This blog post is a real struggle for me to write because it’s about my ‘why’ behind my scrapbooking and later digital scrapbooking hobby (though it was more serious to me than a simple hobby!) It’s also painful to look back at what I accomplished and gave up. And that’s the point of this post. You see, I have a stack of CD’s I handed to my math girl a few years ago. At that it was just too painful to deal with. That stack of disks is nothing to look at. The art it contains is not on display. Those stories were locked up along with my heart. When I lost my daughter I lost my voice, my drive, my ‘why’.
I got my daughter back at Christmas last year and just got the box of disks back for Easter. So I wanted to encourage everyone to tell your stories, show your art, and put it on display. Don’t lock it away in a box under the bed or hidden on old hard drives. If you’re not opening your scrapbooks or photo albums and telling your stories please find an audience online. Please don’t let your heart be silenced.
Here are a few of my favorites:
For a number of years I would find a new way to construct a calendar for the family for Christmas. And I would collect pictures from their cameras, and later phones, starting on Thanksgiving. I called it my ‘photo harvest’. I just realized I’ve missed a decade!
Leave a comment if you have questions about materials or techniques used.