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Top Ten Product Trends At CHA Winter 2010: Part 1

At every trade show, trends emerge about what kinds of products manufacturers are introducing. Scrapbook Update has identified the top ten trends in new products that showed up at CHA Winter 2010 in Anaheim, and we’re going to take a closer look at them in a two-part series.

(These trends shouldn’t be confused with design trends, which will be addressed in another article. This article just deals with what types of products are being introduced, not what style they are.)

So, in no particular order…here’s the first five of the top ten product trends from CHA Winter 2010:

1. Banners

This trend is actually a product and a design trend. Banners were everywhere at CHA Winter. They were for sale as products, and handmade ones were used as booth displays to show off new products. But here, we’re only concerned about the products. There were canvas banners, banner board books, banner stickers & paper, and banner stamps:

Clockwise from top left: Canvas Home Basics, Canvas Home Basics, October Afternoon, Maya Road, Webster’s Pages, October Afternoon.

2. Decorative Tape

Tape has been around for awhile in a limited sense – I personally own a huge collection of the Heidi Swapp and Making Memories designs and love using them on pages and cards – but now tape is popping up everywhere. There was even a new exhibitor at CHA Winter called Love My Tapes that sells nothing but tape.

Tape is appealing for several reasons to both buyers and sellers. It can sell at an affordable price point for a large quantity. It also has use to a wide range of crafters, from scrapbookers, to cardmakers and beyond.

Clockwise from top left: Love My Tapes, Pink Paislee, Pink Paislee, 7 Gypsies, Tim Holtz idea-ology, Making Memories.

3. Felt

Felt has been around for awhile as well but it is becoming increasingly commonplace. The retro craze has made it especially popular. It’s being used for a wide range of sticker-type embellishments, as well as by companies like Queen & Co. for ribbon-style borders.

Clockwise from top left: Prima, Making Memories, Dear Lizzy by American Crafts, BasicGrey, Kaisercraft, Queen & Co.

4. Artist Trading Cards

ATC’s have been on the fringe of the paper crafts industry for awhile but lately they’ve been growing in importance as companies like 7 Gypsies have been releasing products aimed squarely at that activity, and stampers and scrapbookers look for more things to do with their supplies.

At the CHA Craft Supershow in Anaheim, one booth was doing brisk business in selling ATC card blanks from specialty papers by Strathmore. At the trade show, companies as diverse as Tim Holtz and Making Memories both introduced ATC supplies. Many stamp designs were being sold that were obviously influenced by the ATC aesthetic, which is infiltrating mainstream scrapbooking.

The bottom example here is of the most importance in illustrating this trend. It is of the Shabby Chic version of the new Tim Holtz idea-ology paper pads. It includes pages that are 12×12 as well as pages that are designed to be cut into smaller sizes. There’s some 6×6, some tiny squares, and then some pages that are a combination of ATC’s and borders. This is a big development in the market, selling a product that is designed assuming that most buyers are interested at least somewhat in ATC’s as well as more traditional scrapbooking and card making.

5. Unmounted Rubber Stamps

The use of acrylic stamps has been exploding in the scrapbooking industry. There are several reasons for the growth of unmounted rubber: Concern about the design limitations of clear stamps, a desire to attract hardcore rubber enthusiasts as customers, or the need to compete with the price of clear stamps.

Clockwise from top left: Eco Green Crafts, Hero Arts, Stampendous, Lizzie Anne Designs, Stamper’s Anonymous, Unity Stamps.

Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!



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May’s CHA Favorites: Ribbons & Trims

Perhaps it’s a bit self indulgent, but I really feel like I need to devote a whole picks post to ribbons and trim. From twill to lace, printed designs to pleated – and everywhere in between – ribbons and trims were everywhere on the show floor. Here are my picks from CHA-winter:

Everyone was talking about Pink Paislee’s pleated ribbon. I am definitely seeing great possibilities with this unique ribbon product, but I’m even more excited about the Artisan tapes. The patterns are great and I love the feel of them.

Making Memories released a travel line, and I especially love the airplane trim.

Tissue tape. That’s right, Tim Holtz has come up with a tape that’s super sturdy but is made from tissue so it’s partially translucent too. Each roll has 16 yards and there are several different styles. Imagine the inking, layering, painting, and other possibilities!

Webster’s Pages booth was filled with noteworthy trims, beautiful papers, and trinkets. I loved every item in the booth. They’ve really outdone themselves with this release and I’m going to share two examples – their trim card and new fabric ribbon. They also  have amazing bulk trims for stores to purchase.

The fabric ribbon from Webster’s Pages is very lightweight and thin but sturdy. I love how intricate the designs are on it.

JIllibean Soup has the cutest little packages of trim. I love all of the colors and designs and how well they will match up to their collections.

My Minds Eye released a collection called Lush and the jewels, brads, and of course ribbons are great accessories not just for this line but others as well. The single color ribbon cards will be very useful.

American Crafts released so many must-haves, and as usual they really hit the mark with their ribbons from all of the lines. The ribbons below coordinate with the “I Do” line. The “Botanique” and “Dear Lizzy” lines have exquisite offerings as well.

Wouldn’t it be fun if somebody took crepe paper and added printed designs? Tattered Angels and Heidi Swapp did just that in their latest offering with  these mist-able crepe paper ribbons.

Maya Road released a number of vintage inspired lovely delicate trims. In soft colors and sweet designs, these little treats will be brightening my studio soon I hope.

Queen & Co. released a number of new designs in their signature felt adhesive backed trims that I liked, but these were my favorites. The loops are just too cute!


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