Back from vacation with some “exclusive” thoughts

We spent a few days camping in the Rocky Mountains and had a fantastic time.  It was our first mountain trip since 2010 and we enjoyed it so much.  I loved watching Miss A be in awe of the mountains, the wildlife, and how she loved exploring in the trees around our campsite.  It’s the first of many camping trips up there for us, I’m sure.  We’re already talking about what we want to do next summer!

I decided that I was going to use one core kit for Miss A’s childhood album that I’m working on, and since I already had the pictures in the photo pockets, I grabbed some Honey cards and a couple of pens and tossed them in a bag.  One afternoon during Miss A’s nap, I set up at our picnic table and got cards in most of the pages.  I could have never even attempted this with traditional scrapbooking!

IMG_0240One thing I love about our mountain trips is that we have no cell service.  It’s nice to disconnect from e-mail and Facebook and other online time-eaters for a few days.  When we got back, once we were unpacked and I had some time to sit down with my computer, I found the Facebook PL groups abuzz with talk about new releases.  I like Heidi Swapp’s stuff and was happy to see the collaboration.  But the exclusive thing bothers me.

Not everyone lives close to a Michaels and yes, the HS products can be purchased through Becky Higgins’ online store, if you live in the US.  I also understand that Scrapbookers Inner Circle is going to be able to get them in for the European market.  But if you’re in Canada, without access to a Michaels, or you don’t like to do online shopping, or SIC doesn’t get to bring them in, I guess it’s tough bounce for you.  I’ve thought the same thing about the Joann/Hobby Lobby/HSN products too. I would love to see products released for any store to stock, so that everyone has a chance to purchase them, whether in-store or online.

Fortunately, I live close to a Michaels, so I headed there armed with my coupons Saturday morning.  I got the two core kits, which I’m splitting with some friends, and an album.  I hummed and hawed over the value kits but ended up passing on them.