Blogging From A to Z – 2018 – A is for App

Welcome to Day 1 of the A to Z Challenge for 2018.  Yes, it is April 1 but this is no April Fool’s joke.  This year I’m blogging my way through the alphabet in Michaels Arts and Crafts Store.  I wrote about starting to work there last September and Jacqui Murray from Word Dreams made a comment that it would be a good subject for an A to Z theme and I had to agree.  So, thanks Jacqui!  Here we go.

Since the name of the store is actually Michaels Arts and Crafts, you might have thought I would start with Art but I am using neither Arts nor Crafts as letters in my alphabet!  Instead I am starting with App, as in the Michaels App that you can download for your smartphone or tablet.  This is what it looks like on my screen.

The Anatomy of the App as defined by the handout that Michaels gives.

This is what my home screen looks like.  From it I can navigate to lots of different places.  By tapping on the little scissors on the upper right corner I can get to the latest coupon deals.  I can say that there are usually coupons of some sort EVERY SINGLE DAY so it is to your benefit to access this information from your phone and even more benefit for all concerned if you access it BEFORE you get to the check out counter.  If you have trouble, the cashiers will be more than happy to help.  If you are a Michaels Rewards member (and you should be) your rewards code will be there as well and the cashier can scan that too.     

Also available in the app is a map of the store.  Michaels can be an overwhelming experience, even to a veteran shopper.  This map will show you aisle by aisle where everything is.  True, you may need a magnifying glass to see it, but it is there!  There is a search bar and you can use that to search for something specific.  If you find a product and you want to know how much it costs, you can tap the bar code icon and a scanner will appear so that you can scan the item and find the price.

Tapping on the Weekly Ad icon at the bottom of the screen will take you to the page showing what is on special sale that week.  From the example below you can see that there are 8 Featured Deals, 11 Deals $10 and under, 30 Art Supply Deals, etc.  If you tap on the $10 and under deals, you get a list of what deals are $10 or less.   

You can also just shop by category.  Say you are looking for some baking supplies.  You would click on that and it would take you to the things available in the baking section.  Say you wanted to bake 48 muffins.  We have a pan for that!

Scrolling down shows that it is available on Aisle 2 in our store. 

Scrolling down even farther you can see what other supplies you might need, such as cupcake liners and scrolling even farther you can see some recipes that go along with the muffin pan.

Isn’t that a helpful feature?  You can do that with just about every category!
You can also get ideas for projects on the app.  Just click on the “Projects” icon on the bottom of the screen and you’ll get a list that looks like this:
Clicking on Make the Trend shows you the most popular things that are trending on Pinterest and in the kids world, like Slime.  I tell you I am so glad my kids are too old for that particular craze!

There are also Holiday and Seasonal crafts to choose from.

You know I am a paper crafter so I chose that category.  From that I saw that there was a craft using Washi Tape.  I am in love with Washi tape so if I choose that, it shows me this craft to make, the  Washi-Embellished Round Box.  Scrolling down shows me what I need to make the project, where to find it in the store and the instructions:

Isn’t that cool?  You can literally spend hours just on the app before you even head for the store.  You can add the things to “your list” and then when you get to the store you can go right to where you need to go.  Also, if you would rather order things online and save yourself a trip, it is possible to order through the app.  It takes you to Michaels website and if the products are available there, you can order them and save yourself a trip.  Be aware though, that some things that are sold in the store may not be online and vice versa.

And so begins the A to Z of Michaels Arts and Crafts.  I hope you have enjoyed the lesson on the App and how valuable it can be as a tool to navigate the store and find the best deals.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I’ll try to answer them.  Come with me tomorrow where we will discover what B has in store! 

Make sure to stop by the A to Z Challenge list and see what other participants are offering.  There is always something new and unique going on!

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35 Responses to Blogging From A to Z – 2018 – A is for App

  1. Finally I am here to catch up, and you have been so faithful to read my A-Z posts everyday. I am thankful that I now have a working notebook to comment with, a phone screen is just too small! I can see this is going to be a fun A-Z theme to follow! We do have a Michael’s store here and I do shop there from time to time, but am often puzzled trying to find my way around and know what’s available. The app looks like a great idea, especially the locator map, and appears to be very well thought out to make it easy to navigate. I can’t wait to learn more about Michaels and things I don’t know now. They should give you a bonus this month for wonderful promo efforts, it’s easy to see that you like where you work, and that makes all the difference for you… and for the customers!

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      It is true that I had fun working there for a while. I am not there anymore but not because it was a terrible place to work, just because I am spoiled and would rather work at home. I did enjoy most of the customers and it was interesting to hear what they were going to create with what they were buying. I have let corporate know about my little blog but don’t really expect compensation, unfortunately. Thanks for stopping by. I know this A to Z is a busy time!

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  2. Natalie says:

    Wow, such a great idea! I wish that other shops had an app like this, they would be so useful!

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    Interesting. I didn’t know about this app, but I can see how it could be useful. What will the think of next?

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  4. Anne M Bray says:

    Oh no, I am now going to fall down a crafting rabbit hole! Aaaaaaargh! Actually, my phone is so jam-packed with photos, I can’t add any apps at present. As soon as I deal with my spacial issue, however…
    Fantastic post!


  5. Janet,

    Awesome App analysis! I don’t do much shopping at Michael’s or any craft store these days. I prefer to buy online since it’s more convenient. I assume you can shop and use the available coupon code on the app. Please correct me if I’m wrong. If I’m right then I may have to consider getting the app. πŸ™‚ Happy A2Zing, my friend!

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Hey Cathy, I hear you about shopping online. I do a lot of that too. Yes, most of the coupons work online as well, there is a code you enter. In fact, sometimes there are online only coupons!


  6. wendyj59 says:

    Good theme and that’s an amazing app.

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  7. I’m going to enjoy this series even though all we have is a Hobby Lobby and I am so NOT crafty. LOL!

    Donna B McNicol, author & traveler
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  8. Scarlett79 says:

    Well now we are even…I need a pencil & paper too. I’m going to go right now and download this app…I can’t believe I didn’t have it. Great job, I love your topic and I’ll be here everyday !!! Good luck πŸ˜‰

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  9. Great post, this should really help a lot of people out.

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  10. Miss Andi says:

    Now this is how to do a useful app!

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  11. ghostmmnc says:

    That is a lot of useful information. I’ve never used an app for stores, and I like the store map feature here. I like to browse around, but for something specific, it would be great to know just where it is in the store. It will be fun to see your future letter posts. πŸ™‚

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      There are a lot of times the store is really busy and we don’t have enough employees on the “floor” to help people because we all have to be at the cash registers. Most of the time the questions we get are “Where is…” Having the map would definitely be helpful.


  12. I have that app on my phone but I mostly use it for coupons. I’d love to have The Anatomy of the App handout… are they available in the stores? Your post has inspired me to explore the app beyond the coupon feature!

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      I think they may be available. I know we had a bunch floating around our break room. The app has been around for a year or so and all the flyers were probably put away so they may not be out. Ask!


  13. Wait, wait… So all month you are going to highlight seem neat app so I don’t have to look for things…. (CHEERING!)

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  14. Wow that’s amazing!

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  15. I love my Michael’s app although I’ve really mostly used it for the coupons. I would always forget to bring them with me to the store, but now I can pull them up on my phone. I love it. I had no idea there were so many other features available on the app. I’ll have to check them out. PS – I love Washi tape too! Weekends In Maine


    • scr4pl80 says:

      It is great isn’t it? It is frustrating to some if they don’t come into the store already signed into the app because most people forget their passwords. In that case we just use the regular site at

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  16. Good grief that is an amazing app! Right down to the aisle where it’s located. I’m used to commercial apps being pretty, well, worthless comes to mind. Not this one.

    What a great start to A to Z!

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