WORTHINGTON — There was plenty of laughter, great food and lots of photos inside First Lutheran Church on Saturday morning.
Scrapbook fanatics gathered for the second annual Hot Fun in the Wintertime scrapbooking event organized by sisters Kris Brouwer and Tori Kroger.
“They have events like this everywhere and there wasn’t anything like it in the area,” said Brouwer of why they decided to organize the event.
The event went from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday. Some scrapbook junkies stayed at the church until 2 a.m. working on pages and visiting with friends. Then on Saturday scrapbookers gathered from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“We have 72 people this year,” said Brouwer. “We really can’t get any bigger and we could have. We turned away about 12 people.”
A new feature to this year’s event was the Queen for a Day rooms. Groups could pay more money and have their own room to scrapbook in.
“They have crowns and name tags, private snacks and beverages and they get to eat first,” Brouwer explained.
One of the Queens for the Day Pat Steuber, of Fairmont, attended the event with her daughter, daughter-in-law and a friend.
“We love it. We will definitely come back,” she said.
“It’s nice to come somewhere when you don’t have to worry about meals, laundry and the telephone ringing,” said Courtney Steuber.
Steuber’s group from Fairmont and Mankato stayed in a local hotel Friday night so they could make the most of their scrapbooking on Saturday.
“The people are so nice here,” said Michelle Starkey. “They go out of their way to accommodate.”
Also, inside the church several vendors had their scrapbooking products for sale. Doreen Osland and Sally Grams, of Fond Memories in Walnut Grove, were happy to be a part of the event.
“It’s fun to meet people and walk around and get ideas from what other people are doing,” Grams said.
Some of the best-selling items right now are the spell binders die cutting systems, Cornish Heritage Farms rubber stamps and copic markers.
While women were having fun scrapbooking, members of Girl Scout Troop 89 were busy in the kitchen preparing meals and snacks for the 70-plus people.
“We did it last year and it was a lot of fun,” said senior Katie Reller.
The seven members of Troop 89 are all seniors this year and have been together in Girl Scouts since first grade.
“That’s another reason I did this,” Reller said. “It is our last time to be together at a big event before we graduate and go our separate ways.”
When scrapbookers got tired of sitting and working on designing pages, they were treated to a five-minute chair massage. Massage therapists Troy and Janelle Untiedt of Lakefield spent Saturday giving massages.
“We had fun doing it last year so we wanted to come back,” said Janelle.
Amanda Walljasper Worthington Daily Globe
Published Monday, February 02, 2009