This past weekend, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, 11 members of Scrappers Unite came together to pursue their love for scrapping at the Stettler United Church.
“We had a few away this weekend that we consider our regulars,” said Gayle Tennant, one of the members and main organizers of the club. “This weekend we were all working on different things. Scrapbooking is really about cultivating a good life and then recording it in various ways.”
Tennant said that the group has been together since 2008 when Sylvia Telford, one of the other members, led them so gallantly on.
“Some were making mini books to hold their memories for their pets and their friends’ pets, while others were documenting their holidays in various formats,” Tennant added. “I was writing stories from our cousin’s 50th anniversary party in pictures and journaling. This is a way of living and accentuating the positive in our lives and I started scrapbooking because of this group.”
According to Tennant, members of Scrappers Unite share their love of scrapping and are welcoming of anyone who might want to join.
“All you need is pictures that you might have stuffed in a box and plan on putting them into an album someday,” said Telford. “The scrapbooks are mostly 12 by 12 in size and we decorate the pages, which can be done either elaborately or minimally, the choice is up to you. Some journal along with the pictures.”
Telford added that there are also seasoned scrappers out there in the community with ideas for layouts and sometimes the group will invite these people to give the members demonstrations and new ideas.
“It is a craft that grows as you usually start out simple but then it progresses from there,” Telford explained.
The members try to meet once a month on a weekend that suits most of the scrappers, starting on a Friday noon till late and then back at it from 10 a.m. on Saturday, till they decide to call it a day.
“We are keeping memories alive in these albums for future generations,” said Telford. “We encourage anyone to join, whether it is someone who has never scrapped before or a seasoned scrapper.”
To join Scrappers Unite and for further details, please contact Debbie Doell at 403-742-0911 or Gayle Tennant at 403-742-5008.