It’s that time of year again. The Craft and Hobby Association will be opening the winter mega show today in Anaheim, California. All of the big craft and scrapbooking manufacturers will be showcasing their new collections for spring and summer 2014.
I am a very proud product junkie and I love looking through the new releases to check out the current color palettes, form impressions and scrutinize the trends. Whether you are a seasonal scrapper, love vintage and florals or clean graphics, there appears to be something for everyone in these new releases.
Before we get to it, a few general notes:
- Chalkboard isn’t going anywhere. Expect to see chalkboard featured across many new lines throughout spring and summer.
- Navy is still trending strong, but black seems to be the neutral of choice in bright color palettes this time around.
- Kraft backgrounds have emerged in many lines across several manufacturers (even Doodlebug!). There are also several embellishment lines using kraft papers.
- The “everyday” is a very prominent theme across many collections, telling us that the Project Life influence is still a force to be reckoned with.
I do not actually attend the show, so these are my thoughts pieced together from the sneak peeks that I have seen on manufacturer’s blogs.
1. Bokeh prints are trending
If you aren’t familiar with “bokeh” in photography, it is a Japanese term to describe the out-of-focus areas of a photograph. Most people are familiar with this idea in Christmas tree photographs where the tree is blurry in the background and the lights come through as round balls. Designers have taken that out-of-focus idea and translated it into paper designs.
2. Color trends
So far, I haven’t seen a specific combination of colors showing up across the board (unless you count hot pink and turquoise, but this combination seems more like the rule now than a trend). But one thing I have noticed is that color palettes are going tonal — meaning that the pure colors are mixed with grey. And grey is showing up everywhere.
But there are a few bright exceptions. With the neon influence in fashion, it was only a matter of time before bright neons found their way into paper lines. That time has come.
3. There are more smaller options than ever
With very few exceptions, most of the manufacturers have introduced some sort of pocket page component into their collections (there is that Project Life influence again). In addition to all the card, there will be a plethora of masks, stencils, frames and acetate overlays all targeted at pocket page market.
4. Gold, gold, gold
Not only are collections including gold accents on the papers, but many gold embellishments are arriving as well. Doilies, rub-ons, alphabets, stickers, enamel dots, 3×4 cards, etc… Gold seems to be the darling metallic of the hour.
5. Enamel dots are morphing into shapes
Enamel dots continue to be super popular embellishments as even more companies are introducing them into their lines this release. But some are taking it a step further and introducing new shapes. Arrows, chevron, hearts, geo tags and stars have all made the line-up.
So what products have caught your eye from the show? Do you have any favorites?
I have to say that while there are several lines I can’t wait to get my hands on (My Mind’s Eye Now and Then collection is impressive and gorgeous!) overall, I’m not that wow’ed by the collective releases. There doesn’t appear to be anything innovative, earth shattering or especially new out there. I will be interested to see what the show floor is buzzing about. Maybe I’ve missed it. Perhaps one of these manufacturers is keeping a secret. Guess we’ll just have to watch the show coverage to find out!
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