We scrapbookers are fabulous at documenting all the events in our lives. We scrapbook birthdays, holidays, sporting events…we do annual round-ups and first days of school. We preserve our memories with gusto.
But there’s one side of our lives we often fail to scrapbook…our faith.
What I Believe, by Courtney Walsh for Creating Keepsakes magazine.
No matter what your spiritual beliefs are, they are a part of you. And if you fail to document them, you leave behind an incomplete picture of your life’s journey.
It’s easy to get started with a documentation of your faith. Simply create a layout about what you believe. At the core of you, what do you believe to be true? If you’re not religious, consider scrapbooking your “aha” moments: your life’s motto, the words you live by, the quotes that speak to you.
For this layout, I wanted to capture my most basic beliefs. Years from now, I want my kids to know that these are most important to me. I don’t want them to think I always had it all figured out. I want them to have a clear picture of the ups and the downs as well the things that, in my mind, never change.
So, how do you get started in documenting your faith?
1. Choose your method. You can record your thoughts in an art journal, create a belief-themed scrapbook, or simply work your faith pages into your annual albums. Whatever you decide is fine—there’s no right or wrong.
2. Jot down a few of the key things you want to capture about your faith. Here are five ideas to get you started:
- I believe… You could make a whole book about this, and it may change as time goes on. Capture it all…even the days you doubt or arent’ sure what you believe!
- A person/people whose faith I admire. Who has helped you in matters of faith? Who inspires or challenges you?
- Prayers and meditations. Why not create a prayer journal to keep a record of the things you’re exercising your faith for? You can also capture your meditations on wise words from favorite scriptures or quotes.
- Lessons I’ve learned. It’s great to capture your “aha” moments, the ones that help you define what you really believe.
- Blessings. Take a page out of Oprah’s handbook and capture the things you’re grateful for. It’ll shift your focus and help you see what really matters.
There’s little that’s more important about us than who we are on the inside. Use your paper crafting talents to bring the inside of you to the outside. It’ll be therapeutic and will serve future generations well.
For more ideas about scrapbooking your faith ideas, feel free to visit my blog, where I post weekly prompts and inspiration pieces.