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Inside Scrapbooking Stores: By Design Scrapbook Boutique

Our next featured brick and mortar scrapbook store is By Design Scrapbook Boutique in Houston, Texas, by Guest Poster, Corinna Lyons-Revello. Please visit Corinna at her blog here. Corinna also sells her handmade items here in her Etsy shop and scrap supplies here in her eBay store. For past featured LSS’, please click here.

bydesignoutside.jpgBack in December I took a trip to Texas to meet up with online scrapbooking gal pals for a wedding. During that trip, we all went to an awesome scrapbook store in Houston called By Design Scrapbook Boutique. This is by far the most beautiful scrapbook store I’ve ever been in. It was prettier than some houses I’ve seen!

The owner, Tracy, was just the nicest lady. I know she must have been annoyed with us because we got there 5 minutes after they closed and were standing with our noses pressed up against the front glass windows crying because we were all flying out of Texas the next morning and that was our ONLY chance to see the store that we had heard so much about. She finally came to the door and said, “Um, can I help y’all?” And I’m sure what she really wanted to say was, “Please stop drooling all over my windows.”


My friend Jill starts rambling and telling her how we’ve come from California and Illinois and we’ve heard about her store and we’re all dying to see the store and shop and all of us were flying home tomorrow and could we PLEASE come in and buy stuff? So the owner said, “Sure.” And we did!

Shown above is a shot of the beautiful curtains she had hanging in a doorway. And see the chandelier in the background? They were hanging in every “room” of the store. This gorgeous mirror (above) is leaning up against the wall when you first walk into the store. Very cool first impression.

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After the main entrance room (foyer), this is the room you walk into if you go straight. (Photo above left.) I just love how everything is arranged on this table so beautifully in jars with that fantastic chandelier overhead. I just wanted to sit in this room (above right) bydesigninside8.jpgin a cozy chair and look at the Christmas tree or read a scrapping magazine!

I think all together we spent about $300, so I hope she considered it worth her while. Tracy said it was okay to take photos for the blog, and she even took a photo of all of us with our camera. Now THAT is what you call good customer service, people!

I also loved the huge ornate frame that I think she had custom made for hanging supplies. (See photo below.) Also shown below is a photo of their crop room with a Heidi Swapp theme.

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If you live anywhere near Houston, you should check this place out. It’s phenomenal. My advice is to go during regular store hours though! Even the shopping bags were cool. I think they normally match the store’s colors but since it was December we got red & white ones for Christmas time.bydesignshoppers.jpg

Here we all are with our pretty shopping bags. I live in Illinois where the nearsest LSS is 45 minutes away, which for me is too far away. So it was a real treat to find such a fantastic store with great prices in Texas of all places! I’m looking forward to going again someday.

By Design Scrapbook Boutique can be found at 1131 Clear Lake City Blvd., in Houston, Texas. You can visit their blog here and their main website here.

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  1. Laura Solomon
    April 26th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    OMG- that is the cutest STORE– scrapbook or not– I have ever seen! Way to go!

  2. April 26th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    OMG !! your friend’s store is aweeeesome !!
    sooo cool, soo girly…. loveit loveit loveit !!
    Hugs from Australia 😉

  3. Angela
    April 26th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    It IS one of the coolest stores I’ve seen. I live about 6 miles away from there. I’m planning to go out there this week!

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