Recently, I got myself involved in this huge project. I decided to make 75 ornaments for a church Christmas party that I am in charge of this week. It has been a lot of work being in charge of a party for 150 people. I have never done anything like this before. The stress of it is pretty overwhelming. Combine that with my regular holiday stress of shopping, five Christmas parties to attend, and family coming into town, I was feeling really stressed out, and a little like the Grinch. I wanted to get rid of Christmas.
The ornaments were glass balls that I was filling with acrylic paint. I thought it would be an easy project, and enlisted some of the young girls from church to help me. We did them quickly, and they looked beautiful, but when I went back down into my basement two days later to check on them, horror struck! The paint had either pooled at the bottom, or drained completely out. They were not pretty. So, I had to spend about 10 hours yesterday fixing them. Trying to do this with two young children is pretty difficult. Let’s just say my kids watched a LOT of TV that day.
My point is, I needed something to do that had nothing to do with Christmas. I needed something to help me re-focus on priorities, and calm me down. So, I turned to my faithful hobby, scrapbooking. I love to just sit down, and cut, and glue, and arrange paper, and think about nothing other than what I am doing right then on that page. The picture I’m scrapping always takes me back to another time, and helps me re-live a precious memory. So, I would say that Scrapbooking is my de-stresser along with all the other ways it brings joy to my life. What do you think? Does scrapbooking help you de-stress? Maybe this month instead of thinking, “I’m too busy to scrapbook”, scrapbooking is actually exactly what you need.