Monday, December 30, 2013


I rely on "Scrapbook Update" for my sneak peeks of the new releases for the CHA show.  They also have news updates about the scrapbook industry and which company is buying which, and other news.  A few days ago, they published a blog post about the trends they are seeing in the releases for the upcoming CHA show.  You can find the post in its entirety here.  I thought I would share this list:

  • Wood: Both in its actual physical form and in the form of printed wood grain design, wood has been hot for some time and will continue to be hot.  We have all kinds of paper featuring various wood grain designs such as the new Kaisercraft Basics line.
  • Cork: Natural materials (not just wood) in general seem to be on the rise, and cork has definitely gotten hot in the past year.  We have cork shapes and sheets of cork from Canvas Corp.
  • Transparency: This old trend is making a comeback.  We have transparencies from Fancy Pants and other manufacturers. 
  • Chalkboard: This design element was absolutely everywhere in Las Vegas, and it won’t be going away in Anaheim.  However, Scrapbook Update does not predict this trend to be long lived.  We have chalkboard designs from numerous manufacturers as well as actual 12 x 12 pages of chalkboard paper by Canvas Corp.
  • Doilies: An outgrowth of the vintage and kitchen theme trends, doilies aren’t going away any time soon.  We have doilies from various manufacturers, doily stamps, and you can also die cut your own doilies with dies from Sizzix and Lifestyle Crafts as well as using your Eclips.
  • Arrows: Another trend that has been born out of the Project Life explosion, arrow embellishments are everywhere recently: stamps, chipboard, and even as all over patterns on paper designs.  We have arrows in numerous collections as well as stamps for you to stamp arrows on your project.
  • Stars:  Stars used to be mostly reserved for holidays like Christmas and July 4th, but they are creeping into more everyday use lately. We have stencils for stars (as seen above), scrapbook paper with stars, and star stamps.
  • Rainbow: When industry trends stepped out of the muted tones of vintage and started using bolder color again, some designers went all in on the color and just used it all, creating rainbow themed items and collections. 
  • Metallic: If there was one color trend in Las Vegas in July, it was most definitely the rise of metallic tones. Gold, silver, bronze, copper, pewter, and pretty much any other metal tone you could think of was on the show floor in the form of almost any product you wanted: embellishments, ink, paper, you name it.  You can add a metallic touch to your project with the Viva Decor products plus we have some metallic card stock.
  • Watercolor: This trend has been brought to us by a combination of the art journaling craze and the rise of stamping as a dominant sub-market in the papercrafting industry.  We have watercolor pencils from Faber Castell, you can watercolor with your distress inks, use the spray inks for a watercolor look, and watercolor with the Twinkling H20's.
  • Nautical: This theme made a surprisingly strong appearance at the Las Vegas show, despite it being dominated by winter product line introductions.  We have some nautical themed papers in our travel section.
  • Enamel Dots: These teeny affordable embellishments have become mainstream, snapped up by scrapbookers of all kinds. Companies are rushing to fill the demand, creating dots that coordinate with their product lines.  My Minds Eye and Teresa Collins both have coordinating enamel dots for their collections and My Minds Eye started making shaped enamel dots, as seen above.
  • Clothespins: Another trend that has transferred from the card making market to the pocket scrapbooking market, mini decorative clothespins are now seemingly everywhere, whereas even a few shows ago they were the sole jurisdiction of a few specific companies like Pebbles.  We have clothespins in many colors and sizes as well as the clothespins that manufacturers have made to coordinate with their collection.
  • Label Tape Inspired Alphas: These alphabets mostly started out as part of the alphabet “multi sheets” that have been popular at many companies in recent years, but have become so popular (thanks to pocket scrapbooking creating demand for teeny alphabets) that many companies now are starting to produce and sell them on their own.  We have mini alphabets from numerous manufacturers that coordinate with their collections.

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