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Farewell to my trusty Hobby Lobby tax-free card…

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

This afternoon I went to Hobby Lobby to purchase supplies for an upcoming order.  As I was checking out the clerk told me that per a new company policy, I would need to verify my tax-exempt status the next time I came into the store in order for them to issue me a new card with a one-year expiration date (customers now need to re-“apply” for a new card every year).  In order to guarantee customer compliance, the clerk was also required to keep my original card.  As a prior accountant and HR manager, I understand the reason and necessity for such a policy, and I am perfectly willing to follow the rules and complete the verification process.

However (and you may think I am silly), I found myself just a little bit sentimental about the fact that I would no longer have my worn, battered, and well-loved Hobby Lobby card.  In some ways, it is a representation of how proud I was to start my own small business and how exciting it was to have the privilege of purchasing supplies for business projects tax-free.  I have used it numerous times over the past six years, and it definitely shows some battle scars, but now I must bid farewell with many fond memories.

*I must add that I really appreciate Hobby Lobby for having a relatively painless process for tax-exempt purchases in comparison to several other stores.  It is so helpful to have a card to represent your tax-exempt status instead of having to bring an exemption certificate or look up your business information every single time you make a purchase.  This new policy makes it a little bit more complicated, but as I said above, I completely understand why it is necessary.  Hobby Lobby is and will remain one of my very favorite local places to find supplies for my business. 🙂

New Trimmer!

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

In preparation for assembling the largest wedding order I have received to date, I decided to invest in a true professional paper cutter.  It is quite large, but this will make a huge difference in the ease and speed of assembly.  My fingers are itching to start trimming!

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Making Memories Paper Trimmer

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

I have an update on the Making Memories paper trimmer.  I have used it a LOT over the last few months, and I have two problems.

  1. Some of the measuring/ruler gridlines have started wearing off, which will not work, since I really do need precise measurements.
  2. The blade has started creating a wave on the edges of the paper.

I am sure this cutter would work great for casual use, but it looks like I will be trading mine for a profesional trimmer.

Supplies

Friday, July 27th, 2007

I think I may have found a good combination of paper cutter and adhesive.

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Making Memories Paper Trimmer: This trimmer has a similar concept to the Rotatrim or other professional paper cutters that you would find at a Fedex Kinko’s or photo lab.  It has a rotating blade that slices along the edge of the cutter (kind of like scissors blades slicing against each other), so it is a bit different than the typical scrapbook style trimmers on the market that slice along a groove.  This process allows the blade to stay much sharper, which results in clean cuts even after a lot of use.  I really like that the 12×12″ surface is foldable, which makes it very stable but also portable.  Overall, I am highly impressed with this trimmer.

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Scotch ATG (Adhesive Tape Gun): I found a recommendation for trying the ATG on a scrapbooking forum, and I’m so glad I did!  It is pretty hard to compare this amazing product with any retail adhesive products.  This is a tool made for professional framers (portrait photos or art prints or canvas, multiple mattes, custom cut frames, etc.), and it is a bit big and industrial in appearance; however, the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks.  The refills I bought are 60 yards vs. 10-15 yards at around the same price.  Good for costs as well as efficiency, since I don’t have to switch refills as often.  Plus, the adhesive lasts much longer.  Some of the invites I put together for my sample book had already started coming apart, but the ones using ATG are still perfect.  5 stars, 2 thumbs up, wonderful product!