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Today our Guest Writer is June from Cen’s Loft. When you’ve enjoyed her article, why not click over and check out her blog?
Looking through my album pages the thought occurred to me how they were all bright and cheerful, showing happy events and good times, a store of positive memories.
OK, I hear you ask “What’s so unusual about that?”
It’s not, most scrappers will find the same in their albums. I know that I for one, use scrapbooking as a way to record the things that happen to me and those close to me as we go through our lives. Photographs and journaling explain the events and feelings, so they don’t get forgotten. But on reflection it seems to me my album is a little unbalanced.
What happened to the rest of my life, the sad, confused or lonely days? The times I was so angry and the moments I felt lost. Perhaps other people do scrap those as well, but I am sure many are like me and just preserve the positive moments.
So why should I feel the need to scrap the negative?
There is an other way to include those times and it needn’t be ugly!
What about using a photograph to represent the mood we were feeling or the atmosphere of the time. Photographs of animals, especially cats and dogs, which have such a wonderful range of expressions could be used.
The journaling can explain the mood and could be extremely therapeutic to write, as it would get us thinking about how we were actually feeling at the time. The more I ponder it, the more ideas come into my head on how symbolism could work.
A mist over water could convey a feeling of being lost or directionless. The possibilities are endless and not just for negative emotions. Perhaps I’ll even adopt this idea for other more positive times too!
So in conclusion, I feel that in future my albums should capture a wider range of the emotions that I experience in my journey through life. There is a place in my albums for negative emotions, they are after all a part of my world and me.
June writes the Cen’s Loft Blog where she shares her designs and freebies with her readers.