to the usual #awesomeladies #feministscrapbooking and #theawesomeladiesproject hashtags. Feel free to tag me (@scrappylikeafox) in your post so I see your creations right away! You can even tag me or add the hashtag to past projects if you’ve already created something using this trend!

Have you spotted a scrappy trend while surfing blogs, galleries, or Instagram? I’d love for you to tell me what you see. It could be a theme, motif, product, technique, design trend — anything!  Send me a message in the Awesome Ladies Community (@scrappylikeafox) so we can chat about it, and it might end up as a future challenge here at The Awesome Ladies Project.

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