Ready for more trends today? Vivian here with the second installment of CHA Armchair Attendee Week. Today we're going to be taking a look at trends in product themes. (Yesterday's post provided an introduction and included Trends, Part I, with a focus on patterns and motifs, so you might want to start there if you missed it.)
There are some pretty consistent trends that happen, with spring, summer, and travel lines typically released at the winter show in anticipation of the upcoming months, and winter, holiday, and Valentine's collections released at the summer show for the same reason, but there are always new ideas and twists on old ideas. A reminder that I am not trying to be comprehensive in my armchair attendance this week, but am trying to give you a taste of some of the things that have caught my eye, or the eye of Write.Click.Scrapbook. team members on the show floor.
Marnie continued to have even more fun, along with Aly, when they confirmed yesterday's rumor and met Tori Spelling, who released a DIY jewelry line with Darice:
One theme trend I noticed that Marnie and Aly confirmed from the show floor (once they'd gotten over the excitement of having met Tori, of course!): office-themed products and collections. There are so many different takes on this - I'll share some favorites.
I instantly fell in love with these clean and colorful Index Journaling Cards from Lily Bee's Handmade Collection:
October Afternoon's 9 to 5 collection features a retro office vibe and lots of fun office supply images:
This next line is not as traditionally office-y, but I don't quite know what else to call it. I think I'm going to coin a new term: office eclectic. It's the This & That Charming Collection from Echo Park which combines receipts, rulers, fans, cameras, globes, ledger paper, numbers and many, many other patterns and motifs:
Last up in the office theme category are the Paper Clips from Studio Calico's Take Note line. Note the description on the package - these are paper clips with fabric. I think this is most definitely a new take on the office theme!
Another trend that seems to have exploded this year is the travel theme. There have typically been a few travel lines released, but there are so many more than usual this year, and there are a ton of really unique twists. I'm going to focus on those twists in the examples here.
Bazzill Basics Paper, typically known for cardstock, has been slowly making its way into the world of patterned paper. One of their new releases is the Wayfarer line, which I'm highlighting because of the chevron-print paper with map-print chevron stripes:
Studio Calico's Abroad line provides another interesting take on the travel theme. There's a lot that's unique with this line, but what I found most unique were the U.S. states wood veneer shapes and die cut shapes:
Another fun twist on the travel theme is this pattern-within-a-pattern (again, the quilt trend I mentioned yesterday) airplane paper from Glitz Design's Happy Travels line:
I'll share one more twist on travel, Basic Grey's What's Up line. I love the unusual color palette here and the fun hot air balloons (trust me, I'm not showing you more examples of this, but the hot air balloon is a trend-within-a-trend this year - they are popping up everywhere!):
Let's move on to our last theme trend: East-Asian-inspired.Think paper lanterns, cherry blossoms, koi, etc.
First up is My Little Shoebox's Aiko line. The sticker sheet image below shows several of the colorful motifs included throughout the line:
Next up is Bo Bunny's Serenity line, which includes many of the same motifs seen in the My Little Shoebox Aiko line (above) but adds others, including characters and symbols:
A final take on the East-Asian-inspired theme trend is Basic Grey's Konnichiwa collection, which features gorgeous colors:
I'll be back tomorrow for Trends, Part III, where we'll take a look at trends in the types of products being released at CHA this week.
Happy armchair attending!