I've had less time and energy for crafting and shopping with my new job. This means that I was actually under my target amount of $40 for my May craft spending! I spent $16.24 at Two Peas in a Bucket (online store) for a variety of supplies, including my first roll of washi tape. I am often slow to try new card making and scrapbooking products because I worry that I will just want more of the item... Yes, now I want more washi tape.
In May, I thought about how I spend my crafting dollars after reading Stephanie Medley-Rath's article on Scrapbook Update about Online and Offline Scrapbookers. The article spurred a long thread of comments about shopping online versus at a local scrapbook store even though that was not the entire focus of the article.
I credit a variety of sources with helping me to develop a love of paper crafts. I learned to scrapbook by taking classes at a local store in San Antonio. Unfortunately, that store is no longer in business, but I am not sure of the exact reasons that the store closed. My interest in scrapbooking increased as I discovered a whole industry beyond the local stores including magazines, blogs, and online stores with articles and message boards. I learned to stamp by joining a stamp club offered by a direct seller. Currently, I learn so much from bloggers who share techniques through videos and tutorials. One medium is not better than another, and they have all helped me learn and explore.
I credit online sources for keeping me interested in scrapbooking and stamping during this busy period of my life. I do not have much time to take classes or shop at a local store. I like that I can watch a five or ten minute video on a blog when I have a few free moments. My crafting is often done in the evenings when stores are closing for the day. Without online resources to keep me connected, I may not have gone to find my local scrapbook store after moving.
As a consumer, I will continue to support a variety of business including local stores, online stores, direct sellers, and even the big box stores. I don't like to see the us vs. them mentality develop but would rather each focus on developing their niche or niches. Here is a list of all the places that I like to shop:
Memories Live On (my local store)
Simon Says Stamp
Two Peas in a Bucket