Why Scrapbooking is good for the mind
Crafting has long been known for its soothing benefits and scrapbooking is no exception. Mindfulness crafts include sewing , knitting and painting amongst others. But scrapbooking is the perfect craft to relax your mind and here’s why;
How can scrapbooking help with your mental health?
Mindfulness scrapbooking relaxes you and can help with all sorts of illnesses including your mental health and people with a chronic illnesses. Mindfulness techniques that include art as a from of therapy are perfect for adults and children alike to relax. In an age where everything seems instant, scrapbooking is a lovely way to instead focus on creating something beautiful. Use these Mindfulness Scrapbooking ideas to create something that is positive and meaningful to you.
Scrapbooking creates positivity
Mindfulness Scrapbooking can help you focus on positive memories just relaxing while doing something creative can take your mind off of other things that may be worrying you. Starting a beginners scrapbook can be a great way to document your adventures and memories, as well as to learn to compartmentalise your feelings and work through any emotions. This is a great way for adults to get back in touch with their more creative side, as well as to find fun ways to store documents and photos as opposed to simple, traditional frames, or getting left in drawers.
Decorating a scrapbook is therapeutic and can be done at home!
Decorating a scrapbook can be done at home in your own comfort and is wonderfully therapeutic. You can decorate your album with a number of images, illustrations, patterned papers and boxes of text. This can all be done at home with downloadable items and printed on your own printer; meaning you do not need to leave the house.
You can find free printable stickers online as well as free floral patterned papers that you can print on your home printer and use to embellish your pages. This can still be affordable by looking around for the cheapest printer inks online. In minutes you could have your favourite characters, quotes, or even simple images that mean something to you printed out within your own home!
Use colour therapy for the soul in your scrapbooks
Colour has been well known for centuries to be therapeutic. Colour therapy (or chromotherapy as its called) is an alternative remedy that uses colour and light to treat physical or mental health. The idea is that Colour therapy balances the body’s energy centre. Chromotherapy is also known chakras this concept has been around for centuries and dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Egyptians used sun-activated solarium rooms constructed with coloured glass for therapeutic purposes.
So your album does not need be written in your standard black or blue pens. Instead, you can make it as fun and vibrant as you choose. For more emotive scrapbooking, you may also want to consider the colours of emotions, such as pink for love, red for angry, or yellow for happy. Use these colours to help you create create a project that is engaging to you and represents you.
Journal your emotions
Journal your emotions and write how you feel. Journaling is a wonderful tool for helping with anxiety and depression it has so many benefits. Mental health is a struggle for so many people. While it is possible for a scrapbook to be used as a means of collating photos or images, you can also make your work more useful and actually journal. Prioritise your concerns write them down and talk about any fears and address them.
Many individuals have found that journaling and scrapbooking can be incredibly beneficial for their mental health. By writing out your emotions, and keeping a track of them, you may be able to identify any trigger points. You do not need to have these words and feelings on show think about putting them on a hidden tag in your work or share them with your family.
Use a scrapbook for a purpose
Starting your first scrapbook may seem daunting but mindfulness scrapbooking can be used for a purpose. Doing something with meaning makes you feel well accomplished. Scrapbooking is not about ability, but more about your enjoyment and the benefits you reap from creating the item, so cast off any doubts you have and start your scrapbooking journey now.
What Scrapbook themes can you try?
- Use your scrapbook to document a recent holiday you do not want to forget.
- Create a mini album of all of your recent projects or ideas.
- Use a scrapbook for jotting down any emotions that are troubling you.
- Make your scrapbook an art journal create shapes, characters, or even doodle.
- Design a memory book for your children
- Make a gift for a loved one
Thank you for reading my ideas on Mindfulness Scrapbooking. I hope your find inspiration.