Freak Storm Hits Arizona Scrapbook Store

by Lain Ehmann on September 12, 2010

Hurricane Lain Wreaks Havoc in Arizona

MESA, AZ — From seemingly clear skies a freak storm, named “Hurricane Lain,” touched down Tuesday in Mesa, nearly destroying a large scrapbook store just before closing time and leaving residents and shoppers awed by its buying power and swiftness.

“Everything was calm, and then all of the sudden, the front doors opened and WHAM! This huge blur rushed in, knocking American Crafts albums and Prima flowers off the shelves and whirling around the 7 Gypsies display. Then all of the sudden, it was gone,” said a Scrapbooks Etc. store employee, speaking on condition of anonymity, as she attempted to return a stack of “Designing with Color” books to their proper places.

“It was the weirdest thing,” said a bystander, Joe “Saguaro” Cactus. “I was sitting outside in the car. waiting for my wife to pick up ‘a few things’ when this storm blew past me. It went right inside and came out within minutes, and then… poof! Everything was quiet again.”

Other witnesses report seeing additional odd occurrences, including the disappearance of an entire rack of Heidi Swapp chipboard letters, the rearranging of the magazine racks to put the September/October issue of Simple Scrapbooks in the front, and the appearance of $73.79 on the counter next to the cash register. Despite the overall disruption of the store, neighboring establishments were not affected, nor were racks of 8-1/2 by 11″ paper, QuicKutz displays, or non-acid-free items. “Apparently, the Hurricane scraps exclusively in 12×12,” said the store employee.

Some obeservers also state they saw a smaller storm on the heels of the first, larger one… this metereological phenomenon is being called “Tropical Storm Kinsey” until its actual strength can be determined.

There have been unconfirmed sightings of similar storms at other scrapbook stores, including Picture Passion in Campbell, California and Scrap Etc. inBirmingham, Alabama, but this was the first time such an unexpected event had taken place in the state of Arizona.

P.S. This month, I’ve been sharing some of my scrapbook “classics” posts from my old blog, ScrapHappy. If you like them, try Snippets: Mostly True Tales from the Lighter Side of Scrapbooking.

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