By Stacy Nadelman

Pilot staff writer

Creating Lasting Memories is inviting the public to help celebrate their fifth anniversary at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at 609A Chetco Avenue in Brookings.

Owner Marti Arrell opened Creating Lasting Memories, a rubber stamp, scrapbook and paper arts store, in December 2002. Arrell and her manager Cathy Verzi agree their favorite part of the store includes andquot;sharing our passion with customers and meeting new people with similar artistic interests.andquot;

At the celebration, instructors will demonstrate many different craft techniques, including glitter on transparencies, embossing, paints, border and corner punches, and the latest European punches to make dimensional florals for cards.

Arrell said the store was originally just a rubber stamp business, owned by Marjorie Towers, who started the business in 2000 as part of the JC Penny Store in the Abbey Mall in Brookings. Arrell said she fell in love with the store, purchased it, and immediately moved it to a larger location and added scrapbooking.

andquot;It was just something that fits well with the rubber stamping,andquot; said Arrell. andquot;It's been a good business.andquot;

The present location is 2000 square feet of retail space, with a separate classroom for scheduled daytime and evening classes. Classes include a wide variety of paper art crafts - everything from basic stamping and scrapbooking to more advanced iris paper folding, pergamano and quilling.

andquot;There's a lot in here,andquot; Arrell said. andquot;We don't waste any space.andquot;

Arrell and Verzi said their secret to a successful business is being personal with their customers.

andquot;You just have to have a friendly face,andquot; Arrell said. andquot;I greet every person that comes through the door, or at least I try to.andquot;

And customers say they feel right at home when they shop there.

andquot;They have a warm social atmosphere that fosters both creativity and friendship,andquot; said longtime customer, Tricia Roleck.

Arrell said she tries to stay on top of the latest things in the scrapbook world and makes special orders for her customers.

andquot;Scrapbooking is such a friendly, positive way of preserving family history and memories while making cards is a wonderful way of staying in touch with family and friends,andquot; Verzi said. andquot;Personalized customer service with attention to each customer's need and skill level is important.andquot;

There will be door prizes, including a $100 gift certificate at the fifth anniversary celebration. Special discounts will be be available at the checkout counter. Each customer is eligible for a surprise discount ranging from 10 to 40 percent off their purchase.

For information call Arrell or Verzi at (541) 469-2187.