Are your childhood memories ones you cherish, or ones you’d rather leave behind? The innate innocence of children is universal, but as children we aren’t always allowed our innocence. Sometimes our past holds lovely memories of carefree days and living without fear. Some of us experienced teasing and bullying, or even worse trauma that has left us scarred. And most of the time, it’s a mixed bag.
If you’ve read my guest posts here before, you know this kind of topic is just what I love to investigate with my own scrapbooking and is what we do best at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out (SFTIO). It can be therapeutic to explore and express your past difficulties and take steps toward freeing yourself from the shackles of your past.
I felt personally connected to each and every layout created by the SFTIO designers this month. How about you? Check these out:
Design team coordinator Melissa Elsner uses words that could be mine when thinking of my youth. Don’t we all, at certain moments, long for the ease of childhood—real or imagined? Playing, laughing…few responsibilities and lots of fun. Being a grownup can be hard!
The Early Years by Melissa Elsner for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
Diana Brodeur uses a great school picture (don’t we all have these hiding somewhere?) to tell the story of her first crush at age 8. I remember mine! I’m inspired to tell that story since I recently picked up a huge envelope of my childhood photos from my parents.
First Crush by Diana Brodeur for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
Jen Mattot creates a colorful and meaningful layout about her happy childhood, with the interesting layer of acknowledging from her current vantage point how much her mother must have been in the process of learning while she was blissfully unaware and joyful. As a new mom, I can relate!
Childhood by Jane Mattot for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
Kate Vickers tells a truly universal story – growing up thinking that adulthood would provide all the answers. Of course, it doesn’t. I love Kate’s bravery here in admitting what most of us feel in some way – that we still hold the questions we asked in years gone by.
Where I Belong by Kate Vickers for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
Mary Jo Rhoda sends a beautiful message to her daughter based on her own life experience. Like the rest of us, Mary Jo enjoyed her life now but sometimes recalls the ease of Saturday morning cartoons and holidays without the work! She reminds her daughter to enjoy these fleeting moments of childhood.
Stay by Mary Jo Rhoda for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out
Nicole Martel recalls being bullied as a child and losing touch with her best childhood friend. Her journaling recalls both true friends and kids she’d rather forget. Knowing her as I do, I know that Nicole’s ability to be a good friend and mom is a result of rising above these difficult childhood memories—they’ve made her more resilient and more sensitive. I certainly have some stories, as we all do, that could use some air.
St. Helena by Nicole Martel for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
So what childhood story would you tell to free your heart? Comment here and let us know and you might win our newest kit, Innocence.
Congratulations to our winner!
Beatrice Lawson says:
I love these pages! So wonderful to see something else than the LO we see most often – holidays and such. I would try to capture the experience of growing up in a communist country, so my son can learn about hs mom’s very different childhood and hopefully appreciate more the freedom he enjoys and is not aware of….
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This kit’s inspired color, design and symbolism includes soft, delicate trim from Webster’s Pages and Maya Road, sweet Pink Paislee rub-ons, vintage-look patterned paper from four manufacturers and much more—including another way to create yourself—with DIY Thickers and sparkly WOW graphite glitter from American Crafts. The Innocence kit is ready for you, as is our free inspiration page will spark your inner artist with incredible layouts from our design team, links to our exclusive music, prompts, quotes, and a meaningful Pinterest board to help your creative heart and hands flow.
Our past has shaped us – for better or for worse, we are the sum of our experiences and how we process them. Join us online, learn about yourself and grab your kit and our multimedia inspiration now…we would love to welcome you and join you on your journey. Be you and explore your inner world!
–Rachel Kaufman, Scrapbooking from the Inside Out