Sherry Marshall and mom Pat Kelm sort through supplies at the scrapbooking retreat in Erskine this past weekend.

Sherry Marshall and mom Pat Kelm sort through supplies at the scrapbooking retreat in Erskine this past weekend.

Scrapbookers retreat to work on memories

Erskine IOOF Hall was crowded with paper, ribbons, buttons, glue and all sorts of interesting gadgets the past weekend.

The Erskine IOOF Hall was crowded with paper, ribbons, buttons, glue and all sorts of interesting gadgets as scrapbookers came from near and far for a scrapbooking retreat last weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

Hosted by Sherry Marshall, owner of Sherry’s Scrap’n Shop, the weekend went by quickly for those in attendance. Marshall has held the scrapbooking retreats for almost 15 years at the hall just across the street from her shop, which doubles as the local post office.

“It’s just so we make time to scrapbook,” she said. “It’s tough to (scrapbook) after work, or with kids. So it’s to take a weekend away, and just get some scrapbooking done.”

The retreats usually have between 12-18 people attending, and this time was no different with 14 people engaged in scrapping.

“We have people coming from Calgary, and from Onoway,” she explained.

Marshall said the group is a great way for beginners to get started, as they don’t have to worry about having all the equipment. Basics include a paper trimmer, paper, card stock and non-acid adhesive. Normal glue sticks aren’t acid-free, so ensuring acid-free adhesive is purchased is important to avoid damaging the photos.

“It’s just a real nice way to decorate your pictures and preserving your memories,” Marshall said.

Almost everything can be used during scrapbooking. Photos, buttons, ribbons, stickers, stamps, rub-on appliques and flowers are just the start of some of the items that can be used.

The three-day workshop costs participants $55, which covers the cost of the hall rental and food, with attendees bringing snacks and food for a potluck.

The next retreat will take place in November.