Sunday, April 17, 2011

Be you

The other day i was thinking about how much fun stuff i get to do. And how many wonderful people i have in my life. i'm getting much better at taking photos of that funness and those people, but for some reason it often takes me a while to get around to scrapping said photos. One thing that i never struggle to scrap about is me and what's going on in my head. What i like to call my 'scrap therapy' layouts. Pages to encourage me along, remind me to be my best self, to get my not so great feelings down. These are the pages that come most naturally to me, but i don't often share them with anyone. And i feel like i should. Because it's ok to be me, and it's ok to scrapbook about myself. No matter what anyone else may think.

i mentioned in January that i've been dipping in and out of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben. What's  resonated with me the most from that book is one of Gretchen's 'commandments' for happiness, to 'Be Gretchen'. Meaning she should pay more attention to who she is and not what she wishes she was. Do things she likes and not just what she feels she should be interested in.  'Be Alexa' is becoming a bit of a mantra for me. i've been on a huge personal journey these past 6 or so months and i'm having to face up to a to of truths and make some big decisions so that i can live a balanced, happy life and just be well.

i've had to pass up on opportunities recently because i knew that if i had taken up on them, i wouldn't be true to myself. And i don't regret taking those decisions one bit. i am still finding my way, slowly, but it is my way.

Here's a page i made to remind myself that being me is one of the most important things i can do.

Paper: Crate paper, Mini frame: American Crafts, Alphabets: Jillibean Soup, Basic Grey, Mist: Studio Calico, Punch: Martha Stewart. Other:  paint, buttons, embroidery floss, crochet doilie, white pen. Tools: date stamp, tiny attacher

Ah, yellow + grey, you really are one of my favourite combinations. My beloved square punch always comes in handy when i'm in a funk, it's a good way to use up scraps and house embellishments.

My real reason for sharing this layout though, is to remind you that your uniqueness is the most amazing thing that you possess. There is no one else like you, and that is something very special, so be proud of it!



Keshet said...

I read the book too, so I love seeing your take on it. Beautiful layout!

Unknown said...

Great post Alexa, I'm so with you! Lovely layout too. x

Buzzard Girl said...

This is such an inspirational blog Alexa x

Mandie said...

LOVE this layout, alexa. love!

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