It’s amazing how precious and sentimental a scrapbook can be, even in the Instagram era. A composite of memories, photos and snapshots of time — scrapbooking is a relaxing hobby that can be enjoyed solo or as a family. New York City may not come off as the most homespun place on the planet, but scrapbooking can be a secret pleasure lots of New Yorkers enjoy. Ready to join in on the fun and create some memories of your own? You can start at these four scrapbooking supply stores:
The Ink Pad
37 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10011
Paper hole puncher of shamrocks? Check. James Dean stamp and stamp pad? Double-check. Occupying a cozy corner of Greenwich Village and filled with hip, adorable scrapbooking supplies, The Ink Pad has everything from that teeny, tiny personal notebook in cerise you’ve been coveting; to stamps depicting anything you can think of. The store’s artistic owners love to talk the creative talk here, but they are anything but snooty. The staff is super-friendly and knows more about paper crafts than Einstein knew about physics.
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23 W. 18th St.
New York, NY 10011
A vast array of paper, tools, stickers, circle cutters and decorative punches make getting started in scrapbooking a breeze. The store houses close to 300 different paper colors, in finishes and patterns like matte, metallic and silk — making it fun to just walk around and take it all in. If you’re planning on having a scrapbooking party, this is your one-stop shop. Paper Presentation also stocks a ton of party supplies.
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Lady Jane Craft Center
137-20 Cross Bay Blvd.
Ozone Park, NY 11417
Lady Jane’s is worth a day trip to Queens. The sprawling, craft-filled store is stuffed with scrapbooking supplies; from delicate lace trim to stickers, paper, books and artist supplies like calligraphy tools. There’s also tons of stuff for kids, from miniature doll accessories to arts and crafts supplies. If you want to get your little ones into scrapbooking, this is the place to get them stoked
Rock Paper Scissors
15 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07042
Yes, its 40 minutes from Manhattan, but well worth the trip. At Rock Paper Scissors, you’ll find crafting groups and classes, plus unusual and hard-to-find handmade stamps, delicate paper products, jewelry-making supplies and fabrics. They even offer monthly programs for scrapbooking so you can become an expert memory-saver. Then pick up some supplies on your way out and get started on making your own new scrapbooking memories.