Hi Everybody, Kristin here today with a run-down of 5 of the newest scrapbooking trends hitting the shelves this spring.
Each January, in Anaheim California, the Craft and Hobby Association puts on it’s annual trade show, known colloquially as ‘CHA’. CHA is a space for crafting companies and industry professionals to put their newest goods on display for retailers to purchase.
I was fortunate enough to attend the show (and bask in the amazing South California weather). The show this year was filled with exciting new products, especially for scrapbooking and papercrafting. There was a ton of innovation, as well as a return to some old-school favorites. Anyone with lots of photos and an itch for memory-keeping should be very excited.
Today I’m going to share five favorite trends that I saw popping up throughout the show. Please forgive the photos, while the lighting at the trade show is perfect for viewing product in person, it’s the worst for taking quick pictures.
There was a big return to naturals this year. Lots of kraft, whites, blacks, and grays. One reason I’m so excited about the abudance of naturals is that they will pair with anything at all, even the super old stuff everyone has in their crafting stash. The photo below shows American Crafts‘ DIY line, which has the basics totally covered. Even if you aren’t a scrapbooker or papercrafter — the naturals trend lend themselves really well to home decor and do it yourself projects.
Pops of gold are everywhere! The photo below shows a new line, Charmed, from My Mind’s Eye. While gold (and other metallics) are a hot trend this spring, it is definitely being used in moderation, and rarely comes off as overwhelming. This is especially good for those of us who like mixing, matching, and pulling stuff from our stash — a little pop of gold makes everything extra classy.
#3. Bright Colors
Bright colors! I love bright colors. I’m such a softie for anything that screams out happiness, especially when I’m memory-keeping. The photo below shows new Heidi Swapp products, stencils, alphabet stickers, frames, and more. Just like with the gold trend, bright colors are used sparingly and allowing just a pop of color really make a statement.
Travel themed products! These stamps from Lawn Fawn are one of the many travel related products out this spring. Over the past few years there has been a move away from ‘themed’ product lines towards more general lines. . The exception to that rule has definitely been travel. Such a great excuse to reprint all the photos from your last vacation (or two). With themes like maps, vehicles, directional arrows, it’s very easy to incorporate ‘travel themed’ products into your everyday memory-keeping too.
#5. Brush Script/Handwriting
Maybe my most loved trend this spring is the brush script style that has become so popular recently. Popularized by Kal Barteski, and seen in the Amy Tangerine Plus One line from American Crafts, it brings a whimsical element to the design while remaining clean and still readable. The best part about this trend is that you can replicate it yourself with the supplies you have at home.
While all these new (and returning) trends might not be for everyone, it’s always great to know what’s out there and what the possibilities are. Many of these trends are very easy to incorporate a little bit at a time and they’re a great way to reach out and try something new.
What new products have inspired you to get photos printed and start memory-keeping?