About a year or so ago, I found the Manhattan Scrapbooking Meetup Group. I was thrilled! There are no scrapbooking stores in Manhattan (no LSS and no box stores), so finding other scrappers was such a delight. This wonderful group of ladies is such an inspiration to me. I enjoy their camaraderie, the late nights, and the massive creativity demonstrated in their pages.
But now my cup runneth over.
A scrapbooking store is opening in Manhattan. (insert jaw dropping)
I never thought it would (could) happen! With Manhattan real estate prices what they are and the dearth of scrapbookers in the City, I figured it was a lethal combination. But this Fall, we will have our own scrapbooking store: Portrait Bug! (insert happy dance) And what's more, they've invited me to be a part of their very first design team! Yay! A design team that is just *amazing* by the way. There are four other girls besides me:
Kristina Contes lives on Long Island. She was a Creating Keepsakes Hall of Famer in 2007. She is a long time designer for Hambly, though I first noticed her when the Effer Dares first came out a few years ago. I love her graphic freestyle look.
Alexis Hardy lives on Long Island as well. I have been a fan of her work for a long time. She was on the Hambly Design Team for a quite a while and I believe she was even the DT coordinator until recently. Among other things, she currently designs for Label Tulip (kit club) and Dream Street (she has a line of paper for them).
lives in New Jersey. I had the extreme
pleasure of spending a very long Saturday with her about a year ago. There was a SIStv crop out in Pennsylvania at a great store called Memory Lane and she offered to pick me up in New Jersey and drive me out there. She was recently a guest designer for Hambly (sensing a theme here?) and among other things, is currently on the Scrapjacked team.
Jody Wenke lives in Connecticut. She has a lovely clean and graphic style. I haven't met her yet, but I'm looking forward to it!
And yes, I am the only one who actually lives in New York City. So, I have to represent! LOL!
I went to our first design team meeting on Tuesday night. It's a really great group and I'm excited about the vision for the store. Let me see, where to begin...
So, the motto for the store is "Snap n' Scrap." The focus is on helping people to get their photos out of their computers, out of shoeboxes and into pretty pieces of art. The owner, Kim, and the DT Coordinator (though that title seems inadequate because she's a major part of the store - maybe scrapbook and retail expert?), Meredith, want the store to be a boutique. They have no interest in competing with AC Moore or Michaels or any of the online stores. Rather, they want to be trend setters. So, there will be exclusive kits and hand picked products.
I walked through the store on Tuesday. It's just a shell, the construction hasn't started yet. They're planning to have the scrapping stuff up front. Along with product, there will be a make and take you can do up at the front as well (changing every week or two). Then, you'll have the portrait studio behind that. The focus is on taking pictures of people's kids and pets. Up a few stairs to the photo sales desk and the waiting room. Behind that is the crop room/classroom/party room. I can't wait to see it once the construction is done! It's a great location (Broadway between 91st and 92nd) and the bus even stops right in front (perfect for getting my crop bag there)!
I don't think I can truly tell you just how *thrilled* I am that we're going to have a scrapbooking store of our own! Kim and Meredith have a strong vision and there are lots of fun little details they have planned that I can't wait to see come to fruition.