The latest addition to Main Street literally helps you organize your life -- at least your life as depicted in photos.
The Homespun Memories scrapbook store opened Feb. 1 in the front retail space in Dr. Patti Blackmore's new Pine Country Animal Clinic building at 401 W. Main Street. Scrapbooking has become a national phenomenon in recent years.
"It's a way to preserve your memories," said Debbie Smith, who helps her sister Connie, owner of Homespun Memories.
"It's not only a way to organize and theme your photos, but to also preserve them."
The traditional magnetic pages that are utilized in most photo albums contain chemicals that cause photographs to deteriorate over time.
"If you go through a lot of the old photo albums with magnetic pages, the photos are ruined -- they're yellowed or cracked," Smith said. "The papers and other materials we sell are acid, lignin and PCV-free, so they'll pretty much last forever."
Besides papers in every conceivable color and design, Homespun Memories carries a veritable cornucopia of materials to incorporate into scrapbook pages. The embellishments include stickers, die-cuts, buttons, eyelets, brads and tags.
The less creative and adventurous can simply purchase themed kits that can help put together a scrapbook page. There are themed kits for holidays, special events, even seasons.
Best of all, Homespun Memories will guide you through the process and provide all the help you need.
"People can just bring in their photos and we'll get them started," Smith said.
The idea is to make sure your pictures tell a story.
"You choose your pictures and theme and then you hit your bullet points -- who, what, where, when, how, and why," Smith said. Text can be, and often is, incorporated.
Customers can also make custom greeting cards, stationery and envelopes at Homespun Memories.
Classes are offered on a regular basis covering such techniques as teabag folding, chalking, and rumple and curl. The two-hour sessions usually cost $10-15 and include $2-3 worth of supplies.
The store, which was previously located in Bonanza Square, held a "Scraptoberfest" last fall, and is now planning a three-day Spring Fling Scrapbook Retreat April 4-6.
For a nominal fee of a few dollars, customers can also use the lab at Homespun Memories, an area in the back that offers all the tools of the scrapbooking trade, including paper trimmers, rubber stamps, and punches.
"Connie Smith started selling scrapbooking supplies out of her home and was so successful she eventually had to open a retail location. At 800-square-feet, her Main Street store is twice the size of the original location.
For more information on classes, workshops, or scrapbooking in general, call the Smith sisters at 468-1968.