We all love to look at a pretty layout. Pretty can mean different things to different people…flowers, puppies, children, landscapes, colors, white-space.
But today I thought I would focus on a different kind of page, the kind of page that tells a story that tugs at the heart. For what are we in this scrapping-craft if not storytellers, journalers, sharers, willing to open ourselves to others.
How many times have you viewed someone’s page and found the tears starting in your eyes, and maybe even letting go? These are the shared stories and experiences that are the true core of scrapping, of story-telling…capturing the emotions that we want to express, release, preserve, pass on.
Finding these pages requires a little more digging, reading the journaling if it has been included in the credits, or expanding the page (Ctrl-mouse scroll) to peer more closely at the words or the pictures, but this is a labor of love for me, because I find it moving, inspiring, and releasing, because I know by reading these pages that I have found kindred spirits in my own scrapping and journaling endeavors.
Heather is a wonderful story-teller, and the stories she writes about her mom especially tug at my heart.
I’ve mentioned several times that I have a soft spot in my heart for doggie pages, but oh how this page by faerywings tugs at my heart with the soft, sweet, trusting eyes full of love and devotion!
There are no photos in this page, but it is written from the heart, by oldvwblues, and particularly poignant just before Mother’s Day.
Heartfelt journaling about a very difficult problem, from Amanda 1201 (our lovely TaylorMade Designs!)
There is so much love expressed in this photo on the page from whetuu, on the expressions of the faces, so even though I cannot understand the journaling, I understand the heartfelt feelings.
This post of weekly photos from Vivre expresses so much national pride, as well as wonderful color, and I have a soft spot in my heart for the Netherlands as well.
This story, and this sweet and sad face, definitely got my tear ducts active…poor little guy! by sharongrey8
And thsi page by Amber about such a heartbreaking story tipped the tears over the edge.
A precious photo, a wonderful memory and beautiful journaling, from marnie333.
And finally, this page from jarhm as she works through the mourning process, so touching.
Thanks to all contributors and readers for opening their hearts, sharing their stories and journaling their innermost feelings.