Craft and Hobby Show Photo Recap!

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A view of the Anaheim convention center from my hotel room. Don’t let that sunshine and those palm trees fool you – it was cold in Orange County!

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I loved this art in the Basic Grey booth.

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Felt owls make adorable iPhone cases!

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Hey a heart marquee light! So cool! (Btw, you can DIY your own with this tutorial!)

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Think neon is over? Think again! I saw neon ink, neon baker’s twine, neon washi tape and more!

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No one does yarn art better than Lion Brand!

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Giant quilling in the Fiskar’s booth. They also gave away 200 pairs of custom engraved scissors, but I missed it! Next time!

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Lunch break: broccly soup anyone?

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I could literally spend the entire day browsing the ribbon in the May Arts booth. I love these stripes!

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Painted coasters in the Plaid booth that were created using a Martha Stewart stencil. I loved the cool grey and white combo- it’s a nice breath of fresh air in a convention that is exploding with color.

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I had to grab a picture of this Rock It in the Basic Grey booth for our own space nerd Rachel!

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Biggest takeaway from the show? Washi tape is here to stay! Loved these simple DIY washi tape book covers.

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How about a washi tape bicycle? Ok!

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This is a film that you can print on and attach to almost anything. How about some custom shoes? I might now go with those patterns, but there is some real DIY shoe project potential here.

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In addition to the tradeshow floor, there are also classes, panels and seminars and demo-nars at CHA. I took a demo-nar with Scotch and spent Sunday morning covering the following things with awesome new tapes: invitations, envelopes, tags, candy, toothpicks, favor boxes, chapstick, + my CHA badge holder. It was let by Alton DuLaney who teaches this class on Craftsy.

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At the show, the CHA launched a new initiative called Crea8time. It’s about taking the time to create and share! Check out the site here. Awesome glitter tattoo courtesy of i Love to Create.

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Also in the iLovetoCreate booth was this fun photo wall designed by Crafty Chica! This is me and Haley Pierson-Cox who you might know from The Zen of Making or CRAFT.

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They also had a tie-dye van, where iLovetoCreate designer + social media maven Alexa Westerfield setup shop!

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Look at this gorgeous necklace! The cell phone photo really doesn’t do it justice.

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And this own was one of many INCREDIBLE button sculptures on display. Just wow.

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In the Scotch booth they had a white room and infinite rolls of tape and told us to go crazy! I hope they post a picture of what it looked like at the end. This was taken during Day 1.

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And here’s my addition – Stop Pinning, Start Making. It was a popular sentiment!

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I said there was a lot of tape. Here’s some new duct tape from Scotch.

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And making tape…

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And expression tape, which is like the regular tape you use for giftwrap or at the office. There’s also a bunch of new washi tape on the way.

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This is what you do when you wear heels and walk 489283 miles. Ouch!

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I love it when companies turn their own products into an amazing statement piece like this wall from Bottle Cap Inc.

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They have more than just bottle caps, like these letterpress-style wooden letter blocks. Want!

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And crazy sizes of bottle caps. These are big enough to be a coaster!

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Craft-lebrities abound! Here’s Cathie + Steve demoing some of their new Mod Podge products in the Plaid booth. You can read more about them here.

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Ad yeah, while there’s plenty of fun and craft it’s also a conference with session like this. Bad picture, good session! Reps onstage from JoAnn, Etsy, Craftsy, F+W/Interweave and Kollabora.

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Adios CHA! See you in Las Vegas this summer!

By the way, I shared tons of pictures live on our Whimseybox Instagram account and will do the same at upcoming events like Alt Summit + Craftcation. Follow along at @whimseybox!

Year of Creativity

Alicia DiRago is the founder and CEO of Whimseybox. She has led DIY events across the country and been featured in the Wall Street Journal. Alicia is a lifelong crafter and former chemical engineer obsessed with making everything from bracelets to (homebrewed) beer! You can find her personal DIY, fashion and design blog at dismountcreative.com.

8 Comments

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Maggie Goebel

    Hey Alicia,
    That trip must have rocked! So awesome! I am soooooo hooked on Washi tape. I started having fun with it earlier this year. It would be fun to get some in a Whimseybox with some things to decorate like: tags, pencils, boxes, and stationery or a notebook or journal.

    • Reply January 15, 2013

      Rachel Hobson

      Chiming in to say …. perhaps we have a washi box already in the works … ;) Stay tuned!

      • Reply January 15, 2013

        Maggie

        Oh my Rachel…. I think I have my fingers crossed ;)…. Hip hip hooray for Washi tape!

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    thezenofmaking

    I’m so glad we got to hang out!

    • Reply January 15, 2013

      Rachel Hobson

      I’m so jealous you got to hang out! Really, how many more of my friends/co-workers will you meet in person before you and I FINALLY meet in person!? It’s RIDIC.

    • Reply January 16, 2013

      Alicia DiRago

      Me too!!

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