Extreme Scrapbooking

If you are wondering why your Sunday newspaper has gone missing for the last few weeks, blame TLC’s “Extreme Couponing.” The popular reality series is being blamed for a rash of newspaper thefts.

Apparently, coupon divas looking to save a bundle by using Sunday inserts to purchase mass quantities of free toiletries and groceries are stooping to new lows in order to get high on bargain shopping. They are stealing other people’s newspaper coupons to supplement their stash.

According to police in Florida, Wisconsin, California, Idaho, Texas, Alabama and Arkansas, newspaper thefts are on the rise. When the culprits are caught most say they’re looking to stretch their dollars in a slumping economy and need the coupons to save money. In one case, police say a woman caught swiping 185 newspapers from people’s lawns claimed that what she did was not considered “stealing.”


Personally, I think TLC should switch courses and invest in a series about extreme scrapbooking. The hobby has legions of followers and their passion for crafting memory books is second to none. In fact, some scrappers devote entire books to showcasing their love for the craft which preserves their favorite memories.

These “I LOVE SCRAPBOOKING” albums are filled with photos, unique embellishments, mementos from scrapbooking events and related quotes, such as:

“Keep some souvenirs of your past, or how will you ever prove it wasn’t all a dream?” –Ashleigh Brilliant

“Scrapbooking isn’t about scraps of paper and photos. Scrapbooking is about scraps of life – yours and those special to you.” –Rebecca Sower

“You know you’re an artist if: you go through a glue stick faster than a lipstick!” –Cosmo Cricket

“This is the purpose of the family scrapbook. It is a museum of reminders that life has been good.” –Lynne Bertrand

Are you an extreme scrapbooker? Have you ever made a memory album dedicated to your love of scrapbooking?

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.