Hello lovelies, today I wanted to share with you my thoughts and beginning process for my Book of Me! This project is part of Rukristin’s Awesome Ladies Project and I am thrilled to be participating.

So a few years ago I embarked upon One Little Word, and my word was Shine. I cannot lie and must admit that I dropped out of it, even though at the time I wasn’t able to really articulate why I stopped going on with it. I knew, however, that I needed a bit more – I needed to be able to delve a little bit deeper, process more, work more specifically towards healing. I have spoken in the past about my experiences as a survivor of abuse – both childhood sexual abuse and intimate partner violence – and I have shared a little of that journey in my Art Journal layouts. But several months ago I became aware of The Awesome Ladies Project, and have been specifically excited about the Book of Me project.

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So I joined the class, downloaded the workbook, and got to work. I was incredibly inspired by the simplicity of Kristin’s album, and so to keep my own uncomplicated, I followed her formula for the construction of the album. Binder rings, chipboard covers, and a variety of inspiring materials inside.

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I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for my first layout, but as I worked through the workbook this layout sort of came to me. We were invited to write or draw our responses to some questions Kristin asked of us, mostly about why we were there and what we were looking for in this project. As I thought about my own reasons, I created concentric circles in Photoshop as a text path, and then I wrote this:

 

hi, i’m theresa, feminist scrapbooker. i came here in search of myself, my inner capabilities, looking to unlock those hidden talents I know are there. i came to bring the stories of me out into the light, to be proud of the stories that make me, instead of being scared of them. i came because i know that the experiences of my life were not by accident, but rather for the purpose of my life. but ic ame here to embrace those stories, and speak those stories. because in the end, maybe i can’t change the world as a whole, maybe i can’t chance other people, but i can be a tiny point of light that, along with other tiny points of light, will shine bright as the sun.

 
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I included this photo of me that I have taken as part of my In My Pocket class, and it also serves as part of the assignment for the Book of Me class as well. I also used the date stamp set from Elle’s Studio to add the date as a mark of where I am right here at this moment in time.

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Very simple, but very poignant things already happening in this little book! It actually surprised me a bit, when I read the words aloud I realized somethings I had been working through for a really long time. I spent a whole lot of time, as I think is completely normal, wondering why things had happened to me, why had my life gone the way it had gone, and what was the purpose? Through writing this simple journaling I truly realized for the first time that my journey is so that I can be the light in a really dark world. And together, you and I can light this dark world in ways that are so very needed.

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Already I am so happy I joined this project and am excited to share bits and pieces as the year goes on. I invite you to visit Kristin’s blog to learn more about this project and would love to see you join as well!

See you soon,

Theresa