This post wasn’t supposed to be this post. I had originally intended to blog about watercolour painting but as we all know, not everything goes to plan. Watercolour painting is hard and I now have a brand new level of admiration for anyone who is good at painting. After hours of attempting to create some kinda flower (which was just looking like a blob on a stick), I felt frustrated and defeated and packed away my brushes.
However, in the spirit of turning a negative into a positive and still wanting to do something creative, I opened up my scrapbook. I wanted to make something bright and motivational to cheer myself up. And the thing I love most about scrapbooking is that there are no rules, anything and everything can go onto the pages. You can let your creative side run wild and there isn’t a paintbrush in sight.
All you need to create your own is a couple of issues of your favourite magazines (I used Molly Makes and In The Moment), scissors, glue and some motivational music. Oh and a cup of tea.
Before I started sticking things down, I flicked through the magazines and cut out anything bright, colourful and motivational which caught my eye. My theme was rainbows and positivity, and melons.
Stop overthinking and do something that makes you happy. Mini affirmation cards by Emily Cromwell.
You can choose to fill your pages with absolutely anything, here I found dinosaurs, birds, flowers, rainbows, melons, books, hearts, yoga and plenty of arty things! Anything bright and happy made the cut.
Scrapbooking is all about layering – I started with magazine cuttings, then built up to postcards, motivational cards, stickers, buttons and washi tape. Yay for washi tape!
The Melon of Motivation, You’ll Get There In The End rainbow snail and I Believe In Myself are all postcards by Katie Abey. You can buy 31 Motivational Postcards here. In my last post, I also featured Katie’s Cosy Club enamel pin and there are plenty more cool and colourful designs here.
At the end, I added little sticker hearts and glued down some bright buttons in keeping with the colourful theme. By now, I had completely forgotten about my painting misadventures and was feeling pretty happy with my new creation. Motivational scrapbooking actually works!
You don’t need to be an artist to be creative.
Do you enjoy scrapbooking? What are your favourite magazines? Let me know if you create your own motivational scrapbook pages, I’d love to hear from you!