By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN If you’re a fan of arts and crafts, you might want to check out the new store in downtown Winsted.
It’s called Miss Bee’s Scrapbooking Shop, and it’s located at 135 First Street North (in the same building as Sharon’s Beauty Salon).
“Our first day open was Jan. 19,” owner Katie Overbye said. Previously, Overbye had operated her business through a 19th century cottage at her hobby farm a few miles out of town.
Her new space in Winsted offers a wide variety of scrapbooking supplies for sale, as well as plenty of space to work on projects. The shop also has wireless Internet capability, for people who prefer to scrapbook digitally.
Overbye’s goal is to create an environment where people can enjoy a relaxing daytime getaway, and be inspired by fellow scrapbooking enthusiasts.
“People could always come here to quilt or knit, as well,” Overbye said. “The possibilities are endless.”
Overbye offers many scrapbooking products that aren’t available at major craft supply stores.
“I try to work with different companies, so I can get items that people maybe haven’t seen before,” she said.
“One of the next things I’m planning to add is a school spirit section,” she added, explaining that paper and embellishments will represent local schools such as Lester Prairie, Holy Trinity, and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.
School colors are often used in scrapbooks that showcase sports or other extracurricular involvement.
Overbye said the first scrapbook she ever made was for her graduation party from Delano High School in 2001. Since then, she’s made dozens of them.
“I took a little break [from scrapbooking] during college, then started up again when I had kids,” she said.
Overbye has a degree in business administration from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. She and her husband, Mitchell, have two sons: Carl, 7, and Alex, 3.
“[Carl and Alex] like to scrapbook, too,” Overbye said.
Report cards, certificates, artwork, and other keepsakes from her children often make it into Overbye’s scrapbooks.
“I like that, at some point in the future, I’ll be able to hand a book to my kids, and they can look back and see how I perceived different events in their lives,” she said.
Family members often remember unique aspects of a special occasion, Overbye added.
“My mom was one of 14 kids in her family growing up,” she said. “There could be one event, and all the siblings would have a different take on what happened.”
Overbye’s mother-in-law scrapbooked throughout Mitchell’s childhood, and Overbye said the books are fun to look at.
Scrapbooking styles have changed throughout the years, and now, Overbye said there are more embellishment choices than ever.
“Scrapbooks have become like works of art,” she said. “I love paper, with all the different designs you can get.”
Miss Bee’s Scrapbooking Shop has a Cricut machine, which is able to create precise, custom cuts for words and images.
“You can do unlimited things with it,” Overbye said.
Scrapbooking projects are also unlimited, and are often created to remember a vacation, building a house, or a special holiday.
This spring, Overbye is hoping to partner with a local photographer to offer bunny portraits with children.
“We have six bunnies on our farm,” she said.
Miss Bee’s Scrapbooking Shop in Winsted is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., or by appointment.
To learn more, contact Katie Overbye at (320) 485-2221 or e-mail email@example.com.