Scrapbooking day to aid Relay for Life

Scrapbooking enthusiasts who want to ply their talents to a worthy cause while networking for a day with others who share their passion have a unique opportunity Saturday.

It’s called “Scrapbooking for a Cure” and will be held downtown at the Museum Center at 5ive Points. Hosted by Bank of Cleveland, proceeds from the annual event will support Relay for Life of Bradley County.

The festive Jan. 8 event, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will offer day-long scrapbooking and socializing opportunities for area residents who are longtime or novice “scrapbookers,” or “croppers,” as they are called. Also on tap will be a series of related classes, food and a “Vendor Alley” in which scrapbooking marketers will be selling an array of supplies.

Event registration fee is $20 per “cropper.” Classes will be $15 each.

When not in a class, participants will have a day full of opportunities to sit around the same work tables with other scrapbooking enthusiasts to learn from one another, exchange ideas and swap stories of why, how and when they took up this “cropper” hobby whose popularity continues to grow across the nation.

Vendors will be on hand the entire day for scrapbook-shopping needs and to demonstrate many of their existing and newest wares. Gift certificates also will be available. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

Vendor Alley also will be open to the public throughout the day.

According to fliers promoting the community event, “Lunch, snacks and large work areas will be provided for each cropper. Volunteers will be on hand to transport your scrapbooking supplies into the venue.”

Scheduled classes for the day include:

n New Computer Tricks for the Paper Scrapper: This course better familiarizes participants with how to make maximum use of a home computer in creating paper-scrapped layouts. Participants will receive a CD of resources. It begins at 10 a.m.

n Scrapbook in a Box: The course shows how to make this coffee table item that holds about 30 photographs. It begins at 10 a.m.

n Fix Your Friends: The course shows how to use free image-editing software for basic photo retouching. The class includes a CD with links to download software, as well as written and video tutorials. It begins at 1 p.m.

n Expand a Page: The course introduces participants to new techniques (Flip Flaps and Magic book) that will enable croppers to expand their pages and hold even more photographs. The course includes some free materials and coupons. Further details can be found by contacting scrapali@bellsouth.net. It begins at 1 p.m.

n Know Your Digital Camera Workshop: For those who own a digital camera but who don’t understand half the buttons and special features, this is an informational seminar that will teach camera users how to make better use of their equipment. Participants should bring their camera and Owner’s Manual (if available). It begins at 3 p.m.

n All Occasions Card Class: Participants will learn how to make cards by making eight cards with envelopes. These hand-stamped cards can be used for any occasion. It begins at 3 p.m.

A new addition to this year’s event is the “Digital Scrapbooker’s Corner” in which digital scrappers may claim a spot in the Digital HotSpot area sponsored by Scrappersworkshop.com.

Information about any part of the daylong scrapbooking event may be obtained by contacting Joan Ownby at 478-8458 or e-mail Ownbyj@BankofCleveland .com; or Lisa Carroll at 478-8406 or e-mail Carrolll@Bankof Cleveland.com.

“All proceeds will go to Relay for Life of Bradley County, a civic cause that Bank of Cleveland and our employees have supported for many years,” Carroll said.

“We invite the general public and all scrapbookers to attend whether you’ve been in it for years or whether you’re just now starting your new hobby. It’s a great learning opportunity for everyone, and it’s an excellent way to network, and to meet others who share your same interest.”

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