Same Ol’ Same Ol’

For a first time visitor to the CHA show in Anaheim, I was stunned by the size of the place. The Anaheim convention centre is a massive place and quite impressive with it’s glass walls and spectacular surroundings.

Just around the corner is Downtown Disney, another fab place to go and unwind after a full day of walking the halls, ideal area to put your achey feet up with a cocktail 😀  I boasts some great restaurants and bars, so a little more adult then Disneyland next door.

Downtown Disney & Disneyland in the evening

Its such a shame, I was so excited about the CHA and seeing new crafting gizmos, but unfortunately I didn’t see anything I hadn’t seen before. 

As we all know, America is far bigger with Scrapbooking when we are in the UK, so there were some fantastic papers, etc, but I was hoping to see some new gadgets and designs that I had never seen before. However, there were a few interesting bits. I think we will see a lot more printed acetate and textured papers. Fabrics seemed to be featured quite a bit in papercrafting projects, but then again, we have seen this before now. Swirls and flourishes are still very big, they were featured on nearly every design of paper, embellishment, etc in the vast halls that was the CHA show. It’s like a re-run or remake of a good film I suppose.

WIth regards to colours, the pallet is much the same as last years, what I would call “safe”, lots of muted shades, once again not really anything new. I am hoping that bright and vibrant will be around again soon.

Well, the European trade shows are in full swing right now so I am off to Birmingham NEC next week to see what Stitches has to offer. Hope to see some of you there. Til next time …