Another CHA Winter show is about to wrap up. I always love this time of year, looking at all the show floor photos and videos. There’s just something about new product that really gets me itching to create. I’ve got a list about a mile long of all the new products I’ll be looking for in the stores this spring. I can’t wait to get some new products in the house to work with.
In today’s installment of CHA Trend Spotting, I’m going to show a few new trends I see taking hold and we’ll take a look at some themes that have carried over from previous seasons. If you missed it, I posted Part 1 of this series over the weekend.
Trend Spotting – Part 2
1. Silhouette forms
- Jenni Bowlin Be Our Guest
- Maya Road Portrait chipboard
- Hambly Portrait Gallery papers, rub-ons and overlays
- Other – Jenni Bowlin silhouette rub-ons, Crate Paper Portrait chipboard accents, Ruby Rock-It Avalon, GCD Studios Sweet Surrender stickers
2. Cameos – very similar to silhouettes, but with more detail and backgrounds
3. Sewing theme
- My Little Shoebox Sew Cute line
- Maya Road Still Sew Cute chipboard
- My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose Mabel So Sweet Stamps
- Other: Jenni Bowlin Needles, Tim Holz Stampers Anonymous Haberdashery, Doodlebug Nifty Notions (photo at 2 peas)
4. Greater variety in dimensional flower embellishments:
- Webster’s Pages lotus blooms
- Prima Cabachon Collection
- GCD Studio’s Fun House Cabachon flowers
- Other: Girl’s Paperie Blossoms, Maya Road resin flowers, Pebbles Ever After brads
5. Doilies continue to be strong
- Crate Paper Emma’s Shoppe Quilts
- My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose Girly stamps
- Webster’s Pages Designer Threads – Doilies
- Other: Bella Blvd Companion, Maya Road stamps, Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden Dew Drops, My Minds Eye Stella & Rose Girly lace paper, Cosmo Cricket Butterflies and Doilies
6. Damask patterns are getting more elaborate and colorful
- Webster’s Pages Ladies & Gents vellum
- Basic Grey Hello Luscious Tartlet
- Prima Reflections Mantra
- Other – Crate Paper Portrait Traditions, Lily Bee Happily Lost Hammock, Bella Blvd Sophisticates Sprinkles & Lace
A few other random observations:
- Products with zipper edges
- More and different types cloud products including punches, new papers, stamps and felt embellishments
- New floral borders on organza strips with multiple flowers
- A large variety of chipboard letters with text background from Studio Calico, Bella Blvd, The Girl’s Paperie, Jillibean Soup and 7 Gypsies…just to name a few
- There are many, many wedding lines coming out from Making Memories, SEI, Pebbles, GCD Studios, Adorn It, Crate Paper, K & Co, Die Cuts With a View…just to name a few.
- I spotted a few dinasaur collections too, from Little Yellow Bicycle, Bella Blvd, 3 Bugs in a Rug, Pebbles and Karen Foster Designs.
And lastly, I’ll mention that it’s exciting to see so many scrapbooking brands teaming up:
- House of 3 + Tattered Angels + Pink Paislee + Prima
- Basic Grey + Hero Arts
- Cordinations + Tim Holtz + Ranger
- Unity Stamps + Cosmo Cricket
Thanks for checking out our Trend Spotting series!
If you are interested in looking at the new products, there are a few resources I can recommend:
- Scrapbook Update has a great CHA section, with links to all the lines from all the manufacturers.
- The Paper Crafter’s Corner has been posting images of the new lines and collections on their site for the last several weeks. They also include links to the manufacturer’s blog where you can get more details.
- Two Peas in a Bucket’s Jamie Sorenson has been posting videos on the 2 Peas Event Blog. The videos show a selection of new products from popular scrapbook manufacturers like KI Memories, Jenni Bowlin, and American Crafts. 2 Peas is giving away some of these new products so comment on the video post for a chance to win.
- Paperclipping’s Noell Hyman and her video guru husband Izzy of Izzy Video are at CHA filming videos at the manufacturer’s booths. They are posting new videos throughout the show, so check back frequently for updates.
- The Paper Life’s Amy Coon is also filming video at CHA. She’ll be updating her site often as well.
- Scrap Time’s Christine Urias is at CHA taking photos in many of the booths and filming demo’s as well. She updates her site in the evening after a full day of walking the show floor.
If you are not familiar with the CHA shows, it’s the Craft and Hobby Association’s annual trade show for the crafting industry (which includes scrapbooking). There are two trade shows a year, one in January and one in July. The only people who are allowed admission into the show are CHA members and industry insiders — you must be a crafting manufacturer, a scrapbook store owner, an industry magazine, a member of the press, etc… At the show, the manufacturers display all of their new and upcoming releases.
Store owners and buyers can place orders for the new products at the show. While we as consumers cannot go to the show, we can look at all the new collections online. If you see something you like, request that line from your local scrapbook store (if you have one). The best way for store owners to provide you with the products you want is for you to request them right now, when they are placing orders for all the spring and summer collections.