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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, October 22, 2005

Scrapbooking is fun for the whole family

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By Wanda A. Adams
Assistant Features editor

A little creativity and a few Island touches result in a visually stunning scrapbook page.

Photos by JEFF WIDENER | The Honolulu Advertiser

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STEP 1. Select identical Creative Native Crafts turtle cut-outs (or any cutout with an opening in it).

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Step 2. Cut acetate to fit and glue around edges of window. (Hint: Use acetate bags that Creative Native papers come in.)

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STEP 3. Apply double-stick foam tape to back of one cutout, leaving no spaces through which sand can escape.

STEP 4. Fill frame with sand.

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STEP 5. Remove foam tape backing and attach second turtle cutout.

STEP 6. Use honu creatively in scrapbook page, affixing shape with double-sided tape.

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Scrapbooking preserving family history using photos, memorabilia and archive-safe products is crafting's hottest trend.

Although it's primarily a pastime of wives and moms, it can involve the whole family, as it has for authors of two new books: "Island Memories, Hawaiian-Style Scrapbooking and Idea Book," by Bella Finau-Faumuina and Delia Parker-Ulima (Mutual, spiral-bound, $16.95), and "Hawaiian Scrapbooking: Vol 1: Floral Designs" by Rosie Ramiro and Kawohi Tuasivi (Bess Press, spiral-bound, $14.95).

Even if Mom is building the page, others can select the photos or other souvenir pieces, choose colors and patterns of paper, or write captions and journal entries, Bella Finau-Faumuina explained.

As scrapbooking became big business and "scrappers" became more creative, the pursuit has gone far beyond its original form gluing photos to colorful paper. Now there are hundreds of papers from vellum to card stock, thousands of die-cut shapes, embossing powder, eyelets and adhesives of every kind, Parker-Ulima said.

The authors saw an opportunity in a problem confronting Island scrapbookers: Very few materials fit Island themes. Finau-Faumuina and Parker-Ulima founded the first scrapbooking manufacturing company, Creative Native Crafts (46-174-F Kahuhipa St., Kane'ohe; www.creativenativecrafts.com), to produce papers emblazoned with Hawaiian flowers, palaka and such, and die-cuts on Hawaiian themes. Ramiro and Tuasivi developed patterns for hand-cutting Island flowers and other forms.

On this page: One of Creative Native's most popular designs, a honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) with a window that lends itself to making a "shaker box" to be filled with sand, beads, small shells, glitter or other eye-catching stuff.

Reach Wanda A. Adams at wadams@honoluluadvertiser.com.