Often times, we get caught up about recording memories of our loved ones that we neglect one self. I'm one such example. I do not crave the attention and I find it easier to focus the joy of scrapbooking on others. With that said, I challenged myself to explore deeply into who I am as an individual - my current likes, dislikes and what inspires me to scrap.
Choosing the unconventional method, I decided to create a vision of my creative self in a form of a cork board-inspired display tray. I carefully lined each rectangle space with thin cork sheets. Then, I took time to conceptualize my thoughts and decorated each space with photos and embellishments from the Maggie Holmes Styleboard collection.
I live by quotes. Words crafted leave me to ponder and reflect my life. The 'Be Bold, Be Italic but Never Regular' quote stand I have is a motto that I stand by - to take chances, to dream big and to be courageous. Also, I stuck a post-it stick pad onto one of the cork sheets and I could easily use it to pen down my personal thoughts OR inspirational quotes. How cute!
To break the monotony, I backed up some of the cork sheets with frames. In one of the sheets, I also did a vellum sequin pocket. This helps to brighten the overall look as more spice and colors are used. Using embellishments, I painted these frames with elements that I love - butterflies, cameras, flowers, those I tend to gravitate to for everything I scrapbook about.
To mimic the idea of pinning elements on a cork board, I used dimensional triangular brads and pin elements, too. I would highly recommend the triangular brads. I had no problem piercing them through the layers of papers and they can be easily secured.
To tie in all the loose ends, I tend to take a step back once the basis of the project is more or less complete. This is the most important part in my scrapbooking process. I re-look at what has been done; take the time to fill in empty gaps with smaller elements (e.g. enamel dots) and to connect the dots between the photos and the words documented (e.g. rub-ons, journaling). Then, the tray is complete as it is meaningful and relate-able to me.
Moving on, I was inspired to create a layout, too. I love creating layouts and they are a 'MUST' when I scrapbook about life, in general. As you can see, I chose similar embellishments that inspire my creative self. One of the techniques I love most is die cutting. This hand drawn heart shape filled with sequins is my way of personalizing and representing 'ME' on a page.
My creative self has changed so much since six years ago and it's worth documenting, for that same reason. There is that sheer pleasure and therapeutic value in self-discovery. But more importantly, self-discovery gives me a clearer vision of why and how I scrapbook. I do encourage each of you to do so too, even in the midst of our hectic lifestyles.