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October 15, 2012

Carter Caves to host ‘wild wacky’ scrapbooking weekend

FLATWOODS — Scrapbook enthusiast Winnie Thacker began her career with an interest in rubber stamps that segued into a love for scrapbooking.

“I was buying stamps to make cards,” she said. “People encouraged me to do scrapbooking, and when I saw all those beautiful papers, it was like, ‘Gotta have paper, gotta have paper,’ and it just kind of evolved.”

Thacker, the owner of the Scrapbook General Store, will host the semi-annual scrapbooking weekend Nov. 16-18 at Carter Caves State Resort Park. It will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday and end at 3 p.m. Sunday; the cost is $50.

Women who attend “Wild Wacky Weekend,” as Thacker calls it, will work on cards, scrapbooks and “make and take its.” The event will include classes on Friday to teach scrapbook layouts and techniques as well as more intensive workshops to take on harder projects. Thacker will give a quick introduction and take a group photo with participants on Friday evening.  

She said the class is larger this year than in past years. She can accommodate 70 participants and already has 60 signed up.

Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., hundreds of dollars in prizes will be given away at a drawing. However, everyone will leave with a goodie bag, including scrapbook paper and assorted scrapbooking items.   

 The idea for the scrapbooking weekend came when Denise Scheibly of Carter Caves asked Thacker to do a couple of days of scrapbooking demos.

She attended several stamp conventions, then decided to get a business management degree. When she opened her store, scrapbooking hadn’t really taken off, but she fell in love with scrapbook paper.

“I’m a paperholic,” she said. This love fostered an interest in papercraft, which includes small books or projects.

Many people enjoy papercraft because of its “instant gratification” as opposed to the long-term project of a scrapbook. However, Thacker said people shouldn’t be intimidated by scrapbooking and advised scrapbookers to start with current photos and then go back and add if there is time rather than starting with baby pictures.

The thing about scrapbooking that has kept her interest through the years is the fact it is ever-changing. She is always amazed by the new products that come out and she enjoys “breaking out of the mold.” She regularly visits Youtube and Pinterest to find new ideas.  

Thacker said she was inspired to use ephemera — miscellaneous items not necessarily meant to be preserved, such as bookmarks, ticket stubs, greeting cards and letters — and will teach the technique at “Wild Wacky Weekend.”

The only rule of the weekend is no men or children are allowed. “Other than that, there are no rules,” she said. Thacker said she looks forward to the event because it’s a great time to relax, spend time with girlfriends and exercise creativity.

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