10 December 2011

Self-Reflective Scrapping

Hi all,

The past few months have been very challenging for so many reasons. In fact, this entire year has been quite the challenge with many of my worst fears becoming realities this year. Overall I cannot wait for 2011 to be over because I'm ready to get on with good times instead.

In September, one of my biggest fears at work occured and it really hit me hard. Unfortunately I cannot discuss the details of this, however it resulted in a lot of self-doubt and reflection. Over the days that followed that experience, I had so much time to go over and over it in my head and have since made peace with the situation, knowing that I did do an exceptional job and I should never have doubted myself in the first place. However as humans, we do. Over and over again. Its one of those frustrating traits most of us seem to have.

Up until recent times, I had never scrapped about anything negative. Always instead focusing on the positives in life. However the negatives shape us just as much as the positives do, therefore it is important to record both of these. Especially when it comes to self-reflection like I have done in this next layout. Many of you will have seen one of my recent posts after having lost my cat recently too so again, its a moment that should be recorded and remembered, because no matter how hard, these moments do shape us.

 This layout includes hidden journalling inside the envelope on my experience at work and my feelings that followed. It even includes a totally hideous photo to reflect on the physical emotion of the time.

I am linking this up to the current Bo Bunny layout challenge, which is to be inspired by circles. I absolutely love the timepiece collection and have used it on so many creations. For this particular layout, I chose the clocks (circles) to express the sentiment that time heals all. There are also some great circular designs on the background paper too.

Materials: Bo bunny timepiece papers, Kaisercraft velvent ensmeble mini pad, Kaisercraft blooms & bling, AC thickers, Jillibean soup kraft alphas, Manor House creations leaves, vintage buttons and twine.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to look. This particular layout was one that I contemplated not sharing but decided to go ahead and share. It has taken time, but I have had the chance to move past the experience now. There are still reminders here and there but my doubts are gone.

Holly x


Alanna said...

This is beautiful Holly, honestly. It is so important for us all to take the time to reflect and scrap about events like this as they are the moments they shape us. Well done on scrapping such a time in your life and bring on 2012!

Jasmine S said...

This is just gorgeous and I don't think the photo is hideous at all. I think it is a perfect reflection on your theme and the clocks and the envelope are just fabulous. The touch of red and green really pops from the earthy tones.

Lizzyc said...

oh thanks for sharing this layout Holly.. i have some awful memories scrapped too.. the loss of my friend from a brain tumor, my brush with cancer just to name two.. life isn't all roses, there are thorns.. this layout is of a time that has been hard for you, and yes i too hope next year is much better than this year.. a precious layout, because it is of your life experience... take care..

Cynthia Lloréns said...

Hi sweet first of all thanks for the lovely comments on my blog!!!
You did a amazing and wonderful work in this page just a gorgeus details and I love how to use the envelope!!
I wish a wonderful weekend.
Big kisses and huges from Brazil
PS.I will like to invited you to play in http://scrapforhelp.blogspot.com

Rachael Funnell said...

I think this is FANTASTIC Holly!!
Sometimes it's good for the soul to scrap about our NOT so good times in our life's!!
Your have done a FAN FAB U LAS job....
I just love that Envelope!!!

Mireille said...

love what you did here.. and love the story behind it. - well.. hm.. I mean.. love that you scrapped about it.. gotta love it when english is not your first language- Find it very hard but also very therapeutic to scrap about the hard things . *hugs* to you.. and thank you for joining in my challenge!