Last week I told you about my favorite CHA finds...this week I'm talking trends. Today I'll show you some of the motifs du jour spotted on the show floor. Tomorrow, I'll cover product & color trends.
Dogs seemed to be a scrapper's best friend at this show, along with some other playful pet counterparts. Pooches (many of them with big, googly eyes) were spied at the likes of Imaginisce, Basic Grey, American Crafts, and October Afternoon.
Faces were getting plenty of face time, in unlikely places such as whimsical vegetables, sea creatures, vehicles, and other inanimate objects. Let's face it - the Japanese Kawaii influence that has been sweeping pop culture has finally made its way to the scrapbooking industry. Kawaii is the Japanese word for cuteness, and in these uncertain economic times, who couldn't use a good dose of smiling cuteness?
Spring was in the air with motifs like butterflies, bees, chicks, umbrellas, and lots and lots of flowers. The cloud trend has continued to pick up steam, as I predicted after the summer show, and layered flowers were a big, blossoming design trend in and of themselves.
Epiphany Crafts (enjoy the irony that this photo is out of FOCUS)
A couple of manufacturers were hoping that scrapbookers would give peace a chance.
Other frequently spotted motifs: banners & pennants, barnyard animals, birds & owls (still!).
My out-on-a-limb predictions for "the next big things"?
Balloons (particularly the hot air variety), birdhouses, and bicycles.