The scraps that bind

By Jayson Jacoby / The Baker City Herald

By LISA BRITTON

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 8? 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."

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