Saturday, December 17, 2011

a trip to archivers in nashville

A few weekends ago I trekked up to the Nashville area to visit my family, and I talked my Mom into meeting me at the new Archivers there so I could have a look around.

I'm no stranger to Archivers' stores- I practically lived there on Friday nights (they had awesome crops) for the year and a half that I was either living in or commuting to Colorado Springs for work, but, oh, my, is the Nashville store packed with more goodies than I ever remember seeing in Colorado! Either the store is larger (I think it may be), or there's just more product available now (which may also be the case), but it's just incredible! I kept feeling like I was back at CHA- in fact, if you want to get a little taste of what CHA is like...well, you can walk around this store with me, because I took gobs and gobs of photos to share. It's good practice for the next CHA. :)

One of the first things I noticed was the October Afternoon stuff. Lots and lots of it, including my fave line from them ever, Rocket Age.

Come on, I'm a geek- you know I had to love it!

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Any time I see a spectrum-order display like this, I just have let out a happy little sigh. :)

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Maya road goodies- soooo hard to find at any scrapbook stores around me.

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Tons and tons of My Mind's Eye...

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...including Kraft Funday, one of their newest lines!

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I like how Archivers not only puts items from a line together, but also places potential coordinating lines nearby- there are at least three Christmas lines represented in this one photo, and all the items look like they'd work great together.

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There are a few themed displays, like this selection of wedding items, but mostly things are arranged by manufacturer.

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I spied a whole wall of Smash Books and accessories.

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Got Bo Bunny?

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I had a complete nostalgic freak-out moment when Mom pointed out the Mrs. Grossman's sticker display, I had tooooooons of these as a kid.

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Pretty wood baubles from KaiserCraft, oh so artfully strewn on a table.

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They had a fair amount of Doodlebug- something that I've also never had a lot of luck finding locally.

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Speaking of Doodlebug, Archivers has their amazing card display...

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...including those cute little baker's twine spools that I squeee over every time I see them.

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There were Martha Stewart items scattered around the store in a few displays, as well, including this Halloween selection.

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And K and Company- another of my favorite brands that's a bit hard to find sometimes.

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Teresa Collins oh-so-sophisticated Christmas Home line.

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And Little Yellow Bicycle's quite popular Winter Twig range.

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Great fall papers by We R Memory Keepers.

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And if artsy and messy is your style, they've got plenty of that, too, including this massive spectrum of Tattered Angels products.

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Lots more wood shapes including Pink Paislee and KaiserCraft.

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And I think they have the whole line of Melody Ross Chip Art.

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And of course Archivers has a massive selection of Tim Holtz goodness!

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Need cardstock? They have almost any shade you could ever want!

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You'll find some of the "older" papers in racks near the back, also sorted by manufacturer.

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Although Teresa Collins' World Traveler line really isn't that old.

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And, just in case you don't find the letter stickers you need nestled in with the other product lines, Archivers has a while display of nothing but alphabets to choose from.

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Including a massive wall-o-Thickers.

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Need albums? They have toooooons!! Everything from post-bound to 3-ring from lots of manufacturers including United Scrapbooks of America (the cool uniform ones) and Doodlebug!

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Lots of mini albums here, too.

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Archivers has an impressive selection of tools, too, such as the Sew Easy and Sew Ribbon from We R Memory Keepers (you can read my reviews of each of these here and here at Scrapbook Update).

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Trimmers and scissors from many manufacturers.

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Almost any kind of adhesive you could possibly need!

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And lots and lots of punches.

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They've got a great selection of die cutting and embossing supplies.

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If you've never tried the I-Rock from Imaginisce, you're missing out! I love mine- such an easy way to adhere tiny rhinestones.

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I was quite impressed that they seem to have the full selection of L Letterpress supplies (I also reviewed this tool at Scrapbook Update- check here for that) including impression plates, inks, and cards.

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An amazing rainbow of ribbon.

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A large section of the Archivers store is set aside for stamping and card making supplies, and it's where you can find 6x6 paper pads along with blank cards and matching envelopes.

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Rainbows of color mediums of every type also live here, including Stickles, Zing embossing powders, many, many different types of stamping ink, and so many other fun, artsy mediums.

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And let's not forget, of course, the stamps. So many brands represented here- Tim Holtz (for Stampers Anonymous), Hero Arts, Inkadinkadoo, and many more.

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If you've never been to an Archivers store (or perhaps you've just not been to yours in a long time), hopefully these photos gave you a peek of what it's like to visit. I wish mine was a bit closer to my home, but I'm happy to have this one close enough to be able to meet Mom at when we want to do a bit of scrappy shopping.