The art of scrapbooking is about the memories and the love in your life. It utilizes trinkets from trips, and various experiences, so even though it can be both costly and time consuming, it is a worthwhile activity. If you are in search for more local places to cut down on time running around gathering up some scrapbooking supplies, or even if you are new to scrapbooking, here are the top five places in the Philadelphia area.

Paper On Pine
115 S.13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 625-0100
www.paperonpine.com

Paper on Pine carries just about all of your scrapbooking needs and is a popular choice for many scrapbookers who want to buy local. The customer service here is exceptional, and the employees are personable and will enjoy brain storming with you or helping you find just what you are looking for. Paper on Pine also sells Philly themed items you may not find other places.They are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except for Sunday which is 12-5.

The Photography Center
81 Lancaster Ave., Suite 14
Malvern, PA. 19355
(610) 644-1800
www.thephotographycenter.com

The Photography Center may just be where you need to visit to help with your photographs. There are numerous services and options for your scrapbooking pictures. They develop film on site and also can restore some of your older photographs. The customer service here is described by many as exceptional and personal. The Photography Center also has classes and workshops for beginning scrapbookers. You will also find many of the supplies you need here. The Photography Center is open six days a week until 6 p.m. except for Sunday.

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Casa Papel
804 N. Second St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19123
(267) 761-9149
www.casapapel.com

Casa Papel is primarily a paper store. Which means you may find unique and interesting paper for your scrapbooking back grounds. Embellishments and smaller pieces you use for text. You will be able to find any color, pattern you can think of here, including metallic. Casa Papel specializes in invitations and personal services, but also sells rubber stamps and other accessories for your projects. They even rent tools and have book binding services. Casa Papel is open Wednesday through Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Art Star
623 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19123
(215)238-1557
www.artstarphilly.com

Art Star is one of the most unique shops in Philly for scrapbooking ideas. This would be the type of place you would go to for very special additions to your scrapbook. Here they sell art work, cards, and many handmade items from both local artists and artists from all over the United States. Art Star is not a place where you would go to save money or buy in bulk, but rather for something special.  Besides paper goods for scrapbooking, you may just find a special gift here. They also sell housewares, jewelry, and some clothing.

The Resource Exchange
1701 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(267) 997-0060
www.theresourceexchange.org

This nonprofit reuse and recycling store carries a wealth of art and crafting supplies, everything for creators ranging from painters to sewers and decorators. Included in that is an ample scrapbooking supplies section, featuring punchers, decorative pages and even empty scrapbooks if you’re just getting your start. While there, pick out some things to perfect and put the finishing touches on each page, including stickers, stamps and ink, and more.

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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.

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