I've always considered myself a scrapbooker. I have an entire, tall cabinet filled with materials I've collected over 15+ years. Paper, stamps, stickers, embellishments of all kinds are crammed inside this space...but I haven't opened it, except on rare occasions, for years.
I didn't give it up consciously. I've developed a condition over the past few years that can make it hard to write, to cut, to do all the things that scrapbooking requires. It just sort of faded out of my life as it became more painful to do. Lately, I've missed it tremendously, and I've also missed the fruits of it. I love looking through old pictures and albums and remembering all the special times. I adore taking pictures, chronicling the present for the future.
A month or so ago, my mom told me about something she saw in a craft store and encouraged me to check it out. It's called "Project Life" and it's a way to "scrapbook" without all the things I can't do anymore!
First, you pick an album. Here's mine:
|Don't you just love the bright colors??|
Next, you put your pictures in...
|Who couldn't save sweet pictures like this? :)|
|This is just a sample of a few cards. There are hundreds to choose from!|
And, viola! You have a page done!
Usually, I do this in many steps; maybe just adding pictures one night, then cards another afternoon, followed by journaling, usually on days off when my hands can rest afterwards.
I can't tell you how good it feels to be creative again! I've missed losing myself in a project, and I've missed the feeling that comes from looking back over the pages I've created.
It may not be exactly the same as it was before, but someday, when I'm feeling better, all my supplies will still be there for me. For now, this is just what I need. It's allowed me to rekindle a passion, rediscover a hobby, and once again lose myself in the beauty of memories and creation.
I'm so thankful for that.