Last year, I felt a little bit bored by CHA( Craft and Hobby Association conference). While I liked some of the products( and even made a wishlist), I didn't feel very excited or hyped up about most of the releases as I usually did.. This year is very different for me. For one, I have had an eye on some of the behind the scenes happenings. I wish I was going to CHA. If I would have been able to go, I would have been working at booth #2375 for Deflecto. It looks like the people who do get to work the booth are going to have a great time with visitors and the lovely make and take project(if you are going, be sure to stop by). Since I am not going, I will have to live the conference vicariously through photos from friends and video coverage.
The second thing that has me excited for CHA is the releases I have seen so far. I am loving the new collections, many of which feature patterns and colors that play well with my style. I am also excited about one new tool in particular. I thought I would compile a list of few favorites.
We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool is at the top of my list. I like the idea of being able to make custom pocket sizes for my Project Life spreads. Just an FYI, the tool is available for pre-order at A Cherry on Top. ( not an affiliate link). It's priced at $29.95 which makes the tool worth considering. I am looking forward to getting one myself. I can only hope that the ruler tool helps me fuse or cut pockets in a straight line. I always struggle with that.
new Hello Darling line. The camera caught my attention almost immediately. I am noticing a lot of purple in many of the paper lines so far. I think this one does a good job of balancing the feminine and masculine.Sure, there's lots of floral elements. However, the blue and black will make it easy to fit in a photo of my son.
I am also really loving the papers, bits and baubles from Crate Paper's Confetti collection. I think I might just want a banner for my craft space. There are also several other lines that are just as fabulous as this one.
Clearly Kelly Stamp collections have also caught my eye. I have always loved Kelly Purkey's stamps. I am glad to see familiar ones along with some new designs.
new wood icons from Prima. I adore wood veneer and am so happy to see it get a facelift and still be a popular embellishment.
The one to the left is Prism. I am also eyeing their new nautical themed Adrift collection.
Pinkfresh Studio had launched a new line. It's their first paper collection and, in my opinion, it's just as cool as their unique embellishment line.
Pink Paislee's Atlas collection is a definite candidate for my wishlist. It has a nice blend of travel themed elements with some basic designs. I like that I could possibly use it for more than just a travel page.
As you can see, my list is pretty long this year. This is just the tip of the iceburg. Realistically, I know I won't be able to get everything. I do hope that I will get some of these collections in my Cocoa Daisy kits. If you do subscribe to a kit club, be sure to check out their forums. In many cases, they are asking what you saw and liked at CHA. Your responses may just inspire them to purchase certain items for their kits. You just need to be patient. Remember, many of these items will go on sale after this season is over. Waiting a bit also allows your excitement to wear down a bit. Reality can set in and you can determine if one of the collections you have been eyeing is really something you want.
Meanwhile, I will be checking out everything I can from CHA. I have been keeping an eye on PaperVine. They are compiling a list with photos of the manufacturer announcements for new products. What new items has you excited? Share with us in the Get It Scrapped Forum.