CHA Recap: By Dream Team Member Stacy Cohen

Dream Team Member, Stacy Cohen

Hello everyone! Stacy Cohen here.  I had the great pleasure of attending CHA this past weekend and seeing all the new goodies up close and personal.  One thing that struck me about the show this year was that there were so many gorgeous paper collections.  My “must have” list is longer than it normally is after CHA.  The manufacturers really hit it out of the ballpark this time with great color combos and patterns.

While walking the floors and visiting the booths, I saw some items that kept cropping up everywhere.  Here are some of the trends I noticed:

1.  Project Life and photo album scrapbooking.  Many manufacturers are now offering small journaling cards, embellishments, stamps, etc. that are geared towards this genre of scrapbooking.

2.  Typewriters – both on paper patterns and as embellishments.  Plus many of the booths had lovely vintage typewriters as decor.

3.  Cameras – again, both on paper patterns and as embellishments.

4.  Negative space and silhouettes. My favorite new items in this category are the negative space titles and phrases.

5.  Doilies.  Personally, I am very thrilled that doilies can still be widely found, because I can’t get enough of them!

6.  Steel dies for use with die-cutting machines.  I noticed a lot of new companies getting into the game, many of them offering die/stamp combinations.  As a fan of die-cutting myself, I was happy to see all the new dies on the market.

7.  Small alphabets – stickers, chipboard, wood, etc.  These are so useful for building longer page titles.

8.  Metallics – silver and gold foil on paper and embellishments.

9.  Decorative (i.e., “washi”) tape.  I think this staple is here to stay for a while.

This list is not exhaustive by any means, but these were some of the things that jumped out at me.

I took photos of some products that caught my eye.

How about a little bling?


Prima Marketing Say it in Crystals

Melissa Frances

Melissa Frances Brooches

Metallic products were “shining stars” at the show.

Pink Paislee

Pink Paislee Luxe Collection

Die and stamp combos could be seen all over the place at CHA.  I love these cute sets by Paper Smooches.

Paper Smooches

Paper Smooches stamp and die sets

My favorite new tool I saw at CHA was Martha Stewart Crafts’ new interchangeable circle doily punch. There are interchangeable punches, and each one cuts multiple sizes of doilies.

Martha Stewart Crafts

I wish I could share photos of all of the items I gushed over at CHA.  There certainly were a lot of them!

What new products are you anxious to get your hands on?

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Christin Attebury says: love bling and metallics! Looks like some exciting new stuff!
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63 Responses to CHA Recap: By Dream Team Member Stacy Cohen

  1. Grammachurch says:

    Wow! These make me anxious to see these out on the market I love the stamp and die sets, especially the clipboard! What a fun way to dress up a project. And I really love doilies so glad to see new options for creating them. Those are great colors and sizes from Pink Paislee for alphas. Those photos make me ready to go to CKC this summer to see all the new product live and in person. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  2. Christin Attebury says:

    I love bling and metallics! Looks like some exciting new stuff!

  3. Kim H says:

    wow those Martha Stewart dollie punches look amazing. thanks for sharing and the chance to win some goodies.

  4. Stephanie DiSabato says:

    Love the blings!

  5. Pamela J says:

    That Martha Stewart doily punch is so cool. Thanks for sharing some of the new stuff that’s coming out!

  6. Justasiam says:

    Thank you for a little sneak peek into your favourite products and trends. The Martha Stewart punches look fabulous!

  7. Carole RB says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love the versatility of dies and punches, and I am so happy the washi tape madness is still going strong because I have not tried it yet!

  9. Wendy Orme says:

    I want the Lucky Charm collection by Dear Lizzy most of all.

  10. Patti S. says:

    I like the paper products and scrapbooking things.

  11. Krystal L. says:

    Okay, I am in LOVE with those doily punches! Seriously, I must have them now!

  12. snowsue62 says:

    CHA always seems like so much fun! What scrapbooker wouldn’t want to attend that event?! I always look forward to the CHA release!

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