Here's some of what's caught my eye so far:
- Simple Stories' Smarty Pants Simple Basics
Smarty Pants is my favorite of the many school-themed collections I've seen so far, but it's the Simple Basics pack that I absolutely love. The A-sides all have composition book pattern, and the B-sides feature different types of papers, like binder paper, grid paper, and ledger paper. The colors are fantastic. I'm getting multiples of these for sure, as they are so incredibly versatile.
- Queen & Co. Trendy Tape
Trevor has recently discovered my washi tape and is helping me use up my stash, so I feel justified in getting more. And since I don't have any Christmas washi yet, these are particularly excellent to add to my collection. I definitely want to wrap my Christmas gifts with washi tape this year.
- Fancy Pants' Happy Go Lucky
They claim this line is "perfect for fall, summer, spring, camping, outdoors, indoors, boys, girls, ladies and gentleman." You can't get much more versatile than that! I can definitely see using it for a wide variety of subjects. I love the color palette.
- Pebbles' Thirty One
I need more Halloween supplies like I need a hole in my head, but I really like this collection. With the exception of the spiderwebs, the B-sides are not themed, so it's pretty easy to justify getting this since I can use it for non-Halloween occasions.
- Simple Stories December Documented
If I don't need Halloween paper, then I REALLY don't need Christmas paper. But I can justify getting the Simple Basics and the Fundamental and Expression Cardstock Stickers from this collection. This is my favorite of this year's Christmas collections.
- Simple Stories Say Cheese
This is my #1 must-have. I love the colors, love the patterns, and I especially love the dots/stripe Simple Basics. While this collection is obviously Disney-inspired, it isn't heavily themed and can be used for all sorts of other topics.
Simple Stories is the big CHA winner for me so far. They haven't been on my radar all that long, but with collections like these and Take a Hike, they are rapidly becoming my favorite paper manufacturer. So far, I haven't seen any must-have tools or gadgets, but I'll be keeping my eyes open over the next few days!
What are your CHA-Summer must-haves?