If there is one thing that REALLY bothers me as a REAL artist, it's going to any art supply store and finding it more and more swamped with crap for the scrap book crowd. Seriously, I know it's known as the “lonely trophy wife” hobby (at least it is with real artists also bothered by our vanishing supplies) and for that very reason may go over well due to the heavy use of credit on what amounts to gluing things to paper. How is that better than actually keeping the good supplies on hand like India ink or Japanese scroll paper, screen tone, real clay and their tools and the myriad other things we use?I know something else that indiscriminately collects bits of unused junk and haphazardly glues them onto something. It's a type of crab, it decorates itself with the junk it finds about it to avoid being seen by predators. Seriously, it takes no skill, there is no finesse to it, no superior eye for aesthetics. Half the items for scrapbooking are pre-made and already have peel and press sticky backs to them.
Again, a crab does the same thing, as does pretty much every kid when they are around five-years-old. Why so much rage? Because nobody built me an epic theater that looks like a bat cave, but more importantly because I find myself going to pick up some badly needed ink and non-photogenic (read that as light blue and invisible to scanners/photocopy machines) pencils at not one, but three different art stores. ART stores, not the craft stores mind you, only to find them all pretty much gutted of real supplies and all scrap booking stencils, foam stickers and trinkets. GAAAAH! What is wrong with this day and age?