One of my favorite ways to use scrapbooking as a tool for self-awarenesss and self discovery is “truth telling.” It’s the reason I started scrapbooking in the first place: I wanted to have an outlet that would give me the freedom to go from writing about my feelings in a journal to expressing my feelings in a scrapbook. Scrapbooking gives me a way to express my feelings in a cohesive and meaningful way that helps me feel lighter and, yes, better!
We may love many parts of our lives, but (to tell the truth) at times we all have ways in which we doubt ourselves, who we are, or our path. Sometimes these layouts aren’t for public consumption—but why not do them anyway? If you kept a diary as a kid, or a journal as an adult, you will most likely find great relief in expressing your truth.
Our Scrapbooking from the Inside Out (SFTIO) Design Team created some very real and moving layouts on the subject of our June kit, Truth. Pay special attention to the self-portraits our artists used…they tell a good part of each story.
Design Team Coordinator Melissa Elsner reminds herself to”be true to you” in this lovely layout about her struggles (and the universal struggle) to accept ourselves for who we are. See how instead of only journaling that it’s okay to be herself, she also admits how difficult it is at times? That’s truth telling.
Sometimes by Nicole Martel for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
Nicole Martel shares her “sometimes” thoughts—those doubts that crop up in all our minds—and the title is so appropriate, don’t you think? Luckily, life doesn’t hand us doubt or difficulty all the time, but it’s so very human to have these feelings.
Be True to You by Jen Matott for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
Jen Matott gets deep and confronts the little lies in her head that stop her from always acknowledging her beautiful self. She ends with her dream for herself: being comfortable in her own skin—wonderful!
What truth would you like to tell and get off your chest now, and how could you scrapbook it? Comment here by Monday, June 4, at 9:00 am (MDT), and you might win our newest kit, Truth. This great kit, filled with soft, clear colors, denim, burlap, and more, is ready to help you to tell your truths.
Come join us online to learn more about our kit and to get our free inspiration page to help your creative heart and hands flow. And be sure to stay tuned! Our SFTIO design team is expanding in July, and we look forward to inspiring you with even more layouts that give you permission to tell your truth every day. We would love to welcome you and join you on your journey to explore your inner world!
—Rachel Kaufman, Scrapbooking from the Inside Out
Congratulations to our winner, RamonaP: I think I would want to talk about motherhood and how I struggle to still sometimes be me and not mommy.
To claim your prize, watch for an email from Creating Keepsakes.