Snippet Here, Glue It There.

Linda Grosser, Brenda Clark, Marie Graziano work hard on their current creations as instructor Janice Shores (right) assists them when needed.

Linda Grosser, Brenda Clark, Marie Graziano work hard on their current creations as instructor Janice Shores (right) assists them when needed. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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The Paper and Metal Scrappers Store, located in the Sawmill Crossing Shopping center, holds a group of different but dedicated scrappers hostage once a month on Saturday morning. These ladies of course, are here by their own choice, and slavishly putter, and mutter and glue, and cut, and find imaginative ways to display their favorite pictures.

Having just shot about as many images as one can record on a compact flash card, I was thirsty, tired and ready to call it a morning, when I passed by the shop and noticed all these women hunched over two tables, engrossed in an activity. Hmm...

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Judy Chlupsa holds up her latest creation for inspection at the Paper and Metal Scrappers shop.

Stepping inside, I asked the nearest table of ladies if I could shoot them.

“Well, that depends,” Judy Chlupsa laughed and said, “Will we still be alive and kicking?”

“What are you working on?” I asked.

She held up a small decorated image and said; “This.”

I was impressed.

Janice Shores conducts classes in different methods of putting together favorite pictures people like and showing the people in the class how they can decorate, glue, sew, staple and frame various items in a creative and distinctively unique manner.

At the end of the class when all the projects are finished they can be assembled on a carousel and displayed on a coffee table, a bookshelf or anyplace a person wants others to take notice and examine their handiwork.

Continuing to the next assignment, I marveled about rambling down a sidewalk and a snippet of life is discovered in your camera, waiting for exposure.

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