Our Staff & Teachers

Owner & Creative Director

I have worked in the customer service industry for over 25 years. The first fifteen years of my career were spent as a licensed cosmetologist and aesthetician, working for client-centered employers such as
Nordstrom, Chanel, Estee Lauder and Sephora. â€‹After a health condition changed my career path, I turned to my love of scrapbooking! I worked and taught classes at the Scrapbook Nook from early 2005 until they closed their doors at the end of 2014. Through the years the thought of opening my own store would come and go but it wasn’t until the Nook closed that I realized that I wasn't ready to put this chapter of my life to be behind me.

With the support of my wonderful family, I began to develop the concept for the store. I was excited, but scared. One night I was describing to Bryan how the process of making this life-changing decision had me feeling like I was “running with scissors” and I realized I had found the perfect name for our new store. Weeks later, I mentioned (slightly tongue in cheek) to a friend and former long-time Nook customer that she should consider joining me on this adventure. Soon, I had a wonderful business partner and our combined vision began to take shape.

Running with Scissors Scrapbooks & Paper Art opened on March 13, 2015. I am so blessed to be going on this journey with so many wonderful people and sincerely appreciate your support of our store.

Owner & Chief Financial Officer

I was a bookkeeper in my early twenties when I ventured away from my native Minnesota to Washington. I chose the Space
Needle over dairy barns and a little fog over subzero winters. Sometime during my two decades child rearing and bookkeeping, I also started keeping scrapbooks. The themes of my books are related to family and church as well as being a school volunteer and pet lover/equestrian enthusiast.

My family recently moved back to Kent, Washington from Bothell, Washington. Being here provides me with this opportunity to merge my interests and create new experiences with friends at Running with Scissors Scrapbooks & Paper Art, Inc.

Melinda, myself and the staff aim to provide a creative space for people to step right off the street and find not only scrapbook materials, but fresh ideas and community.

Customer Service Representative & Project Designer

Hello! My name is Lynne Iwasaki and I grew up right here in Kent, Washington. I have been scrapbooking for as long as I can remember and I love card making these days, too.
I have been married for over 20 years and I have two daughters. I have a slight paper addiction (ok...maybe a large paper addiction. I also have an extreme weakness for anything from Doodlebug Design). I worked almost 2 1/2 years at the Scrapbook Nook and I feel so lucky to have another opportunity to work again in a creative environment.

Customer Service Representative

I have been enjoying scrapbooking and paper crafts for about 8 years “running” (pun intended!). Despite working part-time in this field almost all of that time, I still feel like a newbie, and remain very excited about all there is still to learn.
My favorite things are
coordinating, double-sided paper (particularly in vivid
colors), flowers and bling. I also love helpful, easy-to-use tools like my ♥Envelope Punch Board ♥.
I have an amazing husbandand we are overwhelmingly grateful, joyous, love-them-beyond-words, so very proud of our two girls.

Customer Service Representative &
Class Instructor


My name is Cindy Hainer. I am married to a wonderful man and together we have raised 4 beautiful children. They are the reason that I scrapbook!
I started scrapbooking about 20 years ago, when a friend introduced me to "Stampin' Up!" It has been fun to see the world of scrapbooking change over the years and to laugh at my first page attempts.

I also love to make cards and recently have fallen in love with all forms of paper crafting. I starting working at the Scrapbook Nook about 2 1/2 years ago and worked there until they closed. I love sharing my passion for scrappin', card making and paper crafts with others and meeting so many awesome and talented people. I am so excited to be part of this store and look forward to creating with all of you!!