I spent three days scouting the trends and scouring the aisles for new and exciting products at the Craft and Hobby Association summer trade show. CHA is a place for industry professionals to connect as manufacturers display their newest releases and retailers make purchasing decisions for the second half of the year. I was on a mission to bring you an inside look at what will be hitting store shelves in the coming months, and brought back this list of my top five favorites.
1. Cosmo Cricket Show Toppers and Mini Mobiles
I’ve always been a fan of mason jars, and these decorative lids and innovative mini mobile inserts give me one more reason to love them. The lids give a vintage showpiece look for storage or home décor projects, and the mobiles expand the content possibilities with the option to hang things from inside the lid.
2. “Notable” by We R Memory Keepers
The combination of kraft and primary colors drew me to this collection, but the details are what cinched it as one of my favorites. Plenty of on-trend elements like chevrons, triangles, geotag symbols, cameras, typewriters, and speech bubbles mingle with versatile patterns and elements for documenting everyday life.
3. Amy Tangerine skinny alphabet stickers
These alphabet stickers make my must-have list for two reasons. They’re skinny and they’re flexible vinyl, making them perfect for narrow spaces, longer titles and journal covers or pocket pages, where rigid stickers are likely to pop off.
4. Cut & Paste by My Mind’s Eye
Jen Allyson’s designs seem to always make my list of faves, and her latest release for My Mind’s Eye is no exception. Featuring four different colorways that incorporate a wide variety of the hottest trends, this is a great overall collection with broad appeal.
5. ARC Crafts wood veneer sheets and washi tape
A brand new company on the summer show floor, ARC Crafts intrigued me with their wood tape and printer-friendly, adhesive-backed wood veneer paper. Both work well with punches and diecut machines.
For more on the summer CHA trends, visit my blog, or tune in to episode #169 of the Paperclipping Roundtable.