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Tracy Frank, Published December 10 2013

Her Voice: Moorhead woman turns hobby into business

Her Voice is a weekly article about women in or from our area and how they make an impact on the world around them. If you know someone SheSays should feature in HerVoice, email Tracy Frank at tfrank@forumcomm.com.

MOORHEAD – If Kim Meissner could make a career of anything, it would be scrapbooking.

So that’s exactly what she’s trying to do.

The 39-year-old Moorhead woman makes custom scrapbooks for people through a business she started in June called Kimberly Designs.

“It’s really for those people who don’t have the time but love the look of a scrapbook,” she said.

Meissner has done her own scrapbooking for years. Eventually friends started asking her to make scrapbooks for them, too.

Though she never considered herself an artistic person, scrapbooking became her creative outlet, said the married mother of one son.

“I love helping people invest in their memories,” she said.

Meissner calls her style simple but tasteful. Before she glues down her pages, she’ll send her clients photos of the first few pages to see if they prefer more embellishments, she said.

In addition to custom-made scrapbooks, she also creates pre-made books in more general themes like family, Christmas memories or sports. With a pre-made book, Meissner puts the page together, but leaves a blank mat where the photo should go. Customers then attach their own photos. Meissner is still willing to customize pre-made books by color or theme.

With custom scrapbooks, Meissner can use someone’s printed photos or make prints off digital images.

She has fun doing the work and says it’s very rewarding to watch customers page through the finished product.

“It’s that feeling of, I did something that people are going to remember and people are going to love and cherish,” she said.

While she loves turning people’s photos into creative keepsakes, there are also challenges with following her dream. She also has a part-time job she works from home.

Meissner has been attending craft fairs, and she has a Facebook page to get the word out about Kimberly Designs.

Prices vary by size and page number. Pre-made books range from about $50 to $125, not including shipping. Visit http://kimberly-designs.com for prices on custom scrapbooks, which range in price from about $200 to $800, depending on size and number of pages.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526