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Scrapping together memories

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March 23rd, 2010

[caption id="attachment_8783" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Both Betty Thomas and Martha Hearron have created scrapbooks about their journeys to Wind Crest (left). I do books mostly on the happy times and important things in my life, says Hearron. I m currently working on a gigantic scrapbook of all my grandchildren. "][/caption] Everyone has moments and people in life that they cherish, scrapbooker Betty Thomas says. Scrapbooking gives you something tangible to remember those times by and lets you express your creativity at the same time. For the uninitiated, scrapbookers or croppers as they are sometimes called arrange their most precious photos and small mementos on construction-style paper with designs, artwork, or stickers that help the reader understand the event being presented. All it takes to get started is a willingness to sort through old pictures and find the ones that tell a story, says Thomas, who has been scrapbooking ever since her daughter-in-law got her hooked ten years ago. Now, she s helping the hobby gain popularity at Wind Crest. As a member of the community s Scrapbook Club, she shows up every Friday morning at 9 in the creative arts studio ready to get scrapping. I learned about it when I first moved to Wind Crest, says club member Martha Hearron. A friend asked me if I wanted to try it. I was looking for something a little artistic, and this sounded like something I could do. I think some people are wrongly intimidated by it, she continues. I wish more people would give it a try; all it takes are a scrapbook, some paper, scissors, and glue to get started. You lay everything out, get your design in mind, and put it on the paper. Then you can decorate it any way you want. It s fun to pick out the paper, trim the pictures, and cut loose with it all. You just have to dive into those old piles of pictures and pick out the best ones.

For creativity

Going to a craft store like Michael s or Jo-Ann Fabric can provide layout inspiration. When you go there, you can see all the great things you can do with the pages, says Hearron, adding the Internet is another place to turn. You can find ideas anywhere, but I just like to take an idea here or a technique there. It s no fun trying to copy someone else s work. I m inspired by the pictures themselves, Thomas chimes in. I let the pictures dictate the theme of the page. Hearron generally does scrapbooks that revolve around one theme, like vacations or special people. I did one whole book on moving here and another on my trip to Alaska, she says. I do books mostly on the happy times and important things in my life. I m currently working on a gigantic scrapbook of all my grandchildren.

For posterity

I prefer to do all my scrapbooks chronologically, Thomas says. I try to hit all the fun times in life. I did a page about moving here, and I did a new page for each trip I ve taken since I ve lived here. We took a train trip through the Royal Gorge, saw the snow sculptures in Breckenridge, and even explored the Celestial Seasonings tea house in Boulder. I did a page for them all. My husband and I enjoy going through them, she continues. To me, it s more meaningful than just keeping a box of pictures. Both Thomas and Hearron agree that if anyone at Wind Crest is interested, they would be happy to help them get started if they want to come to the Friday morning meetings. It s so nice to remember the great things you ve done, says Thomas. It helps put life in perspective.