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News from NOPL: Feb. 23

Scrapbooks have arguably become an archival standard for family photos. All the papers, inks, and adhesives are acid-free and designed to resist fading or yellowing over the years. The freedom to add accessories and design elements can preserve a context for photos, lending the photographs more power to capture an experience and evoke memories over time.

It's easy to love scrapbooking supplies, and it's easy to collect the supplies with the full intention of creating a lovely scrapbook with them. But it can be hard to find the time to actually sit down and put a scrapbook together. Most people who get started find that they want more supplies and more tools to be able to make the kind of book their imaginations want them to make. Then, with so many pictures and a collection of all these fancy supplies, the amount of decision-making can be overwhelming. Non-designers can easily disappoint themselves with the way their pages look.

NOPL wants to help with this process of creating a quality record of the important milestones and events you have documented. Starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday March 5, we'll meet once every month in 2011 at the library in Cicero, and everyone will leave each meeting with at least one completed scrapbook page. By the end of the year, you'll have a whole book documenting your best shots from the year. We have core tools and supplies on hand, including a Cricut machine, which is a user-friendly programmable cutting tool to make custom stickers and paper shapes. Most importantly, we have the expertise of veteran scrapbooker Pam Marion, who will be on hand to offer design suggestions or advice.

Bring three to six pictures with you, and any scrapbooking materials you'd like to incorporate into your book and/or share with others. Register online at nopl.org, or by visiting the library or calling 699-2032. There is no cost for this program.

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