CHA Winter 2012 | May’s Early Picks

I love this time of year, when new products, partnerships, and lines are announced, revealed, and otherwise unveiled to us. The weeks before CHA always make me excited to check blogs and watch the Scrapbook Update sneak peek page for items I’d missed. While I believe the real pre-show madness and peeks will truly get going this week, there are some strong offerings that have already been shown, and today I am here to share my top early picks.

Rhonna Farrer for My Minds Eye

At the very top of my list is a new partnership and lines that I am very eager to have. Rhonna Farrer has partnered with My Minds Eye to bring us her creative brilliance in a whole new way. With papers and amazingly detailed embellishments, Follow Your Heart by Rhonna Farrer is sure to be one of the show’s major hits.

There are two color schemes in the collection –  “Be Happy” and “Be Amazing.” As a long time fan of her work, I am very excited to see her designs staying in the paper realm. Many of these designs would work wonderfully with her existing digital designs available at

Coconut Lime Soup by Jillibean Soup

Jillibean continues to be a favorite of mine, and so far the lines they have shown are all a lot of fun, filled with vibrant colors and useful patterns, and as always have adorable names. Coconut Lime Soup is my favorite so far – perhaps it’s me longing for spring time but the colors and patterns really strike a chord with me.

Pink is a really hot color so far in the sneak peeks. I like how this line uses just a touch, and in a way that isn’t over powering. The collection has some great stickers and a 6×6 paper pad as well.

Balzer Designs for The Crafter’s Workshop

I would have missed this one if not for the peek shared here on the Scrapbook Update peek page – and I’m glad to have seen it! Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is creating more stencils for The Crafter’s Workshop and this is the first one I’ve seen in full.

I love the pattern and how it could be used on its own or with other stencils, as a single plume or a total design.

Tim Holtz Alterations for Sizzix

I could talk about the bubble wrap inspired texture fade or the large alphabet die I’m starting to save up for, the mini camera die or the floral garland that are also high on my wish list here. This week, Tim Holtz unveiled his offerings from his Sizzix line, and they are off the charts awesome. The ones that I’m featuring here are the Movers & Shapers number die set and the Core’dinations Tim Holtz cardstock that is sized for cutting with the Sizzix dies.

I envision cutting the numbers (year, date, etc) directly into tags and projects with this new number set, and I’m thrilled that I no longer have to cut down my cardstock into the odd shapes to make it work for my dies. The best part is – this is the tip of the iceberg from Tim. We haven’t seen offerings yet from the other brands he works with…

Jenni Bowlin Magpie

I am always amazed that Jenni Bowlin can continue to surprise and delight me while sticking to her signature vintage inspired style. Indeed, the peeks at her CHA Winter 2012 line “Magpie” reveals fun die cut paper, stickers, stamps, and more. I love the emphasis on a neutral palette and items that can be useful on any number of projects, for so many subjects.

In looking at these items in comparison to existing Jenni Bowlin product I see that, as expected, these additions to her brand will work seamlessly with older products, and with other brands as well. I really appreciate that she is able to do this, while still producing fresh ideas and designs.

Little Darlings by Graphic45

While I don’t have a need for a line of baby product, this may be my favorite baby line of all time and for that reason Graphic45 deserves a place on my early favorites list. They manage to blend their distinctive brand of vintage design with one of the biggest scrapbooking themes in their new “Little Darlings” line.

I like the direction Graphic 45 has been taking in recent releases. Between the tropical line now in stores, this baby line peeked last week, and the peek already given at the line that will be unveiled this week (Olde Curiosity Shoppe), I am seeing useful color palettes, more user-friendly designs, and patterns that I envision will work well with not only themes but my everyday photos too.

For links to all of the products shown above (and many more), check out the Scrapbook Update CHA Winter 2012 sneak peek page.

In creating this list there are a lot of my favorite brands not represented, and probably some new favorites I haven’t discovered yet. The CHA Winter 2012 show peeks are just heating up, and it’s my opinion that this week is when we’ll really see a lot from companies that have thus far been tight-lipped about what’s coming next. I will be staying glued to the Scrapbook Update CHA Winter 2012 sneak peek page – that’s where I come to check each day to see what is new! I can’t recommend it enough, thanks to its sortable columns and frequent updates it keeps me in the know and saves me time.

What are your early favorites? Who are you anxiously awaiting to show some sneaks? Tell us in the comments!

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4 Responses to CHA Winter 2012 | May’s Early Picks

  1. Laura January 16, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    I’m eager to see the new Dear Lizzy line. There was a tiny sneak peek on Studio Calico’s site of their nex kit, which contains some DL.

  2. Emily January 16, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Wow, everything is so darling!!! I can’t wait to play with some new things! 🙂

  3. Tina V January 17, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    I am a big fan of MME so it was exciting to see you show a sneak! I am curious to see what new products Fiskars has and would love to see some Imaginisce. I’m off to see the sneak peek page 🙂

  4. Gab January 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    I love the Jillibran Soup

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