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Scrappin' Memories is ready to help design any memories -- Workshops, supplies, classes available at new business

Got a special occasion to document or possibly a few holiday photos in need a home?

Scrappin' Memories, the lakes area newest scrapbook store wants to help.

"We have lots of different items from papers to albums to the latest Sissex cutting tools as well as a variety of idea books," said Carol Turner.

Turner, along with daughter Kari Wendt and partners Lynn Thomas and Sheila Bakke, owns the Detroit Lakes based scrapbooking haven.

Opening last Oct. 1, Wendt added the foursome had been searching for a building to house their new shop a while.

Said Wendt, "We had been looking for a space for about a year when I drove by and saw the for sale sign here."

Now the back building of the former Ross Auto Sales car lot located on the north side of Detroit Lakes is their home.

"The building is perfect for us," remarked Bakke.

"We love the stucco and the low ceilings make everything feel very cozy," added Thomas.

Complete with retail and workshop spaces, Scrappin' Memories is filled colorful paper stock and rooms with long tables for scrapbook enthusiasts to spread out their many tools of the trade.

Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m, Scrappin' Memories has settled into its new business digs but is still rearranging a little bit, noted Wendt.

Bakke is credited with getting group into the scrapbooking hobby at one point or another. She noted most people get started with the keepsake hobby after the birth of a child or some other big in their life they wish to document.

"I basically started after going to a Creative Memories party with Sheila," commented Wendt.

"Same for me. I went to a party at her house," added Thomas.

Turner noted she was reluctant at first to start scrapbooking but a trip to England inspired her to dive in.

"I was not ready to start another hobby, but after I had went to London, I needed to do something with over 300 pictures I took, and Kari suggested scrapbooking and helped me get going," commented Turner.

With Ben Franklin closing, Turner noted it was becoming more difficult to purchase some scrapbooking items locally

"It was getting harder to find things in town and we were tired of running to Fargo for them," explained Wendt.

So, the scrapbooking experts took the next step and decided to open their own store.

In addition to supplies, the ladies also conduct workshops providing hands on assistance with new methods like altered art, inking and using vellum and transparent papers, explained Wendt.

"We also offer classes through the Community Education in Detroit Lakes and have a scrapbooking club that meets once a month here."

In need of a further assistance?

Scrappin' Memories will do all the work for you if you so choose.

"We even do albums for people," commented Bakke. "We recently had a couple come in with all of their photos and ideas and we made the book for them."

Whether a novice or veteran scrap booker, Wendt commented Scrappin' Memories could be of assistance with things such as practicing a new technique, organizing the media that goes on each page or just giving scrapbookers a place to spread out.

"Sometimes it just takes a little help to get people comfortable with a new technique. We can help with that too," concluded Wendt.

Scrappin' Memories is located along Highway 34 next to Hoffman's Town and Country Meat Market in Detroit Lakes. For more information, call 844-6033.