The thing is, what’s not there is every bit as important as what is: in scrapbooking and life more generally.
Here are a few thoughts I’ve been having about the importance of whitespace in my life right now…
At faithscrappers today, I tried working in a new format: a 6×8 album instead of in the margins of a journalling Bible.
It felt like a completely different activity, even though I was still just responding to the text and I adore the airier result.
I’ve done a bit of de-cluttering around the house too; not that we had masses of stuff to begin with, but things do creep in, don’t they?
It felt good to buy a can of white paint and freshen up some of our wooden furniture too.
And mentally, I’m finding I need my whitespace more than ever: that hour’s walk each morning has become a non-negotiable, so much difference does it make to my sense of well-being.
Sometimes we just need to switch all the noise off and be reminded of the larger circle of life going on all around us.
Getting up an hour earlier than we need to be getting dressed is a great whitespace maker for both Kitts and I.
I sit quietly and look at the garden and just let my mind wander. It’s good for me to read a chunk of my Bible and give the day to God.
It’s a nice centring time.
I’ve been intentional in not shopping so far this year… other than for essentials. And that’s not been easy: because sometimes the whitespace really feels like it needs filling (with lovely scrapbooking goodies, of course!)
But it doesn’t need filling: it just needs getting used to.
And I’m learning to ‘hold the space’ as it were, however uncomfortable that may feel.
And I’m trying to allow more whitespace in the area of social media too. A picture or two a day on Instagram, one or two blog posts a week and then on with my day.
Again: not easy, but leaving that i-pad in the cupboard until evening really allows another chunk of air to circulate through my day.
How about you? How do you make room for whitespace in your day?