The Pryor Times

November 9, 2013

Get the Scrapbook Bug on Graham Street

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Nestled on Pryor's Graham Street, this self-proclaimed 'Little Shop on the Corner' has got the market cornered on scrapbook supplies.

Scrapbook Bug, owned by Mary Lawson, has been standing proud in downtown Pryor for seven years.

“I worked in human resources and owned a temp service in Pryor. I sold the service and went to Florida to visit my daughter,” Lawson said. While she was visiting, her daughter mentioned how much she would love to own a scrapbook store.

“When we got back to Pryor, I'll be darned if this little shop wasn't for sale,” said Lawson, who ended up owning the business alone, as her daughter was just starting a family.

“This is a fun little place. I love it here,” she said.

Her shoppers love it too, traveling from nearby towns and bordering states.

“I love being on Pryor's Main Street, especially now. I'm excited about our downtown. I have a lot of customers from out of town since I am one of very few independently-owned brick-and-mortar scrapbook stores around,” said Lawson. “I want my out-of-towners to come to Pryor and find something they love.”

Lawson said it's not just scrapbookers who will find something of interest in the store.

“Her business name does not do the business justice,” said BJ Cummings, Pryor Main Street director. “She is very creative and thinks outside the box. She has classes and you don't have to be a scrapper.”

“We offer classes from cropping to making cards. We do three special projects per month,” said Lawson.

The store holds private crop parties as well.

“We are fully equipped with Cricuts, punches, ecetera. It's a ton of fun, great girl time. We all sit and work on our projects. We've solved all the world's problems at these parties,” said Lawson.

Lawson also does custom invitations and greeting cards.

“Right now I'm making 200 Christmas cards for a customer. Each one is handmade, not machine generated. I also do wedding invitations. I've got to see some really happy brides this way,” said Lawson.

Custom, handmade invitations are more personal, said Lawson.

“Plus, they take comfort in being able to put a face to the person handling a vital part of their big day. We also are often able to repair invitations that are ordered online and come in looking like less than the bride expected,” she said.

Lawson said she is pretty creative and likes to help people, so she's been known to finish customers’ scrapbooks for them.

“I have one gentleman whose wife passed away. She was a scrapbooker. He wanted to finish the scrapbooks she started to give them to their children for Christmas,” Lawson said. “I was able to look through what she has been able to finish to get a sense of her style. I finished the books up for him and he was so pleased with how they turned out.”

Beyond that, the store has unique handcrafted items.

Lawson, a self-proclaimed “junker,” enjoys crafting ordinary items into one-of-a-kind pieces. Featured in the store right now is a wall-hanging organizer with magnets, inspirational quotes and notepaper all made out of an upcycled cookie sheet.

“These little owls are Christmas tree ornaments, but they would work well in a wreath as well. And you'd never guess they were made out of a toilet paper roll.”

Lawson gave makeovers to Sonic drink carriers and made the perfect base for a gift basket.

“We also have a lot of girls that print something out from Pinterest. They bring it in and we'll figure out how to make it happen,” said Lawson.

Shoppers get the best of both worlds since this store is owned by a friendly local businesswoman with a background in customer service who also honors coupons from her major box-store competitors.

“On Wednesdays I honor the 40 percent off coupons printed in the Sunday paper by Michael’s and Hobby Lobby,” said Lawson, who also keeps the store open later on Thursday nights for even more convenience.

Lawson stocks everything a traditional scrapbooker would want.

“We carry excellent brands of paper like Graphic 45, Simple Stories and Karen Foster,” said Lawson, a wall of printed papers behind her.

The store makes an effort to carry not just Pryor but all area school's colors in paper, stickers and stamps.

Among her shelves of paper, Lawson has 4-H and FFA, Harry Potter and hobby-themed items. She also stocks dozens of seasonal and holiday-themed options.

With the inspirational completed items and the variety of supplies, any shopper will catch the craft bug in this store.

The Scrapbook Bug is located at 230 East Graham St., and is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and until 8 p.m on Thursdays. The store is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m and is reachable by phone at 918-824-2767.

Lawson encourages interested shoppers to check out the store's Facebook page where she shares updates on new stock as well as newly completed projects and upcoming classes.

The Scrapbook Bug also sells gift cards for the hard to shop for people on any Christmas list.