‘Croptober’ offers crafts classes

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 3, 2005

Selma Times-Journal

Belinda Davis lost her brother some time ago.

All she has left is a lot of memories and a lot of photographs, which she spent much of the day Saturday putting into a scrap book, as a gift for her father.

The third week in “Croptober,” the Larry Striplin Performing Arts Center hosted Creative Memories Consultant Kathryn Simpkins for a scrapbooking class on Saturday.

“We preserve memories,” Simpkins said. “We do it to really save our photos.”

Creative Memories specializes in scrapbook classes and sells supplies to scrapbooking fans.

Simpkins said scrapbooking may be popular right now, but her company is in the business for the long haul.

“It’s not just a fad,” she said.

Simpkins taught about 16 students how to safely store and attractively present photographs in photo albums.

The class spent six hours cropping photos, crafting layouts and having a good time, Simpkins said.

“We crop til we drop,” she joked.

Jackie King, a coordinator for the PAC, said the class was a lot of fun.

“I’m going to be hooked,” she said.

The PAC will be hosting three more “Croptober Sessions” King said, featuring consultants from Creative Memories from the area to teach about photo preservation and presentation.

Classes will be held every Thursday for the next three weeks. There is no charge.

Classes begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Supplies will be sold at the center. The class is structured so students can attend for as much or as little as their schedule allows.

For more information, call King or Kay Jones at the center at 874-1752.