Getting creative for the holiday season

ROUSES POINT - For the last 14 years, Naomi Treadwell has been putting her creative talent to work.

Back in Maine, where Treadwell is from, she became a Creative Memories consultant, helping people gather their favorite photos in a unique way.

Creative Memories, a scrapbooking company which began in 1987, began the scrapbooking revolution, according to Treadwell.

"At that time, there were no scrapbook supplies in stores. It wasn't something that a lot of people thought about," explained Treadwell in terms of preserving photos. "When I first started out, you couldn't go out to Walmart to buy scrapbooking stuff; it just wasn't there."

After hearing about the company on a radio program, Treadwell joined a class and eventually became a consultant.

"I signed up and I've been doing it for 14 years," she said. "I really love it. I love their products."

After moving to Rouses Point earlier this year, Treadwell began a scrapbooking class Nov. 12. Now, she's taking scrapbooking a step further, having her first cardmaking workshop, Thursday, Dec. 3.

"I have a kit and it has all the prefolded cards and envelopes to make 18 cards," explained Treadwell.

"Basically, you make 18 Christmas cards. They may be a little more special," she continued. "You wouldn't send them necessarily to everybody on your list, but to special people on your list. [It] has a little more meaning than just buying it from the store."

Treadwell said the cardmaking class is suitable for adults and children, and would make a good mother-daughter activity.

"I already have a mother-daughter team signed up to make Christmas cards," she said.

Treadwell even worked with her 10-year-old daughter, Katherine, to create sample cards. During the workshop, which will be held at Gaines Marina's front building from 6:30-9 p.m., Treadwell will be available to give advice and will have her scrapbooking and cardmaking supplies for people to utilize.

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