Light The Path 2021 Design Team Zakirah Zakaria | Things I Need to Hear

Light The Path 2021 Design Team Zakirah Zakaria | Things I Need to Hear

 

Hi everyone,

Zakirah here and I can’t wait to share with you my project which is inspired by this month’s theme at Light the Path. We have Allison Pennington designing the kit for us this month, and I love every single detail about it. The colour palette, the patterns, elements, cards – everything about it is beautiful. The moment I received the kit, I just couldn’t wait to scrap with it. I’ve had some rough ideas on my mind on how I wanted the pages to turn out. And once I started, they just came together easily. Here’s a peek:

Light The Path 2021 Design Team Zakirah Zakaria | Things I Need to Hear

 

This month, we’re documenting the things that we need to hear. For me, it means the words of affirmations, validations, etc. that my inner child needed to hear but did not. So, as an adult, today I am giving my inner child what she needed to hear the most back then, when she was struggling to make sense of her world. But before I share with you what those words are, let me share my opening page:

Light The Path 2021 Design Team Zakirah Zakaria | Things I Need to Hear

The photo on this page was inspired by this month’s photography prompt in Light the Path suite, which is to see the light through our lens and within our own selves. When I took this photo, it was around late afternoon and I was on my way to my parent’s house, so the sun was shining through behind my back which gave this photo a soft lighting effect. I edited the photo using CameraBag app. I turned it into black and white and added a pink, light-leak effect. Then in Photoshop, I took the “my healing journey” wordart strip, duplicated the layer and changed their layer modes to colour burn, which created this cool blending effect on the photo. Then I added some cards and hexagon elements, and finished the page off with little bits of banners and some splashes of glitter.

 

Next is the spread where I added my journaling and photos that relate to the theme:

Light The Path 2021 Design Team Zakirah Zakaria | Things I Need to Hear

Let’s take a look at the second page in detail:

Light The Path 2021 Design Team Zakirah Zakaria | Things I Need to Hear

This page was inspired by this month’s introduction video and workbook exercise. The things I need to hear are affirmations that I can be myself and that I am loved the way I am. These are important affirmations for me, because trauma can impact us in the form of a harsh, internal self-critic that persistently deny our needs to be loved for who we are. Trauma can make us feel like we need to fulfill certain criteria or expectations in order to be loved. It can make us believe that love is conditional, and that our whole self is undeserving of love. I was delighted when I saw some cards and wordarts with “validated” printed on them in this month’s kit. I think this kit is perfect for documenting this deep, inner work that we’re doing at Light the Path.

 

Now, on to the last page:

Light The Path 2021 Design Team Zakirah Zakaria | Things I Need to Hear

On this page, I included a photo of the stunning view outside of our apartment. This apartment is close to my heart because it is the first home that I moved out into after being married. I have never moved out from my parents’ house before, so this place symbolizes a new beginning in my life where I unattached myself from a familiar setting into a new, unfamiliar territory. It represents growth and exploration to me. In the scrapbook prompt, Theresa encouraged us to incorporate a quote that resonates with us. Here I put a twist – I used a screenshot of this infographic from @holisticallygrace Instagram on gaslighting as a reminder for myself.

 

So that’s my project using this month’s kit and prompts. I love how this month’s videos helped me to dig deep into myself and reflect on what was missing from my past, which was the things that I needed to hear back then. I feel grateful to be able to document these affirmations and my healing journey in scrapbook form. I hope you’ve enjoyed this sharing and found my post beneficial. If you love what you see, come join us in Light the Path workshop. I’m sure you’ll love it.

 

Let’s light the path to healing together.

 

Light The Path Design Team Member Zakirah Zakaria