Monday, December 10, 2007
What to do while out of Barrow? Let's see... I've made my rounds several times to Michael's and Wal-Mart checking out all the paper crafting sections and now I have finally made my way to some of the local Scrapbooking stores in the areas that we are visiting. OH WHAT FUN!!!
My sweet Dad had tried to take me to the local scrapping store when we were in Cali but it was closed. He had wanted to do something special with me and thought that I would enjoy showing him all the little goodies that make me smile. What a blessing to have a dad that wants to spend time with me and to take a step into my world. Unfortunately, we didn't have a chance to go when they were open because the next day we were off traveling again. Maybe when I get back my Dad & I will get to try again. To make-up for not making it to the scrapbook store we snuck off and had a soft serve ice cream. What a treat! They don't have them like that in Barrow.
I finally made it to a specialty scrapbooking shop!!! The shop is called Krop, Paper, Scissors. A lovely store with great service! You can find this shop on-line or in Grant's Pass, Oregon. I was greeted by Lorelei (I hope I spelled her name right) and she made me feel right at home and demonstrated some of their fun scrapping tools. My Christmas wish list is getting pretty long now!
It was worth the walk through the yellow pages and the drive over to find this store. I even came back a few nights later for an ATC class that they were giving. The instructor's name is Howie. She is a very sweet lady and I am happy to have met her. One tip for you traveling stampers out there... keep your stamping basics/staples on hand. You need to bring them with you when you go to classes at stamping stores. I had no clue that I needed to bring them to class with me. It was a bit awkward to be the only one there without even a pencil to my name. Thankfully everyone shared their supplies with me without hesitation or concern. THANK YOU LADIES!!!
We were given a super supply of papers, stamps, and goodies to work with. Howie gave a brief tutorial on ATC's however our layouts were left to our own designs. My first ATC came pretty easily. As for the second one, it was hard for me come up with another layout that wasn't a variation of the first. In order to squeeze in some shopping time in I had to cut my creating time short and I decided to finish my second ATC when I get back home in Alaska. Time sure did fly by fast...
I have since visited a few more scrapping stores and I hope so share more when I can... after all I am on vacation.