BY KENNATH MARIE WATKINS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTA HUSA
here is a buzz in Berkley about a
new specialty store that may be
worthy of your scrapbook.
Catered towards individuals who love photo-
graphs and reminiscing good times, Creative
Pages Plus provides all the artistic materials
needed to preserve and display your treasured
memories in a scrapbook.
Nicknamed "quilting of the new millenni-
"um" by the Washington Post, scrapbooking has
been recognized by Time Magazine and The Wall
Street Journal as a rapidly growing industry that
has grown from $350 million per year in 1998, to
more than $1.4 million per year in 2002.
States," says Gail Rader, owner and founder of
Creative Pages Plus. "For hundreds of years,
since man learned how to take pictures, it has
The tradition started strong among the
Mormons in Salt Lake City, says Gail, with their
methods of documenting history. However, she
believes scrapbooking became more popular in
the 1970s when Alex Haley wrote the book
Roots. "The book and the movie motivated peo-
ple's interest in their family genealogy, and this
business stems from my love for researching the
genealogy of my family," she added.
Recently retired from the retail industry, Gail
decided to start a business that she believed in
and enjoyed. "There are so many things you
can do to bring photographs to life, and there is
a technique in making them last a lifetime."
The store is stocked with nearly 10,000 craft
supplies and 'tools to aid your inspirations.
They also offer classes designed for the begin-
ner and advanced scrapbooker. They instruct
on choosing colors, making theme books, mat-
ting, page layouts and the proper glue and
paper to use with valued pictures.
"The outcome is priceless, and the display
can teach your grandchildren more about their
family. Scrapbooks are more personal and tangi-
ble than many of the advanced ways of docu-
menting history. Plus they are great for the cof-
fee table and bookshelf."
Gail Rader can teach
you how to preserve
your memories in a
She's pictured in her shop,
Creative Pages Plus.