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Posted 6/23/2013 by julia gulia in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 6/23/2013 10:54:47 AM
I'm so used to either ordering kits or going to the store where I can bring my pictures and quickly browse to find what I need. But when I go to the store here I feel so overwhelmed looking for individual pieces. There are over 3000 items listed under paper alone.

So is there a method to the madness? Thanks for your help!


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Posted: 6/23/2013 11:01:39 AM
I don't buy on-line except for specific albums that I am already familiar with colors, style, etc or perhaps a paper lit I've already seen in person.
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Posted: 6/23/2013 11:41:29 AM
I don't have the option of seeing paper in person anymore so I have to shop online. One thing is I tend to stick with certain manufacturers, a few tend to stick with similar color schemes so I know what I'm getting into. For example, October Afternoon tends to use similar colors and older lines coordinate well with new.

For lines that I'm not sure of I'll order a couple of pieces and see what I think, usually they are even better than what I expect.

Other times I wait to see how others use it and from the photos or videos I can gauge colors and patterns a little bit better.

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Posted: 6/23/2013 12:49:30 PM
i tend to order from only a handful of manufacturers. i *try* to only order items that i know for certain i will like, since returning can be costly. i set a budget to help keep me from impulse spending and will load up my cart then let items sit for a little while and then go back to see if i still have to have everything. (i usually don't)

if you are uncertain about an item, some good ways to see them in use are by watching videos, visiting the manufacturer's website, and of course, checking out the gallery.

if you feel overwhelmed, i suggest narrowing down the category as much as possible. if you are looking for paper, is it a theme or style, like travel or floral? narrow it down further to specific brands. maybe try a swap with someone so that you can see in person what other brands look like if you don't have local stores you can buy from.


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Posted: 6/23/2013 12:54:18 PM
I buy only online, since there are no stores that sell scrapbooking supplies anywhere near me.
As others have written- I also tend to stick to certain manufacturers. I will usually narrow the search that way, I never just look at the paper category, it is just too much.
I also see a lot of what I want to buy on other people's blogs, but especially in the videos here at 2peas. You can also look at the gallery, and see which products people used to make the layouts that you like. The garden girls' Gallery is a great source!


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Posted: 6/23/2013 1:38:06 PM
I only buy online! We have the typical big box stores here... and they're fine but I am never inspired when I try to shop for scrapbook supplies at them. We also have one LSS but I pretty much refuse to shop there because their customer service is pretty terrible (unless you like to wait at the counter for the clerk to notice you, and then end to the fight she's having with her son on the phone).

Mostly I obtain supplies through a no-obligation kit club (totally wish Two Peas did something like that!). I also occasionally buy things from certain manufacturers that I like.

The biggest problem with shopping online, I find, is shifting through pages of embellishments, papers, etc. I prefer to shop collections so I know I'm getting coordinating products.

I also have a budget and I think about my cart for a few days before I submit the order.


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Posted: 6/23/2013 1:58:03 PM
We only have the big box store so I do most of my shopping here. I watch the videos during each of the CHA releases and sometimes the other weekly videos. The warehouse walk was the best and I wish that would come back.

I look at photos and see what colors I'm going to need then find collections that fit. This spring I looked at past years albums and noticed I used a lot of blue, green and yellow in spring and summer so searched for those colors and choose Pebbles Family Ties and Echo Park All About A Boy. Mostly I buy the papers and not so many embellishments. The search engine here for their store is awesome!

I prefer embellishments that can be used on anything like wood veneer pieces so those are fairly easy to select on-line. Another thing I wish is that the packaging or descriptions had more measurements. When I review a product, I try to note the measurements like 'the largest butterfly is 1" so people have some idea what they are getting. The gallery can be a big help, too.

There have been very, very few things I didn't like or use once I got them.

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Posted: 6/23/2013 1:59:38 PM
I used to have a great lss here that left me lacking for little when it came to what I wanted or needed for my projects. They closed about two years ago and last year an lss maybe a tenth the size opened. I only went there a couple of times because they didn't have much and closed about two months ago. I do have Micjaels, Joann's and Hobby Lobby which is nice but why limit myself kwim? I take time on a regular basis to browse the store here at two peas. I add anything I like to my cart and when I know I'm ready to shop and know what my budget is I just start an elimination process and move items one by one to a wish list until my cart is within my budget. Sometimes I still have time until I can actually order so what's left is subject to change. When I press order I get excited just waiting for it to get to my house .

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Posted: 6/23/2013 2:50:51 PM
I don't have a local store besides Hobby Lobby so I purchase most of my items here. I have most recently been buying stuff pulled together in Shimelle's Best of Both Worlds list. I really like how she compiles the list and then adds in other suggestions if you are looking for more of a certain type of product or different papers. For me I need boy friendly colors so it is very helpful. Also I only order once a month so things will sit in my cart that I like throughout the month and then once her list is up on the 1st I add what I want and then go through and remove things that I no longer want anymore. Really helps me not impulse buy and I order enough to get the free shipping.
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Posted: 6/23/2013 2:54:44 PM
I pretty much only shop online because of the variety. The brick and mortar stores are getting better but I still prefer to shop online.



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Posted: 6/23/2013 4:54:01 PM
Since all my LSS's closed, I now have to rely on the Internet. It can be frustrating, as sometimes the colors are different in person, or the quality is not what I expect. I usually stay with just a few lines, such as Doodlebug (their colors are always consistent), Echo Park, Crate Paper, and October Afternoon for the nostalgia look to use with old photos. I would like to branch out and try some others, but am fearful of making a mistake and spending money on something that I do not really like.


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Posted: 6/23/2013 5:05:04 PM
I watch a lot of the videos here on 2Peas and then often buy supplies out of their list since I have seen how they look together


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Posted: 6/23/2013 7:52:04 PM
I never shopped on line until all my LSS went out of business. I do not really like to shop on line ,but am being forced to. So I stick to paper companies that I have always loved and I watch different sites to see them. I also miss warehouse walk because Kitty showed us entire lines and that is how I like to buy. Fo me,it makes for quicker LO's.

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Posted: 6/23/2013 8:07:28 PM
I keep a wishlist of things that catch my eye or just fill up a cart with things I like, so that is where I start when I am ready to place an order. If I need more paper or something to get to free shipping, I will check my favorite manufacturers and see what I like from them. Rarely would I scroll through 300 pages of paper options. I will scroll through entire categories for certain types of embellishments and so on because there tends to be fewer options there.


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Posted: 6/23/2013 8:17:23 PM
I am pretty random! I check out the store and build my cart with what looks cool!

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Posted: 6/23/2013 8:33:02 PM
I'm a very random shopper. I do save stuff in my cart sometimes but a lot of things I end up changing or deleting by then. Depends what else I've found I guess. The same happens to me in real life shopping. I usually start with a search for something I have in mind or browse through the new and what's hot stuff. Then sometimes I look at certain manufacturers. Lastly, I check out the sale page. No real method for my madness.

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Posted: 6/23/2013 8:34:16 PM
I try to stick with paper lines or supplies I use, so I know I will be happy. I have one LSS that has some fabulous supplies - so I go there when I want to check out something new.

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Posted: 6/23/2013 9:47:22 PM
I search by brand or color or other identifying word

It makes it much easier

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Posted: 6/24/2013 12:03:19 AM
Probably once a week I take a peek to see what's new in store and if there's new stuff on sale... I add everything I like to a wish list, and then check my wish list every couple months and decide if there's enough on sale to place an order... I'd love to not wait for sales so much, but being international the difference between regular and sale makes a big difference... I want to get as much as I can for the cost of shipping...LOL

If there's a certain item or collection I have to have, I'll make a note on a post-it and I'll make sure that's in my next order regardless if it's on sale...

I tend not to buy stuff to match exact photos either, so that takes a bit of pressure off... I think I'd find matching to photos overwhelming in the way you described...


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Posted: 6/24/2013 1:52:18 AM
I like to watch all kinds of video where you can see the items. The product pictures often don't show what it really looks like, so there is no need to browse through all categories. I stock up my wishlist and wait for a sale as i am international too. I wait for an order 4-6weeks anyway, so there is no big difference if i have to wait for a sale. My products will alway be old, when they arrive at my door anyway Without a sale i would pay nearly double the price for each item because of shipping and custom charges.


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Posted: 6/24/2013 9:31:01 AM
I rarely will search by product type unless it's very specific, such as 6x6 pads, white letter stickers, or transparencies - something I know I need. Most often I browse through the latest collections of my favorite manufacturers to see what I like and want most. I also try to pace my buying with my scrapping rate, so I'm not just collecting supplies!

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Posted: 6/24/2013 10:47:45 AM
I dont have a LSS but I have 3 big box stores. I only go to the big box stores for glue basically.
I have been shopping on line since I started scrapping in 2002 or so.
I love certain lines American Craftts Dear Lizzy, Amy Tan, Crate Paper, and Simple Stories. This is what I gratitate towards.
But I dont shop certain lines when it comes to embellishments, their too pretty.
I have tried a little of everything and really have not found anything that I dont like.


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Posted: 6/24/2013 10:51:31 AM
I don't have a choice but to order on-line, as we no longer have a dedicated scrapbook supply store in my town or anywhere near by. We have a Hobby Lobby, but they really only have old stuff. When I get to Denver or Salt Lake City I go crazy at Archivers and the independent stores, buying anything and everything I see that I thing I might possibly use.

I don't really like ordering on line. Sure, you can pretty much get anything you want, and the new stuff right away, but more often than not I get the things I order and the colors aren't what they appeared to be on line,or the papers have gotten dog eared in shipping, or something that I ordered specifically to get ends up being out of stock suddenly. Very frustrating. Not to mention how darn expensive the shipping is at some of the on-line stores.


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Posted: 6/24/2013 10:52:20 AM
I LOVE shopping online for scrap supplies! I think the "shopping" part is more my hobby sometimes (vs actually scrapping).

I always have something in my bucket here at 2Peas and I usually buy once I hit the free shipping $50 mark. I HATE to pay for shipping.


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Posted: 8/7/2013 8:09:17 AM
I check the new products section frequently. As I see things I want, I put them on my wishlist. Then when I'm ready to order, I shop from my wishlist.

I do the wishlist & then transfer to the cart since a cart can get emptied from time-to-time. Items stay on the wishlist until you remove them.



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Posted: 8/7/2013 12:36:47 PM
I mostly shop online since all I have is HL and M's unless I travel at least 300 miles. When I'm curious as to what something really looks like, I like to go to the manufacturere's blog for pics. My shopping is pretty random. Mostly I just check out the what's new section and if I "love" something I put it in my cart. Then I weed that down at a later date to something reasonable. I don't look for themed papers but if a cute beach line or something like that catches my eye I will get most of it since I know that is a theme I will use lots of since we go yearly. Now that I have a Cameo my need for a themed embellishment is taken care of since I can cut out something specific I feel my page is lacking. This is the only way I've ever shopped since I started and would have trouble just getting items for specific photos, gettting items one page at a time.


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Posted: 8/7/2013 8:16:26 PM
I order online a lot. I check out the "new" section at my favorite online store and put things I like into my cart. When it comes time to order, I just weed out items that are too similar.

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Posted: 8/7/2013 9:38:38 PM
i don;t have an LLS either, so I just add the papers I like to my cart, it's a random thing.

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Posted: 8/7/2013 9:39:52 PM
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Posted: 8/8/2013 7:43:18 AM
I don't have a LSS either so most of my shopping is done online. I check new items first, check the front and back of pattern papers, and add to my cart until I have enough for free shipping. Hopefully that takes around a month to reach. Looking at all the videos helps. Love the product lists under the videos and under gallery posts. That helps a lot with choices. I do weed out my cart before hitting buy. I've had a few disappointments but not many. I like when there's a picture of all that is in a package, die cuts, journal cards, etc., wish they did that for every product.

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Posted: 8/8/2013 8:39:47 AM
I use my wishlist too. I browse the new products about once a week and just add to my wishlist from there.

I also search for specific things like e.g. Distress Inks then browse the colours and pick those I think I would use most.

I think over time you get to know what to expect from a certain manufacturer, which makes it much easier shopping online. Can't imagine buying clothing or shoes on-line though

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