Hi scrappy friends! Meg here, and I’m so happy to be back on the blog to share my May Scrapbook Prompt for Light The Path 2021. This month’s theme ‘Things I Need to Hear’ really spoke to me (pun intended!) and I ended up making separate projects for each of the prompts; if you’re participating in the workshop, please check out the others in the Design Team Gallery. As is my style, I turned to pocket pages to draw together all the little bits and thoughts I collected for the theme.
Like every month, the May LTP prompt found me just when I needed it. In the world of social media and constant news updates and so much noise, it was interesting to focus on the things I actually need and want to hear. The darkest news seems to always find its way through and the lighter stuff can take a little more effort to find—this month I enthusiastically took up Theresa’s invitation to identify it.
The concept of ‘Things I Need to Hear’ and the Photo Prompt ‘Find The Light’ really came together for me as a way to document some of the illustrators I have started following on Instagram. I’ve never developed a habit of consciously seeking out affirmations (even on days that I might need them) but by adding creators that frequently share positivity in fun and quirky ways, the messages tend to find me. Sometimes they are topical. Sometimes they are artsy. Sometimes they are motivational. But I often find myself surprised to see thoughts from my own head right there in my feed like they knew what I was thinking.
Note: The images included on this page are screenshots of content that the creator shared publicly on social media. All credit goes to them, always. I limit my use of screenshots to small scale prints for inclusion in my personal memory keeping because they bring me joy. Please check out the accounts listed for more of their work and support them if you are a fan.
I really like having this little mood board of Things I Need To Hear included in my LTP album. Sometimes I feel like I can’t start these types of ‘round up’ pages until I have a complete list of everyone I want to include and the perfect example of each…so I never start. This month I decided to just pick the first few I thought of and do a quick scan for appropriate posts. I can pick four more next month. Or add another pocket page here. Or include others in other projects.
My goal for Light The Path this year was to interpret the prompts very specifically to how they hit me in that moment and just make the pages. In May, the reminder to Find The Light also prompted me to think about the effects of the longer days of spring. Born and raised in Wisconsin, I know better than most that winter always ends and spring arrives eventually. But this year in particular, the ability to be outside also brings the ability to safely go places and see people that I have missed. After a winter of unusually restricted hibernation, the slow opening of horizons cannot come soon enough.
As always, totally loving the coordinating digitals and combining them with products I already own. In my chronological spreads, I typically start with the photos in place and find the supplies that I think best suit them. Using the monthly LTP kit as a foundation for each page really allows me to focus on the content in a way I rarely do—it is amazing how something as simple as flipping your process can get the creative juices flowing. Just another way that Light The Path has pushed me to grow this year.
I hope that this post made you think about ways you can adjust the levels of the messaging you take in on a day-to-day basis. Being knowledgeable and informed about the world is important, so instead of turning down that volume I encourage you to find ways to crank up inspirational content so that it can also find its way to you. Please feel free to suggest other creative accounts that share their talents to make our days more beautiful!