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Scrapbooking store opens in North East

February 25, 2010
By Robyn Near

NORTH?EAST,  Pa. - Scraps & Strings & Paper Things, a scrapbooking store owned and operated by Kris Thompson of Ripley, is now open in the lower level of Pillowcasegram in North East.  

This isn’t your grandmother’s scrapbook.  Scrapbooking has become a full blown passion among those who do it. Gone are the old photo albums, crammed with every picture available into plastic covered pages, and gone are the books filled with magazine pictures.  “Scrapbooks,” says Ms. Thompson, “are memory keepers.  There are so many more options now, with all the embellishments, colors and designs.” 

Scrapbooking is a way to not only show off those photos but to help create the memories that go along with the pictures.

The store walls are covered with buttons, bows and bling.  Supplies come from Cosmo Cricket and Maya Road among others. “I’ve been scrapping for years,” Ms. Thompson said, or leading an “alternative lifestyle” joked her two sons, Dennis and Mike.

“I have a lot of the newest things,” Kris says, ignoring her offspring’s comments, “and trends change.  What’s current now is webbing, a special painting technique on paper that makes it look like it’s got a web on it.  Hybrid albums are big now too, part photo album, part scrap book. And I try to carry papers that aren’t found in chain stores.” 

A line of hand-made greeting cards, made by daughter Debi Lintz, are available as well.

The idea for a scrapbooking store started over two years ago when Lesley Rackowski of Pillowcasegram saw Thompson’s displays at CrossRoads, the “mall-ternative” shops located between Westfield and Sherman.

“Lesley asked if I’d like to rent space in her store.  I have a degree in business management from Edinboro (college), but I’m self taught when it comes to scrapping,” Ms Thompson said.  “I started moving stuff in January, and I’m still rearranging, marking and receiving new merchandise.”. 

Classes, workshops and “crops” (all day scrapbooking sessions) will start in March.  Use of a Criscut, Bind-It-All and Cuttlebug - worth checking out just for the names -  will be available for a small fee.  Ms. Thompson also offers a scrapbooking service for those who don’t have the time to pursue it on their own.  She explains, “I have them fill out a form to determine their tastes, what colors they like, and go through the pictures to identify who or what is in them, and then I put it all together.” 

Her best advice? 

“Mark your pictures before you forget!” 

Rates for the service vary, depending on how simple or complex the pages.

The Grand Opening of Scraps & Strings & Paper Things is set for Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The first 25 customers will receive a free goodie bag, and there will be a “pick-your-own-discount” from a fishbowl while they last.  Demonstrations will continue throughout the day. 

Current hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m ‘til 4p.m. and Thursday and Saturday from 10a.m. until 5 p.m. 

“Hours are currently based on Pillowcasegram and are subject to change,” Thompson explains. 

Extra hours are by chance or appointment.  To get more information or to sign up for the Scraps & Strings & Paper Things newsletter check out or call 814-725-1681.

Article Photos

Ripley resident Kris Thompson, pictured above, has opened a scrapbooking store in North East, Pa. Located on the lower level of Pillowcasegram, the business will be holding a grand opening on Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.



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