For some people the only difficult thing about scrapbooking is learning how to get started, which is where Christina Adams, owner of Blue Bird Scrapping, likes to step in. Adams, who recently moved her business from a shared space near China Grove in Sunnyside, is now sharing the how-to's of scrapbooking from her new location in the Mid-Valley Mall.
Adams offers beginning scrapbook classes in one room of her business, taking time to show people how to take their vacation snap shots and turn them into a scrapbook that can last for generations. Adams said she also rents out the work room to scrapbookers who want to work at the store. She said for $5 a person can reserve the work room for two hours, choose two free pieces of scrapbook paper from the sales floor and have access to all of her tools, including die cuts, stickers and her cutting system.
Adams, who herself started scrapbooking about a year and a half ago, said she decided to start her own store because she found the hobby to be so much fun and felt it was something others could enjoy as well.
Originally, Adams said she started her business doing home shows, taking scrapbook supplies to people's homes and introducing them to the art of organizing cherished family photos. It wasn't until Tami Whitmore of Fireside Classics and Ellen Phinney of the Knot Hole said they were opening a shop together and were in need of someone to share the space with that Adams moved her operation to a permanent location.
Adams has now been in business for herself since June 2003, moving her shop to the Mid-Valley location in January. Adams said originally she was going to simply expand her business at the Knot Hole site, putting up a slat wall so she could organize different papers, stickers and die cuts. However, a visit to the Mid-Valley Mall one afternoon changed everything. Adams said she was walking along and saw there was a store front available for rent. Upon closer inspection she saw that the shop already had slat walls.
Adams said the mall location has proven to be good for her business.
"I have a lot of people who didn't even know there was a scrapbook store here," Adams said.
She said she sees a lot of children dragging their parents into the store as soon as they see the different stickers in the window.
The new, larger location also means that Adams has been able to expand the variety of products she offers. She said she now carries more paper, some children's craft items, card making materials and she is the exclusive supplier of Sunnyside High School photo albums and scrapbooks. The SHS items all feature the Grizzly mascot, as well as the school seal. Adams said she is currently in the process of getting photo albums and scrapbooks in for Sunnyside Christian High School.
Rosa Alvarez, assistant store manager, said she has been scrapbooking since May 2003 and likes the different things she can do with decorative paper and a pair of scissors.
"It's great what you can do with different pages," Alvarez said.
. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org