PLATTSBURGH — Since she was just 5 years old, Margaret Downs has been preserving her memories in the pages of scrapbooks.
Along with her mother, Gerianne, and sister Patricia, the Plattsburgh High School senior enjoys arranging personal photos on colorful pieces of paper and adding themed embellishments to document her life.
“It’s great for spending time with friends and family,” Margaret said of the pastime.
So when she was challenged with coming up with a personal project for the PHS National Honor Society, a community-service-oriented group to which Margaret belongs, the teen knew she wanted to do something related to scrapbooking.
Inspired by members of her family who have suffered from cancer, as well as one of her mother’s scapbooking friends, who is a breast-cancer survivor, Margaret decided to plan a scrapbooking soiree, the proceeds from which will benefit breast-cancer research through the American Cancer Society.
The event, “Crop for the Cure,” will take place Saturday, April 6, at Seton Academy in Plattsburgh.
Margaret’s “crop,” which, she explained, is an occasion for people to get together and work on their scrapbooks, will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; however, people may come and go as they please.
“It’s basically 12 hours of arts and crafts,” she said. “The time just sort of slips away at those sorts of things.”
The event will feature scrapbooking demonstrations, along with vendors selling decorative paper and embellishments.
In addition, a number of local businesses have donated money to support the event, as well as items, which will be raffled off and given out as door prizes.
Crop sponsors include Dr. Thomas Nicoll, Plattsburgh Pediatrics, Plattsburgh Housing Outlet, Panera, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Champlain Wine Company, Adirondack Grilling Pellets, Ground Round and Ultrawave.
Participation in the crop costs $45 per person and includes a work space, snacks and beverages, as well as dinner.
While other areas are home to a number of large crops, Margaret said, “around here, they don’t have much for scapbookers to get together and do this sort of thing.”
In addition, she noted, scrapbookers tend to have large collections of items they hope to find places for in their books, and she hopes the crop will provide an opportunity for people to put those collections to good use.
People new to the hobby, Margaret added, should know that scrapbooks may be filled with whatever one fancies to put on their pages.
“It can pretty much be whatever you want to remember,” she said.
For instance, Margaret has multiple scrapbooks; one is devoted to documenting hiking trips she’s taken with her father, Jack.
The first photo in the book is from a trip the pair took to Poc-o-Moonshine when Margaret was 5 or 6 years old. The most recent photo is from a hiking excursion they took last fall, she said.
“It’s great for preserving memories,” Margaret said.
In addition, the teen, who is also involved in performing arts, has another book that documents the various plays and concerts she’s participated in.
“You can do whatever you want with it,” Margaret said of a scrapbook. “There’re really no rules.”
Those interested in participating in “Crop for the Cure” should register by contacting Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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