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Old 09-14-2018, 12:42 PM   #1
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Hi all!
Nice to find a useable forum!
I used to stamp and scrapbook years ago and life kinda got in the way. I haven't scrapped a page since 2006 and finally have been able to clean out my craft room and pick it up again! I love everything paper and stamps and have missed this creative outlet so much. I have lots of perfectly good inventory but am saddened because scrap booking seems to have been declining in my absence! Many sites I used to go to are defunct. Stores shut down, etc. Is this really that much of a declining "hobby"? I couldn't wait to get back into it and am shocked at how much less seems to be out there. Can anyone tell me your favorite sites? Favorite paper brands? Etc? I found a Stampin Up demonstrator in my area as the ones I used all stopped. I feel like I have so much to relearn! And apparently I'm gonna need a Cricut or a Silouette! Can anyone out there relate? I feel a little lost but have scrapped THREE pages this week! (Old Style!)
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:57 PM   #2
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I so know how you feel, that is what has happened to me in the past....life. I have so many pictures and I have not started into the "digital" photos and books. I am trying to find new ways to use my old things....repurpose if you will. Good luck with your new adventure.
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Old 09-14-2018, 02:02 PM   #3
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Thank you for your reply. I have a lot of inventory and no desire to get into the digital scrap booking part. I like the more tactile stuff. I'm behind however I'm not as upset about that as I am that I may not be able to find the things I'm looking for. I miss the old papers. I miss the little scrapbook stores on the corners and the scrap booking expos. Oh well, I'm sure I'll find some and maybe this forum will help
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Old 09-14-2018, 02:55 PM   #4
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I don't do as much scrap booking now as I used to; I'm making many more cards now but still love paper. There are no more scrap book stores anywhere near me and I buy all items online. Scrapbook.com is a favorite for lots of items, especially paper since they have lots of patterned paper. They also send emails every Friday showing all new items that arrived during the week and you can enlarge the papers to see the patterns better. That helped me so much when ordering.
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Old 09-14-2018, 05:11 PM   #5
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Iíve used the following sites with great experiences:

Simonsaysstamp.com

franticstamper.com

Blitsy.com
i also think Hobby Lobby has pretty good selection considering there are no local stamping or scrapbooking stores. Hopefully thereís one near you. I think there are also a lot of kit clubs as well.

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Old 09-18-2018, 03:31 AM   #6
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I am one of the lucky ones to have a great scrapbook store nearby. I can get new stuff and go to classes or crops there for inspiration and chatting. Of course, as a long time demo, I use Stampin' Up! stuff for scrapping and I also buy some things from scrapbook.com. Creative Memories has made a comeback so check them out. Also, please give pocket-page scrapping a try (Project Life at Michaels, Memories & More in the SU! catalog). It's quick and I mix "real" pages in with pocket pages when I have a lot of photos from an event or trip.
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Old 09-19-2018, 02:58 AM   #7
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I am glad you have picked up scrapping again. I am still loving it, though I agree the industry has declined. That is so wonderful that you have made pages again. I have found Pinterest a great source of inspiration and shop a lot at Scrapbook.com.
There is still lots of new stuff out there and I find myself using my stamp on lots of layouts. Good luck and enjoy
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Old 09-19-2018, 03:28 AM   #8
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I joined a papercraft group recently and I am the only one who doesn’t scrapbook. (I stamp and make cards.) So there are definitely plenty of people out there. They seem to buy from Close to My Heart, Club Scrap and Michaels. There are tons of online stores, too. There are expos in my area from time to time.
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Old 09-19-2018, 03:42 AM   #9
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Welcome back to scrapbooking, and to SplitcoastStamper, Deelbug! I am an old style scrapper because I have so much stash! And, unfortunately I still find stuff to buy! I don’t know where you are located, but I still see kits at Joann’s and Hobby Lobby, papers and embellishments there also as well as at Michaels. We also have a LSS here with all the newest papers and supplies. They also have classes, and even better, sponsor 3 to 4 day Scrap retreats!

And right here on SplitcoastStamper we have a group of scrappers who set monthly goals and have challenges to encourage the achieving of those goals! Come join us! This is a link to all our forums:
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Here is our goals forum:
Page 2 - September Scrappin and Chatter - sbc18sep - Splitcoaststampers

Look forward to seeing you over there! Feel free to ask any questions! Just jump in!
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Old 09-19-2018, 05:54 AM   #10
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The scrapbooking stores seem to have all disappeared..so sad!!! So online seems to be the way to go! I am a new SU demo and can't seem to find any new customers😯!
I found online a scrap store across the county that was closing and they have a great new online store! Free ship on any $20 order. Check it out...

doodlebugswa.com

And I also like scrapbookpal.com Free shipping on $25 orders.
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Old 09-19-2018, 05:55 AM   #11
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I got away from making full page layouts. It became too time consuming. I got behind and then overwhelmed and then done.

Check out Project Life. You don’t even have to use their core kits or products. You can make your own with what you have I love it. 4x6 and 3x4 Cards. Pocket pages for pictures. Small journaling cards to tell about the events on the page. I get SOOOOOOO much more done. You can still use flat embellishments or none at all. You can make it as fancy or plain as you like and still use your previous scrapbooking supplies.

It will change your life!LOL
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Old 09-19-2018, 06:02 AM   #12
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Oh btw I forgot!

My take on electronic cutting machines, I have the Brother Scan n Cut 2. I don’t buy dies anymore to cut things out and it’s the only machine than scans. Or so I have been told.

The new one is Scan N Cut DX. I hear it’s amazing. I like this line because I don’t have to be connected to a computer, no cartridges to buy and pretty easy to use.

Before buying a machine, figure out what you want to do with your scrapping. If you are sticking with scrapbooking, or going to Project Life style of scrapping, you really don’t need an electronic cutter.

Make sure you do your research on machines. Find the one that is right for what you want to use it for. Don’t get caught up in the hype of the latest and greatest.
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Old 09-19-2018, 07:40 AM   #13
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Scan N Cut is AMAZING!!!! SOLD EVERYTHING ELSE!!!
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:21 AM   #14
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I don't know if it's "universal," but I recently found the patterned paper selection at our Michael's has really gone downhill. At least for open stock. They used to have at least 3/4 of a full aisle of patterned paper. Now they just have one tiny section. I've found better selection AND better quality at JoAnn's. Mostly Bazzill and Core-dinations, with a little Die Cuts with a View thrown in for good measure. Every so often they'll have their open stock paper on an outrageous sale--10 sheets for $2 or so. Plus, I get coupons from them, so I've occasionally been able to stack a 20% off coupon on top of that price. Can't beat getting a sheet of good-quality 12x12" cardstock or patterned paper for 16 cents! They do limit it to the base price of 79-99 cents per sheet, so fancy glitter papers or whatnot aren't included in the sale price. But for the basics, it's a really good deal. I also shop at Scrapbook.com, though I don't tend to buy much paper from them. I just get overwhelmed at all the choices they have, and give up before looking much! Anyway, good luck in your quest for supplies!
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:40 AM   #15
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Thanks! I WILL check it out!
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:42 AM   #16
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The scrapbooking stores seem to have all disappeared..so sad!!! So online seems to be the way to go! I am a new SU demo and can't seem to find any new customers😯!
I found online a scrap store across the county that was closing and they have a great new online store! Free ship on any $20 order. Check it out...

doodlebugswa.com

And I also like scrapbookpal.com Free shipping on $25 orders.
Thanks! I WILL check it out!
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:47 AM   #17
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Welcome back to scrapbooking, and to SplitcoastStamper, Deelbug! I am an old style scrapper because I have so much stash! And, unfortunately I still find stuff to buy! I don’t know where you are located, but I still see kits at Joann’s and Hobby Lobby, papers and embellishments there also as well as at Michaels. We also have a LSS here with all the newest papers and supplies. They also have classes, and even better, sponsor 3 to 4 day Scrap retreats!

And right here on SplitcoastStamper we have a group of scrappers who set monthly goals and have challenges to encourage the achieving of those goals! Come join us! This is a link to all our forums:
Scrapbooking - Splitcoaststampers

Here is our goals forum:
Page 2 - September Scrappin and Chatter - sbc18sep - Splitcoaststampers

Look forward to seeing you over there! Feel free to ask any questions! Just jump in!

Thank you! I will try to venture into Challenges! Ive been scrapbooking a lot this week! I did manage to get some paper at Joanns on sale a few days ago. I also ordered some My Minds Eye paper from Happyscrappin. Thank you for welcoming me and the advice

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Old 09-19-2018, 09:49 AM   #18
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I will def need more research on the cutters. Its overwhelming but know it will save me time and open a new world. Im tired of using my exacto knife!
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Thank you for your reply. I have a lot of inventory and no desire to get into the digital scrap booking part. I like the more tactile stuff. I'm behind however I'm not as upset about that as I am that I may not be able to find the things I'm looking for. I miss the old papers. I miss the little scrapbook stores on the corners and the scrap booking expos. Oh well, I'm sure I'll find some and maybe this forum will help

I miss those stores - the chatting, sharing, giggling -walking away with things I don't need but feel privileged to be able to buy anyway..all that stuff. I need to do some scrapbooking and feel the time is almost here. I'll finish my card obligations and then I'm diving in. I'll need to use what I have for the most part but I have an SU distributor and there's a scrapbook lady I can order online from or go visit her newly opened store in Edmonton, Alberta - a 3 hour drive from me.
I'm not into digital although I do hope to explore it sometime.
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Old 09-19-2018, 07:11 PM   #20
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Yes, all the wonderful local stores have shuttered, and the rage seems to be toward prepackaged items that you can stick in a planner or album quickly. That said, I have recently discovered Frantic Stamper...where have I been that I've never noticed this online treasure before? It's even better for me, as she is located in my home state of Oregon, so shipping costs are minimal. She is constantly receiving new inventory from around the world; my favorite paper companies currently are from Poland, but I noticed she just got in some beautiful dies from Australia and Russia. She ships quickly and every Wednesday she has a "50 for 50%" sale where she picks 50 items and marks them half off. I love Fran and Frantic Stamper!!
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Welcome back to scrapping! I took a long hiatus as well partly due to life getting in the way and the other part bc I couldn’t find albums comparable to the Creative Memories ones I had loved. Well, they are back in business and so am I. The scrapbook goals group that Sharon mentioned above has been instrumental for me to get going and stay consistent. I highly recommend you checking them out. They have become my scrap/crop buddies that I miss so very much from that time when I knew others scrapping. I have learned a ton from these ladies and my old style has started evolving as a result. I didn’t realize how much I missed it and truly enjoyed it until I started again. It really is my happy place! Sharon hosts a Stashbuster Challenge each month that has become my favorite challenge. It feels so good to use things I’ve had for nearly 20 years! I do cards now, too and enjoy this outlet as well. I have a Cricut and love it, but completely agree with advice above to figure out how you think you will use the cutters before diving in. I buy things online from Creative Memories, Scrapbook.comon occasion, and Hobby Lobby/Michael’s in town. I did find the coolest scrapbook store in Branson, MO which is about an hour from where I live that I didn’t even know was still there. Took someone from an online forum to mention it for me to know. Maybe you will get that lucky as well! Glad to have you and hope you join us regularly in the goals group.
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