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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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American Crafts, Studio Calico End Licensing Agreement

American Crafts has issued a statement announcing the end of its licensing and distribution agreement with Studio Calico.

According to the announcement, the agreement will terminate on December 31st. This means that Studio Calico will once again be an independent entity when exhibiting at the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim, although its booth is currently shown on the show exhibitor map as situated adjacent to the usual American Crafts block of booths for the show.

“The team at Studio Calico has done an outstanding job developing fashionable, fun products,” said Sarah DeVoll, CEO of American Crafts. “We’re grateful to have partnered with them.”

April Foster, CEO of Studio Calico, said, “American Crafts has been an excellent partner in helping us grow and establish Studio Calico as a brand. We are thankful for their partnership over the past four years.”

The end of the partnership, which was originally announced in October 2011, comes as no surprise to many in the industry. At the 2015 CHA Mega Show, American Crafts rolled out a new brand name “Seven Paper” with a new style in place of the usual Studio Calico releases. The line floundered, with the line’s booth garnering virtually no attention from show attendees in Anaheim.

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Tammy Tutterow & Seth Apter Sign with Spellbinders

Designers Tammy Tutterow and Seth Apter have both announced deals with Spellbinders to produce product lines with the company that will debut at the CHA Mega Show 2016.

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Tutterow’s announcement had been somewhat expected by industry watchers, after she left her long time position with Ranger earlier this year for what she said was a wonderful opportunity with another company. Spellbinders and Ranger engaged in something of a game of musical chairs this summer, with near simultaneous announcements of Tutterow departing the Ranger fold for her new deal with Spellbinders, and Ice Resin (previously partnered with Spellbinders) signing a partnership with Ranger. 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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May Flaum Launches Signature Line with Buttons Galore

Buttons Galore announced today that May Flaum will be partnering with the company to launch a signature line in 2016 called 28 Lilac Lane, to premiere at the CHA Mega Show in January 2016.

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Every year at show time, I write at least a handful of stories on Scrapbook Update that start out something like that first paragraph. Sharing stories about designers embarking on new stages in their careers, and bringing exciting new products to scrapbookers in the process, is one of my favorite things to do at Scrapbook Update. But this time is different.

This time, it’s an announcement that I was intimately involved in. May is a friend and former writer for this site, and I have been the social media manager for Buttons Galore since earlier this year. I was involved behind the scenes in the development of this line. This is an announcement that I’m excited to share both personally and professionally. Continue Reading →

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