PARRSBORO – The possibilities of paper are only now reaching their full potential.
“We call it paper crafting because we do so much more with paper than making photo albums and card making,” said Barbara Himelman, who was instructing an all-day paper crafting event Saturday at the Parrsboro Fire Hall with Jodie Desmarais.
Himelman, who is from Diligent River, had many of her creations on hand, including a foot-high lighthouse.
“The lighthouse took me three or four hours to put together,” she said. “You can put a little light in there or use it as a gift box.”
About 15 people attended the event, where they learned how to cut vinyl for decorations and how to make paper flowers for decorating boxes or cards.
Himelman says paper crafting can be addictive.
“Paper is very easy to work with. It’s so versatile. You can do so many things with it,” she said.
She admits it’s not for everybody.
“When people come here for the first time they either say it’s not for them or they love it.”
Loving it just got easier with the introduction of a new machine called the Cricut Explore.
“This is really going to revolutionize how you do it,” said Himelman.
The old-style machines use cartridges with hundreds of images on them, but the Explore is hooked to a subscription on the internet where Himelman has access to more than 25,000 images and more than 200 fonts.
“With the old style machine you have to go find each and every layer,” she said. “But with the new machine I pull it up, push a button, and it shows me how many mats I need, what colour I need, and then it cuts it.”
Himelman pulls up a cottage on the computer that goes with the lighthouse. It shows her exactly how much paper and what colour paper she needs to create the cottage. She can also manipulate the size she wants.
“It’s amazing. It really is,” she said.
The group has two large paper crops every year at the Parrsboro Fire Hall, one in the spring and one in the fall, with the next one on Oct. 4.
They also meet twice a month, usually in Port Greville and Diligent River.
The classes are about bringing people together and teaching them something new.
“Having classes makes it more fun,” said Himelman.
For more information or to join a class email Barbara Himelman at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jodie Desmarais at email@example.com.