I have been indulging in scrapbooking for as many years as I can remember, and my process and style have definitely evolved over time! As my family grows and changes I become consistently more and more passionate about recording our stories through photographs and words so that we have a visual way to remember all of the memories that I know we might forget over time.
You can’t go home again
Scrapbooking helps you take time to preserve the experiences in your life. When you start scrapbooking your story, you start to see your life as the precious thing it really is. Scrapbooking reinforces the importance of your experiences, helping you gain a greater appreciation for the people and events around you. My family really seems to enjoy looking through the pages I have created because it instantly takes us all right back to those precious moments that are now long gone. It is amazing to me how much emotion and memory can be recalled after seeing a scrapbook page from the past!
Therapeutic by Nature
Studies have shown that a person’s physical and emotional health benefit from creativity within their lives. Scrapbooking allows for a fun and creative way to express yourself, and includes all kinds of craft supplies like paper, stickers, glue, and even computer elements like fonts and digital brushes. One of the best psychological advantages associated with any craft or hobby really, is that it has the ability to transport you to a different place, and away from the routine concerns associated with busy lives.
To further support this popular idea, New York psychologist Robert Reiner conducted a study of the stress-reducing value of sewing, “The act of performing a craft is incompatible with worry, anger, obsession, and anxiety. Crafts make you concentrate on the here and now and distract you from everyday pressures and problems,” he says. “They’re stress-busters in the same way that meditation, deep breathing, visual imagery, and watching fish are.”
Make time for the little things in life
Unfortunately, it is easy for me to get caught up in my day-to-day life, pushing scrapbooking and creativity to the bottom of my “to do” list. Maybe it’s that I feel guilty for doing something relaxing, when I should be doing something productive. But now that research is showing that creativity and crafts or hobbies are good for our health, we no longer need to view leisure pursuits as just self-indulgences. Scrapbooking isn’t just enjoyable, it’s downright therapeutic.
I hope you are inspired to scrapbook your life’s stories!
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