I was recently asked “why birdhouses?”. I know to some it may seem counterproductive to be churning out these little dust collectors and (gasp) wasting my precious scrapbooking time and products on them when I could be actually scrapbooking instead. To be perfectly honest, for the past few years since my separation and divorce, scrapbooking has just been HARD for me. Every time I pick up a pen to start journaling, I get caught up in these complex thought circles that have nothing to do with the task at hand. Older pictures I find myself wondering if I should be journaling how I felt THEN or how I feel NOW. Newer pictures I wonder if the absence should be noted. It just feels surreal after years of scrapbooking on my old dining room table in my old house etc. But I realized, that for me, the creative process was just as important to me as trying to preserve the memories. I also realized that just like creating a layout, creating an altered item brings out my own feelings and personality. Each piece means something to me and can evoke memories and feelings. The papers were picked with a thought in mind and even when I start a project just wanting to use a certain paper, I’ve found that it’s because that paper brings out some inner piece of ME. Something I want to say, even if I’m the only one who can hear it. Ok. And so I just love to play with paper too! 🙂
Philosophical hijack over, on to today’s project! This winter has just seemed to last forever so here’s another one that’s just about brightness and flowers and chasing away those winter blues! Patterned papers by Stemma (floral) and Making Memories (roof). Brads by Making Memories – all the tabs were removed and they were simply glued on. The paint is two shades by Making Memories mixed together.
Wishing you all sunshine and flowers today!!