In this final installment of trade show coverage, enjoy a sampling of the latest product and color trends seen at CHA Winter.
Jewelry made a crossover to the scrapbooking market this show. The Making Memories and Vintaj findings could adorn a page or altered project as well as a wearable trinket, offering scrapbookers a way to expand their crafting interests or their embellishment repertoire. Scarlet Lime, known so far as a fun kit company, introduced an array of colorfully bling-y watch kits at the Supershow, which are strictly for embellishing the scrapbooker herself. Or maybe for keeping tabs on how long you've been working on that page, so you don't lose track of time and forget to pick the kids up from school again.
(Wait...maybe that's just me.)
I love that some manufacturers have begun duplicating their paper designs on fabric, another crossover crafting trend. I have some Cosmo Cricket and My Mind's Eye fabric in my stash already, and was excited to find Adornit offering these adorable prints in fabric form as well.
I will admit I am stuck on decorative tapes, and judging by the many varieties on the show floor, I'm not the only one.
Love My Tapes (April and I actually scored some of this tape at the Supershow in Orlando over the summer, and I recently used it on a project for an upcoming BPS Workshop.)
There was a back to basics movement beginning at this show that I think will continue to grow stronger. Scrapbookers are exercising more purchasing caution during this economic downturn, and are sure to appreciate products that are versatile enough to coordinate with both old and new acquisitions. Notable were the monochromatic color stories of Lush by My Mind's Eye and the neutral colors and journaling-friendly grids and lines of Basic Grey's The Basics collection.
My favorite product trend this show is what I have dubbed Granny Chic - softer color palettes and depression era-inspired buttons, lace, doilies, gingham and dainty florals just like Granny's. It's vintage with an extra pinch of nostalgia, yet is still really useable on non-vintage pages and projects.
Jenny Bowlin (photo borrowed from Wendy Smedley's blog)
As noted in the Granny Chic trend, muted colors and pastels are in. Bright, happy hues still abound, but are sharing the playing field with a batch of new, softer incarnations like coral instead of orange, tomato instead of fire engine red, and buttery yellow instead of bright lemon.
The 80s neon revival seen recently in the fashion industry is not quite as garish in the scrapbooking arena translation (thank goodness!), but its influence can be seen in many of the show's color stories.
One color combo that particularly caught my eye was violet paired with turquoise. Since turquoise has been named the color of the year by Pantone, it will surely be even more prevalent by the summer show.
Flirty by Bella Blvd (via their blog)
What new releases are you excited to get your hands on? What do you think of the latest trends? Weigh in with a comment - I would love to know what you think!