Tuesday, February 21, 2012

IHP DT Challenge: Crafty Trends from CHA

IHPfeb12-cupcake-SBWalking the floor of the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Trade Show is always an adventure! What could possibly be more exciting than getting to see three huge showrooms of brand new products that you can hardly wait to get your hands on? Only one thing: getting to share that experience with your girlfriends!

From the very beginning, the i {heart} papers team has had strong ties to Paper Craft Planet. Our mutual love of paper and paper-crafting was the foundation for our friendship, and CHA has given us the opportunity to meet face-to-face and translate those online friendships into real life. It's so much more fun in person than it is on screen!

Those who were fortunate enough to walk the CHA floor this winter (sadly I was not among them) were drawn to certain products and projects. Over dinner discussions they discovered some emerging trends. That's what today's challenge is all about.

Thankfully, those who couldn't be there can live vicariously through the next best thing: photos! Check out these in this post from Susanna, and several posts from MoxieFab!

Some of the current trends that they identified were:

  • Chevrons
  • Paris
  • Travel themed products
  • Sewing (not new but still going strong)
  • Quilt patterns as paper backgrounds
  • City skyline
  • Pinwheels and Flowers and Butterflies
  • Pennants
  • Twine
  • Small sticker letters
  • 3d embellishments
  • The ones I used in my layout are highlighted in red. I created my own chevron pattern using the Mint Motif set Beyond Borders. This set has been getting a lot of play lately, having been featured in the recent issue of Stamp It! 3 Ways (published by Paper Crafts Magazine). I actually pulled out my sewing machine for this. Major shocker for those who know me. Almost as much of a shocker as the fact that I made a scrapbook layout in the first place!

    The sticker letters came from one of my favorite 12x12 Collection Kits, Little Girl by Echo Park. I created my cupcake embellishment with an old Sizzix die I have in my collection. Cupcakes are also not a new trend, but I refuse to give them up!

    The sweet baby in this layout is my adorable new granddaughter, Lilia. Don’t get me started…I have become the stereotypical grandma in so many ways!

    Anyhow, you’ll definitely want to check out the rest of our team, as well as the Paper Craft Planet Supernovas, to see how they interpreted the trends. 

    Carolyn (you are here)

    and our guests from PCP:
    Adela Rossol
    Lisa Somerville
    Lyn Bernatovich
    Susanna Boyd
    Taylor Usry
    Wendy Price

    Have fun!



    wendyp said...

    love the Chevron trend!!! What an adorable layout!!!

    Deb said...

    Awww, Carolyn! This is the sweetest page, and she is the most adorable little cupcake ever! Absolutely precious! Look at all that gorgeous, dark hair! Can't wait to see you so you can whip out a wallet full of pictures! <3

    Taylor said...

    What a sweet layout! I love this!!!

    i {heart} papers said...

    Ah-ha! That's what your scrapbook page was for! Very cute!

    Lisa Somerville said...

    Wonderful LO - cute pictures!

    Gretchen said...

    Beautiful! You are such a proud Grandma- I love it!

    Amanda said...

    Gorgeous LO & precious baby girl:) Luv the cupcake theme;) Following via GFC! Thanx 4 sharing! ~prhmangel(at)gmail(dot)com
    Blog: www.scrappinangel-amanda.blogspot.com

    whoistracy said...

    What a sweet layout Carolyn! Who can resist those adorable photos of your granddaughter??

    Loretta said...

    Carolyn, this is adorable and so very perfect!!

    sharon g said...

    Very cute. I am more into the sewing trend than chevrons.

    Susanna Boyd said...

    Great page! those little stickers are darling!

    Natasha G.P. said...

    I've noticed these trends. All good ones. I especially like sewing!

    Micah G. said...

    I like your SUBTLE chevron. SOme are a bit much.

    B. Poteraj said...

    The tiny letters look really cute on this layout.

    Emily Keaton said...

    I love chevrons--you used them so nicely here. Great touch!

    FrancineB said...

    What a little cutie pie. Very sweet layout.

    Carol said...


    Carol B

    Lori said...

    Just adorable, Carolyn--both the page and little Lilia!

    Snowflakescrapper said...

    I liked how you used the doily. Im gonna try this.

    Danica said...

    I am loving the tiny stickers! That's going to be a fun one to incorporate.