Paper and Metal Scrappers is more than just a shop for papers and stamps, it is an institution for friendship, learning and having fun.
Recently, owners Barbara Wilembrecht and Brenda Martell boxed up crates of paper, stickers, hole punchers, glue sticks and various scrapbooking flourishes and moved the longstanding shop in the Swiss Village Shops over to the Sawmill Crossing, where a new space offers the same great products and services customers have come to know.
This weekend the business partners celebrate the grand re-opening of the store, at 200 W. Main St., suite C, with free make-and-take projects, drawings and sales.
“We are really excited to be here,” Martell said.
From scrapbooking basics to advanced techniques — like soldering, metal works, using alcohol inks and paper sewing — Paper and Metal Scrappers covers all paper crafts.
For craft lovers, walking into Paper and Metal Scrappers is like walking into heaven. Table displays showcase elaborate projects, baskets of buttons and glitter abound, walls are covered with every sticker, paper or decoration you could need to finish a custom work of art and class demos give you inspiration to try your hand at scrapbooking.
Wilembrecht explained scrapbooking is more than just pasting pictures, it is about remembering a life, a moment.
“It is about who we were and what were leaving behind,” she said. So many people think they are going to remember, but so often, they forget. Creating a special book that documents a life or trip is something that is handed down from generation to generation.
Customers new to scrapbooking and slightly overwhelmed by the possibilities can attend make-and-take Tuesdays for a small dose of inspiration. For little more than $2, an employee teaches how to create a custom card in just a few minutes. Every week the card is different and demonstrates a new skill. Wilembrecht said it is a great time to try new tools before buying.
The store also offers 27 classes that cover home décor, jewelry making, using recycled materials and even creating a complete album in a day.
Customer Nancy Kisseberth said she loves creating greeting cards and scrapbooks in part because of Wilembrecht and Martell.
“They are so helpful, I couldn’t say enough good things about them,” she said.
Besides learning new scrapping techniques, customers say the store offers something unique — the opportunity to make new friends.
Customer Heidi Dokulil said before becoming a Paper and Metal Scrappers member, she had few friends in town besides her neighbors. Now after attending numerous classes, chocolate retreats and the Thursday morning coffee klatch (a causal get-together held every Thursday morning at the store to socialize and learn about a new technique or product) she knows at least 64 fellow scrappers.
“A lot of what we do is social,” Martell said.
Dokulil said without Paper and Metal Scrappers she would not like Payson as much.
“I want to come in every day because I might miss something” like a new product or technique, she said.
Paper and Metal Scrappers is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.