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CHA Mega Show 2016 Trend Forecast

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The countdown to the CHA Mega Show 2016 is getting shorter and shorter! Excitement is building to see the new product releases in January, along with the new trends for the 2016. But what can we expect to see in 2016? Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. It goes without saying that adult coloring will continue to be a hot category. This won’t be limited to just publishers, from whom we can expect to see plenty of coloring books of course. Expect to see scrapbook companies creating designs that can be colored (such as Adornit and Bella Blvd have done previously in various product lines), and stamp companies creating coloring friendly designs. And of course it is a huge marketing opportunity for the companies that make pens and paints – expect to see them taking advantage of this window in the market.

The trend for chalk paint has sparked a whole range of interest in home decor and furniture. Chalk paint certainly isn’t going away anytime soon, as more companies are expanding offerings of it and consumers are becoming more competent and less intimidated with it. With that segment of crafts growing, we can expect to see more products appearing that are intended as add-ons for chalk paint furniture makeovers: furniture sized stencils, transfers, and hardware like decorative drawer pulls.

The two trends above have something in common, believe it or not. Both are rooted in changes in consumer psyche that took place because of the long recession a few years ago. Feeling financially pinched, consumers turned increasingly to DIY and projects like recycling old furniture with paint. Even with the recession over, consumers feel less secure financially and have become more prudent in their spending habits, leading the DIY trend to stick around after the recession’s departure. That same general feeling of insecurity feeds the adult coloring trend – the nostalgia of adults for a time in their life when life was no more complicated than which color of crayon to use next. Pair that with the well-documented therapeutic effects of artistic activities, and you get adults enjoying coloring their worries away.

Organization is another category that was affected by the recession. While a quick look at Pinterest will show that it is a topic of high interest to crafters, it’s also not an expenditure that is necessary to take part in crafting the same way that basic supplies like fabric, adhesive, or yarn are. When budgets got tight, pricey organization products like totes and custom racks got cut from the budget in favor of basic necessities. Consumers began “hacking” organizational solutions from more affordable household items like mason jars and even creating them out of cereal boxes. With consumer purse strings loosening again, more are investing in the environment in their homes – including their craft spaces.

The 80’s are back in the fashion world, and so is an 80’s crafting trend: cross stitch. In the late 1980’s, there was a cross stitch store on every corner it seemed – similar to the peak of the scrapbooking trend ten years ago. Since then, cross stitch has been relegated to the realm of devoted enthusiasts, not casual hobbyists, with limited shelf space in big box stores and specialty stores few and far between. Recently, however, stitching is making a comeback. It’s unlikely that we’ll see a flood of stitching supplies being sold at the CHA show, as it runs concurrently with the TNNA show in San Diego, but we will some definite influence from that trend, including embroidery hoop projects and perhaps stitching themed supplies in areas like scrapbooking.

In the scrapbooking segment, a few trends will continue to take hold and grow. Mixed media will continue to fill the void left by the growing disinterest in 12×12 layouts. Stamping and card making will also continue to be more of a dominant force. And of course, pocket scrapbooking will continue to be a strong segment in 2016, fed by the popularity of companies like Project Life, and Simple Stories.

Planners will also continue to be a force in the market. It’s becoming apparent that the idea of decorative paper planners are not a flash in the pan fad. More and more companies are jumping on the bandwagon of that idea, either with full-blown planner lines like Me & My Big Ideas has, or with stamps and other accessories (such as the Clearly Kelly stamps by Hero Arts).

But there will be new factors in the scrapbook market too. Bible journaling, introduced into the mainstream scrapbook market by Bella Blvd through Illustrated Faith, is starting to take hold. Expect to see other companies move to capitalize on that growing trend with products and marketing, especially as it gives them access to Christian retailers that otherwise wouldn’t carry scrapbooking – a new outlet in a market that has shrunk a lot for scrapbooking manufacturers.

Of course, during and after the show, our coverage will show you all the best of what you will be seeing in stores going into the first months of 2016! Make sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and here on the website so you don’t miss any of it!

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Trends | Burlap

Reported by Anam Stubbington

Burlap is what used to be called sackcloth; it was used for storage for everything as it was easy to make, breathable and moisture resistant. Even since it was used by the Haute Couture fashion houses a few years ago, burlap has been gaining strength. This seems to be the year where burlap comes into its own as a fully-functioning decorative fabric, being used in everything from wedding decorations to wall paper to the red carpet.

  1. Display at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt festival
  2. Miu Miu Pumps
  3. Toms burlap shoes
  4. Bottega Veneta 2011 dress and Emma Watson wearing the dress to the Harry Potter Premier this summer
  5. Vintage Isaac Mizrahi dress

It has a big place in the Eco-friendly world as it is bio-degradable, reusable, and durable. It can be dressed up or broken down, and yet still retains that rustic uniqueness all of its own. It can be used instead of canvas and paper to beautiful effect.

  1. Photo board on Etsy
  2. Nest Frame
  3. Quote Frame
  4. Photo holder
  5. Headboard
  6. Invite

Burlap comes in ribbon rolls, in yards and in sheets and can be sewn, rolled, frayed, gathered, bunched, and looped, as well as used straight off the roll, or made into flowers.

  1. Wrapped Wreath
  2. Sewn Ruffled Wreath
  3. Rolled Wreath
  4. Ruffle Wreath
  5. Folded Wreath
  6. Bubble Wreath

You can sew it, color it with dye and paint, stamp and print on it, make it into furniture and clothes, toys and rugs. but most of all it is a fun and inexpensive way of being contemporary.

  1. InkJet Printed
  2. Spray Painted
  3. Painted Strips
  4. Hand printed
  5. Stamped
  6. Stenciled Words

Burlap looks so pretty mixed with other fabrics such as silk, linen, and lace – a touch of elegance – the rough with the smooth.

  1. Album
  2. Wedding Cake
  3. Wreath
  4. Hearts
  5. Present
  6. Pillow
  7. Ring Pillow

And it’s perfect for those seasonal Christmas decorations.

  1. Little birds
  2. Baubles
  3. Stockings
  4. Mini trees
  5. Advent Calendar
  6. Star
  7. Named Stockings
  8. Mini-hoop bauble
  9. Tree Skirt

And the perfect gift maybe?

  1. Ruffle Bag
  2. Photobook
  3. Printed cushion
  4. Painted Family Cushion
  5. Folded Vase
  6. Placemats
  7. Hair Piece
  8. Votive Candle
  9. Clutch Purse
  10. Notebook Cover

Burlap is so versatile, making it a perfect foil for both adults and kids alike, especially when it is used with this year’s perfect frame – the embroidery hoop!

  1. Laptop Case
  2. Kite Hoop
  3. Birth hoop
  4. Tic Tac Toe

And for those crafters and scrapbookers, there is a wide range of products that fit the burlap theme.

  1. Tim Holtz Embossing folder
  2. Nikki Sivils Buttons
  3. My Minds Eye Trim
  4. Weeds & Wildflowers Digital Elements
  5. Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink pad
  6. Canvas Corp Banner
  7. Jillibean soup alpha stickers
  8. Prima Marketing flowers

Also Hot off the Press do a burlap textured paper.

I totally expect burlap to stay as strong as it has for the last year, with more and more uses coming as it is a really interesting product.

  1. “61 Ford” by Adán Avalos
  2. Pumpkins
  3. Love Banner
  4. Patriotic Wreath
  5. Cake Decoration
  6. Present Wrapping

I hope you enjoyed and are inspired by this little post on the wonders of burlap!

Trendspotting Report – July 2011

Reported by Simone Collins

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Each month I spy and spot the latest trends in fashion, design, and pop culture which often determine the hottest trends in craft. This is your monthly Trend Spotting report of the hottest trends spotted online. 

Subway Art/Typography/Fonts

Word art is very popular, everywhere. Whether you like graffiti word art, large initials, or just cool fonts, there are plenty of products to help you craft your own work. Cricut released a new cartridge that creates subway art patterns with the Cricut machine (available in stores soon). Tim Holtz also released some Subway Art canvases, as well as market totes. Plus, let’s not forget the cool birds from Red Fred Bodoni made from different fonts.

Here’s a look at some great craft projects using cool fonts and typography:

1. Font necklace 2. Embroidery Hoop Typography 3. Burlap Initial Earring Holder Tutorial 4. Subway Art Clock Tutorial 5. Wooden Sign 6. Appliqued Number Pillow 7. Subway Art with Cricut Tutorial 8. Birthday Card 9. Vintage Checkbook Cover

Cowboys and Aliens

With the popularity of the new Cowboys and Aliens movie opening last weekend, it’s no surprise that the western and intergalactic themes are popping up everywhere. Bandana prints are totally in style along with the new bohemian trend, and aliens fit in perfectly with the nerd or geek trends I saw everywhere this weekend in the mall.  October Afternoon’s new Sasparilla line is perfect for the western theme and Nikki Sivils’ new Lil’ Monster collection features the alien theme. 

Some great projects that fit into this trend of opposites:

1. Crochet Alien 2. Bandana Cookies 3. Planet Embroidery 4. Cowboy Card 5. Alien Cake Toppers 6. Crochet Cowboy Hat 7. Alien Gloves 8. Leather Cowboy Keychain 9. Alien Cupcakes

8-bit/Retro Video Games

Like I said, geek and nerd themes are hot right now, and it’s very evident in the world of craft as well. The 8-bit trend, which is a throwback to the old video games of my youth, are being seen all over the internet. The popularity of some video game characters seems as strong as back when the games were first made available and the rainbow themes and bright colors make this trend a popular one with crafters of all genres.

Here’s a look at some of the coolest crafts with an 8-bit theme:

1. Nyan Cat 2. Super Mario Gym Shoes 3. 8 bit art fox 4. Mushroom Crochet 5. iPod Space Invader Case 6. Wedding Topper 7. Invader Cushion Covers 8. iPhone Cross Stitch case 9. 8 bit Bow Tie

So, what do you think about the trends I’ve spied this month? Agree or disagree? Have you made any projects that fall into these categories? We would love to see them! What cool trends are you spying on StumbleUpon, Pinterest, and the internet? Please share it in the Comments section below this post on our website. We love to hear YOUR opinions!