I was reminded of this story yesterday when my friend Darci asked me a question about American Crafts paper. "Let me go look," I replied. It seems I have quite a collection of it these days. Read on...
On the subject of scrapbook stores, I am just a tad bit obsessed with having coordinated papers displayed next to each other. As an instructor, a customer, and someone inclined toward OCD-like behavior, I have to say that it somewhat distresses me when coordinated papers are shelved far from each other. Whenever I travel and am lucky enough to visit other stores, I specifically check out how paper lines are displayed. And although I don't actually work in the store where I teach, I will confess to having occasionally moved misplaced parts of lines back together. That is not my job, but I simply cannot help myself. (I'm sure this is not a surprise to my friends around here!)
A few weeks ago, I was at Hobby Lobby in the paper aisle looking over some older American Crafts paper which I absolutely didn't need. Ahhh...the Bookshelf line. I just love the idea of patterns which represent authors. And the Play line: With the notable exception of Ki, could paper possibly be any cooler than this? Ideas for all sorts of projects floated through my head.
I was completely in the AC Zone when suddenly I realized that I had paper in both hands and under my right arm. My shopping basket and purse were on the floor. Without even realizing it, I had been re-arranging the AC papers in proper order, moving stacks of other patterned paper in order to put entire lines back together. At that point, it occurred to me..."Wait! I don't work here!"
Feeling rather embarrassed, I had no choice but to buy all the paper in my clutches. As penance for my AC OCD, it was the least I could do.