CHA January 2011 | Trend Spotting Part 1

OK, I just can’t help myself. I’ve been following all the scrapbook manufacturers’ blogs for weeks now and I’ve been drooling over all the new upcoming releases. One of the reasons I love to scrapbook is that I get to play with really pretty paper and cool embellishments and fun products. I love the photos and storytelling just as much, but it’s the products that get me really excited.

As I was browsing the new releases from my some of my favorite companies, I started noticing some trends worth discussing.

1. Bright happy colors.


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2. The color combinations of teal/orange and teal/yellow.

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 3. Vintage is still strong.

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4. Theme products




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5. More row houses and trees.

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series  to be posted on Monday, January 31st.

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. Fantastic photos and an overall great post! I’ve been surfing many of these places, plus manufacturer blogs all weekend. So far, I have a two-page list filled with new things I must have! Now the waiting game begins for things to ship to our favorite stores. I guess in the meantime, I better get busy and use up my stash to make room!

    • Thanks Sue! I can’t wait to see some new stuff start hitting the stores. I’m really excited about all the colorful products – winter is really getting me down! Some of the color combos are pretty wild, but I’ll take on that challenge! 🙂



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