It is where Pinterest projects come to life. Where women cut, paste and gab to their creative hearts’ content. A place where packages of sparkly rhinestones are appreciated and no one rolls their eyes when asked which shade of paper best captures the Grand Canyon: persimmon, fuchsia, crimson or coral?
It is the jewelry store of scrapbooking supplies with die-cuts, punchers, daubers, laminators, stickers, pens, pop dots, markers, stamps and a dizzying array of cardstock lining the walls from ceiling to floor. And it’s all neatly merchandised next to sample projects that leave you wanting to make a “posh organizer” and a “French field journal” — whatever those are.
Paper and Metal Scrappers is the place where family photographs are honored, transformed on scrapbook pages into works of art.
But the dazzling array of creative options and so many techniques, tools and tricks to master, it can be overwhelming. Should you cut, rip or sand the paper? Use a glue stick, double-sided tape or the Xyron to make a sticker and attach it to the page?
The staff’s answer — classes nearly every day.
And since Paper and Metal Scrappers opened in 2004, they’ve offered Make and Take Tuesdays.
For $2.50, crafters build a custom greeting card each Tuesday, with a different card each week that rotates through the holidays and sentiments.
On July 30, it was Christmas in July, a merry red greeting card with green paper leaves and glittery holly berries.
Instructor Brenda Hamric, who designs and plans each week’s card, said she gets inspiration from Pinterest, in magazines and from her own imagination.
She tries to highlight a new technique in each card and “mix it up so you don’t know what to expect.” This week, she showed card makers how to sand the embossed letters on the paper, making them pop off the background.
Each card takes roughly 20 minutes to complete and is a good jumping off point for new crafters, Hamric said.
One card maker Tuesday said Make and Take was her first introduction to Paper and Metal Scrappers and scrapbooking.
Now she is a self-proclaimed scrapbooking addict. In fact, one wall of the store is filled with photos of scrapbooking addicts — women holding confession signs in front of the store’s “booking wall” proclaiming their scrapbooking guilt.
Hamric said a customer came up with the idea and they thought it was a fun way to highlight loyal crafters.
When Hamric started Make and Take Tuesdays nearly 10 years ago, the first class brought in just six students, including her husband. Now, at least 50 people show up each week.
Recently, Hamric started Brenda’s Happy Hour, a one-hour class the first Monday of each month. For $7, customers create a custom project that varies each month. On Aug. 5, Hamric has designed a decoupage notebook.
Hamric said it is no more difficult than making a card, but incorporates a few more techniques.
There are classes covering nearly every technique and medium the rest of the month. And classes are not limited to scrapbooking, including jewelry making, organizers and journals.
For more information, call (928) 468-1188 or visit www. paperandmetalscrappers.com for a class list, or stop by the store in the Sawmill Crossing complex.