Basic Grey ‘Granola’ and ‘Urban Prairie’

You’ve probably heard me say a million or so times how much I love BASIC GREY. And I recently did THIS POST about their Granola and Urban Prairie paper pads being carried exclusively at Michaels. Well, after reading THIS post at 2peas and other MB posts, I caved and bought them both. I’ve actually been scrapping a lot lately (vs. my usual ‘scrapbook supply collecting,’ an activity I’ve perfected), so I didn’t feel too awful guilty about buying yet more patterned paper. Yeah, that’s me, the PAPER SLUT

So, I bought the BG paper pads the other day and love them both; one has such a pretty color combo (pink, black, white, yellow and teal) and the other will be great for men/boy layouts (blues and browns). They retail for $20; I used my 50% off coupon for one and paid full price for the other (gawd, when was the last time I paid full price for a big ticket item….nopers, can’t remember! but there were only 3 of each and I couldn’t bear to miss out). Of course, this week all Mike’s paper pads went on sale for 40% off. I heard through the scrapvine that you could take your receipt in and get reimbursed for the difference. That’s like, what?, 8 bucks. Yep, worth it. I went in to Mike’s tonight with THIS WEEK’s 50% off coupon, browsed the store, and ended up with some Archival Mist. You know, one of those “you need it and it’s very expensive, so a coupon is great, but you’d rather spend it on something more sexy” kind of item. I also got some ‘sexy’ ceramic glue to repair my little green ceramic cross that broke (that’s some kinda really bad sign, right?). I looked at the Cricut cartridges that are on such a great sale this week, but didn’t want any of them badly enough to justify the bucks.

At the register, I asked about the refund and the manager told me, yes, they would refund the difference but I needed to bring the item in with me. Which I hadn’t. She was very apologetic and said she was sorry I had to come all the way back, and I’m like, “Oh yeah, I really hate coming here, it’s my least favorite store in the whole world. Oh…No….Please don’t make me come back again!” and she and checker boy (yes, a boy!) laughed at me. Just another positive customer service exchange for me…or turning lemons into lemonade, however you wanna look at it.

One last story before I go….I delivered a couple orders tonight after work (I’m a consultant for MEMORY WORKS). One delivery entailed dropping something at the office of my friend *J*, who happens to be a doctor. She had ordered a Basic Grey MAGNETIC MAT.

Her office was just closing as I arrived…I assume it was one of her nurses that was putting down the window blinds, etc. So I start handing her this kinda large, black item with a metal ruler, all encased in hard plastic and she kind of backs up and is hesitant to grab it. Then she slowly reached for it, turned it all around and studying it like I had just handed her an instrument of medieval torture or something. I said, “This is for *J*. She ordered it from me,” and she goes, “Uhhhhh…..okaaayyyy.” Gosh I wish I knew what verbage was running through her mind! Suffice to say, she couldn’t have been a scrapbooker and I’m sure she thought I was some crazy lady. It all made me wonder if *J* has not come out of he closet and told her employees that she’s a {GASP!} scrapbooker? I just thought that was a funny little moment. I live in this scrapper vacuum and think everyone ‘gets’ it, because I spend most of my online and IRL time with friends who are scrappers (um, yeah, sad but true). Sometimes I need to be reminded that the entire cotton pickin’ world is not inhabited with scrapbookers; instead, most have no idea what in the heck we are doing…

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6 Comments on Basic Grey ‘Granola’ and ‘Urban Prairie’

  1. scrappysuzz
    September 17, 2008 at 8:07 pm (6 years ago)

    I too, heart Basic Grey. Sadly though my Michael’s doesn’t seem to carry it. I’ve checked several times, but alas no BG. Speaking of the “vacuum” , my BFF’s eye’s seem to glaze over when I get going on and on about what new “toy” I just bought. Sometimes I forget she’s not part of the “inner circle”. :)

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  2. Courtney
    September 18, 2008 at 2:57 pm (6 years ago)

    wow lucky you, every place ive looked says they wont have it until mid october and my Michael’s also has neglected Basic Grey!

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  3. laverneboese
    September 19, 2008 at 2:42 am (6 years ago)

    I love your blog. You’ve got so much cool information here!

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  4. Stephi D.
    September 19, 2008 at 11:27 pm (6 years ago)

    OK, did you get your BG pads at the SLO Mikes? If so I need to send my SIL down there with coupon in hand to pick some up for me and to ship to MT ;) *CKMB dueckcowgirl

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  5. Michelle
    September 22, 2008 at 11:50 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the enabling! I picked up the Urban Prarie on Friday night. They didn’t have the other one. So I see another M’s trip in my near future. Like I needed more paper. :)

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  6. Marie
    October 1, 2008 at 7:22 am (6 years ago)

    I have bought both Granola and Urban Prairie at Michael’s last week. I am wondering if they will be getting all the embellishments that Basic Grey brings out with every new collection! I am a HUGE fan of BG and I’m from Canada and it’s very hard to get the Basic Grey packs here! They sell sheets of paper and stickers here and there but the paper collection, I have to get them on eBay! I almost screamed when I saw those 2 paper pads at Michael’s!!!! :D

    I wish that Michael’s would carry more Basic Grey!!!

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