Well, it’s officially that time of year again. I’ve stopped shopping for papercrafting supplies between black fridays because it’s just not worth it (unless you’re going wholesale). I also really love the excitement of going through all the Black Friday ads to see who has the best deals. So today I want to share with you the top 10 items on my papercrafting wish list and where I’ll be getting them.
I only go to two stores for papercrafting on Black Friday – Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabrics. I show up when they open, I shop for what I need, and then I only wait in line for about 5 minutes – because everybody else (at least in Connecticut) doesn’t do the craft store thing at 5:00am on Black Friday.
Also, something you should know. Michaels has a 30% off everything including sale items coupon 7am – 12pm on Friday and Jo-Ann Fabrics has a 25% off everything including sale items coupon from 6am-12pm on Friday.
From the ads the answer to this question is Michaels. 8.5″ x 11″ paper is marked down to 5 packs for $10 (which is what it usually is). That said, Jo-Ann usually has the paper marked down as well, but it just doesn’t make the ad. This year I’m making a rule for myself that I can only buy colors I’m going to use – that means neutrals, blues, greens, purples, and yellows. I’ve learned I don’t actually use reds or oranges.
Stamps are 50% off at Michaels. I’m never looking for certain stamps, but there are are always some that catch my fancy, especially the Hero Arts stamps. And try really hard not to buy stamps for a specific occassion, because they won’t get used all that much, try to stick to the ones that can cross between birthday, holiday, and just because.
I find I’m always running low on Sharpies. I never know how it happens or where they end up. Kind of like hair ties. Michaels has buy 1 get 1 free on all of the Sharpies. Plus the 30% off, that’s kind of glorious. I’m specifically sticking with black, gold, and silver this year. Hm. Actually I wonder if they make a white one too.
I’m on a mission for foam adhesives, double sided tape, and the adhesive tape gun roller refills. Michaels has buy 1 get 1 free on all adhesive refills. That said, I have no idea what that includes. Either way, the 30% off coupon at Michaels trumps the 25% off one from Jo-Anns.
I’m never actually looking for embellishments either. I might buy some for the Chrystina Noel Christmas Party this year though. In that case Michaels has 60% off all Recollections embellishments and 40% off all the other ones.
I’ve decided I’m going to make fabric door stoppers stuffed with rice and beans for the windows in my house. They let so much cold air in and these seem easy enough to make – and then I can custom measure them. So I’m going to be going to Jo-Ann Fabrics for fabric (of course). As for whether “the good fabric” is on sale, I have no idea.
I wasn’t looking for mason jars, but Jo-Ann Fabrics has them on sale for 71 cents each. How am I not supposed to leave the store with at least 5 of them. I have no idea what I’m going to do with them, but I want them, so here we are.
I need new blades for my papercutters this year. Usually I buy a bunch of punches (as seen in the photo above), but I think my collection is finally saturated. That said, Jo-Ann Fabrics has 60% off all Fiskars cutting tools, which is incredible. If you’re looking for a place to start the corner-rounder is my absolute favorite. Followed behind my the circle punches and small hole punches. Remember, this also includes really awesome scissors.
This was the first thing I wrote on my hand-written list, but I’m not sure which store I’m supposed to get it from. I was really banking on it being on sale, but it doesn’t appear to be. So I guess the answer is Michaels? Or maybe somewhere online will have a good sale. Either way, I am seriously in need of new washi tape if anybody knows where to get it.
Oh, also. If you ever need to buy envelopes. I’ve decided my answer to that from this point forward is Amazon where I buy 500 at a time. What’s on your shopping list this year?
PS. Want to celebrate Christmas with Chrystina Noel? Come hang out with us Sunday, December 13 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Williams-Sonoma in Philadelphia. Get your free ticket here.