I teach a lot of classes on scrapbooking and stamping and I almost always mention how therapeutic these creative ventures can be. I joke that it is cheaper to buy stamps than to pay for therapy. I always thought it was true, but never more than when I did these pages. My daughter Sarah wanted to scrap book so we were up in my craft room at 'the table' getting set up. I looked at pictures, moved stuff around,....but I just couldn't do a thing. I felt like a big wall was in front of me and I didn't have the energy to climb over it. I can't remember feeling quite that way before. A few days later, I received a package in the mail from Lisa Bearnson. No, we aren't friends or anything, it was her new scrapbooking kit that I had ordered. I opened it up and felt a surge of excitement! I finished what I was doing and then Sarah and I tried the scrappin again. It was so awesome to be able to sit down and have everything planned for me. The whole page was laid out, all I had to do was add pictures. I could do that. I did all three layouts from the kit and then just kept on going! I felt renewed and re energized! I truly did experience the therapy I am always telling people about. It was wonderful!
Not only was I finally able to scrap, I was also able to work with some pictures that I found in my purging. These are OLD pictures. I don't really like working with old pictures (from my past) because they are horrible! They are so dark, and small, and heck, I wasn't the cutest kid growing up, so....a bit depressing I guess. With this layout, I didn't even have to think! I just slapped them on there. The funky colors of the paper even went with the old colors of the pictures. It was a lot of fun!