In less than 48 hours, 2013 will be at an end, and a new year will begin. It's an exciting time! Some of us are making scrappy goals and resolutions, and others are preparing to embark on year-long projects. Some us have specific numbers in mind for how many pages will be completed by the end of 2014, and others are just hoping to embrace a creative mindset more often in the months ahead, whenever and however that might occur.
Before moving forward with a new year, however, I always find it useful to reflect upon where I have been and all that I have learned in the previous one, so as to develop a clearer vision of the possibilities ahead. One aspect of my scrapbooking that I know will endure over the years is the journaling that I add to layouts, something I focused on in my Two Peas class, Scrapbooking from the Soul. In looking back at the words that I have shared on my album pages in 2013, there are a number of observations and lessons that I will use as guideposts to help me to continue my quest to be ever-present on the page in 2014, and every year thereafter. In honor of 2013, here are 13 reasons why the words on the page matter, and always will:
1. The words on a page can be the matter of a page, the heart, the core.
2. Words have the power to give voice to the voiceless.
3. Words are a gift to writer and reader alike, bequeathing access to an inner world that materializes letter by letter.
4. Words can help us to piece together the fragments of our lives, and in doing so, bring us closer to feeling whole.
5. Photos alone can evoke feeling, but words can amplify that feeling, and what's more, they can convey meaning.
6. Words reveal the deepest wishes of the heart.
7. We may not always be here, in this moment, but our words, recorded, keep us present, in this moment, on the page.
8. Words help us to say that which needs saying, even when it is difficult to say.
9. Words build bridges on our layouts, connecting what a person sees to what we would like that person to understand, to what might escape the eye otherwise.
10. In words, we take a stand. We defend our values.
11. Words tell the stories that photos alone cannot tell.
12. Words make clear the value we find in our daily lives and in the routines and rituals that characterize (and even define) us. Someday, the photos in our albums will share how we spent our lives; the words will make clear why we spent them that way.
13. Words matter: if we don't say it, who else will?
Here's hoping that among your scrappy goals and resolutions for 2014, one of them is to insist on being present on the page, remaining mindful of the power that you wield with words.