So our first stop was Scrappin Divas in Temecula. Our timing was perfect --we arrived just as the doors were opening.
Really wanted to loll and stroll up and down the block where the store was located - such a cute little area.
Next it was Pink Pineapple in Vista.
After that we headed to Ever After in Carlsbad. They'd moved since the last time I'd been there (Shop Hop '07). I really like the new store --it's just as cute as the old one.
We got a little lost on our way to Jazi Crafts in Oceanside. Somehow the printer had cut off one of the step-by-step instructions in our mapquest and it was a crucial instruction because the wrong turn sent us away from the store. Thank goodness for cell phones and store clerks who can give directions!
Found some more good stuff:
From there we headed to Paper Tales in San Diego. This was the first time any of us had been there and what a treat we were in for. Such a cute little boutique of a store. Lots of adorable stamps and cute little thises and thats.
I was happy to pick up some of the Maya Road velvet flowers that I've been wanting since CHA Winter.
Next stop: Scrapbook Your Life in San Diego. Here I am crouched down by their Shop Hop Display showing off my passport.
My favorite find at this store was the Spell Binders bird die - so cute!
We headed out of San Diego to Cool Scrapbook Stuff in Poway. This store has so much variety. You can find pretty much anything you're looking for.
There was a second store to visit in Poway - Stamping Details. They had a fun make-n-take learning a technique with alcohol ink, and a really grrrrrrrrrrrrrreeat photo opp with a cut-out tiger.
And SOoooooo many stamps! Here's what I found that day:
Our last "official" stop of the day was Now and Then Scrapbooks in Wildomar. Was it ever crowded. My sympathies went to the girl behind the counter.
Voila, we finished Shop Hop '09 with days to spare. Well, we were *almost* finished. We actually had to make another stop to The Scrapping Table in Placentia because during our first visit one of our passports didn't get stamped. But thankfully it was right on our way back home so it worked out fine.
We all turned in our passports and were hopeful for the contests, but even if we didn't win anything we were just glad to have had a summer safari tooling around SoCal and enjoying ourselves.
The Postscript to our adventure is that none of us won any of the big ShopHop prizes. However, someone in our group *did* win an after-the-fact contest sponsored by ShopHop. It was a "make-n-take" contest for anyone who had participed in the Hop this year. And guess who won? It was me! Yup, I'm now the proud owner of a $50 gift certificate to The Scrappin' Table. I can't wait to stop by and see what's new.