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by Association For Creative Industries
January 14-18, 2021

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
Education begins January ​14
Show floor open January 16-18

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October 25th 2016 - Attendee News

Dear Creativation Friend,

It’s October, and you’re already focused on the holiday season. That means January will be here before you know it.

Now is the time to get into gear and get ready for Creativation, the kickoff to your sales and success stories of 2017. This newsletter will help find the workshops, seminars and experiences you can’t afford to miss.


Education You Can’t Get Anywhere Else

New Workshops Added to Our Maker Space!

Spellbinders, our Maker Space sponsor, has added six make-n-take workshops to our Maker Space schedule! Register for these workshops to learn innovative solutions for crafting with mixed media, paper and home décor.

Maker Space Creativity with Spellbinder!

Saturday, January 21

W313: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

W314: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

W315: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Sunday, January 22

W420: 9:30am – 10:30am

W421: 11:30am – 12:30pm

W422: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

What does our maker space look like?

Sewing  Technology  Mixed Media   iDiscover Chats
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Join us in Phoenix and learn how a maker space is relevant to your creative business.


Creativation University: It’s More Than Make-n-Takes

Live education at Creativation University brings you hands-on product/technology training and networking opportunities – a unique combination of knowledge and connections that’s hard to find.

Take a workshop to get to know the manufacturers behind new products and plan your booth stops when the trade show opens.

Enroll in a seminar, such as one of our short and inspirational iDiscover Chats, to learn firsthand from your industry peers. For more in-depth training, try a hands-on lab where you get training on the latest software and platforms to facilitate your day-to-day business.

View our education schedule and find the workshops and seminars where you can learn and connect at once.


Our Spotlight on Sewing and Fabric

Creativation 2017 is spotlighting sewing and fabric, two rapidly growing product categories, as well as unifying other mediums by creating embellishments and/or accessories. The best way to understand these growing segments is through our Fashion Fusion Collaborative Challenge learning competition.

Find a partner or take the challenge on your own. This is your opportunity to collaborate with manufacturers of these products, surprise yourself of your own creative abilities and potentially win a Brother Sewing Machine or Scan-n-Cut! All levels are encouraged to participate.

Don’t miss out on this unique experience! The deadline to register for the Fashion Fusion Collaborative Challenge is November 18, 2017. Learn more and sign up here!

Phoenix Feature

Jason’s Live Trip to Phoenix!

Our Director of Membership, Jason Baum broadcasted his recent voyage to Phoenix to give you a tour of the places where our Creativation events will be held in January. Watch his trip, from the airport to the pedi cabs to the Phoenix Convention Center, and get excited for your voyage in 12 weeks!

Hotel rooms are selling out fast! Book your room at hotels in our official room block through onPeak, our one and only housing partner, to secure rooms at affordable rates. The hotel reservation deadline is January 5, 2017. Book online here or call; United States: 855-992-3353, or International: 312-527-7300.

Featured Program

Exclusive Keynote Presentation for CHA Members

We’re releasing our long-awaited 2016 Creative Products Size of the Industry Study at Creativation, exclusively to our members. This research will provide critical insights for manufacturers, distributors, retailers, designers, bloggers and start-ups businesses, including the size of the creative products opportunity and crafters’ demographics and habits.

There hasn’t been data available on the current state of the industry in four years. Register for our keynote presentation and learn exactly what the research means for your business’s future.

Learn more and register here!

New Exhibitors

Look Who’s Back!

Premier Yarns, Cousins, and Xyron are recent companies we’ve added to the long list of exhibitors who are returning to our show in January! We’ve built an entirely new trade event with your favorite exhibitors, inventive activities and education programs, meant to provide you with an enhanced experience and a jumpstart to success in 2017.

This is the year to attend! Register for your attendee badge and our education sessions and events to make the most of your Creativation experience.

Thank you to our sponsors (so far)!

Charity Wings
Chameleon Art Products
Clover Needlecraft
Eclectic Products
Edible Artists Network
Fabric Editions
Kin Community
Lawn Fawn
Notions Marketing
Paper House Productions
Prym Consumer USA
Tape Technologies
Wonderful Specialty Threads