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Taking a look inside the Scrapbooking Club

Posted on November 27, 2019 by Maple Creek


Beverley Martens stares at a paper kit and admits that her creative juices aren’t flowing properly.

She then spots Eileen Chabot across the desk from her placing a wedding photo over paper colourfully embossed with the word “LOVE.”

“Oh, it would be such a shame to cover up the word,” she says.

A discussion ensues on how to combine the two elements whose colours are complementary. It is clear Martens’ creativity has been sparked into life.

“She is full of ideas,” says Eileen.

Eileen Chabot with her wedding photograph.

Beverley Martens thinks of a way to create something to commemorate Eileen’s 1970 wedding in Maple Creek.

The exchange took place on the afternoon of Friday, November 8 in The Meeting Room at the Legion, where members of Maple Creek Scrapbookers Club gather for three days once a month.

Members could carry out their activities at home, but prefer the company of like-minded individuals. Besides social interaction, the informal club offers a sounding board for ideas and a source of inspiration.

Eileen’s hope was to create something to commemorate her November 14, 1970 wedding at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Maple Creek. She remembers it as a snowy day, colder than the one on Friday.

A few metres away from Eileen and Beverley sat Melody Knodel and Samantha Jacksteit, two longtime friends who graduated from Maple Creek High School in 1985.

As they worked on their projects, they could have been back in the classroom, occasionally looking up to converse and share a joke, before resuming an air of concentration.

When the News-Times attended, the talk briefly turned to life in the 80s, an era defined by extreme fashions, such as big hair and big music, with bands like AC/DC and Def Leppard dominating the airwaves.

Melody and Samantha agreed that their decade had the best music and movies.

With this settled, they refocused on their projects.

“I’m working on baby cards, anniversary gifts and Christmas cards,” said Melody.

Samantha, meanwhile, was working with a paper kit acquired at a scrapbooking retreat at The Resort at Cypress Hills. Her plan was to decorate it with pictures of family members and friends.

People interested in joining the club can do so by contacting Eileen Chabot through Facebook. Alternatively, they can come to the Legion for the next three-day session between December 13 and 15. The club is always looking to expand.

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