Monday with Megan! Our Editor’s recap of Creativation!

Monday with Megan! Our Editor’s recap of Creativation!

I recently got back from Creativation. A Creata-what now? #Creativation is the newly branded way of saying CHA, which is the Craft & Hobby Association trade show. Once a year, we’re treated with a massive show-and-tell, where your favorite brands show up with their new releases. What a treat! It’s even more fun with friends by your side. I went with our Publisher, Catherine Tachdjian and Design Team member Nicole Nowosad.


Together, we walked up and down many aisles, participated in several meetings, and even snuck away for a few business lunches. All, in an effort to bring you more of what you love. (I know, twist our arms, right? 😉 )


First, I couldn’t be more excited for two of our own team members, who both revealed new releases at this show. This is a glimpse at Vicki Boutin’s new line with American Crafts. It’s very colorful and happy, like her, with a mixed media emphasis.


The very talented Paige Evans, our newest design team member, was back with her third release for Pink Paislee. Her collection, Oh My Heart, is yet another stunning example of what it must be like to look at the world from her colorful point of view.


Congratulations, Vicki & Paige! We’re thrilled for you! (Sweet Paige was unable to attend this show for personal reasons, so we had a toast in her honor.)


If enamel dots are your thing, PinkFresh Studio is going to be your new best friend. Look at these MASSIVE sheets of dots they’re releasing!!! Heaven!


Who needs the pot o’ gold when you can have the rainbow? Taylored Expressions was full of hue happiness. Isn’t this rainbow die divine?


Lots of shapely coolness going on at the Spellbinders booth. Love the geometric trend!


If taking your art up a notch sounds like fun – up on the wall, that is – Jillibean Soup’s Mix the Media collection has much inspiration to offer!


There are two things that get me every time—bitty and organization. So these bitty storage drawers at Maya Road had me looking like the heart-eyes emoji. SWOON!


Speaking of emojis, this release from Simple Stories was sure full of character!


You might say, the stamps and dies at Lawn Fawn were out of this world! This particular Lawn Cut is designed to create an interactive card that rotates. Weeee!


Yes, it was one big creative party in Phoenix, AZ, a couple of weeks ago. Oh, sure, you walk for hours and hours and leave with a scratchy voice from all of the talking that’s done, but it’s 100% worth it. The inspiration around every turn was all the momentum needed to keep us charged. While the hugs and love from those who work so hard behind the scenes is always an added bonus.


We can’t wait to share more of what’s coming to your stores soon in our Spring ’17 issue. Until then, I’d love to know what #Creativation items you’re most excited to learn more about (on my list or otherwise). Thanks for your thoughts!

Megan Hoeppner


2019-01-21T13:00:30+00:00February 6th, 2017|CHA Favs, Creativation|


  1. KELLY A. CROWL February 6, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    wishing, I could get into one of these conventions!

  2. barb macaskill February 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I would give my right thumb, pointer and middle fingers for the opportunity to attend this event!
    I am most excited to learn more about the Tonic/TH Stamping Tool, TH Oxide inks, Spellbinders new dies, Chameleon Color Tops and so many other awesome new goodies headed our way!!! Dying to get my hands on so many of the new products!!!!! TFS!

  3. Christi Steinbeck February 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Love those pretty enamel shapes and would love to have get my hands on some new spellbinders! YUM!

  4. Carol February 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Oh where oh where to begin. Love all the new items. But to pick one … those drinks looked really good. Opps … I mean the lawn fawn dies and stamps. LOL

  5. Jennifer Reynard February 6, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Definitely excited to see all the new product by Vicki Boutin and Paige Evans with the new PInk Paislee line. The wee drawers by Maya Road are pretty darned cute!!! Love the wooden signs with the button décor of a heart etc. Such incredible inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Pamela McGillin February 6, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Maya Road drawers & the WRMK sewing machine.

  7. jean marmo February 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Looks like so much fuN!!

  8. Sharon K. February 7, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Heartfelt congrats to Vicki Boutin!!!!!!! All that blood sweat and tears has finally paid off in your own line of product. I couldn’t be more happier for her or excited for me to take a new mixed media class with her. It could not happen to a more talented, giving, nicer person. Love you to bits Vicki! You go girl!!!!

  9. Sharon K. February 7, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Products I can’t wait to try…. anything project life, Vicki Boutin mixed media, spell binders and also anything new from Tim Holtz, simple stories,,,I could go on forever!!!!!!

  10. Mary Assaf February 7, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I’d like to see a close-up of Paige Evans collections.

  11. D.Ann C February 7, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    How much fun it must’ve been! Congrats to the designers on their roll-outs! I’m interested in learning more about the We R Memory keepers craft sewing machine, seeing projects with that double thank you by Spellbinders and seeing both Finnabair’s and Tim Holtz’ new products in action

  12. Anita Price February 8, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I’m lovin this years releases! Very excited for Vicki Boutin’s line to come out! curious to know more about the oxide ink and what it’s all about it’s just all so exciting!

  13. Birgit February 9, 2017 at 5:54 am

    There’s just so much to take in! I love the wood planks from Jillibean Soup!!

  14. Janet Storey February 13, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Congratulations to Vicki and Paige. Can’t wait to see their products. I’m interested in the We R Memory keepers craft sewing machine.

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