All About Inside Out
Welcome to Scrapbooking from the Inside Out™
So many of us spend our time scrapbooking about the events in our family's lives: the birthdays, the holidays. We also dedicate ourselves to documenting the people we love and the things that make them unique.
I'm here to remind you that you matter, too! Your story needs to be told by you, both for you as well as for future generations. One of the most important gifts you can give your children is the gift of you-who you truly are and what you think and feel.
And most importantly, in the process of telling your story, in all its beauty and depth, its glorious times, messy moments, and painful lessons, you will be transformed.
My vision is Scrapbooking from the Inside Out™. While many scrapbookers start with photos or products, I advocate a different approach-starting with the emotion. It's a form of what I call 'Scrapbook Therapy'-using scrapbooking as a form of self exploration, self expression, and self discovery.
Here's the scoop:
Each month, we'll focus on a specific emotion. The monthly kit for sale will be geared toward products that can be used to explore what that emotion means to you, in your life.
You'll be able to access an 'inspiration' page each month with links to stuff that will make you think, help you explore and stir you to express yourself on the scrapbook page like never before.
We'll have music links, photos of great art, quotes, journaling prompts, and loads of ideas and samples from great scrapbookers to help jumpstart your creativity.
And we need you-to share with other scrapbookers in your online community to support each other in reaching for scrapbooking as support, encouragement, catharsis, and processing life's pleasurable and difficult moments.
I am excited to share this with all of you as I believe that you're here because your philosophy is closely aligned with mine. I believe that together, we can create something phenomenal -- we can encourage the use of scrapbooking as a way for us to tap into our deep inner worlds in the midst of our very busy lives. I hope you'll come along on this journey.
If you're having trouble getting started, try this how-to guide:
Start with an emotion - ask yourself the questions, "What am I feeling right now?", "What do I want to express?", "What's bothering me?" or "Why do I feel good right now?"
Spend some time with the emotion - look for quotes, songs, or art that inspire you.
Write down what it brings up - thoughts and images.
Find a photo to support emotion - sometimes something in your collection, sometimes stock, sometimes you take a photo, sometimes no photo at all!
Think about what colors and shapes are brought up by the idea you want to convey.
Look for embellishments with meaning - what do you have in your stash that conveys the idea, literally or figuratively.
For journaling, think simple - how can you say what you feel? Try starting with a song lyric, a quote, or write as if you were talking to yourself or as if you were talking to a child.
Disclaimer: I am not a therapist, and this site is not a substitute for counseling with an experienced professional. Please seek appropriate support when you need it.