Happy New Year from SCT! It’s a new year full of possibilities, and we’re so excited to embark on another year of inspiration with you!

Do you have any creative resolutions for 2018? Perhaps you want to create more, attend some events, join a challenge, or get organized. Whatever the new year brings, we hope that you have FUN in everything and share handmade kindness and capture memories for a lifetime.

Have you seen the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018?

Pantone Ultra Violet

I gotta tell you, I was skeptical when I first heard the news, but I’m always open-minded when it comes to color. Purple tends to be a love or hate color, and while I love all colors, it’s definitely not one I tend to reach for. But, I think it’s growing on me.

According to some brief research, here’s what the color purple evokes, “Purple combines the stability of the blue color and the energy of the red. Through the ages, purple has always been associated with royalty, nobility, and prestige. The color purple can symbolize mystery, magic, power, and luxury.”

Let’s feast our eyes on some pretty things in all their Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 glory!

This beautiful bouquet of statice.


This glorious clutch purse.


This magnificent espresso machine.


This luscious lip color.


This chic lounge chair and ottoman.

Our partners offer fun products in these royal hues. Let’s check out a few:

Sugarplum ink from Lawn Fawn.

A Grape Soda album from We R Memory Keepers.


Purple Deco Foil from Therm O Web.

Amethyst sequins from Simon Says Stamp.

Heart with Foil Purple cardstock from Bazzill Basics.

If purple isn’t your go-to color, just start by adding small doses…

Kay Miller incorporated splashes of purple in her cityscape using products from Paper Smooches.

Stacy Cohen used some purple in her colorful layout to create a rainbow. Perhaps you could try several strips of purple! C’mon! You can do it!

Whether you love purple or don’t, I challenge you to try it in at least of your creations this coming year.

Here’s to 2018! May it be a year full of many blessings.

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Susan R. Opel, Editor-in-Chief