The CHA winter show sneak peeks have really started flooding in this week! If you haven't checked out the Scrapbook Update Winter Sneak Peek page, you should. It's my go-to source for all the latest product info.
I'm the type of person who gets a lot of inspiration from product. I know I'm "supposed" to say I'm inspired by my stories and photos, and I definitely am. But if I'm completely honest, it's usually the desire to use a particular product that lights the fire under me to actually pull out those photos and tell that story I've been meaning to tell. So you can imagine how pumped I get when CHA rolls around!
I've only seen a fraction of what will be offered at the show so far, but I am already noticing a few trends emerging, so I'm going to go ahead and call them. Here are some predictions of what we'll be seeing a lot of on the show floor.
Spring and travel motifs will abound as usual at the winter show, and in particular there will be a lot of map motifs within the travel category. Florals, birds, and butterflies will continue to be standard issue spring fare. Keep an eye out for loads of bicycles, kites, and honeycomb/hexagon shapes all over the place. Bicycles in particular seem to be the motif of the moment...it seems there's a bicycle something-or-other in just about every line I've seen so far. Banners still seem to be still going strong, so look for them to continue to be incoporated into product lines, both as a printed motif and as an actual embellisment. Ditto for tickets, doilies, and baker's twine. Are you a lover of chevron zigzags? You're in luck, because it seems even more manufacturers are jumping on that bandwagon.
Despite the current phoneography craze, classic and vintage camera images could capture a spot as the next big product icon. I predict that the newest offerings from Amy Tangerine and Studio Calico will spark a camera trend that will carry over to the next show. Vintage telephones also seem to be making a good showing this time around.
Another trend I believe could be on the cusp is mason jars. I spied one in Cosmo Cricket's Tea For Two diecuts, and a whole sheet of them from Jillibean Soup. Based on what I've been seeing out in the world and on Pinterest, I think we'll see a lot more mason-style jars both in print and as storage or home decor in coming releases. And I wouldn't be surprised if they popped up at this show in booth design, as well.
Washi tape continues to gain popularity, and we'll be seeing it from even more manufacturers in a wider array of patterns at the upcoming show. Also be on the lookout for mini mixed-media books and accessories that capitalize on the Smash craze and make art journaling more approachable for the scrapbooking crowd.
I think we can expect fun, happy rainbow brights to dominate the offerings. Hot pink seems to be particularly hot this time around.
I'll be tweeting from the show floor January 29 - February 1, so be sure to follow me on Twitter for the latest updates and photos. And let me know in the comments if there's anything in particular you'd like me to report back on!