The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 29, 2001 · Page 25
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 25

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 29, 2001
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SUNDAY APRII^ 89, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL ENGAGEMENTS / D3 SEWING / D6 ALMANAC / D7 SCRAP BOOKS An aresenal of colorful markers help scapbookers create Interesting pages. Permanent, acid-free Ink works best. Karrle Sullivan works on a scrapbook page for her 10-year-old son Dalton. Scrapbooking has become the fastest-growing hobby in the United States By KARA RHODES The Saltim Journal Memoirs are all the rage in bookstores, written by the downtrodden who have risen above. Scrapbooks are the memoirs for the rest of us, those who have had relatively simple lives filled with more good memories than bad. For Karrie Sullivan, scrapbooking has a two-fold benefit: It's an excuse to spend time with her friends, and it's a way to get pictures of her three children out of shoeboxes and old photo albums into a showcase, "It's something you can give to your kids, and they can give to theirs," she said, "It's something I wish I had." She started scrapbooking about four years ago when a friend who was a Creative Memories consultant kept bugging her to come to a sales party Creative Memories — Tupperware for the scrapbooking set — is the way many are introduced to scrapbook­ ing, said Loretta Graber, a local consultant who just returned from a trip to Hilton Head, S.C., which she earned through her Creative Memories sales. Creative Memories has 55,000 consultants in the United States, Graber said. Graber and Creative Memories are just one example of the thousands of people and companies taking advantage of the exploding scrapbook industry The Hobby Industry Association is projecting scrapbook­ ing, the fastest-growing hobby in the United States, will be a $500 million enterprise this year. Last year, it hit the $300 million mark. There's even a national Stencils provide a guide for making letters and Images. Even those who aren't artistic can create well designed scapbooks. Karrie Sullivan (left) and Kim Rayas discuss current varsity United iVIethodist Church, 1509 S. Santa Fe. scrapbooking day: Salina will have two special events next weekend to mark the holiday The industry's biggest magazine, Creating Keepsakes, has 250,000 subscribers. It reports two-thirds of its readers spent more than $300 on products and supplies in the past six months. It's easy to do: paper, special scissors, stencils, picture-cropping tools, stamps and cut-outs are just a smattering of the tools scrapbook enthusiasts use. Many die-hard scrapbookers transport their tools of the trade to cropping parties in special bags and even carts with wheels. Cropping parties — where women ("memory-keepers of the family," Graber calls them) gather to create pages, get freebies, use each others' supplies — also usually cost money to attend. See HOBBY, Page D5 Photos by JEFF COOPER / The Salina Journal trends In the scrapbook hobby while attending a scapbooking party at Unl- National Scrapbooking Day, Saturday, May 2 FRIDAY • Sponsors: Creative Memories consultants in tlie Saiina area • Where: Youtli and Famiiy Life Center, Cioud and Roacli streets • When: 6 p.m. to midniglit • Cost: $10 • Registration: Cali Loretta Graber at 825-2489 by iVIay 2 for handouts. SATURDAY • Sponsor: Scrapbool< Friendzy • Where: Salina Central Mall, in the empty storefront next to Scrapbool< Friendzy • When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. • Cost: $30 per person at the door T LIFE STORIES Ask Jeeves how nutty the Weasel family really is It make take a block and tackle to pry the lighted jacket off Uncle Gordon "I think if people really got to know us, they would think we are nuts," my daughter Megan said. "I doubt if ordi- ' nary families are very much like us. , We're nuts" She is probably right. We are kind of nutty Ordinary people would • probably shudder if they spent the '.' day with my family Heck, an i evening of homework would send • most of them screaming into the 8t]766t " "I need help with this stuff," Megan ' cried, referring to her untouched homework, as she logged on to the In• ternet to make sure she wasn't missing any fi-iendly cyber chat among • her group of friends. "Why don't you get off that thing, and let's have a look," I said. One of the questions that confused her (which means the answer wasn't instantly obvious) was from her sci- 4 ence class. The exercise involved a 30- pound bag of cement, a father's wheelbarrow and some kid named Charles. Our challenge, I think, was to figure out how Charles lifted the bag of cement and his brother Karl and placed them in the wheelbarrow. Oh, and in the meantime, we were to estimate how much Charles weighed. "OK, I kind of remember this one from my days in the seventh grade ... uh, I think this is actually called JOE WEASEL Scrtpps Howard News Service ^ a block-and-tackle device using a pulley and ... yes, I remember a kid named Karl who sat in front of me in the seventh grade ... OK, we're on a roll...." "Dad, what are you talking about?" Megan asked, in a tone that said she was already fed up with my approach to science. "All of the other kids, the normal kids, have their parents do their homework in about a half hour, and then we spend the whole night talking about how you 'kind-of-sort-of- maybe-remember' how to do this stuff." "Fine, then call Uncle Gordon," I snapped back. "He has a wheelbarrow." "Uncle Gordon!" she protested. "He got only 12 out of 20 right on my last math sheet. Remember? He wanted to call the school. And I'm also not calling him because he is still threatening to come to a soccer game wearing that stupid plaid blazer he bought in Hong Kong. You know, that one that lights up when he clenches his armpit?" Note to reader: This is true. "Then call Aunt Janie," I said, still trying to be diplomatic. "Aunt Janie? You mean the same Aunt Janie who confused the trash can for the drive-through window microphone at McDonald's? The same woman who yelled at the same trash can because she couldn't hear it repeat her order?" Megan continued. Note to reader: Sadly this too is true. "Well." I said, "I was thinking she might ask Uncle Gordon for you. But maybe you're right. Let's look on the Internet and go to that homework helper 'Ask Jeeves.' " We logged on to the site and asked for an explanation of the block and tackle. We were quickly linked to a bass fishing Web site that featured former President George Bush teaching Gov. Jeb Bush how to fish in Florida. "Maybe Jeeves has a brother who is smarter," Megan said. At that moment my 4-year-old son. Griffin, shuffled into the kitchen with his shorts pulled down to his ankles. "What are you doing. Griff?" "I'm checking to see if I have to go potty," he said. As I tended to Griff, knowing this incident was the result of potty training before he was ready I noticed that Morgan, my middle child, was standing on her head e'ating a container of Cool-Whip, "What are you doing?" "This helps the sugar go to my head quicker," she said. Then it hit me. Megan was right. We are nuts. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BRET WALLACE, ASSISTANT EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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