What activity preserves a moment, day or lifetime of personal and family history with pictures, printed work, art work and sometimes journaling?
The answer is, scrapbooking.
The art of scrapbooking has been around for hundreds of years, and has become a favorite hobby of many people.
The earliest trace of what today we call a scrapbook dates back to the early 1500s. However, the routine of collecting information in a book started earlier than that, around the time of Aristotle.
One of the most well-known American scrapbookers was Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, who saved newspaper clippings from and during his presidency into albums for future reference.
Another well-known scrapbooker was Mark Twain, who made personal scrapbooks and even patented a series of them in 1872 that were to be sold by Brentano’s Literary Emporium in New York City, N.Y.
Five years ago, Rich Paulsen, publisher of the Creston News Advertiser, helped start a Scrap-A-Thon, where scrapbookers could come together and have time to work on their projects.
This year, the Scrap-A-Thon will start 8 a.m. Saturday and continue until 3 p.m. Sunday at the Supertel Conference Center. There will be games, food and prizes.
“This is just so scrapbookers can get together and have time to scrapbook,” said Paulsen. “Some of them stay overnight at the hotel, and some of them put in a ton of time and scrapbook all night long.”
Carroll Family Chiropractic will give massages Saturday at the Scrap-A-Thon. Maple Street Memories also helps out with the event.
Paulsen said he is expecting 20 to 25 people to attend the Scrap-A-Thon this year. For more information on how to attend the even contact Paulsen at the Creston News Advertiser, 641-782-2141. It costs $40 to attend the event both days.