Dolphin Enterprises

Posted - Apr. 8, 2004 at 11:50 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Scrapbooking has recently become a multi-billion dollar industry. But surprisingly enough, scrapbooking has actually been around for centuries. In fact, Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain used scrapbooks to store newspaper clippings, drawings, poems and other memorabilia. Though the materials we now use to scrapbook have evolved to include a variety of papers and decorative accessories, the purpose of scrapbooks, to preserve memories for future generations and ourselves, has remained the same.

La Rayne Stuber and her husband, Tom, founded Dolphin Enterprises, a scrapbook supply distributor, based in Salt Lake City. La Rayne tells me it all started with one innovative product that originated from their love of scrapbooking.

One day La Rayne was creating a scrapbook page to preserve some memorabilia of her late aunt — but there was a problem. When she would close the scrapbook, some of the three-dimensional memorabilia and embellishments would get ruined. Knowing there had to be a solution to the problem, La Rayne and Tom designed what they call a "protect-a-page." Just a quarter-inch thick, this multi-use, clear plastic page protector snaps on all four sides to protect three-dimensional embellishments from getting destroyed between scrapbook pages.

This product soon led to the creation of the Stuber's business, Dolphin Enterprises. Named to reflect the couple's love of scuba diving and dolphins, the name symbolizes how the Stubers enjoy their business.

Since its formation two years ago, Dolphin Enterprises has sold hundreds of unique scrapbooking products to scrapbooking stores around the globe. This includes specialty papers designed by Tom, who is also a graphic designer and vice president of publishing for a scrapbook magazine called "PaperKuts."

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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