Happy February, my friends! Have you seen the Pantone Color of the Year for 2020?


 I was surprised to see this pretty basic color announced as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2020. Honestly, I don’t often consider blue anything more than a versatile neutral, but it’s funny how I’ve been finding myself reaching for this color more often recently.

According to the Pantone website, Classic Blue is a “timeless and enduring blue hue, elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking [color] highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era. Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, [it] brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser-like clarity, Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts [and]… fosters resilience.”

 Let’s feast our eyes on some pretty things in all their Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 glory!


These cool shoes.


This gorgeous sofa.


This ornate door.


These vintage dishes.SCT-Magazine-Pantone-Color-Of-The-Year-2020-Buick-Encore

This adorable car.

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


Crop-A-Dile Power Punch from We R Memory Keepers.


Brilliant Blue Glitz Glitter Gel from Therm O Web.


Blue Jay dye ink from Lawn Fawn.


Blue Jean enamel dots from Doodlebug Design.


Watercolor album from Heidi Swapp.

 Here are some creative uses of blue that may inspire your next card or layout…


I made this card last month with the gorgeous Brilliant Blue Glitz Glitter Gel from Therm O Web. I adore the blue sparkle!



Art Director Cathy Zielske created this serene layout about her son Cole for our Summer 2018 issue. This shade is perfect for masculine designs!

 Whether you love classic blue or not, I challenge you to try it in at least one of your creations this coming year.

 Here’s to a colorful month, my friends!

~ Susan R. Opel, Editor-in-Chief