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Spice up vacation photos with scrapbooks

August 7th, 2017 development
Spice up vacation photos with scrapbooks

By Molly Cerreta Smith

After a summer of fun-filled days at the pool, the beach or sightseeing in a new city or country, there is nothing more satisfying than looking back upon those fun times with fond memories.

Digital technology makes it quick and easy to capture pictures of your treasured moments. But once you get home, you might want to showcase your photos in some snazzy scrapbooks. Craft stores in Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa offer the tools to help you hone your scrapbooking craft. Their instructors can assist customers with projects at every step, and offer tips and tricks for the ultimate scrapbooking.

Scrapbooking is a creative way to involve the whole family in a fun and budget-friendly project while commemorating that surf lesson or countryside picnic you had together.

Not sure where to start? First, select your favorite photos and have them printed on a high-quality home color printer (keep in mind that inkjet prints will run and smudge if they get wet) or at the photo department in your local Walgreens or Costco.

Charmaine Conway, owner of CraftFusion in Mesa, offers some other tips for scrapbooking novices. She suggests starting a scrapbook supply with a few high-quality items meant to last – such as a good pair of scissors.

“We carry two different sizes of Tim Holtz scissors (that) have titanium blades and do a wonderful job cutting pretty much any material,” Conway says, adding that a paper trimmer is also a “definite must.”

She says adhesives are also an important element of scrapbooking and whether the user chooses wet or dry adhesives, it’s worth taking time to learn about each one’s specific uses. Conway suggests beginning scrapbookers read labels to find out what each type of glue is used for and determine their needs based on the materials they are using.

“Don’t use glues that are meant for school projects,” she emphasizes. “They will just yellow and crack over time.”

Beyond some good glue and cutting equipment, Conway added, “Pick up things as you are doing each individual project” and build a scrapbooking arsenal (a) little at a time. “It’s not a huge investment to begin with.”

Those who want to get their feet wet in scrapbooking with others can check out classes at CraftFusion and other places in the East Valley:



Burst of Butterflies Create

& Paint Studio

141 W. Boston Street

Chandler, burstofbutterflies.com


Family-owned and operated by Cheryl Tisland and Peggy Peters, Burst of Butterflies offers an array of walk-in activities such as canvas, glass and pottery painting, and glass fusing, as well as group art workshops, such as clay wheel throwing, soap and candle making, and more.

New to their artsy agenda are crafty memorabilia project classes led by Amerikiss owner Rachelle Richard, held every first and third Thursday of the month.

“It’s always fun to do a memory scrapbook, and I really want to inspire and empower people (to) make something special using their own hands and whatever skills they have,” Richard said.

In her classes, Richard teaches tips for creating unique projects personalized with photos but which go beyond a scrapbook to shadow boxes, signs and more. These pieces are functional and attractive ways to store and display vacation photos while also incorporating souvenirs, such as a vial of sand from a beach vacation.



Scrapbook Barn, Gilbert

929 N. Val Vista Drive, Suite 117B

Gilbert, scrapbookbarngilbert.com


Owned by business partners Melody Stuart and Melissa Waterbury, Scrapbook Barn is a scrapbooker’s paradise for Gilbert crafters. In addition to a plethora of scrapbooking papers and accessories, Scrapbook Barn has an on-site dye-cut machine with more than 100 dyes, and on-site color printer with the latest journaling software and hundreds of fonts.

Scrapbook Barn also offers instructor-led classes including Friday and Saturday Night Crop Time from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. for $15, which includes a make-and-take project, raffle and prizes, and snacks. Guests are invited to bring their in-process scrapbook projects and use the on-site equipment.

Kids can get in on the fun with camps and classes, too. For $15, children can create a two-page 12 x 12 scrapbook layout during each class, with themes ranging from aquariums to fireworks. For those that prefer to have the crafty work done for them, Scrapbook Barn offers a Page of the Month Club, with scrapbook pages pre-cut and ready to assemble, which can be shipped or picked up in-store. Basic subscription includes three scrapbook pages for $24.95. In addition to three pages, the deluxe subscription includes pre-designed, pre-cut companion layouts to complete three 12×12 double layouts for $34.95.




1946 S. Dobson Road, #1

Mesa, craftfusionaz.com


CraftFusion sells a variety of crafting supplies, including brands such as Ranger, Tim Holtz, Core’dinations, Graphic 45, Sizzix, Finnabair, DecoArt Media and more.

Owner Conway says CraftFusion also carries supplies, including stamps and stencils, for mixed-media crafts and art journaling. Beyond a full retail line, their instruction-led BYOP (bring your own paper) classes, held twice monthly, are extremely popular.

“Each class in the series is related to a specific season or holiday and teaches a new construction method,” Conway said. “These classes keep students on their toes with new information, new styles and methods, with albums averaging 40 places to display photos, memorabilia or journaling notes.”

Each class is $35 and includes five hours of tutorial, plus snacks and beverages.