"Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate."
Over the years I've had the chance to interact with crafters and scrapbookers from all over the world. As I've taught classes I've been inspired by many stories, and I've learned what crafting and scrapbooking means to some people.
One story consistently touches my heart and makes me feel even more glad to be involved in such an amazing hobby--scrapbooking and crafting brings hope and healing.
I've known some women that have serious struggles with health and depression, and who have endured some great losses and tragedies. For these women scrapbooking and crafting provide a sense of hope, healing, and inspiration. It's what they live for each day. It's what keeps them going.
That is powerful.
"Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting." --Edward de Bono
I have a dear friend and neighbor who is homebound and struggling with serious health issues. We recently had a conversation where she shared with me that each day part of what keeps her from losing her mind is her time in her scrapbooking room. I smiled when I heard that. I'm so blessed to participate in such a great endeavor.
That is powerful.
Scrapbooking and paper crafting has meant so many things to me. Friendships, learning, excitement, challenges, happiness, opportunity, fulfillment, connections, creativity, peace. It's something I look forward to each day. It gives me great pleasure and fulfillment. I love what it has brought into my life. I don't plan on changing that. Ever.
So, what do scrapbooking and paper crafts mean to you?