Creating scrapbooks is a fun way to relive and preserve memories, said Joyce Recker of Legacy Paper Arts.

Creating scrapbooks is a fun way to relive and preserve memories, said Joyce Recker of Legacy Paper Arts.

Recker and her daughter, Cara, both of Dublin, opened the store this month in the Village Pointe Plaza, 232 W. Olentangy St.

"We are mostly a scrapbooking store and carry several lines of papers, card-making items, and embellishments," said Joyce Recker.

The store also sells various kits, including those for making three-dimensional designs on canvas for home decor.

Recker can personalize photo albums with hot-foil embossing.

"We also carry a very wide selection of custom school items, including die cuts and papers specific to the schools, such as Dublin Jerome Celtics or Olentangy Orange (Pioneers)," Recker said.

Customers can sign up for daytime or evening classes to learn the art of making scrapbooks or cards. A class costs $20 to $30, including materials, and runs for two hours.

"We have packages for students to come in and develop their senior or team posters or albums," said Recker.

The store occupies 1,450 square feet and has brought nine part-time positions to the city.

Recker has been making scrapbooks since college, when she made her sorority's book. Her interest in the hobby continued to grow.

"I really started in the mid-1990s, when it was starting to enter the market and there were only a few acid-free papers, stickers and punches, and the rest we made up," Recker said. "I've watched the whole industry grow and change into what it is today."

Prior to opening the business, she was a stay-at-home mother for 20 years. With her youngest child, Cara, a senior in high school, Recker said the timing was good to fulfill lifelong dream of owning a small retail store.

She accounted for the tough economy in her business plan.

"I thought if I wait for the perfect time, the opportunity might slip by, and I don't know that there is a genuinely perfect time," Recker said. "I have a strong business plan which is based on the economic factors."

Recker, who studied marketing and management in college, said opening a business is tapping into a lot of her resources.

"Every day's a new challenge - marketing, managing - even my experience just being a multi-tasking mom helps," she said.

She selected Powell as the location for her business because a scrapbook store is needed in the area. She likes the sense of community in the growing city, and it's close to her home.

"There is always something going on in the downtown area, and I wanted to locate close to that," Recker said. "There is very good small-business support from the community."

The store serves "scrapbookers who are extremely experienced and love to spend two or three hours working on one page" or "people that are lucky to have two or three hours to spend on a whole album," she said.

"Once they get those pictures organized, we can help them complete mini albums in a short period of time," Recker said.

She looks forward to her business building a sense of community, with people coming into the shop to share ideas and collaborate on projects.

Store hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (614) 761-1238 or email legacypaperarts@aol.com.