Hello there! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a fun little album that I made using the super lovely and awesome Citrus Twist March kits! The main kit this month is perfect for making a mini album as it includes a couple of chipboard pieces and a couple binder rings in it! This month, for National Craft Month, Citrus Twist is inviting you to make a mini album as part of a special challenge! I myself absolutely love making mini albums and I had such fun working on this one!
I decided to make a mini album that was about hope and all the elements right now in my life that are helping me stay hopeful during what has been a really difficult time. These three things are – happiness, bravery and love! I chose to divide my mini into three sections (called “be happy”, “hi brave”, and “so loved”, for this reason).
As some of you may or may not know, I have a very serious health condition called CRPS and it causes constant pain every day of my life. Lately my CRPS has been particularly bad. I am used to some good days and some bad, but the number of bad days has definitely gone up. However, I refuse to give up on hope and a happy life and therefore I am trying to really live in all of the precious happy little moments that I have, really appreciate the good days and take advantage of them! I want to document this journey through the good stuff and the bad stuff, focusing on the beauty and acknowledging the struggle.
A mini album is perfect for the purpose of reflecting on the thoughts and feelings and circumstances that you are experiencing at a particular time in your life. The good and the bad.
I created this album to be a reminder of hope but also to show really the contrast between the good days and bad days (the days out, the days stuck in bed, and the importance of happiness and bravery and love for both). I wanted to create a mini that shows the reality of my situation.
Not all of our stories are pretty, perfect stories, but all of them are important! For this reason, I challenge you to create a mini album that reflects not only what is good and sweet in your life, but also what is difficult and bitter. Try including the perfect picture moments and the not so perfect ones...try journaling in a way that goes deeper than just...”what a great day!” Write about your thoughts and emotions. Be real!
The hard stories in our lives are often the ones that get overlooked as far as memory keeping, but I think they are usually the ones that most need to be documented. Telling stories like this one have proven to be very helpful, cathartic and uplifting to me.
[Note: try breaking your story into two or three different parts/thoughts so it is easier to convey. When you are documenting more complex stories with emotional depth, it is always a good idea to divide your album into sections so that you can gather your thoughts and get your points across clearly, both for your own benefit and that of whoever else sees your album].
I hope that telling a story that is real and important for you, and looks at both what is difficult in your life and what is good and helpful and beautiful, will help you to learn more about yourself and to feel good about the person that you are.
For more of a “light” and technique based challenge, try using some of your packaging in your mini album, like using the backing to create a tag or using the plastic covering to create a fun shaker pocket!
I hope you have enjoyed my mini album and that I have inspired you to make something that tells an important story in your life.
Life is not perfect but it sure is beautiful!
And remember that we all write our own stories...so be brave, document the good and the bad, create beautiful things, be the heroine of your own story and live your life as a fairytale (one precious, hopeful, memorable moment at a time)!
Hugs! – Andrea
p.s. There is a cool “how to” video for this mini album on my YouTube channel, Fairytale Scrapbook...so check that out too when you get a chance!