I have done enough research to know how creativity is beneficial to trauma survivors. I’ve been wanting to create collages of my boys, for some time. But, not given myself the time to do it. And I know I will benefit from creative activities, on a regular basis.
As the last few weeks have been so rough, emotional and painful… I decided this week – I need more of the self care I always encourage others to have. I am aware I do not always ‘practise what I preach’.
So, I decided today would be a crafty day. Dropped my son at school, and went to the shops. Wandered around the cheap shops for a decent collage frame and some crafty bits and pieces to decorate it.
My youngest son recently had his 7th Birthday and we went to the local zoo and I have lots of great photos. So went to get the photos printed.
The frame I chose is one of those pre-cut collage type frames. But, I intend doing crafty things to the mount and decorating inside the frame, and adding to the frame itself. So, it will not look like a pre-cut collage mount frame, when I’ve finished.
It has been such a tough few weeks, that going to the shops alone, was exhausting. I am emotionally, mentally and physically drained. But, I did get the photos developed I wanted to use and bought the frame and craft supplies.
I am normally a quick worker with my craft, scrapbooking, card making etc. But, I am clearly going to need to do this collage frame over several days. My energy levels are really low.
So, for today, I have supplies. I’ve rummaged through my scrapbooking stuff and dug out lots of stuff I can use. And I’ve picked the best photos for the collage. Tomorrow, I will start decorating the mount and choosing the embellishments to add to it.
Despite being knackered, I enjoyed today and I am looking forward to seeing the finished collage 🙂