Thousands of people are cutting and stamping their way into Arlington this weekend, as the Great American Scrapbook Convention rolls into town.
Reagen Bramlett said she first caught the bug about 10 years ago, when a friend asked if she’d be interested in making a scrapbook. She hasn’t looked back since.
“I just had fun doing it,” said Bramlett, who lives in Fort Worth. “It was relaxing and I got addicted.”
It’s why she’s spending her weekend at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington — buying the latest and greatest scrapbook products, taking scrapbook classes, and making a scrapbook for her son during her downtime.
“I scrapbooked for probably six years on just my bulldogs,” said Bramlett. “Now, I’ve got this beautiful bundle of joy to scrapbook on now.”
According to the Craft and Hobby Association, scrapbooking is the most popular hobby among the 62.5 million crafters in the U.S. That doesn’t surprise Stacey Caron, who’s run a successful scrapbooking business called “Spellbinders” for ten years.
“In today’s society, there’s this whole push to do handmade and give gifts that are personal,” said Caron. “That’s why it keeps going — because that spark to create is always in people and this is the kind of activity that brings it out.”
Convention organizers said scrapbooking has become so popular, they’ve had to make the event a three-day affair to accommodate the thousands who come to it.
“It actually becomes a big family,” said Caron. “I think that’s one of the appeals of scrapbooking.”
The Great American Scrapbook Convention continues Saturday at the Arlington Convention Center. Tickets are $12 at the door. For more information on vendor and class schedules, visit www.greatamericanscrapbook.com.