Are you looking for a creative way to visually tell your or your family’s life story?
While you might think about scrapbooking as a way to preserve memories, it can also be a therapeutic, self-care activity.
Engaging in creative hobbies like scrapbooking lowers your anxiety levels. People are sometimes encouraged to start a scrapbook when in therapy or counseling.
Consider these benefits of scrapbooking:
1. Improves memory.
Focusing on the activity and making creative decisions is a brain workout that improves your memory.
2. Keeps your heart happy.
As you create your scrapbook, and when you look back on it in the future, you will be reminded of significant events and memories. Looking through old photos will help you see the ups and downs of life with appreciation.
3. Helps you and your loved ones to process life events.
Every page of your scrapbook will tell a story. Whether you or your loved ones are going through the scrapbook, it will turn into opportunities to talk about thoughts and experiences again.
● Scrapbooking can be a healthy way to process grief after losing a loved one. Looking back through a scrapbook of the lost loved one can bring back positive memories and appreciation.
4. Tracks your personal growth.
Making it a habit to keep your scrapbook updated is like retelling your life story. It becomes a record of challenges you face, accomplishments, and notable memories. Your scrapbook is a place where you can refer to and see your progress.
Overall, scrapbooking has positive, therapeutic impacts for you and your family.
How to Get Started Scrapbooking
As you begin to start scrapbooking, designate a big, bright area where you can lay out all your supplies and be creative.
Then follow this process:
1. Scrapbook digitally or use an album.
Nowadays, you can use an app to start a digital scrapbook that you can share with others. Or, if you prefer to flip through pages like a book, you can create a scrapbook in a traditional album.
2. Start small.
Trying to start a scrapbook that tells the story of you and your entire family’s lives can be overwhelming. Instead of overwhelming yourself with a big project, start with a small project like documenting a memorable event.
3. Choose photos.
You don’t have to include every photo from a particular event! Choose the best quality photos with good lighting. Try to choose different angles to add depth and character to your scrapbook.
4. Buy basic supplies.
Add color and personality to your scrapbook by getting creative! Sticking with basic supplies empowers you to start small and not spend all your money before you know scrapbooking is the right outlet for you! These are basics:
● Washi tape
● Page protectors
5. Add dimension by layering paper or stickers.
To give more personality and depth to your scrapbook, you can have multiple layers of scrapbook paper. This can add design to space that would otherwise be blank.
Overall, scrapbooking is a fun and therapeutic activity. Try to start small so that you avoid overwhelming yourself.
It’s a creative outlet that can also be a historical record for your family for generations to come. For added depth, you can add journal entries, written memories, or descriptions that will give your scrapbook readers perspective into what is happening or how you felt in the photos.
Sometimes, you might feel overwhelmed trying to complete a project. Remember that scrapbooking is first and foremost a creative outlet for yourself. It’s just a bonus that you’re preserving memories and photos - in a creative way that your family will appreciate!
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