Welcome to Wednesday Windings…Wherever the Creativity Takes Us! Whether you’ve been scrapbook family memories, building spiders from pipe cleaners, or painting your bathroom…I hope you’ll link up over in the left sidebar and share a recent project with us!
This week I’ve got something exciting but a little anxious-inducing to share. I’ve signed up for my first on-line class since college. When the recent post over at Get it Scrapped popped up in my reader I couldn’t help but go check it out. They’re hosting an on-line scrapbooking course titled In Loving Memory, How to Create an Album of Remembrance. The class is being taught by Tania Willis, who suddenly lost her mom in 2007. I was in tears by the end of the course description. I’ve just felt so completely overwhelmed by the idea of scrapping about my parents. And yet, I’ve also felt desperate to do it! The 5 steps to the course just made so much sense to me about how to tackle this topic. It starts on March 14th.
I signed up and skimmed through the preliminary forum posts from Tania. The list of supplies to get started is pretty simple and a lot of it is about organizing your thoughts and memories to get going. So I’ve been gathering up my supplies, and I’ve got some work to do digging out some pictures. But I decided to easy myself into this by creating my own memory journal to use. I’m going to take a regular college ruled composition book (bought for $0.20 during Back to School shopping!) and mod-podge it up for myself. I’ll be sure to show you how it turns out. I’m taking the style from a recent card I made for a birthday that I was very pleased with.
These are scary deep waters for me. Will I have the nerve to plow through so many things that are going to throw all the hurt back up in my face? Will it be as beautiful as my heart wants it to be? Or will it be a constantly unfinished frustration shoved up on my shelf? I’m sure I’ll let you know.
I’m encouraged by some of the pages that I’ve seen of Tania’s. As she writes…“In my online course, In Loving Memory, I will provide you with an abundance of starting points and journaling triggers, as well as layout samples and sketches to get you moving forward on making your own album of remembrance–all the while encouraging you to be gentle to yourself along the way. This is definitely not a race to a finished album, but a process of documenting and healing all in one. It’s scrapbooking as therapy, not just art.”