Creativity Heals: Scrapbooking the Best in Ourselves and Others

Sometimes we have a hard time finding the good in ourselves.  We compare ourselves to others and feel like we are “falling short.” How can we use creativity to help us see the best in ourselves? The key is to focus on what we are good at, while accepting our limitations and faults.
The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.

We can use our creative skills to document what we like about ourselves as a daily reminder. I love this scrapbook layout made by Iris Babao Uy where she journals about what she feels she is good at: accepting herself for who she is. This is something we could all do a better job at!

"Scatter Sunshine" scrapbook layout by Iris Babao Uy

Scatter Sunshine by Iris Babao Uy.

Iris says: “The layout I made here was about how I found the courage to accept my limitations as an artist and yet still allow myself to continue to dream, create, share, and teach.” She hasn’t limited herself because she isn’t perfect; rather she has embraced imperfection and lets herself shine through her creations.

We can also use creativity to help us accept and love others for who they are. I made this layout about my relationship with my husband.

"Love the One You’re With" scrapbook layout by Suzy Plantamura

Love the One You’re With by Suzy Plantamura.

If you think others should be perfect, they are bound to fall short.  I had to learn the hard way to love others the way I should love myself: unconditionally for who they are. The key is to focus on the good in others as well as ourselves and let the rest go.

Another one of my favorite quotes is this one:

The real secret to a fabulous life is to live imperfectly with great delight.

We are all imperfect, but as it says, the key to happiness is to accept our imperfections.

What have you learned about yourself or your relationships with others through the years that might be worth documenting? Put it in writing so you don’t forget and can pass those hard-learned lessons on to others!

I challenge you to make a page about you that is all about what you love about yourself. Read it often so you can hold your head a little higher and realize that you are perfect just the way you are!

Suzy Plantamura, CK Dream Team member

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4 Responses to Creativity Heals: Scrapbooking the Best in Ourselves and Others

  1. charlene says:

    love these quotes!

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  3. great quotes…. thanks for the reminder

  4. Darla Podliski says:

    Thank you so much for this reminder. I began scrapbooking in 1997 after my then 10 year old sister was diagnosed with leukemia. It was one of the hardest times of my life. Scrapbooking was something new introduced to me. I fell in love with it and I then shared it with my little sister. It helped her through the long hours of being in the hospital and her scrapbook pages have become treasure as she passed away in 2002 from the disease. The books mean more than anything to me. And scrapbooking her photos helps me deal with the loss even now 10 years later. Now I am battling idolent lymphoma and have learned of a lump that needs removed from my breast and some issues with my liver. It has been difficult. We went to Disney World in March and took our four year old son for his first visit. He is autistic and has been obsessed with Disney for a long time so getting him down to Disney was a dream come true for him and getting to do it before I get sicker means so much to me. I am now working on those scrapbooks and on days where I just want to cry, I work on my disney scrapbooks and it makes me smile and feel better about my day. I thank creating keepsakes for being a part of my life and my recovery.

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