On the Road: Exploring Our Local Scrapbook Stores-Scrappy Chic in Livonia, MI & PRIZE GIVEAWAY

 Scrappy Chic

Interview with Chris Nicholson, Owner.

1) How many years have you been in business? How did your business get started?

Scrappy Chic opened in November, 2006.  We’re celebrating 8 years in business this November!  I started by selling supplies online, but was ‘coaxed’ into opening a storefront by some caring family and friends.  The store started out at 3,500 square feet, and has grown to 9,500 square feet over that time.  When the store first opened, I was there often with my two young children.  We had a staff of about 5 when we opened.

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We try to keep things fresh in the store.  We get new stock in every week, and occasionally rotate and change the store (sometimes even remodeling along the way).   Those who have been watching the store lately have noticed the major renovation the outside of our building is undergoing.  We’re very excited about the facelift!  We carry products from over 200 manufacturers for scrapbooking, card-making, mixed media and more.  I think we have a great location, not far from I-275, close to many Detroit suburbs.  We offer a customer loyalty program where customers earn 4% back on their purchases.  We also offer competitor coupon days, where we’ll honor select coupons up to 40% off.  We offer some great sales in our newsletter and on our Facebook page.  But what we’re really known for is our customer service. If we don’t carry an item, we’ll try to find it for you.  Our staff is knowledgeable and helpful, fun and friendly!

Recently the Scrappy Chic building was renovated!

We carry a large variety of paper, embellishments, and more to be used for your paper crafting and scrapbooking projects.

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3) Do you offer classes, crops, weekend retreats, and other events?

We hold monthly special events at the store, like weekend crops and contests.  We also do weekly crops on Friday and Saturday. Our Friday night crops are a hit, and are catered by Rocky’s. Our Sunday crops are free!  Our calendar is full of classes that vary from week to week.  We offer classes on card-making, product techniques, Copics, Silhouette, Cricut and more!  We occasionally do free in-store demos where customers can learn a new technique or project without breaking the bank.

Weekend Crop

Weekend Crop

We also host regular yard sales for customers to clear out extra supplies and help others benefit from some good deals!

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4) How do you promote your store?

Our store has a Facebook page, where we list weekly specials and post store news and photos.  We also send out a semi-monthly e-newsletter to our customers, telling them about specials, upcoming classes and events, as well as new product arrivals.  Additionally, our store blog highlights product information, featured employees, and more.  You’ll find an ad for our store in Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine each quarter, as this is a great way for us to reach our target audience.  We are fortunate to have a publication like this in our area, since so many national magazines are switching to a strictly online publication.

See our ad in Michigan Scrapbooker for a money saving coupon!

See our ad in Michigan Scrapbooker for a money saving coupon!

5) What is the biggest challenge that you face as an independent business owner?

My biggest challenge, as a business owner, is finding time to fit everything in.  There are always new products to order, trade shows to attend, payroll and bills to be handled, etc.  Finding time to manage those tasks, in addition to my responsibilities outside of the store, tends to be challenging at times with such a large business.  Fortunately, I have a wonderful store manager who helps manage the day-to-day tasks when I’m not there.  The rest of our staff works hard at completing projects as well as making sure things run smoothly.  We’re always trying to come up with classes, contests and other events and ideas to keep our customers in the know and feeling crafty, and that takes a crew of dedicated employees.

Our staff helped us make a fun promotional video set to the song “Happy!” Click on the link below to watch.

Click here to watch a fun video (complete with bloopers!), take a tour of our store & see how our staff is ready to help you have a HAPPY DAY!

6) Contact information:

Chris Nicholson, Owner
Scrappy Chic
33509 W. 8 Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48152
(248) 426-9020
info@scrappychiclivonia.com
www.ScrappyChicLivonia.com
www.ScrappyChicLivonia.blogspot.com
Follow us on Facebook!

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We hope to see you in our store soon!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                     

Gina Karas, our guest blogger, is a traditional scrapbooker with a passion for photography. She work full-time as a Sales Assistant in the construction industry, but spends her spare time crafting with her mom and crazy friends! “Scrapbooking keeps me sane!” she says. See her projects and posts about scrapping & crafting on her blog, California Scrappin’.

NOW FOR THE PRIZE GIVEAWAY!

Scrappy Chic has generously donated a $10 gift card for one lucky winner to use in their store!! To be entered in the random drawing you must COMMENT below about what would make you HAPPY to buy at Scrappy Chic with the gift card! DEADLINE to enter: Thursday, January 15th (1/15/15), at noon!

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Michigan Scrapbooker Holiday Gift Guide-shop at your local scrapbook stores!

Let us help you take the guesswork out of your holiday shopping this year! We’ve asked our advertisers to share the hottest paper crafting items this season as well as gifts for non-scrapbookers. We’ve put them in one handy guide where you’ll find ideas, prices, and store location! Many stores even accept phone or online orders-so you don’t have to be “local” to support the local stores.  Happy shopping!

Have a friend that likes to stay organized? Shop our collection of page flags and small pads, sticky notes, note pads, and a clever desk toaster along with the perfect bag to put it all in! Works nicely as a stocking stuffer too!

Holiday1 (768x1024)Shopping for a paper crafter? Consider a nicely matched package. Include everything needed for a series of projects: paper, stamp, dies, stamp pads, and more.  Another add-on idea is a gift certificate! Shown here: paper, stencil and matching stamp/die set.

Holiday2 (768x1024)We have a Michigan package and have much, much more for Michigan gift bags and/or baskets

Holiday3 (768x1024)Price: Varies from $.95 to $25.00.

Where to find these:

paper & i

102 E. Michigan Ave.

Marshall, MI  49068

269-781-8200

www.paperandi.com

www.facebook.com/paperandi

Mon-Sat: 10-5:30pm

Sundays from Thanksgiving until Christmas 12-4pm

We do stay open later if you call the store and tell us you are on your way!

We take all types of orders: Facebook, phone, e-mail, web page, or in person.

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Customized die cuts to commemorate any occasion, from a wedding to a new baby!

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Price:

$3.99

 Making an album for someone? These can be used for picture frames or made 12 x 12 for a scrapbook page.

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 Where to find it:

Scrapaloo

10090 South M-43 Highway (Behind Delton Floral),

Delton, MI

269-623-7310

www.facebook.com/Scrapaloo

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Scrap Ma Bob. A product that can be used by anyone! This is a perfect way to keep your beverages away from your workspace, whether you are working on crafts or paperwork. A customer purchased one for her parent who is in assisted living, while another uses it in her office.

Price: $26.95 includes 50 free bags.

Holiday7Dazzle Caddy. This product is great for storing your Stickles glitter glue. It holds the bottles upside down, so they are ready to use when you are. The lid closes firmly, so you don’t have to worry about it opening in your scrap bag.  Stickles not included.

Holiday8Price: $7.99

Where to find these:

Happy Scrapper

28905 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

(586) 778-8828

www.HappyScrapperShores.com

www.Store.HappyScrapperShores.com

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Happy-Scrapper-LLC

Mon & Tue 11am-6pm, Thu 11am-8pm, Fri. 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm

Closed Wed & Sun

You can order through my online store!

 

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Metal Scrapbook Page Stand (for 12 x 12 sheets). The perfect way to show off your pages!

Price: $24.99 each

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15 colors available with a 54” strap

Price: $9.99 each

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Where to find these:

Arnie’s Arts ‘N’ Crafts

3741 West Houghton Lake Drive

Houghton Lake, MI  48629

989-366-8794

To place an order ask for Carolyn or email

carolyn@arnies.com

To place an order for the purses please call

Kathy at 989-366-8794

Mon–Sat 9am–5:30pm

Sun 10am–4pm

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Pillow Box Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers. Super easy to use—just punch and score. Use any paper to customize pillow boxes in various lengths.  A terrific gift for the paper crafter in your life!

Price: $19.99

Holiday11 Christmas Tray. Beautiful addition to your holiday home décor!

Price: $27.99

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Where to find these:

HarJo’s Ben Franklin

9 S Main St.

Pigeon, MI 48755

989-453-2323

harjo@avci.net

Mon-Fri 9-6pm, Sat 9-4pm, Sun Closed

We take phone orders!

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Great gift options! American Crafts’ Zazz glitter glue, American Crafts 12 x 12 ring album, Graphic 45′s 12 days of Christmas collection, plenty of bling from KaiserCraft and ribbon galore!

Price: Items in this photo range from  $.50 to $20.00.

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  Fun Gift Project Ideas. A drink carrier decorated can be used as a gift tote and can be filled with lots of goodies. Fill and decorate your favorite jar or container with hot cocoa mix, lotion or other mixes or candies, and our Rudolf box is just waiting for candies, money or small gifts.  Decorate potato chip tubes and fill with a stack of cookies, snack mix, etc. These inexpensive hand-made gifts, that even the littlest crafters can help with, are perfect for the school teacher, mail delivery person, hairdresser, co-workers, family members, gift grabs, hostess gifts or friends!

Holiday14Where to find these:

The Scrapbook Korner

1411 S. Defiance St.

Archbold, OH 43502

419-446-9439

www.scrapbookkorner.com

contactus@scrapbookkorner.com

Mon & Wed, 10am-5pm

Tue & Thu, 10am-8pm

Fri 10am-11pm

Sat 9am-1pm

Closed on Sunday

The Scrapbook Korner would be honored to have you stop in and visit us. However, we do not take phone, email or online orders.

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Your pick of the store, and then some! There are so many products in our almost 4,000 sq. ft., it is impossible to pick a favorite. If we don’t have what you want, we’ll do our best to order it and get it for you.

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Antiques & Collectibles area. Lots and lots of treasures can be found on this part of the store.  New items arrive almost daily. You never know what you will find!

Holiday16 (1024x738)Where to find these:

Scrapbooks Galore & More
301 E Wackerly Street
Midland, MI 48642
989-835-5577

Mon-Thu 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm

We take phone and email orders!

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On the Road: Exploring Our Local Scrapbook Stores-A Touch of Whimsy in Stanton, MI & PRIZE GIVEAWAY

A Touch of Whimsy

Interview with Cora Packer

1)  How many years have you been in business? How did your business get started?

This is the third year the store has been open.  We opened in April of 2011.  I have always loved crafts and used to make cards quite a bit at my old job and loved crafting.  My dad had been renting a storefront and needed something to fill the space.  My old boss suggested I open a store and things kind of went from there.  We have moved from that location across the street to a different building.  It’s a work in progress!

A Touch of Whimsy is located in Stanton, MI, in the middle of the state.

A Touch of Whimsy is located in Stanton, MI, in the middle of the state.

2) What makes your store unique? 

We are located in a fairly small town, Stanton.  It’s about an hour to go to Michael’s or Joann’s for any sort of crafting supplies, so that encourages local people to shop with us.  We have Customer Appreciation Cards. For every $20 spent, the customer gets a stamp.  When the card is full, the customer gets $10 to spend in the store. I try to carry basic supplies, Cricut items, adhesive, cardstock, ribbon, stamps and inks.  We also special order for customers as well.

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3) Do you offer classes, crops, weekend retreats and other events?

We have weekly classes.  We have year round card classes every Wednesday evening. Then in the fall and winter, that class is repeated on Friday afternoons.  We also have scrapbooking layout classes every other Thursday year round.  In the winter, we do special classes and events.  We hope to add some crops to our schedule soon.

Some of the fun from our recent card class!

Some of the fun from our recent card class!

This is one of the scrapbook layouts we made at a recent class.

This is one of the scrapbook layouts we made at a recent class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) How do you promote your store?

We have a Facebook page for the store.  I’m working on a website as well, but it is not quite finished yet.  We advertise in Michigan Scrapbooker, of course! I also advertise locally and help support local events.

5) What is the biggest challenge that you face as an independent business owner?

My biggest challenge is trying to fit everything in and be successful.  I run the store and also teach classes every week.  Sometimes, I’m at the store really late working on projects and it’s hard to find time to relax.  It is a small town, so it’s harder to find customers. But the customers I do have are very loyal and have become friends.  I know their families and the things going on in their lives. I try to remember projects that they are working on and ask about them on their store visits. We would love to have more customers stop in from out of town as they travel or take a day trip with their scrapbooking friends.  We have a lot to offer and you’ll be glad you came by.

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Don’t be confused, we share the building with my dad who has a driving school here as well so there are two names on the building.

We hope to have you visit us soon!

We hope to have you visit us soon!

6) Contact information:

A Touch of Whimsy

Owner: Cora Packer

113 E Main Street

Stanton, MI 48888

Phone: 616-824-9653

Email: atouchof_whimsy@yahoo.com

LIKE us on Facebook!   We list info and photos about our classes on our page!

Store Hours:

Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                     

Gina Karas, our guest blogger, is a traditional scrapbooker with a passion for photography. She work full-time as a Sales Assistant in the construction industry, but spends her spare time crafting with her mom and crazy friends! “Scrapbooking keeps me sane!” she says. See her projects and posts about scrapping & crafting on her blog, California Scrappin’.

NOW FOR THE PRIZE GIVEAWAY!

These cards were all handmade by Cora, A Touch of Whimsy Owner.

These cards were all handmade by Cora, A Touch of Whimsy Owner.

A Touch of Whimsy  has generously donated a prize package for one lucky winner!! Package includes: a package of cards AND a $10 gift certificate, PLUS Michigan Scrapbooker is throwing in a crafting apron!  To be eligible for the random drawing you must COMMENT below about which friend you have that you would like to bring with you to visit A Touch of Whimsy and why you love to shop at local scrapbook stores. DEADLINE to enter: Thursday, November 20th, at noon!

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