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May’s CHA Favorites: Trinkets & Treasures

The Scrapbook Update staff just got home from the Craft & Hobby Association Winter 2010 show in Anaheim! I will be writing several CHA posts here for Scrapbook Update, as well as sharing some personal stories from the show on my own blog over the next week or so.

While at CHA, the number one question asked of me had to be “what are your favorites? What do you love?” The answer is not simple. As I search through my six hundred photos from the show I’ve yet to delete an image or eliminate a brand as a contender for my picks. The vibe on the show floor was so positive, and the products being released were fantastic.  What a wonderful thing it is for me to be struggling to narrow down my favorites! I’ve never before had that problem at a show!

Today, I’ve decided to share my favorite “trinkets & treasures” from the show. From buttons to flowers to jewels the show floor was overflowing with bits and pieces that made me want to get creating right away. Here are some of my top picks:

Jenni Bowlin’s embellishments were all vintage treasure. Her buttons and butterflies were so amazing!

Kaisercraft has a cute new line called Devonshire, and I love this embellishment pack:

K & Co. has a vintage inspired line called Handmade. I loved these flowers:

Nikki Sivils came out with four colors of fantastic burlap covered buttons-

Websters Pages booth was filled with beautiful treasures. These sparklers are flat on the back (meaning there is no button shank) so they’re ready to go on your pages!

The Girls Paperie has these adorable charms that have it all – glitter, cute words, rhinestones, and lovely metal detail.

One of the sweetest lines at the show, Dear Lizzy by American Crafts charmed me for sure. These crocheted flowers will be so much fun.

Tim Holtz added some amazing items to his idea-ology line. These buttons were my #1 favorite from the line. They are metal (and other materials) – not painted plastic – so they’re a quality button that could be used on so many things.

Making Memories introduced a whole line of simple to make jewelry that is vintage inspired. Looking at the flowers and charms I saw a lot of things I wanted to use for my scrapbooking as well.

Finally Queen & Co came out with these Ice Rox. They are adhesive backed dots (like jewels or pearls) except they’ve got a multi-faceted shine that is off the hook. Photos don’t do them justice.

Stay tuned for more picks, trends, and so much more. I’ve got a lot of ground to cover!

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CHA Supershow Anaheim 2010 Saturday Highlights

Saturday was the 2nd day of the consumer CHA Supershow in Anaheim, which preceded the opening of the CHA tradeshow this morning. Here’s a look at a few highlights from the day yesterday:

Heidi Grace Kress was hosting make-n-takes first thing in the morning at the Ever After Scrapbooks booth using her new Colorbök product.

One retailer was selling Copic markers for an incredible $2.69/each, and had this selection of Strathmore Artist Trading Cards paper bases were on sale Buy One, Get One Free. There was Canvas, Illustration Board, Watercolor Paper, and other materials cut into bases for ATC’s, as well as envelopes and plastic cases for them. I’d never seen these before and snapped up a selection to play with!

Stacy Julian appeared at the Treasured Memories booth to promote her new scrapbooking kits, and was handing out little bottles of emergency sprinkles in case a CHA-er comes across a brownie that doesn’t have sprinkles on it.

Cricut has a new machine called the Cricut Cake which is essentially a version of the Expression machine that has been specially fitted on the inside to handle food. Specifically it cuts thin sugar sheets and thicker fondant for cake decorating. More details (and pictures!) coming in separate post!

“Inside Edition” host Deborah Norville made an appearance to promote her new knitting book, “Knit with Deborah Norville“. She was also giving impromptu knitting lessons about how to do the technique for the mitten that she was working on at the signing table.

Die Cuts With a View had a computer lab set up in their booth to let people get hands-on with their new digital products at 300dpi.com.

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Scrapbook Update CHA Winter 2010 Predictions

Well, the show is almost upon us…many people have already arrived in Anaheim and the rest of us are frantically preparing. Here’s a last-minute look at what I predict are some trends we’ll be seeing when the doors open on Sunday:

1. It’s all about die cutting.

Die cutting, both manual and electronic will be a hot topic at this year’s show. On the manual side, new exhibitor Dies Direct is a die maker (and involved peripherally in the Spellbinders suit versus Quickutz). New exhibitor Scrapping Cottage is also an independent die maker. Sizzix is introducing hotly-anticipated dies by designer Tim Holtz. Several other companies are coming out with embossing folders that there is much buzz about.

The electronic die side is the really hot category, though. Silhouette America, formerly a division of Quickutz, is another new exhibitor. They are there to display their electronic die cutter. Craftwell – yet another new exhibitor – will also be there to display an electronic die cutter. Sizzix isn’t a new exhibitor but they have a new machine coming called the eClips. Cricut also has been teasing a major announcement, and Making Memories has new products coming for its Slice line.

2. We’re going green.

Several companies were promoting their green certifications or initiatives at CHA-Summer and that will definitely continue at CHA-Winter 2010. Everything from eco-friendly production to eco-friendly booths like the one boasted by Sandylion at CHA-Summer 2009 will be more visible. In fact, one of the new exhibitors, Eco Green Crafts, boasts that it is devoted to supplies made from “non-toxic, recycled, and environmentally-friendly materials.”

3. We’re going patriotic.

A few companies were promoting products at the last show as being “Made in the USA.” Even more companies were selling U.S.-made products but not promoting their origin heavily. As the economy has sunk further and further, Americans have become more concerned about the purchasing of foreign products. “Buy local” is becoming a serious movement. Expect to see more companies who make their products domestically using that fact in their marketing.

4. It’s all about stamping.

Stamping is hot, hot, hot! We saw the start of this in Orlando, with stamp manufacturers doing big business, scrapbook manufacturers releasing extensive collections of stamps as part of their collections, and booths like Paper Trey Ink and Split Coast Stampers attracting huge crowds at the Supershow. At least a half-dozen new exhibitors in Anaheim are stamp companies, and many traditional scrapbooking companies will be emphasizing their stamp offerings.

5. Paper is reborn as digital.

In the past several weeks, two major manufacturers have announced initiatives to sell their older paper catalog designs in digital format: BasicGrey and Die Cuts With A View. Over a dozen other companies are involved in ScrapHD, an effort under construction to sell their designs in a digital format.

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Paperclipping Roundtable #3: Ali Edwards on Story

Episode number three of Paperclipping Roundtable is available and we’ve got Ali Edwards talking about her word for 2010: story!

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Ali joined Noell Hyman, Ana Cabrera and me for this week’s panel. We answered some very interesting viewer mail, and talked about our latest favorite things too. And this week we didn’t break the bank with our picks!

To listen to this week’s episode, you can either visit the Paperclipping Roundtable web page or to make things easy, you can use this link:

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That link will open in iTunes and take you to the subscribe page (it’s free!), and then you can click on the “subscribe” button.

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CHA Announces CHA Winter 2011 & 2012 Locations

The Craft & Hobby Association announced yesterday the locations for its Winter 2011 and Winter 2012 trade shows.

The CHA Winter 2011 Show will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, from Saturday, January 29th through Tuesday, February 1st, 2011. This is a shift from the usual Sunday-Wednesday schedule for the trade show. The California Gift Show will take place at the Convention Center from January 21st-24th, 2011.

The CHA Winter 2012 Show will return to the Anaheim Convention Center from Sunday, January 29th through Wednesday, February 1st, 2012.

“As one of Trade Show Weeks Largest 200 events in North America CHA is faced with some unique exhibiting requirements that can only be serviced in top-tier trade show cities like Anaheim and Los Angeles,” explained Steve Berger, President and CEO, CHA. “Over the past several years CHA has aggressively pursued the best rates, accommodations and concessions from potential host cities in order to keep costs down, grow the show and industry, and keep our members happy.”

In an exclusive interview this afternoon Tony Lee, CHA VP of Meetings & Expositions, told Scrapbook Update Editor Nancy Nally that CHA plans tenatively to start moving the Winter show around from its recent base in Anaheim about one out of every three years to keep the show from getting stale. Lee said that CHA believes it is important to keep the show on the west coast for the next few years due to the concentration of CHA membership in that area (CHA has 800 members in California alone). The size of the venue that CHA needs limits CHA’s selection on the west coast to San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Anaheim and Los Angeles.

Asked about whether the Saturday-Tuesday schedule for the 2011 show ruled out a consumer Supershow accompanying that show, Lee said that CHA was waiting to see the results of this weekend’s show before deciding on its options for next winter’s show, which could include booking a separate venue for a Supershow. Lee said that logistical concerns with other events in the LA Convention Center had required the schedule shift,  but that exhibiting costs and other practical considerations might actually make a separate venue more attractive for a Supershow anyway.

Lee did have a very positive outlook on the future of the Supershows, saying that they are intended by CHA to grow the crafting market and that their research showed they succeeded with that in Orlando. 65% of Orlando attendees said they tried a new craft, and 85% of those who did said they planned on purchasing supplies for a new craft that they tried. Lee said that they have filled the upcoming show’s booth space almost to capacity, and that two-thirds to three-quarters of the exhibitors are doing make-n-takes, taking up about 18,000 square feet with those activitites. He says they’ve also addressed for this show a major concern from the summer show by widening aisles to reduce the congestion that was seen at the summer show.

LA Inc., the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be aggressively promoting the 2011 winter show location to attendees at the 2010 show in Anaheim. They are sponsoring the Keynote presentation and Awards Ceremony featuring Dr. Martha Beck from 7:45 – 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 24th. Prior to the Keynote address attendees will be shown a video highlighting sites and hot spots in Los Angeles. During the show itself, LA Inc. can be found in booth # 3688 where Candy Spelling will sign autographs and give away prizes. (Candy Spelling is the widow of legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling and the mother of actress Tori Spelling. Her bestselling book, Stories from Candyland, will be out in paperback March 2nd.) Universal Studios is also providing Shrek and Fiona for photo opportunities.

So, what will downtown Los Angeles have to offer CHA attendees who in recent years have gotten used to having Disneyland on their doorstep? Scrapbook Update called on our friend Georganne Bender to find out. Bender, as half of the retail consultant team Kizer & Bender, has traveled extensively to speak at every major convention center in the country. (Bender is also currently a CHA board member.) She described the LA Convention Center as beautiful, and for entertainment, pointed to the brand new complex within walking distance called LA Live. LA Live includes an assortment of restaurants and theaters, and the Staples Center is also part of the LA Live/Convention Center complex. For those who wish to play tourist, Hollywood and Beverly Hills are 7-10 miles away – an affordable cab ride for a chance to play paparazzi looking for stars, window shop designer stores, see the walk of fame, or catch a glimpse of the famous Hollywood sign. LAX is about twice as close to the LA Convention Center as it is to Anaheim, facilitating more convenient arrivals.

On Monday, January 25th, 2010 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. in room 204A of the Anaheim Convention Center, CHA members are welcome to attend the CHA Town Hall Meeting, where they can ask questions directly to CHA executives and learn more about the CHA Winter Show venue selection or discuss any CHA-related items.

Editor’s Note: Please note that the CHA trade shows are business events which are only open to credentialed professional members of the crafts industry who attend to conduct business such as ordering wholesale product for their retail businesses and conducting meetings and attending business seminars. These are NOT consumer events that are open to the general public.

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