The Craft and Hobby Association’s (CHA) Summer show is now underway. Have you been checking out the sneak peeks from all of the scrapbooking manufacturers? The products appearing now tend to be more seasonal and holiday oriented, so there aren’t as many ground breaking “new” items as there are at the Winter show. Nevertheless, there are some really interesting releases!
A few things to note:
- Zig zags, chevrons and hexagons are here to stay
- Doilies are still around, though not as front and center
- Wood grain is still an important influence
- Christmas lines are more traditional red/green, less cutesy with blue and purple
- More and more mistables items are on the way
- Frames and speech bubbles are emerging as the hot accent items
After looking through some of the new lines and collections, I’m seeing some new trends taking hold. I do not attend the show, these are just my impressions from the sneaks made public so far.
1. The influence of Project Life – With the popularity of Project Life, many people have taken on the challenge of daily/weekly memory keeping. While manufacturer’s have been including 12×12 papers with 3×4 journaling cards in their collections for years, more and more products are being designed specifically with daily memory keeping in mind.
Black is back – quite a few lines are featuring black as an accent color. Black took a back seat to grey recently but it looks like it will make a comeback this fall!
Surprising Navy – Navy hasn’t been around much lately. Maybe because the spring and summer collections feature lighter blues. But at this show, navy is a dominate influence.
Pink and yellow – during CHA Winter, I saw happy sunshine yellow combined with blue all over the place. This show, a number of lines have combined pink with yellow.
Big color palettes – one last thing I’ll add for color – more and more collections are using many colors throughout the line instead of focusing on a smaller palette with just 2 or 3 dominant colors.
4. Polaroids – this fun motif has been around in a few collections, like Dear Lizzy’s Neapolitan and Echo Park’s Sweet Day. Now the motif is popping up all over the place!
5. Basics – the popularity of Echo Park’s Dots and Stripes and Essentials has many manufactures adding more basics that can be mixed and matched throughout their collections. And not just paper! We are starting to see more alphabets and stickers too.
So what do you think? Do you have any of the these items on your wish list?
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