Brenda Martell and Barb Wilembrecht have been friends for years. Both came to Payson in 1987 and became acquainted almost immediately.
They share a love of scrapbooking and paper crafts. As a result, they opened Paper and Metal Scrappers.
Scrapbooking is an extension of making photo albums. Instead of just putting photos in albums, special acid-free papers and materials are used to preserve the photos in a book. Often the photos are embellished with decorative edging, framing, cut-outs of related subjects, stickers, press-on letters, hand journaling providing a story about the photos.
"I home-schooled my children, so I saw them doing scrapbooking on hobby and craft shows, then Barb introduced me to Creative Memories," Martell said.
Wilembrecht discovered scrapbooking when she was invited to a Creative Memories party. Creative Memories is a home-based business that moves its scrapbook supplies and materials through parties and classes.
The two started "scrapping" about 10 years ago when the hobby was first being introduced. They went to the Valley to get supplies from art stores. Martell said she'd hoard papers so she could do an album page and have everything she needed on hand.
"Some people can come in and buy four sheets of paper and create two album pages," Martell said. "I buy 20 sheets of paper and make two pages."
Knowing there were other people who enjoyed the scrapbook hobby and didn't like to travel to get their supplies, Martell and Wilembrecht decided to open their store, Paper and Metal Scrappers, 804 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.
"For me, it was because of a hobby run amok," Martell jokes.
"I just say I had a room and it outgrew the room," Wilembrecht said.
They don't believe they are in competition with Payson's other scrapbook store, Homespun Memories.
"Scrapbooking is the largest growing segment of the hobby industry," Martell said. "The industry has grown so much and so fast, it has gone in so many directions. We go more toward the arts side."
She said scrapbooking is something that appeals to people who have never done any type of craft.
In addition to the scrapbooking supplies, Paper and Metal Scrappers carries supplies for paper arts, altered books, card making and rubber stamping.
Martell and Wilembrecht also offer a wide array of classes. Each month this summer, there was a basic scrapbooking class. The next one will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24.
They also run a program called "What's New" which features the newest products in the industry and lets participants create projects using the new tools.
The next "What's New" will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19.
Other classes coming up in August: Designs with words, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 4; House Book, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7; School Days Book, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10; Mica Magic, 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 16; and a Teen Crop Party, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21.
Future class schedules will be out the second week of August.
"We will be teaching new techniques and have some classes on holiday themed projects, plus time for participants to work on large projects, like a complete book or an altered book," Wilembrecht said.
They limit their classes to eight people so everyone gets individual attention. However, it also means pre-paid reservations are required.
If there isn't a class taking place in the shop's workshop area, people can come in and use it and the tools for $5, it's free if an individual buys supplies to use on the visit.
Another special feature of the store includes "Time to Kill" lockers for people who live out of the area, but have to bring the children in for a dance or other special lesson. For $8 a month, they can rent a locker at the shop to store a project to work on while waiting to take their child home.
"People will find help with their boxes of pictures," Martell said. "They get our advice and we get them organized and safe. We introduce people to a hobby that will become their legacy." She said they have lots of publications to give people ideas on page design.
"We teach them how to do it and how to get it done," Wilembrecht added.
Something Martell is especially proud of are the tribute books they have helped people make for loved ones.
"My daughters and I made one last year when my husband was going through a rough time," she said. "There are psychologists who prescribe doing scrapbooks for loss therapy."
The women say the shop is a labor of love for them.
"The second time a customer comes through our door, we're on a first-name basis," Wilembrecht said.
"We treat customers the way we want to be treated when we go some place," Martell said.
Paper and Metal Scrappers is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.
For more information, call (928) 468-1188.
A variety of regular periodicals are available on scrapbooking:
There are also a large number of craft books specifically about scrapbooking. To find a website on the topic -- just do a search with the word "scrapbooking" and you could spend hours viewing different sites.