Scrapbooking from the Inside Out: Release the Past and Let Go on Your Pages

Rachel Kaufman

Rachel Kaufman, Scrapbooking from the Inside Out

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.

Layout by Melissa Elsner

 

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.

Layout by Diana Brodeur

 

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.

Layout by Jen Matott

 

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.

Layout by Mary Jo Rhoda

 

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?

Layout by Nicole Martel

 

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…

Layout by Kristen Tweedale

 

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.


Congratulations to our winner!

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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As always, thanks for stopping by!

- Rachel

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19 Responses to Scrapbooking from the Inside Out: Release the Past and Let Go on Your Pages

  1. I have to let go of what my life has been. I have been a stay at home mom and I LOVE it, didn’t really imagine myself doing anything else. I was so certain it was all I would EVER do from now on….well because of circumstances beyond my control i am having to let that chapter in my life go and go back to work full time. *sigh* it’s an adjustment and I have recently just chosen to let go of the negatives and embrace the next chapter with a positive attitude.

  2. tape says:

    I’ll let go of my uncertainty and feel free to do and say what I feel is right.

  3. These layouts are wonderful. I’m letting go of excuses. I have been working on this for awhile. One of my major pet peeves is when someone says they don’t have time for something they allegedly want to do (like scrapbooking), yet they make time for TV shows they don’t even really like, or playing stupid games on Facebook. I have so many things I want to do and it’s time to drop the excuses (including “I don’t have time”) and explore the possibilities.

  4. Brenda says:

    I am going to release my insecurities and feeling like I’m not as good as someone else. My plan for 2013 is to focus on getting healthier and believing in myself more so that my 11 year old daughter has a better role model.

  5. I’m going to let go of my fear of not being good enough.

  6. 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.

  7. jengd says:

    I’m with Melissa- I need to find a way to “let it go.” Even I’m amazed at some of the ridiculous baggage that I hang onto. Silly little things from 10 and even 20 years ago hang around in my brain. Stupid things I’ve said, dumb things I did. They had no real consequences but still I have them sitting in my brain nagging me for being an utter twit. Really? I just haven’t found a way to evict them yet though I don’t even know why they’re still taking up space- they’ve never even paid rent! ;)

  8. Cori says:

    Having my books and cd’s in alphabetical order. It makes me happy, but my family doesn’t keep it that way. I’ve had to let it go.

  9. Jenny McGee says:

    I want to let go of the overwhelm I am feeling in my new job. I have only been there a week so far. The time will come when I learn everything, but now I just need to take a deep breath, and learn it one step at a time.

  10. kay wolter says:

    I want to beat the depression and Satin saying I am not good enough and I need to find new career but at 54 What do I want to be when I grow up? Go from many part time jobs to a full time with passion….Love this whole article Feels amazing….

  11. Lynda says:

    I need to let go of spending so much time on scrapbook blogs. That may sound silly, but I really suspect that I do it to avoid doing other things that are dreaded responsibilities. It’s just more fun to immerse myself in a hobby! I’m old enough to know that you can’t always do what you want.

  12. Emily Todd says:

    I definitely have to let go of old worries and anxiety that are just taking up space and keeping me from moving on and living without fear.

  13. Miriam Prantner says:

    I need to work on letting go of my schedule/list of things to be done, and learn to live in the moment a little more, and be OK if we miss naps or whatever.

  14. Mel H says:

    I’m hoping to let go of some family pain and move on with my life….it’s been a tough year.

  15. Julie A. Shearer says:

    I need to let go of trying to help people who will not help themselves .

  16. Katie says:

    I love all of these pages. They are so inspirational. I need to let go of what other people think (like minor acquaintances!) and focus on myself and those who I love.

  17. Carmen says:

    I need to let go of some bad decisions I’ve made and realize I can never get them back.

  18. Lin M. says:

    Thanks for this great giveaway opportunity! What I need to release is trying to make my crafts (scrapbook pages, cards, etc.) perfect and enjoy the process of creating more.

  19. Beatrice Lawson says:

    I loved the layouts shared here… and the comments from the other ladies who are looking forward to change, challenging though as it may be. One of the worst things I do to myself is procrastinate. If I need to do something I hate then I find reasons to put it off, and then spend a tremendous amount of nervous energy worrying about it and playing worst case scenarios in my head until I finally get down to doing whatever it is that needs to get done. I rarely make resolutions but this year I am determined to get the unpleasant things done if not first then at least in a timely manner.

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