As creative editor for Paper Crafts magazine, it’s my job to make sure that the projects we show are fresh, fun and trendy. So, when I walk the showroom floor at CHA, I’m always on the lookout for what inspires, what’s showing up multiple times in multiple places and what’s getting a lot of buzz as I bop from booth to booth.
On the plane ride home, as I started to process all I had seen, I wrote down the common themes that had risen to the top of my experience. Here are they are—my CHA Winter 2010 Trends by the Dozen:
1. Doilies & Lace. Intricate lovelies straight from Grandma’s parlor:
2. Opaque. It’s been about glitter and twinkle. Now it’s about hard-core shine:
3. Textured Cardstock. Whether it’s custom to a manufacturer, raised or stitched, it’s all about texture:
4. Canvas. Speaking of texture…
5. Peace Signs. A return trend from CHA Summer, these happy icons were everywhere I looked:
6. Altered Art. Anything Tim Holtz is hot and these new tools help seal the deal:
7. Music. Carrying its own tune:
8. Frames. Picture this:
9. Buttons. As in cute as a…
10. Vintage Ephemera. Trinkets, cards, images and more:
11. Background Text. These say it all…
12. Sewing—the run-away trend of the show. Keeping us in stitches:
Which of these trends speaks the most to you and why? I’d love to hear your takes on this trendy dozen, friends! Leave me a comment by midnight (MST) on Wednesday, Feb. 10 and I’d be oh-so-happy to send the Material Girl collection from Cosmo Cricket to one random lucky winner!
Dealing in dozens,