ALP Trend Watch Challenge: Emoji Love!

Tracey Fox here with another Trend Watch Challenge!

Love them or hate them, emojis are trending is everywhere — and not just on our phones! Emojis can be found in fashion, home decor, stationery, planners, and yes — even scrapbook pages! It makes perfect sense that they would be a natural motif for scrapbooking, because in addition to being cute, they offer an additional way to communicate emotions and activities without (or in addition to) words. If you use emojis when you text or caption an Instagram, but you haven’t used them in your scrappy projects, it might be time to give it a try!

I recently received some large emoji stickers and some teeny-weeny emoji stamps in grab bag order from Studio Calico, and they worked perfectly on this layout about my nieces and nephews.

The big, classic, yellow face emoji worked with the colors in my layout and the tone of this page, but you can find emoji-related products in all sorts of colors, sizes, and styles to fit your needs. I mixed the little emoji stamps in with the sequins and tiny star stickers sprinkled all over my page, but they’re also the perfect size for planners or Project Life cards, or just mixing into your journaling to show how something makes you feel.

Don’t have any pre-made emoji stickers, stamps, or papers? No problem! There are lots of other ways to get emojis on your projects:

  • Use emojis like digital stamps on your photos! It’s super easy to type emojis onto your photos using apps like Letterglow, or even Snapchat, Instagram’s Stories feature, or Facebook Messenger. Just save the altered photos to your phone’s camera roll, and print them just as you would your regular photos.
  • Use the notes app in your phone to type up your journaling, and include emojis in place of certain words or to illustrate the story you are telling. Then, screenshot the journaling and print it like you would a photo.
  • Screenshot your emoji-filled texts or social media statuses and scrapbook them to document interactions or emotions.
  • Find images of emojis online to print onto cardstock or photo paper, and fussy cut or punch them out to create your own embellishments. (A cutting machine with a print and cut feature can come in handy here, too.)
  • Doodle your own emojis, or rediscover the lost art of layering punched shapes! Since so many emojis based on simple, colorful shapes, they don’t require a ton of artistic know-how to recreate from scratch.
  • Go a step further and create your own personal emoji! I’m seeing lots of scrappers creating emoji avatars using apps like Bitmoji, and then scrapping photos of their Bitmojis.

How have you used emojis in your scrapbooking? What emoji-themed products have you seen, and have you ever tried creating your own? Most importantly, what’s your favorite emoji? (Mine is the obviously the fox emoji, and come to think of it, I should probably create a layout about that!)

I’d love to see you give this challenge a try. All throughout the month of April, 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!

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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