How do you scrapbook when you are sad?

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Posted 10/4/2012 by Wilna in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 10/4/2012 2:02:49 PM
give me tips.
When winter comes in Canada i am a little blue.
I need some pea power.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 2:05:44 PM
I try to scrap something cheerful when I'm blue, like a vacation I loved or cute/funny kid photos. Or if the mojo isn't there I make a cheery card or two, typically with some kind of pun that makes me smile or laugh.



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Posted: 10/4/2012 2:12:16 PM
For me, I just make myself sit down and do it. I may not feel like it at first, but the actual process of making something centers me and lifts my spirits. I may not love the thing I've made by the end of it, but I always feel 100% better than I did before I sat down to scrap. So my advice is to just do it!
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Posted: 10/4/2012 2:15:44 PM
When I am sad I do not scrap.

When I am blah which is what I think you are describing I put on good music or a season of Gilmore Girls (usually lighthearted and funny)and light good candles to make the house smell good.

Sounds and scents are very powerful for me so upbeat music and warm scents like pumpkin or hazelnut for fall conjure (sp?) up happy images for me. Good light also so if it is dark outside I use my Ott light and the lights in the room.

Good question, I will be very interested to see what the responses are. My dad has a special light and it helps him, you may want to look into that.


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Posted: 10/4/2012 2:31:45 PM
I'm in Canada too, I know what you mean. I find I have to preplan a bit more and I usually allow myself some extra budget so new supplies keep me motivated. I also stock my cupboard with good coffee, hit chocolate, and David's Teas. It's also a good time to scrap some summery stuff. Using bright colored supplies lifts my spirits. Hoping this winter is similar to last winter for where I am in Canada (prairies). It was much milder than usual.


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Posted: 10/4/2012 2:33:16 PM
I don't scrapbook when I'm sad.

I've had a rough couple of weeks. I've found out one of my pets is ill and only has a 50% chance of long term survival and that my parents are considering a divorce. Needless to say I have been very stressed out and just not in the mood to scrapbook. I can't force my crafting, I have to be in the right frame of mind.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 3:16:42 PM
I'm in sunny California so no issue there, but we all get sad or stressed and that does make me stop scrapping! I try to just do a small project maybe a card and that will help. I make a small kit with product I love,I scrap lift a layout I love and I look at blogs or here for inspiration. Just do something little and build upon it!

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Posted: 10/4/2012 3:16:59 PM
Find those photos that bring a smile to your face and re-scrap them!

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Posted: 10/4/2012 3:26:41 PM
tinaev, I'm sorry about all you're going through right now. I totally understand about not being able to scrap when you're stressed or upset.(((hugs)))

Wilna, winter is not easy for me. I've worked hard to change my thinking about it, though. Instead of viewing it as dark, dreary, and cold I try to view it as a time to slow down, spend more time at home, and create a cozy atmosphere. Put on a movie that you like, make some hot chocolate, make a card for someone (because giving makes you feel good), and focus on the story that your pictures tell. No doubt you have some good, happy memories that you want to scrap. Maybe you could relive them with the people in the pictures to get you in the scrapping mood. "Hey, remember when we..." is all it takes to get my family reminiscing about any funny or pleasant memory.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 4:20:49 PM
Oh Canada and our lovely long, cold, dark, snowy winters. I too get a little down in the winter. So many hours of dark each day just kills me!

I think for me, always having a hot cup of tea, a cozy sweater and my favourite music will help me scrap and not be too sad.
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Posted: 10/4/2012 4:30:42 PM
For me it's sometimes just looking through my scrapbooks or photos that gets me going. How can I be sad if I have a silly pic of my little guy to scrap?

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Posted: 10/4/2012 4:31:52 PM
Scrap an event or time that made you really happy. That always pulls me out of a funk
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Posted: 10/4/2012 5:17:47 PM
Do you have any scrappy friends nearby? I find if I'm scrappin' w/someone, it helps get me out of my funk and gets my mojo workin' again.

Sorry, tinaev.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 5:35:16 PM
I don't scrap when I am sad, but on the other hand, when I start to scrap, I get happy. So I really should push myself to do it. I have been SO good this year about scrapping and I am so happy with the results. Maybe you can think of a special album for someone and make that. Thinking of how they'll feel when they get it, will be great.


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Posted: 10/4/2012 5:46:04 PM
I use happy music, get myself a few new supplies, stock up on a treat I like. Then choose a layout that's just for fun to do just for me.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 5:50:11 PM
And Wilna, you should take a break and come visit me. Yes. It gets dark and snowy here, but we also have lots of sunny, icy blue skies during the winter.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 5:55:40 PM
Sounds like your is environmentally induced? I would tryto set my scrap area up where I could get as much natural light as possible, and then supplement with bright lamps. (Maybe even get yourself one of those lights for SAD and spend some time each day under it. I have a friend who does this and it helps a lot.)

Also, try now to set yourself some goal of what you want to accomplish over the cold winter months. Can you plan some crop evenings with friends? Having an event to look forward to is helpful for me.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 6:18:45 PM
If I'm sad, I don't usually scrap. Lately if I'm not in the mood, I'll get out my art journal and just make stuff that way instead. It lets me express my feelings without worrying about anything.

Yours sounds more like S.A.D. kind of blues, in which case, natural light and other bright lights help a lot. I use Reveal bulbs in my light fixtures and I also have an OTT lamp that I use that sits on my desk. If I can give myself ample light and put on some peppy music or something on my tv that I like to watch, I'm usually good to go.


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Posted: 10/4/2012 7:22:19 PM
I can't.

I have to be in good spirits to scrapbook.


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Posted: 10/4/2012 9:12:09 PM
If I can't get into the mood or lift my own spirits I try to find a class to take and let someone else do all the heavy thinking so I can do the fun part!


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Posted: 10/4/2012 10:19:00 PM
I took the advice here and just went for it today and made a page. It actually went really well and was nice to get my mind off things for a couple of hours.

You girls really know what you're talking about.

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Posted: 10/5/2012 1:25:07 AM
I can't scrap when I am sad either. Thankfully, it doesn't happen too often.


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Posted: 10/5/2012 7:26:39 AM
Put on some upbeat music, and if I still don't feel like scrapping, I might work on a different project.

But sometimes, if I don't fell like scrapping, I just don't scrap. I'll go read a book or do something else.

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Posted: 10/5/2012 7:37:28 AM
Actually, scrapbooking helps me forget my sadness. It's an escape.

It's pretty dark in winter here in Minnesota, too. I just look forward to coming home and slipping into some flannel pj pants and a comfy long sleeve tee. In the summer it's go, go, go, so in the winter I like to cozy up at home.

I really like my Ott light in my scrap area. Maybe you could invest in better lighting for scrapbooking?



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Posted: 10/5/2012 7:37:32 AM
I'm in Canada too, but I find that I work best in the winter, when the weather is cold and snowy and I'm huddled inside.

That being said, when I'm feeling blue, I have a really hard time scrapping. During that time I look through a lot of magazines and online galleries looking for inspiration for when I feel like scrapping again.



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Posted: 10/5/2012 9:03:06 AM
While I certainly don't think I get full blown S.A.D., I definitely notice difference in my body and mind during the winter with such short/dark days this far north. We have two of those dawn-emulator alarm clocks and I know they sound hokey but they make such a difference. It gradually fills the room with light and you wake to light rather than the jarring sound of a noisy alarm. (We had to get two because we had one and my head quickly learned it could just turn over and bury itself in a pillow. Ha!)

The other thing I tend to do is scrapbook photos from summery, sunshiny, happy times on the coldest, darkest days of winter. It can help to get to relive something really happy and fun... I don't think I could scrap anything bittersweet on a dark winter day without getting way too sad for something that is supposed to be fun.

A friend today was talking about booking a holiday to the beach so she could bottle up some sunshine in her soul for the winter. I've heard of worse ideas, I do believe!!!

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Posted: 10/5/2012 12:39:02 PM
I don't really like to scrapbook when I am feeling sad. My pages seem to reflect that even if the photos are of wonderful memories. Maybe no on else can tell that they look "different," but I can.

So, I have found that if I try new techniques that I have wanted to do or experiment with those that I am sort of familiar with, I get lost in the process and forget about feeling down.

The other night I was playing with Tim's metallic Distress Stains. All of a sudden, it was an hour later and I had completely forgotten about a physician appointment that did not go like I would have wanted it to.


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Posted: 10/5/2012 5:11:41 PM
I make "sad" cards. Condolences, sorry you're sick, etc.

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Posted: 10/5/2012 5:23:19 PM
My ds broke my heart a couple of weeks ago.. and boy when I looked in my scrapbook room... I wanted to throw it all out. I just shut the door.. Going to try to go back in it tonight and see if I can get my mojo going.

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Posted: 10/5/2012 7:34:52 PM
My art journal is therapy for whatever blues I have, then it puts me in a creative mood. The journal more than scrapbooking is theraputic.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 5:20:23 AM
I don't... And as I begin to feel better I start small like a card or altered gift bag.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 6:36:15 AM
I scrap the opposite time of year. Christmas is very emotionally hard on me so during that time, I scrap July 4th, beach, summer vacation stuff. In the sweltering summer, I scrap Thanksgiving, snowstorms, and Christmas. While the rest of the PeaWorld is doing December Daily, I'm scrapping bikinis and boardwalks. It sounds strange but it definitely works for me. Sorry to hear about your winter blues and I hope you find an idea that works for you.



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Posted: 10/6/2012 8:37:21 AM
Aww Wilna. Hugs.

For me, I had an example from last year, as I always struggle with this issue around the holidays since we are so far from family. I created my first no-photo layout last Thanksgiving, and I used my journaling to tell the story of my sadness about the time of the year, and my hopes for the future. It was actually pretty cathartic. I hope not to feel this same way again, but I know if I do, I will try this same process because it actually felt good to scrapbook about it, and put it down as something I was struggling with, and that I was hopeful for the future.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:19:21 AM
Maybe take on online scrap class- one with a video you can listen to- it almost feels like someone is there with you which makes it fun. Shimelle's are good!
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