The Therapeutic Advantages Of Scrapbooking

 

I never tend to hide the fact that I was – and still am – a scrapbooking enthusiast. Some of my old friends used to say, “Stop doing that. It’s an immature move, and boys won’t like you once they find out about it.” Others merely thought that I need to focus on more adult-approved hobbies, such as bar hopping or partying.

For sure, I know they are making an excellent point. Those folks want me to “act my age” so that the guys I meet the first time won’t think they’ll turn into cradle-snatchers by hanging out with someone who loves scrapbooks. But the thing is, how can I let go of a hobby that is therapeutic in various ways?

Here are the advantages of scrapbooking, just in case you wish to try it as well.

 

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  1. The Activity Makes A Fun Stress-Reliever

Believe it or not, a lot of health professionals recommend the art of scrapbooking to their clients to get rid of their anxiety. It is true as well with the elderlies and cancer patients who have much more issues to handle mentally and physically on a daily basis than a regular individual.

The reason I notice is that the hobby allows you to stop thinking about worrying stuff and concentrate on the craft. That results in a stress-free mind, of course.

Every time new photographs are added another piece of our lives is given a place of permanence. We are reminded of what we once looked like, the kind of lives we led. — Arthur Dobrin D.S.W.

  1. Your Social Skills Can Develop Through It

This activity is undoubtedly not a solo thing. Unless you’re working on your selfies, it’s OK to bust out some paper scraps and ask your officemates or family members to make a scrapbook with you. FYI, not all adults will think it’s weird for a fully-grown woman (or man) to enjoy this pastime. The fair ones may see you as a very sentimental person.

 

  1. You Can Look Back At Your Achievements

The purpose of scrapbooking is to become a better version of photo albums that you can effortlessly buy at the store and forget about after a couple of years. With each personalized portfolio, you may have an ongoing theme, such as your childhood or college memories. It’s also highly acceptable to scroll down a few quotes, statements or dates so that you’ll be able to remember the special events that happened when you took those pictures.

In the same way that we enjoy listening to our music on shuffle, for example, and find it almost impossible to tickle ourselves, our autobiographical memories are never so powerful as when they sneak up on us unawares. — Hal McDonald Ph.D.

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  1. The Creative Juices Can Run Wild And Free

Letting your creativity to take over you the entire time you’re working on a scrapbook is an absolute necessity. You can free-hand everything too and add more designs and colors as you go. Especially to folks who feel as if they’re living in a controlled environment, it is a great benefit.

 

  1. It Improves Your Memory

The art is undeniably excellent for your brain health as well. Though you’ll only be able to hold on to your recollection for as long as possible, it won’t be so challenging once you have constant reminders of your past in the form of scrapbooks.

The scrapbooks have given us a vehicle for remembrance and emotional connection particularly important for a family that often did not know how to express its feelings. — Helen Davey Ph.D.

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  1. Seeing Your Finished Work Will Boost Your Mood

When it comes to scrapbooking, you won’t merely slap on random pictures or texts on the papers. Some even go as far as collecting loose sheets and binding them on their own to achieve the full experience. Thus, you can’t help but admire the end-product and get a lasting sense of happiness sweep throughout your body.

From Fear To Hobby – More Than Learning A New Skill

It was one of my greatest fears until curiosity peeped in and intervened and turned that fear into a hobby.  

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Who would ever think that you can turn your fear into a hobby –  hobby that can lead you to the path to finding your passion, passion that bears the fruits of pure endless joy?

 

Art Scares Me

When my friends learned that I enrolled in an art class, they were all shocked, and had the same response, a big “WHAT!!!???”

Since elementary grades, I always had this fear of coming to our art class.  It instantly made me quiver and nervous.  I hated the idea of drawing, wasting time imagining things to create images, and I was so lacking when it comes to drawing figures and combining and mixing colors.  

 

When my kids were younger, I would sometimes feel guilty that whenever they would ask me to draw something for them, I would tell them to, “Just ask your dad to do that.”  It’s a shame always turning them down and not being able to teach them how to make even simple drawings.

Art expression stimulates narrative. Studies during the past decade underscore that art is not just a “right brain” activity, but actually a “whole brain” activity that stimulates language and storytelling. — Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT

Is It Fate That Takes Its Course?

Until one day, I impulsively decided to attend an art class when I saw their advertisement from a magazine.  

 

I made my appearance on the first day of the class, still, with the same tension which I used to have during my grade school years.  I worried that I might be the oldest one there, that my classmates who were younger might make fun of me and my work. But it turns out that most of the people who enrolled also had the same curiosity as I did.  

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The first time the instructor requested us to put out our pen and sketch pad, I saw my hands tremble in fears.  Raising panic began to control my thoughts. It took me a while to have the courage to draw the fruit on his table until I eventually managed to do it.  It’s not a beauty in itself yet, but deep inside me, I knew it’s the start.

Making a good decision requires us to know ourselves. We need to know the things we can live with, the things we cannot compromise on, and the things we can tolerate or get used to. — Nicole S. Urdang, MS, NCC, DHM

Building The Confidence

Months passed, I became less anxious, and I was able to take on complicated tasks our instructor was giving us, like painting gardens, landscapes, and sceneries.  I became more comfortable asking some questions and tips on how to mix and match colors, what better methods to follow in creating figures I want to make, how to better interpret the image in my mind.  

 

My instructor taught me more than one way to mix and match colors.  He told me that it matters that we understand our color wheel, our paints, and the kind of medium we choose to use.   In the world of art, it’s our own imagination. We have the free will to create anything we want, and we can convey and connect our ideas to people with the proper use of these colors.  When an artist makes that kind of connection to his audience, it enriches his soul.

 

Curiosity-Led Hobby

Reading about older people enrolling in art class triggered that curiosity in me and brought me back in time.   Is it indeed possible?

I did join the class, and I was happy I did it.  I found out that dealing with fears is possible, and you can even enjoy it, turning fear into a hobby.   

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Art class didn’t only teach me new skills in painting. It taught me a life lesson – that we can overcome fears if we equip ourselves with knowledge.  

Creation of knowledge on your own is the best way to learn—children and adults alike will remember more, and know more deeply, material that they have taught to themselves over material explained to them. — Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D.

Taking my brush to mix colors is a real joy.  With each stroke I make on the plain white canvass, I engage myself in something significant and matching contrasting color into one masterpiece gives my life a new meaning.  

Getting Started With Scrapbooking

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Are you of the sentimental sort but find yourself creatively challenged? Do you want to preserve memorable moments but are on the fence on how to convey those moments visually? How can you do it? There is only one word for it – scrapbook! And who knows? Scrapbooking may be the thing for you if you just try it!

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Turn Your Piles Of Photos Into A Wall Of Art

(Scrapbooking Happiness)

 

Do you love taking pictures or do your parents have tons of your baby pics?  For sure, those pictures are starting to pile up.   Well, time to bring those photos out and turn your bare and boring walls into one fantastic original wall of art.

 

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Using your creative talent and instinct combined with the energy you’re wasting just lying around watching TV or browsing your social media account, turn your room into one big memory lane.  Gather up all your photos – childhood pics, photos of your travel, birthdays, parties, whatever you got in there – and start to harmonize and turn your space into your own haven, as if you’re going down memory lane.

Adding objects that silently communicate who we are as a person to our homes and offices reduces both our own stress levels and those of the people who view them. — Sally Augustin Ph.D.

Create Your Personalized Wall Clock

Take some of your photos and create your DIY photo wall clock from it.  You can choose photos that best describe each stage of your life and memories that are timeless as well.

You can decide whatever shape of clock you want. It can be heart-shaped, round, square, whatever you think suits you.  This scrapbook wall is undoubtedly a good idea for your living room or dining room for your visitors to see.  Let them look at those photos with amazement.  They will indeed serve as a good conversation starter.  What do you think?

 

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Word And Letter Art

Another creative way to decorate a wall is to decoupage letter art for the wall.   It could be your name or words that are of significance to you.   You can choose any color and design of scrapbook paper that matches the room or the theme you want to create, and in each letter, you can put on the pictures you want to display.  It will surely be cute to put this scrapbook wall into a baby’s room or girl’s room.

In making a collage, you don’t have to go through the agony of drawing something realistic and are spared the feeling of embarrassment that your pictures look like a 10-year-old drew them… — Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT

The Board Wall Photo Exhibit

You can use square boards to create wall art that you could install into your room, the guest room, or even in the hallway leading to each room.  You can use extra wood panels, any excess from your previous DIY projects, cover them with colorful scrapbook papers or if you have bright-colored or even plain black cloth.  You may design it however you want so that your boards will look attractive.  Glue on the board some photos of family vacations, parties, and other memorable occasions.   It will give your house a real homey feeling.

 

Joyful Thoughts

Scrapbooking can give rein to your creative side.  It can enhance your memory.  Just merely looking at the pictures takes you back in time, stimulates your brain to recollect the event, allows us to experience the joy all over again.

Memory can be an enrichment and is only harmful when it becomes more important than the present. When past and present are accepted as one piece, you are ready to welcome tomorrow. Arthur Dobrin D.S.W.

Wall scrapbooking can also be your family’s bonding activity.   Fill your home with laughter while you put out those old photos. Sort them out with thrill and tell beautiful stories behind those smiles and crazy looks.

 

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No need to follow any techniques or any trends, just be confident to put up the photos you love.   Displaying memories that bring you joy will turn your space into something that is genuinely yours, a spot that will undoubtedly make you happy, something you will be proud to say, “This is the haven that I created.”

 

Tips On How To Photograph Flowers

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Virtually all of us carry cameras, in the form of smartphones, with us constantly, so it’s certainly worth considering how their use impacts our lives and whether we can use them in a positive way. — Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D.

A few things in this world can encapsulate beauty as the flowers do and what better way to preserve the moment by taking a nice photo of it. It can be beautiful, magical, and truly imaginative. The act of taking the picture itself can make you feel light and pleasant. It is a source of such inspiration!

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Scrapbooking Essentials: Planning The Journey

For many years my mother lovingly collected photographs and newspaper clippings, as well as an extensive genealogy from both sides of the family tree. Along with this, my mother had written the memoirs of my grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as her own accounts of various stories from our family life. — Helen Davey Ph.D.

Scrapbooking these days aren’t as popular as it used to be. Given its incredible accessibility, and ever-improving characteristic, most people just opt to upload their pictures to social media platforms that swarm the internet. However, it is also a fact that with its decreasing popularity comes a deeper appreciation for this creative form of expression.

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An Inked Appeal: Why People Get Tattoos

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Reportedly David Beckham misspelled his wife’s name (in Hindi) on the tattoo on his arm and Rihanna has a misspelled Sanskrit prayer on her right hip. I haven’t verified these reports personally, but blame their third grade teachers-blame the schools-they did not teach spelling consciousness! — J. Richard Gentry Ph.D.

A lot of judgment arises when one sees a tattoo. For the longest time, tattoos have been a staple to the more criminal or delinquent lot, commonly being associated with gangs, bikers and prison inmates. Nowadays, normal law-abiding individuals are starting to get inked as well. These are the everyman you meet daily in your community, at work, in school, and just about everywhere.

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Get Expressive: Paint It!

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There are days when you feel that you just want to cut loose. We’ve all been there. The usual humdrum of everyday routine can cultivate a deep feeling of frustration and repression. What if you can come into the office and just let loose? What if you can just throw out the expectations that have been piled on you? If you are yearning for a change of pace, consider painting it out!

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How To Search For Your First Therapist

Have you finally decided to seek professional help and get support from a therapist at this time of your life? For sure, you are still confused about how you are going to start the search for the said mental health expert. Before anything else, we want to acknowledge that what you are feeling right now is only typical for someone still new to trying therapy sessions. We understand how challenging it can be to look for the right professional to help and assist you in your mental health-related issues. At the same time, you are also probably clueless on how to go about this kind of arrangement, especially when you are afraid as to what other people may say.

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It’s okay to be nervous if this is your first time seeing a therapist. That’s a perfectly normal response. The professional does this for a living; you do not. — 

We have decided to come up with an article that will guide every reader on how to start their journey to recovery. The first thing that you must to do is to start looking for an excellent therapist. Keep in mind that you can always change the therapist at any time you want. However, it is best if you will stick to the first professional that you will select. The primary reason for this is to avoid any difficulty as you make a transition, especially when it comes to your records. Because of this, it is imperative on your part to be right in selecting your first therapist. Below are the top things to keep in mind:

Ask Around

For sure, you are not the only one in your community, which is strong enough to confront your challenges and struggles. What you must do is to look for people who have also gotten in touch with a therapist. All you have to do is to ask for their referrals or recommendations. However, make sure to be careful when it comes to asking this kind of question. Do not forget that some of your friends or colleagues may not be open to discussing their therapy sessions in public. As such, it is ideal if you will become discreet when making your inquiries. Otherwise, you may end up hurting them.

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Research On Your Own

One of the best advantages of having an Internet these days is that you can easily search for relevant information online without the need of exhausting yourself. All you must do is to tailor your search to your area so that you can easily find the list of therapists near you that are performing well. At the same time, be diligent enough to search for the reviews or feedback given by their previous clients or current patients. In reading this information, you can already get an idea on whether or not the therapist can be perfect for you. As much as possible, verify the sources of your information.  Take time to check the authenticity of the people leaving the comments so that you will not encounter any problem at all. Moreover, you can also call the clinic of the therapist if you have additional inquiries. The contact numbers are usually available in online directories or their websites.

Doctor’s offices these days are a flurry of activity. So unless you’re having an initial evaluation, your visit is likely to be as brief as 20 to 30 minutes. — Joe Wegmann P.D., L.C.S.W.

Book A Trial Appointment First

The best thing about engaging the services of a therapist is that you get to try a session first. Most of the licensed therapists provide free trial sessions for those who are interested in availing their services. However, there are also those who charge you immediately after the first session. For this reason, it is highly recommended to ask about the terms and conditions ahead of time. Do not book an appointment without reading the guidelines available. Otherwise, you may encounter some issues for your first appointment. During the trial session, it is crucial that you remain honest and truthful in your dealings with the therapist.

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Take Your Time

As already mentioned above, it is ideal if you will take your time when it comes to searching for a therapist. Do not forget that there are thousands of available professionals online who are available to serve you. Because of this number, it can be challenging on your part to find out who among them is the best. Therefore, do not rush the process so that you will not make mistakes or errors in the selection process. Take all the time you need if it means making the best decision for yourself.

The most important issue in making a good decision is to choose a therapist that you feel understands you, respects you and can help you. It is the relationship that really matters. — Ellyn Kaschak Ph.D.   

Always put in mind that choosing a therapist is not only about selecting the most excellent one but also finding the right professional whom you are comfortable to share your stories with.