When All Else Fails, Journal

Ever faced a situation that left you simply unable to scrapbook? Something that knocked the wind out of your sails and threatened everything that matters most to you? What did you do?

Check out how April Calendar Girl Alisa Schenck is dealing with just such a situation right now …

March Calendar Girl Alisa Schenck

My “real life” scrapbooking has usually been about the daily ups and downs we experience in our family and also about our faith and how that fits into our experiences. But what about when something really bad happens, when someone we love is really ill or something negative happens that changes and affects us and our family? How does that fit into our “real life” scrapbooks?

I want to share with you today how I have been figuring out the process of documenting just such an experience and also let you know that scrapbooking during such a time is the perfect way to work through a tough period of your life.

My Dad is in the last stages of cancer. He has been fighting his battle for over a year now and through it all I have been doing a layout here and there on his fight and how it has affected our family.

"Gift of Time"

As his situation got worse my creativity for these layouts was gone and so I began journaling about our experience so that when I am up to it I can pull out my journal and make layouts.

I have found journaling through this tough time to be a wonderful way to capture my heart at the moment. It has also helped me to process and think through all that is going on and remind me of how important my faith is through it all.

With my journaling I hope to be able to go back and create layouts when I feel ready to do it. I think sometimes when we are in certain life situations it is hard to be creative and so journaling through them will give us a way to be able to go back when we are ready and able to tackle them.

"This Day"

I am finding that difficult times can be an important part of our scrapbooks, they tell a part of our family’s story and need to be included just as much as all the good times do. I want my children to know the strength my Dad had, the strong faith that carried him through and how much he loved all of us.

So I encourage you to get out that pen, don’t stop creating when the times are tough, journal through it and those very important “real life” layouts will follow when you are ready.

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Comments

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your father. I had some pretty bad stuff happen years ago and just lost the ability to scrapbook. I’m slowly forcing myself to finally get back to it but it’s hard. Thanks for the tips!

  2. I’m sorry to hear about your father. I had some pretty bad stuff happen years ago and just lost the ability to scrapbook. I’m slowly forcing myself to finally get back to it but it’s hard. Thanks for the tips!

  3. HUGS for you and your family Alisa! Wonderful ideas for helping yourself get through a difficult time! 🙂

  4. HUGS for you and your family Alisa! Wonderful ideas for helping yourself get through a difficult time! 🙂

  5. michelle r says:

    thank you for sharing this idea. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I can barely speak/type … life is hard and yet I know that God is so good. and I am encourage by you to continue to allow God to write this script of life …. to Him be all the glory.

  6. michelle r says:

    thank you for sharing this idea. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I can barely speak/type … life is hard and yet I know that God is so good. and I am encourage by you to continue to allow God to write this script of life …. to Him be all the glory.

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