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CHA Mega Show 2016 | Succulents are Hot!

The CHA Mega Show is a great place to distill scrapbooking trends and craft trends, with so much of the industry and its products in one place for the show. Walking the show floor, patterns and themes become easily apparent – trends!

One thing that kept popping up as I walked the floor of this year’s CHA Mega Show was succulents for crafts! This trend, an outgrowth of the general 1970’s trend in crafts, fashion, and home decor, started to manifest in 2015, but really became prevalent at this show.

Several companies were using real live succulents in their booth decor as a touch of green:

Webster's Pages planner display with succulents

Webster’s Pages planner display with succulents

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CHA Mega Show 2016 | People & Places

I always like to start my overview of the CHA Mega Show with a look at the people I encountered at the show, and the setting that it took place in. After all, what is a good story without a setting and characters?

Anaheim Convention Center

As for all of the past eight years (except for 2011, when the show was in downtown Los Angeles), the show took place at the Anaheim Convention Center next door to Disneyland Resort. This year was tinged with sadness and nostalgia for a lot of attendees, as CHA has announced that the show will be in Phoenix for the next three years. The show’s longtime Anaheim location is an integral part of the show to many, providing entertainment and a concurrent vacation for family members. There’s also many traditions that have grown up around the venue over the show’s long residence there. The move to Phoenix will mean an unfamiliar venue, and the need to begin new traditions for many of the show’s events. Continue Reading →

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It’s 2016 CHA Sneak Peek time!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – CHA Mega Show Sneak Peek time! Even though the show is still a month away, a few peeks are already starting to trickle out.

To make sure you don’t miss any of the scrapbook company sneak peeks, don’t miss our CHA sneak peeks page. It has a convenient table that can be sorted by company, booth number, or date added so you can see the links to all of the peeks in the order that works best for you! Click the graphic below to go straight to it, and be sure to bookmark it so you can check back as it is updated regularly over the next month. CHA 2016 Sneak Peeks Art Continue Reading →

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CHA Mega Show to Leave Anaheim in 2017

The Craft & Hobby Association announced today that the CHA Mega Conference and Trade Show (still known as CHA Winter to many attendees) will leave its longtime home in Anaheim after the upcoming 2016 show. Instead, the 2017 show will be on January 19th-23rd, 2017 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

In addition to the new venue, the show is shifting dates. The 2017 dates in Phoenix are two weeks later into the month than the Anaheim dates have been the past several years, with the 2016 show floor opening on January 9th. The early January dates have been a large source of complaints since CHA started using them in 2012, causing many show attendees to have to work straight through the holidays on show prep without being able to enjoy time with their families.

The early January dates also have caused problems with scheduling pre-show promotions for new releases. Running blog previews and promotions the week the show starts on the current calendar has meant many buyers will already have departed for the show and miss social media promotions. Moving back a week pushes the promotions into the holidays, when many people are off of social media entirely and promotions have to compete with the noise of holiday celebrations for attention. Currently, to ensure the best possible ground for planting promotions on, CHA exhibitors really need to look at mid-December, nearly a month before the show – often an impractical timeline given production schedules. The new dates in later January will provide a window post-holiday and pre-show for the running of product previews that is more practical for production schedules of products and project samples. Continue Reading →

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Breaking: Andrej Suskavcevic Out At Craft & Hobby Association

The Craft & Hobby Association announced today that it has parted ways with CEO & President Andrej Suskavcevic.

Suskavcevic had been CEO & President of CHA since January 2012. During his tenure, the Association launched affiliates in both the U.K. and Canada, and launched the Cre8time initiative to encourage crafting. The Association also launched a pavilion at Messe Frankfurt’s annual Creativeworld show in Frankfurt, Germany under his leadership.

Andrej Suskavcevic at Creativeworld

It hasn’t been all roses, however, as Suskavcevic’s time at Craft & Hobby Association also saw the traditional Chicago summer show moved to Las Vegas in 2013 before being replaced with the smaller hotel-based CHA PaperArts show in 2014. The industry has also continued to bleed small stores as traditional retail models have have been impacted by online commerce and the recession, as well as by changing craft trends. Continue Reading →

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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Nancy’s Picks

The Scrapbook Update Hot Picks bring you the buzz from CHA shows, but sometimes my personal taste varies from what is “hot” or there isn’t room to include all of the things that I think are exciting.

So in honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s do “Nancy’s Picks”, my personal list of what I fell in love with at the CHA Mega Show 2015.

First up is one of my favorite Instagrams from the show! I’ve always loved the concept of Faber-Castell’s Gelatos, but the color palette of brights and primaries left me really cold. Now though, they’ve released a palette of pastel colors for the line that I believe will increase the product lines usability for me (and a lot of other people). Plus it makes for very pretty rainbow pictures!

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