Scrappin’ in the USA

Miss A and I just got home from spending two weeks in Arizona.  We had a great vacation, enjoyed the sun and warmth and a break from the snow.  Of course, there’s many pictures to be dealt with now.

We usually visit Arizona once a year to visit my snowbird parents, but I haven’t checked out a scrapbooking store in years.  So one of the things I planned for this trip was to visit some American craft stores.  Mom and Dad looked after Miss A for the day, and I got to go shopping alone, which was so nice, and hit up Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Joann Etc.

My first visit was to Hobby Lobby, and I was taken aback by how BIG the store was.  I browsed their scrapbooking aisles because there wasn’t time to look at anything else.  They had a ton of embellishments, especially of their in-house brand.  I didn’t grab anything because a lot of the stuff wasn’t my style, and the things I would have liked to buy were too big or heavy to bring home on the plane.  All the Project Life stuff they carried were items I already had.

After Hobby Lobby, I went to Michaels.  It wasn’t too much different than the ones we have here in Canada – basically the same selection, but the big difference was the prices.  For example, a package of 6×8 page protectors here is $7.99, at the US Michaels the same package is $4.99.  It’s very frustrating to see how much more we pay for the exact same things up here.  I grabbed a couple of page protector packages that I needed and some enamel dots.

Finally, I headed to Joann.  The one I went to was a huge store as well, and I could have spent hours in there.  I had the most success there, picking up a bunch of We R Memory Keepers small journaling card packages that I’ve never seen here.  I got a few more embellishments and walked away with a bag of goodies for probably half of what I would have paid here.

Before I flew south, I’d ordered several items online that I haven’t been able to find here either.  There’s so many options for online shopping in the US, with very reasonable shipping.  I had several packages of wood veneers waiting for me, as well as photo overlays and envelope pages I ordered from HSN.  Some of the online sites are starting to ship to Canada with decent rates – even flat rate shipping, which is awesome!  

While I was away, Becky Higgins went to a few scrapbook stores in the south Valley, and signed all the Project Life items.  I was so tempted to drive down (close to an hour) and pick one up, even though it would be a kit I already had, just to get something that was signed.

Of course, the day before I left, a new kit was announced, which would go on sale only on HSN.  I don’t know if anyone in Canada is going to be able to sell it, so there’s probably going to be one more package arriving at my parents’ door!  It’s a bummer that I’ll have to wait till May for it to come home.