Thoughts on | Scrapping Getaway

This weekend I need to take a break. Between being under the weather for a week, the endless snow and cold and a busy few workweeks- I was drained- and cranky- and not happy.  I was lucky to be able to call a little ‘timeout” for myself and steal away to my craft room for a few hours.  Yes, it meant we had takeout food and the house was not showcase material. And yes, the lid on the hamper was hanging off like a losing game of Jenga- but you know what? Today I feel terrific! I really think that if we don’t take a break, no one will give it to us.  Not because no one cares- but really, only we know what is needed to fill our buckets back up.  Sometimes it’s art, sometimes its exercise or a night out with friends- or sometimes its just a shopping trip all by ourselves- but everyone needs a little refueling.  And today, I though I’d share my little scrapping getaway with you! 
First I spend a happy amount of time just going thru my stash- discovering things I have forgotten and just admiring the pretty of it all. This is part of the process 
for me- it get me thinking of possibilities, so its as much a part of my scrapping as actually putting the photos and papers down.

This time,  I started with my photo. Sometimes I’ll work the other way around and start with product- but this humble little shot had a story to tell that would have gone silent if I didn’t scrap it. I always start working on the floor. I like to spread everything out all around me!
I try and match the mood and feel of my story- and really try not to think too much about if there is a “better”paper. I can always scrap the photo again- and there are really about 10 perfect ways to do it. Moving past analysis paralysis is important if this is going to be fun!

When it’s time to put down the details and begin journaling, I move to my desk.  It helps me zoom in on placements and get focused on my writing.

When it’s done- it feels awesome! The feeling of bringing this one little photo to life, and giving it my voice is so fulfilling- I think it’s why scrapping is so addictive!  Endorphins baby!

While I definitely need to refill my mojo bucket by playing with paper and glue and scissors- I would never give up my  digi scrapping! There is something almost fluid about dragging and dropping, easily re-sizing and being able to play with layers. I think you focus less on “mistakes” made during the process because they are so easy to fix- and you can experiment more with styles because once you have your supplies, they never run out. So you don’t have to worry about “wasting” an element by trying something new out. And- its a lot less dangerous drinking a latter right next to your layout!

Bottom line is that when the creative process is what brings you joy- you have to make time for yourself to do it. And whether your making a layout, organizing supplies, or even admiring layouts in a gallery- it feeds that need. Embrace it all. The baby steps as well as the final product!

what joy will you create today?


  1. This is something I need to do. I just moved back home to Florida after being in Washington state for 5 months. I need to refocus on my creative side as it was squelched while living up north. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. This is something I need to do. I just moved back home to Florida after being in Washington state for 5 months. I need to refocus on my creative side as it was squelched while living up north. Thank you for the reminder.

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