Creativity Heals: Adapting to Change

by Dorathy Gilchrist




In each issue, we highlight one way a reader has used scrapbooking as part of the healing process. Jana Morton created this scrapbook page about how her family adapted to a new situation when her father suffered a stroke and came to live with them.


Caring for Grandpa by Jana Morton. As seen in the October 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.



Why Jana created this scrapbook layout

"I could see my daughter making such an impact on my dad during this challenging time. I want her to always know how much her love and care touched his heart when life seemed so uncertain for him." 

How scrapbooking has helped Jana heal

"I find a great deal of peace scrapbooking about the people that I love and the relationships that I cherish. It not only brings me a sense of peace to record my feelings at that point in time, it also serves as a means of recording real life moments that we have overcome. I truly believe that scrapbooking gives me a greater appreciation for the people that I love as well as the gift of life itself. It allows me to slow down and focus on the blessings that surround me." 


Create a layout about how you or your loved ones adapted to a tough circumstance. How did others change or rise to the occasion? What did you learn about yourself from the experience?

Scraphunger: Filling local food pantries

Change can bring unexpected circumstances that require us to adapt, and adapting is sometimes uncomfortable and may require healing. Brenda McKune of Warrenton, Oregon, overheard a couple of women discussing how life changes led them to getting their food from a local food pantry, but the pantry was under stocked. This chance encounter led Brenda to create Scraphunger, an annual 12-hour scrapbooking and craft crop that she's hosted for the past four years. The crop is a way to raise food and funds for her local food bank, thus helping people in her community heal from tough situations. To date, the crop has raised enough to feed over 1,000 people. To learn how you can help Scraphunger, or how to start a similar crop in your own community, contact Brenda at, or call her at 503-861-8126.        


For more scrapbooking inspiration, check out the October 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.




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