Preserving the past and making new memories is something that Carolyn Ross does every day at her store in downtown Waxahachie.

Ross works with her Crafty Scrapper customers to find the right art medium so they can express their creativity and emotions while they document their own history.

The Crafty Scrapper has a variety of items for scrapbooking, mixed media and arts and crafts. Some of the brands at the store include Sizzix, Ranger, Maya Road, Heart of Texas and Graphic 45. The store also has a wide selection of gift items that include home décor, jewelry, and fashion bags.

The drive for Ross to document her own history was because she had experienced loss and didn’t want to lose her memories.

“My sister and I lost mom, dad, and grandma all in 13 months and we had all of these photos. We didn’t have a story. That was where I was driven,” Ross said. “People don’t keep handwritten stuff like that anymore. They keep that on their computer, on Instagram, and on Facebook. They need to have it in a book. I am helping a friend at church right now. He is 75 years old and he has a whole album of his mom. I have had to special order paper for him, but it is stuff that he can pass onto to his kids. That is probably why I started the whole thing.”

Classes are regularly held at the store for those interested in learning about the latest products and artistic techniques that can be used in their projects. In these classes, designers, as well as skilled teachers, are brought in to provide customers with information about new products and to learn new skills that will improve their craft projects.

“After 12 years we are kind of a destination. I bring in the top designers in the industry. We teach five to seven classes a week, and then we educate people on how to use a product. We don’t ever require them to buy a product in class,” Ross stated. “We provide the product so they can use it to see if they like it and then they can buy it afterward. That is something different than other stores. They will usually have a supply list that you have to buy. You take the class, and you may hate the product. Then you are stuck with the entire product. So we supply everything.”

People who are interested in signing up for classes can do so by calling or stopping by the store or purchasing a spot through the website. Classes range from $15 - $100 and require pre-payment to reserve a seat.

The Crafty Scrapper is located at 108 S. Rogers St. in downtown Waxahachie. It is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – midnight on Friday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. on Saturday and is closed Sunday.

The staff at the store can be contacted at 972-923-351. Additional information about the store as well as online shopping can be found at www.thecraftyscrapper.com.