Do you remember that old commercial where the mom is desperately waiting for the Mervyns store to open, and she stands against the front window saying, “Open, Open, Open!”. Well, that was me yesterday in Tracy, CA. I had an out-of-town job interview that took me – oh so conveniently – by Youngplay Memories, a store I had learned about online (www.youngplaymemories.com). It’s a-MAZE-ing, super big, with everything scrappin’ under the sun. “And they have a coffee bar too” (stupid reference there to Wayne’s World, one of the all time greatest movies). When I arrived it was 9:30 a.m. and they didn’t open until 10. So I stood with my toes and my forehead against the front glass door, WILLING the door to open so I could have a crack at Super Scrap Wonderland. When I first looked in the window and saw aisle after aisle of scrapbooking stuff, I swear I heard the angels sing. Alas, I had to leave for my interview (I know what you’re thinking and, yes, it was a toss up. I really had to ponder which was more important, a job to keep my kids fed or a chance to shop at Youngplay Memories). I bid the building “adieu” and drove off, vowing to return on my way home that afternoon. Well, it was not to be. The interview took 4 HOURS and I could not make it back to the store before it closed at 6 pm. I even called and gave them my sob story: “But I’m from out of town and I could be there by 6:30!”. A serious scrap dream unfulfilled. Well, I told my best scrappin’ buddy that we need to take a field trip sometime soon. Is that insane to drive 2 or 3 hours solely for the purpose of scrapbook shopping? Have you ever done that?
I did make some other shopping detours while in Sacramento. I returned to a shop I had been to before called Beverly’s Unique Scrapbooking (www.beverlysuniquescrapbooking.com). The owner is super nice and has made really good choices on her rather large inventory. She went to the recent CHA so I got to hear about that firsthand. I found 2 sheets of beautiful thick cardstock by Creative Imaginations that are really unique. One has a pink, red and cream colored design of scrolls and old-fashioned flowers, and the edges of the sheet are die cut around the outer scallop design. The other sheet is light blue and white with a scalloped or ruffled edge and white stripes (like reverse binder paper) which will be great to journal on. There were buckets and buckets of 12×12 paper on sale either 5 for $1 or 2 for $1, so I got various sheets of Reminisce, Basic Grey and Ala Carte. Then a pack of 30 lined papers that I’ll use for journaling (only $3, good deal). They are from Hot Off The Press and meant to go in SaraBinders. Also, some beautiful rub-ons called miniMARKS by American Crafts. They will look great in my travel scrapbook, all scroll-y and flowery. At a nearby LSS called Scrap Around the Corner (www.scraparoundthecorner.com), I got several of the Bohemia transparency picture frames that remind me of the digital scrapbooking look that is so popular right now. At Joann’s (I’m so jealous of you who live near one of these stores cuz I don’t), I picked up Heidi Swapp Scrapbook Scenery rub-ons, so pretty! And a pack of 100 Printables by Die Cuts With a View that I’ll use to do flyers or newsletters for my consultant business when I get started (http://erika.memory-works.com). The pattern is very cute.
How come nobody told me that Dollar Tree has American Crafts stickers and letters?? (Got me some today).
There’s a new scrapbook magazine. Here is what their website says: “Introducing the first magazine to blend Traditional and Digital Scrapbooking together in fun and innovative ways! Find out how you can enjoy trying both methods together! Discover scrapbooking methods you may not have thought of before”. Check ’em out! (www.scrapbookdimensions.com).
Did you know you can change your handwriting into a font? I haven’t tried it yet but would really love to. I type MUCH faster than I write, so it would be a pleasure to type all my journaling. However, I feel strongly that at least some of my journaling should be in my own writing. What do you think? Anyhow, I posted a question on the Creating Keepsakes Message Board – aka CKMB – and got some good direction. Speaking of CKMB, it is a wonderful resource to learn new things and make friends. Please check it out – you will get addicted like I am (www.creatingkeepsakes.com, then choose Message Board, Scrapbooking). See you there!