Thursday, April 15, 2010

Scrap Therapy & My challenge Entry

So...last week, I was dealing with some really negative emotions to some people in my life, and I couldn't figure out a way to get rid of them without totally going off on the people I was upset with.  I was also dealing with the sadness of losing my FIL....so....I decided to try scrap therapy.  I loved it!!!!  I took a plain white 12 X 12 piece of cardstock and I journalled all of my feelings, thoughts, emotions onto it, around and around and around.  Then, I took that white piece of cardboard and I inked it and inked it some more, distressed it, tore it, painted it....just messed it alllll up!!!!  I wanted everyone to be able to see my thoughts and feelings (you can still read bits and pieces, but nothing telling), but not to be able to know them.  Then I took a pic of me, ripped it (so much fun...lol) and stitched it back together.  I used the new BoBunny lines of papers mama-razzi, because I just love them!!!  I put some border punched pieces of CS behind my tears and rips. 

The title letters and the mat for them, I cut on my sil...love that machine.  I made the bling myself, which you can see in an earlier post or visit my etsy shop.  The chipboard hearts and "me" I painted with navy blue and linen paint, the cheap stuff found at Walmart.  I sanded the "me" after painting it.  Then, I added some flowers and roses.

This LO shows what I feel like inside.  There are some rough edges and some rips and tears, but I try as best I can to put myself back together and fill the gaps and holes with as much positive stuff as I can.  The flowers and hearts represent the fact that I try to be kind, I try to be giving and honest. 



I also was able to finish my layout last night for the numbers challenge by Estee over at Scrapbook.com.  I wanted a unique idea rather than a birthday or a school grade.  I was happy with my idea.  This is my sweet little boy, Elias.  He is 1 1/2 here and was copying things Paul was doing when he was remodeling our bathroom.  Paper is by K & Company Hopscotch collection - boy. The ruler, title letters, and bolts I cut on my sil. The title letters I embossed with zing metallic copper. The bolts I embossed with zing metallic pewter. The ruler is inked with Antique Linen and a darker brown piece of paper behind it. The clock is a stamp on transparency embossed with Zing black. The two journal blocks were made in Microsoft Word. The tool diecuts I've had forever and a day...lol.


9 comments:

Nancy aka Homesclscrapper said...

love all the grunge. great boy page.

Mrs. Tristan said...

OH MY GOSH!! That is the perfect BOY PAGE i love the bolts you did! and the first layout is absolutely fab! Great great layouts!

KellyCali said...

Scrap 'Therapy' indeed! By all means, take it all out on the paper! Not only do I love the double-meanings throughout the process (tearing up/putting back together)...but I especially love the extensive journaling with the ink ontop! What a really great way to work through all your very intense feelings this past week! TFS & Hugs!

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Sarah said...

Oh scrap therapy never looked so good - I love pages that have so much meaning (seen and hidden). I love those bolts on the second layout!!

Alison Richardson said...

Love the grungey distressed page & such a cute boy page love the little bolt heads.

Tracy S said...

Great LO's. I LOVE what you did with the first and all that it represents. Very awesome and heartfelt LO. TY so much for sharing. Scrapping is so therapeutic isn't it? I hope it helped you work through some emotions.

Amanda Sevall said...

Wow! What an amazing layout and a great way to work through your tough days. I certainly hoped it helped and hugs to you!!

WendyG said...

Love this!!!! Such intense emotion went into the LO and you can see and feel it just looking at it!!! Well done! I also use scrapping as therapy through tough times...how lucky are we to have a craft that can achieve better results than any therapist!!LOL!

BrandieY1 said...

Ok... LOVE LOVE LOVE your Pieces of Me layout! I know things are crazy right now... just remember it builds your character and gives you strength to get through... anything...

Now your little boy is just adorable and I love that layout! :)