By LISA BRITTON
Sharon Karman looks at the scrapbook pages created by Mary Jo Grove. Grove has been scrapping since her sons were in high school. Karman has taken classes for the past five years.
For the Baker City Herald
Twenty scrappers joined creative forces Saturday to help create memories for foster care children in Eastern Oregon.
“Scrappers,” by the way, is what scrapbooking enthusiasts call themselves.
The event, held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the LDS Church in Baker City, was organized by Scrapbook Emporium to create scrapbook pages that employees at the state Department of Human Services can use to make “life story books” that are given to children in foster care who are heading to a permanent home.
“So they have pictures of when they were babies, their biological grandparents. So they know their parents loved them,” said Marilyn Jones, district manager for DHS’s District 13, which covers Baker, Union and Wallowa counties.
“It’s one of the things that is so important for our little kids,” Jones said. “It gives them their history.”
This all started when DHS staff went to Scrapbook Emporium to buy supplies for the story books. The idea caught on, and Ruth Craft and Sharon Wulk began recruiting volunteers to make pages.
On Saturday, the scrappers brought some of their own supplies, and two long tables were covered with papers in every color and design and embellishments (decorations) for every occasion.
“A lot of the ladies came in and said ‘Oh, I can donate some,’ ” Craft said.
Jones said she can’t thank the women enough.
“I think it’s fabulous. These women are so wonderful,” she said. “It’s a big need. With all the cuts that have been going on, we’re staffed at about 65 percent.”
The scrappers created themed pages for just about any sport, holiday or event. They also made sure to create gender-specific pages so DHS staff has a variety to use when creating the life story books.
All the pages feature spaces for 4-inch-by-6-inch photographs. Also, the pages had to be 8ﬁ by 11. Most scrapbook paper measures 12-inches by 12-inches.
As the scrappers turned out pages — some can finish a page every 10 minutes — they snacked on the food donated from the community. Subway provided lunch, Paizano’s Pizza supplied dinner and Albertsons donated drinks. Also, door prizes were awarded throughout the day.
About half of the 20 were regular scrapbookers — Craft said the other half came to help in whatever way they could.
“They just called and asked if they could come. It just does your heart good,” Craft said.
Then again, she wasn’t surprised that the scrapbookers wanted to help.
“I don’t know any scrapbookers who don’t have a huge heart,” she said.
She hopes even more will come next time — whenever that may be.
“We’re hoping that when we do this again, the event will grow,” she said. “Maybe we can help change a child’s life.”