As the year draws to a close, what have you learned? Did you set goals and accomplish them? Or like the rest of us, was your 2012 a mixed bag? While some introspection at this time of year is typical, it’s also a great opportunity to treat yourself with kindness, forgive your HUMAN ‘flaws’ (not really flaws) and release what doesn’t serve you. What can you let go of that might make your life easier, happier and more fulfilled in 2013?
Check these out these layouts using the December Release kit from the Scrapbooking from the Inside Out design team – and make sure to look for the symbolism in each layout.
Design Team Coordinator Melissa Elsner acknowledges her tendency to hold on to negative experiences, playing them over and over in her mind thinking about how it might have worked out differently. Notice the forward motion of the horizontal strips of paper on her LO and the ‘messy’ distress stain behind her design is perhaps symbolic of the distress that she feels not being able to let go as easily as she would like.
Diana Brodeur shares custody with her ex and has some kid-free time every other weekend. At first, it was rough for her to be without her girls but now she relishes her alone time as a way to recharge and be an even better mom. She let go of her prior expectations of how things ‘should’ be and is making her life her own.
Jen Matott uses a very meditative self-portrait to remind herself to try to let go of past hurts and old wounds…which is easier said than done. She backed some of the butterflies in the kit with PP which gives them a colorful sense of motion and movement.
Mary Jo Rhoda, recalls releasing a ‘friendship’ which didn’t serve her and the freedom she experienced by letting it go. Her photo torn in half is a visual symbol that I think we can all understand. She remains grateful for the women in her life who do reflect friendship the way that she sees it. Forgiveness is a wonderful message to take into a new year.
Nicole Martel wants to work on releasing her sense of overwhelm and learn to relax and connect with a happier her. Can you see the freedom in her hand drawn title and splatters?
Guest designer Kristen Tweedale uses Christmas as a benchmark for looking back at the year that is ending and forward at the year that is to come. I love her verbal and visual imagery of entering the year a little lighter…and a bird flies away…
So as this year comes to a close, what will you let go to make space for all that is to come? Leave a comment hereby 9:00 am (Mountain Standard Time) Wednesday, December 12, 2012 and let us and you might win our newest kit, RELEASE.
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Katie B. says: What a great subject to create a layout around. Like Melissa in the first layout – I get stuck in my head reliving past experiences and trying to fix them or change them…sometimes they just make me angry or sad all over again. I know that it is not a good thing for me. It would be nice if I could let go of some of these experiences and move on. I can’t change other people, I don’t want to ‘burn bridges’ work-wise by trying to tell people how they have wronged me. So I know it is time to let it go. It is hard though. Ha! This was a great post! I loved reading about and seeing the layouts. Thanks for sharing. Katie B.
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