Making memories one scrap at a time

Left, Cassandra Cooper teaches a monthly class on building pages at Daisy Bucket in Hermiston. February's class focused on the sketches (layouts) seen above, a way to "jump start the creativity," said Cooper. Right, Kelsey Sabo, left, and Whytney Woodward found a mutual hobby in scrapbooking. They quickly became friends and spend time working on their books together.

By Jessica Smith

Staff writer

Scrapbooking is not simply the art of designing, cutting and pasting, but a way of telling a story with a few photos. It's scissors, and hot glue, rulers and glitter, with thousands of options in paper and items on which to glue them.

And according to Daisy Bucket's co-owner Cassandra Cooper, it's an activity enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Whytney Woodward, 11, said she has been scrapbooking for a couple of years now, and says she does it because she loves it.

"I have one I do with my aunt," explained Woodward pointing at the book in front of her. "But this one is my own book. I got it for my birthday."

As she paged through the book she would pause to point out a photo and laughingly explain the story behind the photo. Next to her sat her friend, Kelsey Sabo, daughter of Melinda Sabo, one of the three owners of Daisy Bucket, at 372 East Main St., in Hermiston.

Kelsey said she had also been doing scrapbooking for several years now, and when Woodward moved to the area and into Kelsey's classroom, the two quickly discovered a mutual love of scrapbooking.

"This book," Kelsey noted, holding up a book wrapped in plastic, "got started before Mom opened the store."

She took off the plastic and pointed out that she felt the pages looked better as her access to better supplies through her mom increased.

"It's really hard to stick on beads," said Kelsey, pointing to earlier pages in her scrapbook.

Perhaps part of the allure of scrapbooking is the journey, and not necessarily the end result.

"I have done many albums," added Kelsey, "but never finished one."

Woodward made a face at Kelsey and said "but that one is like two pages from being done!"

Getting that book to the finished point can be difficult for some, and to help with that, Cooper offers a class once a month to help participants build pages — two per class.

"I really like the creative process of this," said Cooper. "When I create pages it's not just putting pictures on the page. I enjoy the whole process of it."

Cooper started Tuesday night's class by handing out sketches, a premade layout of how one's page could look.

She told the participants that "just because you have or use a sketch does not mean you have to follow it exactly. You can flip it, turn it, change the color scheme. This is just a way to jump start your creativity."

She explained that one way to start was to choose the number of photos, then find a sketch that fits that number. Sketches themselves can be created from scratch, found in a book of sketches, or even borrowed from a layout in a magazine.

From there the decisions shift into personal taste, looking at color schemes, and embellishments such as ribbons or beads, cutouts, or any other number of accessories one can use to design a page.

Cooper urged people to take their time and enjoy the creative process, and not to look at that pile of photos and feel they need to, or even expect to, get all the photos on a page.

"With scrapbooking a lot of people are doing it to just get stuff ? on the pages. I am not about quantity," laughed Cooper, "I want to make the process fun. I want to get across meaning on my pages."

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