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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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Design Team Call | Cosmo Cricket – 9/19

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update publishes the full text of select design team calls, with the company name and deadline in the header!

To see a page listing all of these published calls, visit the Design Team Calls category of Scrapbook Update.

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Cosmo Cricket – Social Media Team Call

Are you happiest when you are creating? Do you love to stage the perfect setting for your next blog post, pin or Instagram? If so, we are looking for you.

We are seeking crafters, DIY lovers, painters that have a true passion for “making pretty things” and love social media.


  • Photography skills
  • Experience creating tutorials or instructions to complete craft projects
  • Active blog and social media presence
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CHA Sneak Peek Highlights – Part 1

The sneak peeks are starting to trickle out (due to the way the holidays occur this year, don’t expect the avalanche until probably the week of January 6th). Despite the fact that relatively few are out yet, there are still some really great ones worth putting on your wish list already!

Amy Tangerine has knocked it out of the park – AGAIN – with her new “Plus One” collection. It coordinates with her previous collections, continuing the same palette and style while still somehow looking fresh. A plethora of small patterns makes this perhaps the most usable of all the Amy Tangerine collections to date.

Plus One Flair

Several items stand out from the collection. These flair badges are particularly appealing, very versatile and so workable for a huge amount of applications: Each show, Amy introduces some item that is a new or unusual accessory. This time it is a set of dies that coordinate with the collection:

Plus One Die

I predict that American Crafts’ DIY Shop collection will fly off store shelves. This collection of embellishments features a lot of hot, hot, hot trends like chalkboard, cork, metallic, and wood:

DIY Shop parts

Cosmo Cricket is building on the popularity of their Show Topper jar lids by releasing a new version with slots to create a ribbon organizer. With the current fad for Mason jars in organizing and decorating crafts, this will definitely attract some fans!

Cosmo Cricket Ribbon Organizer

Studio Calico has a very new take on a travel collection, called Wanderlust. With watercolor maps and icons like boats and mountains, it is a fresh look at the traditional way that these collections are done.


Here’s something that will be big – literally and figuratively. Sizzix is releasing Tim Holtz’s massively popular Tattered Floral die in a jumbo size, along with two dies of greenery to go with it.


Becky Higgins has a huge new line of accessories for Project Life that are sure to generate a lot of buzz – and sales. These photo overlays were popular when they appeared on HSN, and will likely be popular as a CHA release as well.

Project Life Overlays

In addition to the accessories there are also a few new core kits for Project Life. The Azure edition by Amber LaBau fills a bit of a gap in the Project Life system, providing an option for fans of vintage style, where the system is mostly dominated by a more graphic aesthetic.

Project Life Azure

I’ve long been a fan of Pebbles’ embellishments. Their new Garden Party collection has validated my affection once again by being loaded with beautiful spring embellishments like floral Thickers and layered butterflies.


Maggie Holmes has created another collection for Crate Paper, called Styleboard, that coordinates with her previous collections. A mixture of familiar elements and new elements, the collection is perfect for spring and will make Maggie Holmes’ fans very happy.

Maggie Holmes Styleboard

To see all of these sneak peeks and more, visit the Scrapbook Update CHA Sneak Peeks page!

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From Trend to Staple | Decorative Tape and Baker’s Twine

Trends have come and gone ever since the advent of modern scrapbooking, but sometimes a trend sticks around long enough to move out of the fad stage and become a staple. We’ve seen it happen with many supplies and motifs over the years (clouds, woodgrain, and bling are just a few examples). Thinking back to what I saw at CHA Winter 2012, it’s apparent two more once trendy supplies have firmly cemented their staplehood: baker’s twine and decorative or washi tape. These two items were found in many, many booths on the CHA Winter 2012 show floor and will be plentiful this season on store shelves.

You know an item has become a staple when We R Memory Keepers adds it to their lineup of basic embellishments. This season both tape and twine join the ranks of brads and other staple items on We R’s rainbow wall of embellishments.

Doodlebug Designs added to their Doodle Twine collection this season with several new colors, including a gray that’s very trendy! New Baby Girl, Baby Boy, and Boy twists have also made their way into the Doodlebug family, along with a new selection of twine cards to coordinate with the company’s latest paper and embellishment collections.

Jillibean Soup has long offered baker’s twine in colors that coordinate with their papers, and their most recent CHA show offering added three new cards to the mix. One is a much bolder color set than we’re used to seeing from the company, and coordinates well with their new Game Day Chili sports themed collection.

Bella Blvd. has added Designer Tapes to their rapidly expanding lineup of embellishments. These tapes are available in two different widths in a variety of trendy patters and colors that coordinate with almost all of Bella’s recent and past collections.

Tim Holtz’s tissue tape has been around for a few years now, and in his latest release at CHA Winter 2012 the veteran designer added a new Commute set of tape designs to coordinate with his new Destinations paper collection.

Maya Road is the place to go for embellishments of all kinds, and the company has now added large spools of baker’s twine (although they call it twine cording) in a variety of colors to their offerings.

The relatively new stamp company Lawn Fawn also expanded their catalog at CHA Winter 2012 by adding twine (along with a new paper line). The natural version of the twine is inkable and can be colored with mists, inks, and many other colorants.

Decorative tape is something totally new to Cosmo Cricket, who debuted two collection-independent sets of it in January. Though neither tape set is tied to a particular collection, both sets coordinate well with all the new lines they showed.

American Crafts has been a hot spot for trendy washi tape ever since the debut of Amy Tan’s first signature line of scrapbooking products with the company at CHA Summer 2011. Amy is releasing more tapes in her upcoming Sketchbook line that is shipping shortly, but unfortunately the tape prototypes didn’t arrive in time for the CHA Winter 2012 show and only a printed hang tag was available for viewing. Given how popular the last set of tapes were, though, I expect these to be a big hit, as well!

Studio Calico and Crate Paper, also part of the American Crafts family, are also producing new tapes for all of their lines, which is actually a first for both brands. It seems they’re benefitting from their new position under the American Crafts umbrella and have been able to expand their lines – something that’s great to see in an industry that’s been somewhat volatile as of late. Unfortunately, they also suffered prototype issues like their American Crafts parent so there were no samples on display at CHA Winter 2012.

If American Crafts is known for trendy tapes, then My Mind’s Eye has become the company that can be depended on for new baker’s twine. MME included coordinating twine in both the Follow Your Heart and Miss Caroline collections that were just released.

You can add October Afternoon’s name to the list of companies that have expanded their embellishment offerings this year. The company is adding several items to the lineup, including tapes for each of their new collections!

I can’t write an article about decorative tape without mentioning Hambly Screen Prints. Their washi tape was one of the biggest hits of CHA Winter 2011, and this season they are releasing two more sets, including a camera print that is sure to be popular.

One last company that I want to talk about on the decorative tape front is Bazzill Basics Paper. Long known for high-quality cardstock, the company has recently started to expand their offerings to patterned paper collections, and with their last release they debuted some new embellishments including paper tapes for each new line!

If you’d like to read more about past twine and tape offerings in the industry, you can check out two of my past Trend Watch articles here and here. I’m excited to see these items becoming staple offerings, and I can’t wait until the current crop starts to hit the market!

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Trends | Coral

Coral was without a doubt one of the hottest color trends on the show floor at CHA Winter 2012. Existing somewhere between the 2011 Pantone color of the year, Honeysuckle, and Pantone’s 2012 pick of Tangerine Tango, shades of coral run the gamut from vibrant pinks to sultry oranges. A quick Google Image search for “coral color” turned up this spectrum of shades, showing just a few of coral’s many faces.

With versatility like this, it’s no wonder that coral made an appearance in one form or another in almost every paper manufacturer’s booth on the CHA show floor. In fact, the color was so popular that I had to narrow down the list of collections to feature here to those that prominently used coral in their color scheme. In reality, there were many more lines that I could have shared that used coral as an accent color, but the range of images and styles shown here should give you a pretty good taste of what’s to come (and is in some cases already available!) from the new crop of collections.

Die Cuts with a View (also known as DCWV) made the color the focus of one of their newest paper stacks. Coral Couture pairs both the orange and pink versions of coral with aqua and yellow to create a sophisticated color palette. The addition of large floral and butterfly motifs give the line a vintage feel. For more on this line, you can visit my blog here, where I spotlight this new paper stack, and May Flaum also took it for a test drive in a post on her blog.

Cosmo Cricket infused two of their newest lines with shades of coral. The sultry and sassy Evangeline collection shows off coral’s pink side with lovely florals, while the funky, fresh Twenty Three pairs up a more muted shade with oranges and yellows.

The always on-trend Pink Paislee included a full spectrum of coral shades in the House of Three licensed Spring Jubilee line. Here again we see butterflies and florals in a coral-dominated line – it’s like the entire industry has spring blooms on the brain!

Hambly Screen Prints mixed up a brand new coral ink to add to their existing color palette. You can see an example of it below in one of their trendy new hexagon prints, and a brighter, pinker version in their new line of printed cardstock.

Two of Echo Park’s new lines – This & That: Graceful and Hello Summer – make use of coral, but in very different ways. This & That: Graceful sports a deeper, pinker shade, while Hello Summer’s version is more vibrant and leans toward the orange side of the spectrum.

Little Yellow Bicycle popped bits of coral into several pieces of their new Hello Spring! collection. Here coral is more of an accent color, but I wanted to include it since it shows up in so many of the line’s embellishments as well as the papers.

Fancy Pants brought two summer themed lines to CHA, and one of them – Summer Soul – is packed full of pinky-coral tones. The shade is just perfect for this summer/beach themed line!

Speaking of beach collections, Webster’s Pages’ new Palm Beach line is also packed with shades of coral, along with bright aquas and oranges.

That wasn’t the only place that coral was to be found in the Webster’s booth, though. Sunday Picnic also includes punches of the trendy color, especially in the omnipresent floral motifs.

Basic Grey’s Konnichiwa collection had me at “cherry blossoms,” and I love how they’ve paired up delicate, ethereal yoshino blooms with vibrant shades of coral.

I spotted a pairing of cherry blossoms and coral again at the My Little Shoebox booth, where the Aiko collection fuses the shade with sky blue for an airy look.

Coral was everywhere in the Prima booth – especially in their copious embellishment flowers – but nowhere was it more apparent than in the upcoming mid-release line, Doodle Deux. Here coral is coupled with a much warmer yellow than seen anywhere else in the show, which really amps up the punch factor.

Both Rhonna Farrer and Jen Allyson debuted new lines with My Mind’s Eye, and both designers made abundant use of coral in their collections. Rhonna’s Follow Your Heart: Be Happy line teams up coral and light aqua with yet more florals, and Jen’s Miss Caroline mega-collection also pairs up those same colors and motifs, but in a more vibrant and varied style.

It didn’t take long to spot the coral influence in the Teresa Collins booth! Spring Fling also makes use of the popular aqua/coral pairing. Though it also uses floral and butterfly images as many of the other lines we’ve looked at so far do, Teresa’s are a much more graphic style than we’ve seen so far.

Elizabeth Kartchner’s latest addition to her Dear Lizzy line with American Crafts, Neapolitan, was perhaps the poster child for coral at CHA Winter 2012. Filled with sweet pinks, yellow, oranges, and pale aquas to offset the lively bits of coral, Neapolitan was one of the biggest hits of the show.

Take Note by Studio Calico (one of their latest collaborations with the owners of former superstar company Sassafras) takes the vintage, eclectic flair that Studio Calico is known for and infuses just a touch of coral in the floral print as well as the journaling card sheet.

October Afternoon brought two coral-heavy lines to the show. Woodland Park teams coral up with peacock blue and animal icons, while the festive Cakewalk collection combines it with greenish-aqua and yellow.

I found coral all over the EK Success booth, as well, including in two new additions to the K&Company brand – Tim Coffey’s travel line and Bloomscape both show off coral’s versatility and range.

Graphic 45 is another company that came bearing coral in more than one collection. Tropical Travelogue, a mid-release collection that was actually available before the show, is a place you’d expect to find coral hidden amongst the tropical and beach themed prints.

What you might not expect, though, is to also find coral in a baby line! Little Darlings for the most part eschews pale pink in favor of a light shade of peachy coral.

Pebbles shows that coral works well in both floral and party themed lines. In fact, they brought one of each to the show in the form of Hip Hip Hooray and Country Picnic.

Popular stamp company Lawn Fawn debuted a new paper line at CHA Winter 2012 and showed that they definitely have their eye on trends. Coral is a major player here amongst the chevrons and touches of hombre.

Simple Stories shows how fabulous coral can be in their aptly named new collection…Fabulous! This collection is the more “girly” of the new Simple Stories collections, so the shade of coral used here is definitely on the bright pink side of things.

Janet Hopkins has returned to paper designs, and her newest collection from Bazzill Basics Paper, Wayfarer, literally puts coral on the map.

The last stop on our coral tour of CHA Winter 2012 brings us to a booth that has something to tie everything we’ve seen previously together. Petaloo manufactures embellishment flowers in every color imaginable, and their collections at this show were designed to coordinate with the top 20 paper lines being displayed on the show floor. With that kind of range, you know there’s a coral shade in there! Indeed, you can find it in the Hyacinth colorway of the Spring Darjeeling collection.

Did anything in that massive dose of eye candy catch your eye? Do you see yourself using coral in any projects in the near future? Chime in and let us know what you think of this new trend!

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