FLAPPER GIRLS UNITE!
Global paper craft community comes together to celebrate Relative History's 1920s Art Deco collection with 3-tag challenge
“Oh, what fun! That flapper girl really jumps out at you and the pattern is perfect for a project that throws back a century to the raging 1920s.” - Marie
In mid July, the Relative History community came together to celebrate the release of Sally’s 1920s Art Deco Paper Kit and the launch of her new group on Facebook, RH Create, Make and Share. Sally shares her journey with us below!
We chose the flapper girl because she is the 1920s model, basically. She’s a party goer, she’s fun. We wanted to capture that spirit within our challenge.
The free printable we used in our challenge from my 1920s Art Deco Paper Collection
I think red is always the most attractive colour. It catches a lot of people’s eye!
The things I like about the flapper girls are the things I tried to put into the papers. I like the music, it’s uplifting - it’s happy music and I wanted to create that feel. These images represented that and the excitement of the ‘flapper girl’.
It’s really come through on the crafts people have made, even though some of the crafts have been made in a modern style rather than an end-to-end vintage style. It still captures that mood!
Basically, the 1920s is one of my favourite time periods. It’s a time period from which many people will have family history and memorabilia so it’s an era in which they can continue their family history stories in a fun and exciting way.
The pattern we used in our challenge from my 1920s Art Deco Paper Collection
I also wanted to bring in some colour to my history papers because many of my collections up to this point had been rather subdued in tone to fit in with the mood of the time - right after World War I. With the war papers, it’s respectful to have them be a more muted colour.
When you do the home front aspects, that’s usually where the colours came in. But here, more post-war, I wanted to show another side to my personality and another angle to my brand’s look and feel.
Tags made by Kelly Anne @craftykellyannejordan from the UK, for our challenge from my 1920s Art Deco Paper Collection
When Kelly Anne did a Live session, she really found a modern way to display these 1920s images. So the aspects and imagery draws the eye, and the background works because the whole design has been distressed and ‘aged’. It’s also colourful, which represents the feel of the era as well.
We kicked it off right, I feel. Kelly Anne inspired and helped us see different ways in which we could create atmosphere and mood. Our group is filled with creative minds and so when you provoke the imagery and thought the way we did… if you see something and it triggers inspiration in your head, you want to capture it as quickly as possible. You want to make it!
Tags made by Paula @elclubdelticotico from Montevideo, Uruguay, for our challenge from my 1920s Art Deco Paper Collection
Everyone else who joined in the challenge found their own way to bring this to life, which has been really exciting to watch! I really wanted this collection to lend itself to designers working on 1920s specific styles, and to those wanting to blend it into modern looks.
I was so happy that my design team, and my friends took time out to work on our challenge. Some were mixed media artists - who usually use lots of materials, and they pared their style down to showcase the papers. Some used lots of exciting techniques to enhance the feel of the papers. It was such a spectrum!
Tags made by all participants for our challenge from my 1920s Art Deco Paper Collection
Overall, I have to say I was really pleased with the tags that we had and how they captured different feelings and styles. They may have the same main picture on but they are very different!
Our entire RH Create, Make and Share group is such a meaningful bunch because I’ve met these friends through crafting, and over the years they’ve established themselves. They’re so proactive, and have such warmth in their personalities, and I think we have a good foundation on which we can build upon.
Tags made by Jeanette Wilde in Germany, for our challenge from my 1920s Art Deco Paper Collection
Tags made by Marie @athoughtfulmarie in Singapore, for our challenge from my 1920s Art Deco Paper Collection
Tags made by Diane Carvill from the UK for our challenge from my 1920s Art Deco Paper Collection
We’re going to introduce more sessions as we track where the group’s interests are, feed that appropriately, and give everyone more materials that inspire them. We’ll inspire and motivate each other to create the challenges and sessions that we’re craving, really.
As it is, most of my artwork customers prior to Relative History was from the States and the rest of Europe. There’s something about what I do that appeals to people beyond the borders of the UK and this is really reflected in our truly global group. Our design team is from all over the world! I have a varied team who show their versatility and how dynamic the product is.
Tags made by Penny Arnold from the US for our challenge from my 1920s Art Deco Paper Collection
Looking ahead, Christmas has always been my favourite time of year, a magical time of year. I love the spirit of giving presents and I try to capture the memory of that in my collections. I can’t wait to share the papers with you all!
Find Sally’s 1920s Art Deco Paper Collection here
Join Sally’s RH Create, Make and Share FB Group here
Flapper Girls Unite! Relative History's 1920s Art Deco 3-tag challenge