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Preserving Memories
Meridian dives into scrapbook craze

By Staff
SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES Jan Bell displays one of her scrapbooks. Bell even has a room in her home dedicated to scrapbooking. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
April 18, 2004
Lisa Powell's first attempt at creating a scrapbook was in 1976. The book was dedicated to the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," Elvis Presley.
Little did Powell know that 25 years later scrapbooking would become so popular that she would be teaching others how to create books of their own.
The idea of creating scrapbooks first came into focus about 15 years ago in Utah and then expanded across the country to the eastern and western coasts. Today, scrapbooking is a billion-dollar industry.
Popular in Meridian
Powell said it has only been popular in the South for about five years.
Scrapbooks can be dedicated to your life, your family's history, your children or just about anything else.
Jan Bell, 48, of Collinsville has been making scrapbooks for about four years. The one she's working on now chronicles her son's sporting career.
Ten-year-old Alex Bell has played sports since he was 5 and Jan is creating displays for each year.
Use creativity
Both Bell and Powell stress that you don't have to be an artist to create a scrapbook.
Like many other hobbies, scrapbooking clubs have sprung up in our area. Bell and Powell are members of a club that meets once a month to share ideas and learn new techniques.
Scrapbook supplies are sold several places in Meridian including The Supply Closet in North Hills, Wal-Mart and Books-A-Million. More information can be found on the Internet or in dozens of magazines dedicated to scrapbooking such as "Creating Keepsakes."
No white paper
It's not just blank white paper that fill these scrapbooks. In fact you'll seldom see a white piece of paper in a book. Using colored papers is the key to making these books special. Other touches include layering different papers with various backgrounds underneath a photo and using ribbons, rubber stamps, buttons, cut-outs, poems and quotes to make your pages special.
The scrapbook that Bell is most proud of is one she created for her parents' 50th wedding anniversary in May 2003.
For Powell, it's all about leaving a legacy. Her mother recently passed away and she wants her 4-year-old son, Jake, to always remember his "Nan Nan."

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