Hi everybody! Last month, with our INDEPENDENCE theme, we explored the tension between holding on and letting go – balancing being independent or merging, protecting our children or letting them fly, relying on our comfort zone or striking out.
This month, we continue on the path toward self-awareness and understanding with our new kit, GROWTH, exploring themes of maturation, progress and self-improvement. Do you tend to your inner garden, or do you allow your spirit to wither? Cultivation of your goals, growing up and growing old, and your emotional evolution are our focus.
The GROWTH kit includes Prima’s lush Madeline collection, Webster’s Pages elegant Country Estate, and lightens up with American Crafts’ Hello Sunshine and Hambly’s gorgeous woodgrain on gold leaf. Soft blues, navy and delicate greens balance floral grace for a most versatile kit with uber-useable b-sides for those of you who aren’t feeling quite so girly.
Our mission at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out is to empower women and girls to express themselves authentically and honestly using our craft. One of the things we do best at SFTIO to foster that expression is use, teach and encourage the use of what we call ‘Visual Journaling’ – using visual symbols (including shape and texture) to represent and reinforce your page’s theme.
Vine and floral images demonstrate growth: movement, change and progress. Dragonflies are symbolic in many cultures of change and change in perspective. Butterflies are a central symbol of maturation, as we watch them raptly as they outgrow their cocoons and expand their wings. Raindrops make an appearance in patterned paper, because all growth, on the earth and on life, requires rain to fall. Flocked rub-ons create the sensation of new growth, or a mossy, fertile environment, woodgrain alphas suggest the firm foundation, as in a tree, required to allow buds to bloom, and long borders allow for charting, graphing and timelines to be drawn.
Can you find the Visual Journaling that makes these DT layouts so meaningful?
Design Team Coordinator Melissa Elsner recalls the growth she experienced living with friends who helped her to be more authentic…she grew her wings. Small butterflies get larger on her page, and the photo is framed and stitched all around as if to show her safe, supportive ‘surroundings’ in the house with her friends by her side. The paper strip with the waves shows me the ups and downs normal in every friendship, and she turned her ‘raindrop’ paper upside down – as if being there helped her rise above the past.
Pamela Palmarini uses masculine and feminine patterns together to show us the relationship with her husband. She links elements, disparate pieces – circles, leaves from different kit elements, to give us a view of her growing understanding of what it takes to keep her marriage strong and growing. Their time away together is perfectly reflected in this monochromatic layout – with shades of green that take me on a journey from new love to the rich and deep connection we can cultivate over time.
Mette Kallander uses a framing technique, along with a soft, lush flocked vine and solid tree images to reveal the safe, comforting and warm embrace of her family, the soil that is her solid ground, allowing her to reach for her dreams and have a place to land and be authentic. The edges of her LO? Roughed up, like life can be outside,,,but inside, cozy, clustered, even using spray ink to link her elements as one.
Jamie Long’s layout is such a great example of how math and scrapbooking can mix! A graph is a great way to demonstrate how two things, not just numbers, but beings, are connected. As a dog lover, I can completely relate to the idea that more time with our beloved pets = more happiness. The fun pop-art flowers, the wavy border and the cute emoticons tell a great story that made me smile.
Laura Croft, having just experienced a loss, used this LO to express the universal pain of hurt and regret. The raindrops become tears, some popped up for impact; the woodgrain title elucidates the solidity of loss, and the gently undulating vine the ups and down we all experience – which she acknowledges in her journaling, and wills herself to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Every month we create a kit that uses the freshest supplies along with all the symbolism you’ll need to help you tell your real story. Our industry-exclusive FREE Inspiration Page each month provides you with a multimedia support system – including deep journaling prompts, a music playlist, quotes, photos and evocative challenges to make your tender heart and creative mind and hands flow.
We’ve also got an amazing, deep and real community of women just like you who want to share what truly matters most. And with our kits, there are no sneaky add-ons to buy – just the perfect amount of stylish new paper, beautiful and meaningful embellishments and crazy-good variety!
What’s your favorite symbol of GROWTH – one I’ve listed here, or another one of your own? Leave a comment here and tell me, and you’ll be entered to win the GROWTH kit. And do come join us online and grab your GROWTH kit and our free inspiration now…we would love to welcome you and join you on your journey. Come on by and Explore Your Inner World! We’ve just sneaked our September kit – BALANCE, available September 1st at our website.
Want to really dig deep? Registration is open for our premiere boutique in-person weekend retreat: CRAFT: Creating Reflective Art for Transformation, on the sand in Santa Monica, CA, November 11-13, sponsored by Creating Keepsakes, American Crafts, Prima, and more! Instructors include CK Dream team members Linda Barber and Stacy Cohen. Click here to read all about it.
P.S. Don’t forget Free Font Friday! Download the CK Love Note font for free!