On the Road: Exploring Our Local Scrapbook Stores-My Craft Room in Troy, MI & PRIZE GIVEAWAY

My Craft Room

Interview with Joyce Rapezzi, Owner.

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

My Craft Room opened in April of 2003.  That’s just about 12 years ago!  My sister and I were both out of work (formerly in the travel industry) and looking for something worthwhile to do. So many of the great products we were seeing on the Carol Duval Show weren’t available locally and it seemed like a promising business plan.

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A peek at the wide range of crafting products available.

2) What makes your store unique?

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Just some of the great products available at My Craft Room.

Lots of things make My Craft Room unique.  First, we stock product in response to current interests.  We were developed to “go with the flow.”  Also, we felt we should only carry good to great quality products.  Our loyalty program is the best we’ve heard of.  Spend $100 on regular priced merchandise and earn a $15 store credit.  We have lots of different promotions and sales, but we do not advertise them in advance.  We hope this makes you pay attention to our weekly emails.  The one exception is our Customers’ Garage Sale, which happens twice each year – once in January and once in June.  Customers bring in their gently used craft supplies and we take it from there.  They’ll receive a store credit for 90% of the value of everything they’ve sold.  These are huge events and this past January was our biggest ever.  Customers earn hundreds of dollars in store credits!

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Paper-a-plenty!

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

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Everything you need to make great handmade cards.

 We offer a number of card making classes each month, a monthly scrapbooking kit, and a number of knitting and crochet classes.  We don’t offer crops specifically, but our classroom is frequently available on some Sunday afternoons.

 4) How do you promote your store?

My Craft Room does regular advertising with our favorite local publication, Michigan Scrapbooker.  We also have a Facebook page. The best way to keep up with us, though, is through our weekly email.  You can join our mailing list by calling the store (248-879-3360) or by going to our website at www.mycraftroom.com and signing up on our Home Page. 

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

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Explore fun ribbon colors and textures in person at My Craft Room.

No doubt it is making our customers understand that if they don’t support us, we will be gone.  If they don’t buy from us and take our classes, we won’t be here to answer their questions about what adhesive to use or how a particular sample card was created. It’s all very nice that they belong to Amazon Prime, but Amazon doesn’t inspire you or help you with your problems. Nor do any of the big box stores nearby.  They can offer you coupons all day long, but they certainly don’t have staff on hand to help you out.

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Need chipboard inspiration? Just ask the staff at My Craft Room!

6) Contact information:

You can find My Craft Room at
6020 Rochester Road
Troy, MI 48085
(248)879-3360
mycraftroom@comcast.net
www.mycraftroom.com
We so look forward to hearing from you! 
We’re open every day:
Monday-Thursday from 10am to 7pm
Friday & Saturday from 10am to 5pm 
Sunday from Noon to 4pm
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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!

My Craft Room has generously donated a $25 gift card for one lucky winner to use in their store! To be entered in the random drawing you must COMMENT below about what you would love to buy at My Craft Room with the gift card! DEADLINE to enter: Friday, April 3rd (4/3/15), at Noon!

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Reader Spotlight: Easter Cards

Reader Denise Doan shares how she created the two adorable Easter cards below.

For this card, the egg is made from Top Dog Dies Easter Egg Set. It is a two piece die, one solid, one intricate that I cut out separately. I then placed them on top of each other and cut the egg in half so it could “open”. The chicks are from a Fiskars punch. I used memento markers to color in the feathers, feet, beak and eye. The grass and sun are made from Sizzix dies.

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For this card I used the Sizzix bunny die. For the white outer shading, I
used an ink applicator and pressed just the edge into a white ink pad
several times. Then using short strokes from the inside of the edge to the
outside, I went all the way around to get the achieved effect. I had to
“re-ink” my applicator several times. The Easter eggs in the corners are
from a Fiskars punch.

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Thank you for sharing, Denise! These cute cards have inspired us to get crafting on some Spring-y card greetings of our own.

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HOT TRENDS: Cork

Design Team Member, Laura Cox, explores the quirky and fun world of cork! You can follow Laura’s paper crafting adventures on her blog.

Are you in a scrapbooking rut?  Or just looking to add something different to your pages to make them more interesting?  When this happens to me, I look to new trends to jazz things up a bit and take my crafting to the next level. It’s fun to discover something new and out of your crafting comfort zone and basic supplies.

When it comes to paper crafting trends, cork is one of the hottest right now.  Many companies have made it easier than ever to add this type of embellishment to your pages, cards, mini albums, or any project.  Cork embellishments come pre-cut, with adhesive, and even decorated with words, patterns, etc.  Just peel off the backing, and you’re ready to add texture, depth and that little extra something to any crafty creation!

After recently giving this new trend a try, I can say I’m hooked!  I love the look of it on every project I’ve used it on, including this Christmas layout and card:

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Give this fun new trend a try. It’s easy to use, and you can most likely find it at your favorite LSS!

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