Friday, June 5, 2015

Scrapbook Friday: Scrapping at a Scrapbook Store

A few weeks ago, I met some friends at what may be the last scrapbook store in the greater San Francisco Bay Area (Scrapbook Island). There used to be a dozen within an hour's drive of me (including one in my own small town), but they have been shutting their doors one after the other. And it's a shame. Because cropping at a store is wonderful experience. I enjoy the feeling of community and, of course, the opportunity to shop.
It's wonderful to be able to wander down the aisle and find just the right embellishment to complete a layout. For these two layouts, that's what I did. I had brought page kits with me of  paper, photos and some embellishments. But both needed a little more to complete them. Can you guess what I bought for each?
Ready?
For the July 4 layout, I bought the little flag and the star bunting.
The The Hens layout, I bought the stickers of the hen, eggs and weather vane.
They added just the right finishing touch. Don't you think?

9 comments:

alexa said...

I do indeed! And they're not the sort of things you tend to have sitting around - they make great additions. It's sad so many places are going out of business ...

Melissa said...

Yes, those items certainly adding the perfect finishing touch to your pages. I like being able to find something for my layout, too, but I'm considering taking a break from visiting the scrapbook store until I can complete some projects & use some of the supplies I have on hand! (at least for a little while) :)

scrappyjacky said...

They certainly do....I love embellishments for finishing touches.

Tina Campbell said...

Super cute layouts :) Good idea for the hens layout, you ave inspired me to do a layout with the hens pictures I have :)

Sandie said...

I agree, it is wonderful to make something in a shop where you can go around and buy what you need. When we came to San Francisco I had the idea that scrapbook papers would be readily available - I had my son and husband traipsing around all day in search. If I ever come again I will ask for your advice first! It is such a shame shops are shutting, we have had some close but also new ones locally open this year.

Karen said...

There used to be a really great store in Berkeley when Sarah lived in CA. I went every time I came. We haven't had a local store like that in over five years although I never really enjoyed the crops at the store, they would have day-long crops that I loved. I still have a crop bag in the attic. Doubt that I'll ever use it again.

Sian said...

Great touches. I've never been to a scrapbook shop. I had hope to find one in Florida last year, but no luck

Amanda Jane said...

My nearest store (not that near actually) is closing in a couple of weeks, and I visited it for the last time yesterday. It's sad but I suppose they can't compete with the chain stores and the internet. I used to have four others that were nearer than this one and they've all closed too.

Gail said...

Perfect additions! The lack of stores around here (well there is Michael's but I don't consider that a scrapbook store) is the main reason that I've gone digital. You're lucky to still have a store handy to you. Hopefully it stays open.