I noticed quite a few new (and some returning) trends at the show this year.
Doilies are still going strong. I saw many doily stamps, papers, stencils and rubons.
|Maya Road stamp set|
Feathers were everywhere - wood embellishments, stamps, rubons and actual feathers in every color imaginable.
|Feather assortment from Bella Blvd|
Mustaches are still popular and bows are a new trend.
|Even Tim Holtz had a mustache die this year|
Just about every company had their own line of stencils.
Dies are still extremely popular - lots of companies had them - especially the thin dies.
Cameras were everywhere, also in many media (stamps, rubons, wood icons, and even stencils).
|Stencil by Ronda Palazzari for The Crafter's Workshop|
Mason jars are a new trend also.
|Stamp set from Lawn Fawn|
As for colors, we saw alot of brights for spring and summer. Many paper companies were pairing teal, yellow, pink and grey. We also saw more masculine-themed papers. Chevron patterns are still very popular.
And every paper company seems to have hopped on the bandwagon of divided page-protectors and "project-life"-type papers and embellishments that Simple Stories was so innovative in introducing about a year ago. Why is it that someone comes out with a unique idea and the next year everyone does it?
Other trends I noted: washi tape still going strong and most companies had cute little vellum or glassine envelopes and baggies.
Lastly, mixed media is continuing to grow in popularity with the paper arts and scrapbooking community. We saw lots of paints and "lotions and potions" being used on layouts and there were many samples of mixed media canvases and mini albums.
Come back tomorrow and I'll share some of the new products!