If you joined Susan and me on the Paper Crafts and Moxie Fab World Facebook Fan Pages during CHA itself, and if you’ve been hangin’ around the Moxie Fab World blog during CHA Week last week, you know what fun we’ve all had in, on, and around CHA Summer.
As trends editor at Paper Crafts magazine, it’s my job to make sure that our publications are on trend–which translates to stay super inspiring–which is why I pore over the product the way I do. And once all is said and done, I put together a post which highlights the 12 major trends from each show in my semi-annual Trends by the Dozen post.
So, without further ado, here are the trends that rose to the top, IMHO. They are here to inform you, to inspire you, and to help us all calibrate where our interests and tastes lie in the grand scheme of this ever-evolving industry which we all love so much.
Ready? Set! Scroll!
A trend that continues show after show after show is vintage. I sometimes wonder what it says about our present that is causing our incredibly strong desire to revisit the past visually. Here are some of the best examples of this mainstay trend from this particular show:
Perhaps related to our desire to return to a simpler time in the vintage trend, what I’m calling the Country and Western trend. There were two lines with the name “Farmhouse,” two major western lines, and more farm and country influences than I could count. Check it:
And while past trends such as banners, doilies, lace, music, cameras, rulers, chevrons (especially as B sides), bakers’ twine, and yes, even owls, are still going strong, the cameo trend, which was so prevalent at CHA Winter, was too rampant not to mention again this time:
Speaking of popular, lasting trends, the sewing trend was honed by focusing on spools and spool tops:
There are always a handful of icons that are featured at each show. Here are the trendies from this one, beginning with typewriters:
Maps have made their way to the center stage as a design element:
…while the runaway pattern of the show was hexagons:
There were a lot of French influences at the show:
…and one of my favorite trends, what I’m call the retro family trend, reminds me a lot of the television show Mad Men:
And apparently, this year we want our Christmas lines to be strictly traditional. In fact, most of the lines we saw utilized just the basic Christmas colors–red, green, and lots and lots of black:
So there you have it, friends. The trends that seemed to speak the loudest to me at the show. What do you think? Which are your favorites? Which could you do without? Which can you see yourself actually incorporating into your designs? I’d love to hear the answers to any and all of these questions. And to thank you for taking the time to do so, I’ll offer one lucky (something really trendy and fun from the collections we have on hand.) Just leave a comment by midnight (MDT) on Thursday, Aug. 11 and maybe you will be the winner!
I calls ‘em as I sees ‘em,
P.S. Our brand new special issue, Card Ideas for Paper Crafters officially goes on sale today! Look for our fun online promotion (both here and on the Moxie Fab World blog) the week of Aug. 22-26. Get ready for this sketch-filled issue by hopping over to the Skipping Stones Design web site. Go-to Gal Teri Anderson is their the guest sketch designer and will be posting a new sketch there every Tuesday during the month of August!