Trendspotting at CHA

So, ready to hear about the trends I saw at the Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show?! 

First, let me say that, while I did see some of the same color palettes, images, or product types across manufacturers, I actually felt that there was a great deal of diversity. I'd gone in thinking that I'd be seeing planners, the color gold, and journaling cards in just about every papercrafting booth. Based on sneak peeks, I knew they'd be huge. Those were definitely there, but they weren't quite as dominant as I expected. No matter what your style or taste or preferred media, it was probably represented at the show. 

That said, let's look at what else I saw over and over.


If I had to pick one trend that transcended all craft genres and kept appearing over and over, it would be rainbows. From patterns on papers to stamps to displays to entire booths, rainbows were everywhere! There was even a rainbow make-and-take that I'll share in a future post. 

Metallics / Foil

There's no question that gold is huge. Many manufacturers have paired it with some combination of mint, pink, ivory and navy, like this display by Martha Stewart Crafts

But the other metals were well-represented as well. Numerous companies were showing metallic papers, inks, embellishments and more. A lot were gold, but not all. Many companies were showing foils in a large variety of bright colors.  


Diamonds (as in the gemstone) are still hot, hot, hot. They appeared on papers, as stamps, and in embellishment packs. 


Diamonds are big, but triangles were just as well-represented. Many manufacturers were showing papers with a triangle motif or border.


Wood is still going strong. Woodgrain is appearing in many different colors and wood embellishments are as big as ever. I was very impressed with the BARC Wood products by Arc Crafts

Enamel Shapes

Enamel dots have been popular for awhile as a versatile embellishment for both scrapbookers and cardmakers. Enamel is moving beyond dots into other shapes, letters, and even words. There was a lot of buzz about the cute enamel words that Chickaniddy Crafts showed. 


Cupcakes may be old news in the culinary scene, but they're still popular in the papercrafting world. It makes sense, as cupcakes are timeless symbols of birthdays and celebrations. Cupcakes were everywhere, from papers to stamps to make-and-takes to booth displays. 

Party Supplies

There's been a growing trend of scrapbook manufacturers showing how their products can be used for party decor, whether it's banners or trims for a cupcake stand. More and more manufacturers are showing items like cupcake toppers, straws, and other supplies to craft a perfectly coordinated party.


Printed transparencies or overlays were big about 7 years ago. They never totally went away, but this year's version are more colorful than ever.


I never would have thought mushrooms were trendy, but after I'd noticed them in 3 or 4 booths I made a point to look and they were all over the place... and always red with polka dots.

Hot Air Balloons

We saw these a few years ago when steampunk burst onto the scene, but now they're appearing in a more basic form.


Owls certainly aren't new, but there's no question they're as hot as ever in 2015. 

(Another mushroom!)


Chalkboard paint, chalkboard markers... chalkboard anything is still going strong. I did two fun make-and-takes using this marker by Marvy Uchida.

So what else is still going strong? Stencils, mixed-media, ready-to-frame wall art, burlap and canvas aren't going away any time soon.


Anything catch your eye? Any must-haves? Did I miss any major trends for 2015? Let me know! I'd love to hear your thoughts.


  1. I want gold to go away ... I have never liked gold .. not even jewelry! LOL!! I am glad wood grain is still strong ... one of my faves to work with!!

  2. I see the same trends in blog posts, pinterest... pretty much everywhere! Awesome to see them all popping up on the show floor! I would have to disagree with you though on the cupcakes... they are not a past culinary fad and still very much a trend... I see them almost daily on my pinterest and facebook feeds going strong! My cousin who owns a bakery -- they are the most requested and sold items she has and they have steadily increased in sales each year! ;) All these trends... which one is your favorite?! Mine are still the woodgrain and the owls... and the gold has grown on me the last six months ;)

    1. I guess I said cupcakes aren't as hot as they once were culinarily speaking because I see so many cupcake-only shops closing down, but I suppose the same thing could be said about scrapbooking. Just because the local scrapbook stores are gone doesn't mean scrapbooking isn't thriving!

      As you know, I'm not a very trendy scrapper, but I do like woodgrain, owls, and metallics. Chalkboard is growing on me. I don't anticipate many mushrooms to appear on my layouts though.

    2. Never say never... you might end up with a mushroom at some point ;) LOL

    3. I'm only likely to embellish with a mushroom if I happen to be scrapping about a mushroom or it's in some way relevant to my story. It seems unlikely, but I agree... never say never!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing all of your photos from CHA for those of us who couldn't be there. I'm a little iffy on the mushrooms and am tired of the cupcakes, but everything else sounds good.

  4. Interesting post! You have a good eye! I'm not so keen on the rainbow trend or the diamond one..... I'm good with triangles though and woodgrain and I'm happy to see transparencies come back. I never used them a lot but they have some fun potential uses.

  5. I love rainbows and woodgrain and mushrooms. I guess I'd better avoid my LSS. lol

  6. The foil trend has caught my eye! Love that it can be used to add "bling" even to a guy page or project.

  7. Love this post! I love that there are a variety of brightly colored rainbow and metallic choices out there, that's right up my alley! ;) I've always really liked transparencies, but never know how to use them, or especially how to attach them. "Back in the day" I used eyelets, and I still have brads, but I rarely staple and have never sewn, except by hand, on a layout or card. Hopefully there will be lots of inspiration on what to do with those! :) That is hilarious about the mushrooms! Too funny!


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