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The Scrapbooking Journey: A Hands-on Guide to Spiritual Discovery
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
While not a richly visual book, like you would typically expect from a book about scrapbooking, this is nevertheless a wonderful manual about how to dig deeper into the memories and ideas that you are trying to preserve in the first place with your scrapbooks. And by doing so, you will inevitably discover more about yourself and who you are.

Written in the first person, the author is friendly and encouraging as she shares her own journeys through Resonance, Equilibrium, Movement, Awareness, Expression, Awakening, Celebration, and Connection. You cannot help but read her words and want to do her exercises so that you, too, can ponder what the event or person you are scrapbooking means to you, and use language to express that.

I will say that the book, like much of the scrapbooking world, is heavily weighted towards the beautiful and joyful. I think that is natural, since those are the times and memories we enjoy most. I strongly believe, however, that scrapbooking can also be an excellent way to work through the parts of life that aren't typically scrapbooked - coming to terms with a child with a disability, or with someone who has Alzheimers, and so on. While these may not be pages you'd readily share with the world at large, they would be invaluable as a truly meaningful and intimate window to your own soul to pass down through your family. And also in terms of gaining even more self- awareness. But perhaps that is a subject for another book.

Anyway, your scrapbooks will be even more meaningful, and much richer, if you take the time to work through this book and apply the ideas to your pages. Five stars.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2010
I'm currently re-reading this book, since it's been such an inspiration for me. I started scrapbooking, like most people, as a fun way to preserve my pictures. But over time I've found that scrapbooking centers me, makes me pause and reflect about the important aspects of my life. Suddenly it isn't so important that I choose the right embellishment or patterned paper. In this book the author expresses, much more eloquently than I ever could, how this hobby can help you discover who you really are, and how it can reveal your purpose in life. The only downside is that it only features a few color layouts; the rest come in black and white and are difficult to see clearly. I really enjoy this book, and I highly recommend it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2007
I love this book. It is not a how-to manual for beginning scrapbookers, but rather a group of prompts for you to think in new ways about this hobby and how you can make it more meaningful and personal by taking it in some new directions.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2014
I simply look this book. It has help me through some tough times. Many of the suggestion/activities within this book is a good way to clear you mind or in my case let the tears flow. No only do preserve your memories of love ones but you also make new and better ones. To anybody who is looking into scrapbooking as a hobby or for spiritual awakening I would highly recommend this book to you.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2012
Excellent book! Lots of great ideas for scrapbooking life experiences on pages with different layouts. The book gives a person a chance to think about questions they may want to answer regarding their life journey, and then to scrapbook using their answers with a variety of ideas of how to do that. Great book!
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