How scrap can be therapy

Ah, the restorative power of a simple glue stick!

Here are ten ways that cutting and sticking can help glue *us* back together…

One: write a simple list of your hopes and dreams, things you’re grateful for from your day or just how you’re feeling right now: it’s all better out than in!

Two: writing a prayer or letter to a higher power, or an encouraging note to yourself, can really help you to get things out of your head and the weight off your shoulders.

Three: why not print out a blog post, write down a podcast quote or copy a page from a favourite novel? Make sure it’s in your favourite font and on vellum, of course!

Four: don’t overlook the relaxing power of fussy-cutting! It’s so calming to sit and snip pretty bits out and makes you really appreciative of the gift of your supplies.

Five: celebrate small wins… even if they’re things that would make no sense to anyone else, be sure to praise yourself for any small accomplishments, either physical or emotional.

Six: record your crafty goals and accomplishments – intentionality in even really small things can lead to big changes.

Remember how a ship can be steered somewhere completely different by changing course by only a few degrees.

Seven: be kind to yourself with positive statements and affirmations… however we may feel, we really are worth it.

I turn to my books even more when I’m struggling to feel bright about life… just making that cosy time for me, helps to pick me up and feel more like something good has been accomplished.

Eight: resolutions aren’t just for the new year – stay on track by re-evaluating the course you’re taking on a regular basis.

Don’t forget that no one needs to see your notes other than you… pop notes in envelopes if you want to keep things really private.

Nine: write down or stick in nice things that people say about you… we girls need all the encouragement we can get, so valuing little comments makes for a beautifully encouraging little book to flip through on blue days.

Ten: be your own cheerleader. I often approach my pages with the idea of telling my inner child something that is true that she may have forgotten.

That she’s safe or loved; that she can keep going and that she is valuable… sometimes we need to remind ourselves of what is true, when the unhelpful voices in our heads whisper otherwise!

8 thoughts on “How scrap can be therapy

  1. Suse,

    I’ve been doing scraptherapy this year but in a 3×8 album that I already owned. I LOVE THE WHOLE PROCESS!
    But now, I want to make my own little book, like yours. I searched Youtube and couldn’t find info on constructing the cover. Are you putting the cover sheets inside page protectors? And when you attach the ribbon, are you knotting it and then covering the knot with the circle?
    Or if I overlooked a tutorial video, just tell me to go away… LOL
    Thanks,
    Tina J.

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    1. Aw, that’s so fab to hear! I’m so happy you’re enjoying the process so much… doesn’t it feel so helpful to just get what’s inside, out each day? I rarely miss a day now 🙂

      As for how the books go, they’re crazily simple and different each month. I’d advise just playing around and seeing what works for you.

      I tend to make the cover from something slightly sturdier… maybe a pretty paper in an A5 page protector or a piece of cute acetate. I hole-punch the covers, pop a bit of ribbon through, then tape over the inside cover to hold it in place 🙂

      It’s really made me smile to hear how you’re enjoying this process too! Thanks so much for sharing, doodle! xxx

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  2. Nicole Gallagher

    Thank you for this list! I have been looking for a way to make something that makes me really excited about the hobby that usually brings me joy. In the last two months it has not made me feel the way it usually does. Your honest posts and kind spirit are just the ticket to get me to feel the excitement again.

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    1. Wow, what a gorgeously encouraging comment, Nicole, thank you so much!

      Yes, I think combining the art of cutting and sticking with genuine ‘how am I doing today?’ thinking has really brought the thing back to life for me… I don’t often miss a day now and sometimes settle down a couple of times to add something or create a little bit more of the book! xx

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  3. I’m afraid I read/enjoy your posts more than I comment so I want to pop in occasionally to say ‘yay!’ as I always enjoy your thoughts and am inspired by your scraps.

    I have allowed myself to get too caught up in the chronological scraptherapy (always leaving me frustrated) and need to concentrate on a topical scraptherapy journal. This post inspires me to keep an encouragement journal. One I can return to read over and over.

    So thank you – again! – for the time and effort you put into these posts. And a reminder that there are more reading your posts than commenting. I’m guilty person number one. ☺️

    Hugs –
    g

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    1. Ah Greta, you’re so kind to comment! Thank you!

      And yes – deciding to do anything chronologically doesn’t work out so well for me either! I remember trying to read my Bible everyday as a teen and managing days one and two, then skipping three, then going back and trying to catch up…! Never worked.

      I dip into my books as and when I need them. At the moment, it’s very much everyday – and sometimes more than once! I think sometimes the urge to create can be stronger, perhaps for me, especially when things are busy… I use it as my calming down time.

      Now my desk is in the kitchen, I find I can add a layer or two in between chores, which is handy when it comes to drying! 😉

      An encouragement journal sounds so perfect! I love it and hope it’s just what you need xxx

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