Learn to make own greeting cards, scrapbook pages at first-ever crafting workshop

For the first time, the St. Charles Parish Library is offering a paper crafting workshop that will teach adults how to make their own greeting cards, gift tags and scrapbook pages.

The workshop is offered free of charge.

“When we decide what types of programs to offer the community, we take a few things into account. We look at what people are asking for, what things are currently popular, and what things library staff members already know how to do,” Lauren Campo-Pitz, assistant director of the St. Charles Parish Library system, said. “Sydney Dufrene, the circulation supervisor of the Paradis branch of the St. Charles Parish Library, is an avid paper crafter.”

Campo-Pitz said the workshop will allow patrons to meet others in the community that share the same interests.

“That’s one reason that library programs are so great—they bring together people who like to do the same things or have the same hobbies but might not otherwise have an opportunity to connect,” she aid. 

Dufrene, who will have help leading the group from a volunteer who is also an experienced paper crafter, said she really wants to introduce attendees to a craft they may have little experience with. The scrapbook pages that the group will make can be used in a scrapbook or as framed home decor. Dufrene and her helper will also be available to give ideas, instruction and help participants from beginning to end.

While this is the first time this workshop is offered, Dufrene hopes it’s not the last.

“I would definitely want to offer future sessions,” she said. “I’d love to create junk journals and use an electronic cutting machine, like a Cricut, to enhance the crafts. I would also like to host a session for patrons to create cards for donation to hospitals, retirement homes and other organizations.”

While the program is most suited for adults, teens ages 16 and up are welcome. The crafting workshop will take place at the Paradis library on Monday, Feb. 5 from 1-3 p.m.