Creativity Heals: Mental and Emotional Challenges

by Dorathy Gilchrist


Srapbooking can be used as a tool in the healing process. It's not uncommon to face emotional struggels as we reach milestones in our lives. This happened to Erin Clayton on her wedding day, when she felt sorrow that her mother, who had died four years earlier, couldn't be there with her. Erin used this poignant photo of she and her aunt sharing their grief to create a touching scrapbook page .

Wish You Were Here Scrapbook layyout by Erin Clayton

Wish You Were Here by Erin Clayton. As seen in the November/December 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.

Erin's Advice to Other Scrapbookers Suffering from a Loss

"Grief and missing someone is something that is always with you. Yes, with time it fades a bit, but the memories are always there. So I would urge [you] to scrap about the people you miss--scrap about your emotions when you really miss them and scrap about the memories you have of them. Even though they are gone, they are still a part of your life, and by scrapping the good and the sometimes painful emotions, you get them out on paper (or screen) and it is therapeutic--you feel better and you have shared some of your loved ones' stories." 


Create a scrapbook page about an emotional struggle you are going through, or that has shown itself during certain seasons or at particular milestones in your life. Let recording your story in a special way help bring you comfort and healing.  


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