Monday, May 19, 2008

Scrapbooker shanks rival with pinking shears

BROOK CREEK - A heated rivalry between scrapbooking organizations turned violent over the weekend, leaving one "scrapper" critically injured.

Betty "Rizzo" Riznovchiuk sustained life-threatening injuries from a pair of plastic pinking shears. Witnesses say a member of Riznovchiuk's former scrapbooking circle, the Cosa Scraptrucha (or CS-13) stabbed her over a disagreement about lignin-free paper.

Pinking shears are scissors with sawtooth blades, which leave a zigzag pattern on cloth or paper.

Riznovchiuk's current organization, the Brook Creek Scrappers, declined comment, but have doubled security at their compound.

Local law enforcement said that there is no cause for alarm, and no clear link between the rise in the popularity of scrapbooking and violence. Currently one in three U.S. homes has someone involved in scrapbooking activity, and the amount of money behind it has more than doubled in the last six years to over $2.5 billion.
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