CHA January 2011 | Trend Spotting Part 2

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

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 2. Cameos – very similar to silhouettes, but with more detail and backgrounds

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3. Sewing theme

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 4. Greater variety in dimensional flower embellishments:

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 5. Doilies continue to be strong

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6. Damask patterns are getting more elaborate and colorful

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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.


  1. love all your findings from cha. not sure if I will use a bunch of the new trends but i love to see it all. my style has pretty much remained clean and simple. tfs!!!!

    • You are welcome! I always say buy what you love and don’t worry about the rest. But it is fun to look at even if only a little bit actually comes home with me. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the up date. Maybe next year you could be there 🙂 You never know!!!

    • You know how I love to travel. And miss it. Hey, if I still have a free Southwest ticket and can use my Marriott points for a room, mabye I will go! 😀

  3. It is so great to see the different lines with the same theme listed side by side. I am not sure if the silouette/ cameo thing is my cup of tea, but I am definitely excited about the collaborations! Thanks for the hard work compiling this and sharing!

    • You are welcome. It is fun to see them together. Funny how trends work – how we’ve not seen any silhouette /cameo stuff until BG’s Curio and now it’s all over the place. Not my cup of tea either but fun to look at!

  4. I love how you are spotting these trends and giving such good examples and excellent links – what a great resource! I’m especially excited to see the companies team up with each other.

  5. Ohhh I love the silhouttes and the sewing embellishments

  6. Thanks for posting all the links! I love to see new product and what is up and coming. Problem is, it makes my old stuff seem so…old. Haha!


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