Our theme in the Garden this month is All About Me. We've asked the Garden Girls to share a little more on this topic. Here is Lilith Eeckels! And if you missed it, check out her blog post on being intentional about getting yourself in your scrapbooks. She gives three helpful approaches.
How do you make sure to get yourself in a photo? What is a recent favorite photo that includes you? I am naturally camera shy. I love taking photos but really have a hard time getting in the picture. The first reason is that I don't like they way I look. I know that is it important to BE in the picture because later on my children will love looking at me just as much as I LOVE seeing my mother in photographs. It brings the family closer and makes you exist as a person through time. I don't have a self timer on my phone camera (it is a basic one) but I love using the timer on my canon camera. I have also noticed that my kids take great pictures. These two photos are some of my favourites. Just me and so me. Both were taken by my children. The instagram pictures was taken by Elouan (4 years old) and Damien (9 years old) used my Canon camera. I really love how they turned out.
Do you struggle with scrapbooking about yourself? If so, how do you overcome it? In the past I would shy away from using photos of me. With time I have come to accept who I am and I try to get in the picture more often. I have a soft spot for fashion and have started taking regular pictures of myself in my outfits. I used to do this because I didn't have a full size mirror in the house and taking a photo was the only way to see if I looked okay. I love using those photos as they are reminder that I have achieved my weight loss goal and that I have the power to accomplish even the hardest of tasks. When scrapbooking myself I use photos that I like and that trigger that sense of achievement and pride. Sometimes I also force myself to scrapbook about certain moments because it is therapeutical.
What products feel like "you" that you reach for when scrapping yourself? I love soft pastel colours and pink. It is the opportunity for me to use floral patterns which I use a lot less when scrapping my boys. Ribbons and hearts are also some of my favourite products to use. I love all the Dear Lizzy collections and all sophisticated girly lines.
How have you scrapbooked yourself in the past? I the last two years I have made many layouts about myself. A lot more than I thought I would. I make layouts that encourage me or that help me understand myself and my feelings. I have come to believe that scrapbooking has become much more than anchoring family moments on paper. It has become my outlet, my inner therapy and scrapbooking about myself has helped me through lots of inner struggles and fears.