Sunday, October 28, 2012

I scrap because it make ME happy!

So often I get the question asking why I decided to start doing paper scrapbook layouts, considering that I don't have children, don't have a legacy to leave to anyone, especially since I've been doing digital scrapbooking for over 7 years. While it's true that I don't have adorable baby pictures, or pictures of events I want to remember years from now, my every day moments are just as important to scrapbook. I recently read an article by a woman who is obviously wise beyond her years who addressed the issue of creating scrapbooks for yourself. Not your children, your family, but you. And it really resonated with me. So I decided that instead of scrapbooking my fave photos of my dog, or my cats, or my husband, it was time I showed up on the page, and not feel guilty about it.

This weekend, I did just that, and I scrapped a large 4X6 headshot of myself. Yikes! Seeing my face, that large, staring back at me from the page was intimidating. I thought others might think it vain to use this photo. But I did it anyway. And I love it! Really love it!

And of course, since I had the stencils and modelling paste out, I couldn't resist creating an art journal page on a 12 inch piece of cardstock. I love how it turned out, given that I didn't bring a lot of my art journalling materials with me to the crop.

I guess what I'm saying in this post, is that sometimes, even if you DO have children and family that you share your scrapbooks with, do a few pages every now and then that are just for you. It's very liberating, and gives you permission to try things that you've never done, without worrying about having the pages judged by others.

Now, I know I promised you photos of the mixed media journal I did at the Prima workshop, but I'm going to reserve posting them just yet. I still want to finish up the cover, and complete the journal before I post more about it.

Have an amazing weekend everyone and for those of you that are in the path of Frankenstorm, stay safe!!


Anonymous said...

I love your layout! It's very soft and romantic. I think I see a little bit of Cari-inspired elements.

Your art journal page is totally awesome. I love how you use different elements. When I look at this page, I see "happy."

Your message is very powerful! Even if I scrapbook pages of my kids, I still do it for me because there is a chance they will toss out my albums in a landfill somewhere when I'm long gone. I have been trying to add myself to layouts, mini-albums and my art journals. It shouldn't be hard, but it is.

Emma said...

Kiki it is so true - I never wanted to scrap before cuz I said why I have no kids but now it`s something I enjoy it makes me happy. I hope some day my nieces and nephews will be fighting over them. But I so get what you are saying and feeling.
Emma :)
p.s. sad to see you don`t like the Auntie Em`blog as one of your fav`s ;(

Robyn (RedDogGirl) said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I am right there with you on the scrap-what-you-love boat. It doesn't have to be about legacy or even documentation. It can just be an expression of what you LOVE - and that includes YOURSELF!! It is really tough to put ourselves on a page as we react to the photos and our inner critic comes bursting out. But it is SO important that we show up on the pages too! Excellent page, excellent post!

Last Diva Standing said...

the layout is awesome and so really matches your personality.
i love that you did
the journal page w/out your reg journal goodies.i think sometimes we get in ruts,that we do the same things over and over,love how you challenged yourself!
as for scrapbooking ourselves.My family's b-days(layouts) are up to date.I've not done any of mine from the last 3 years,lol.