Hello my Friends! It’s Junell here to share my July Light the Path project with you. I was able to go down memory lane while picking out some photos for this project, which I really enjoyed doing. Connect with me on Instagram via this link: @junell.kruzell. You can see more of what our design team is doing with the monthly prompts here: Light The Path Design Team.
Traci Reed did an excellent job of creating this month’s digital kit! I loved the Letting My Inner Child Out to Play image and printed it out on vellum before I even knew what I was going to do with it. After playing around with some ideas, I decided to create a shaker page, which I’ve never done before! It was actually really fun, and I made a huge mess, which is quite appropriate for this months theme!
I took a 6×8 page protector and dumped some confetti into the bottom of it, sewed it up, then placed the vellum inside and sewed that up as well, leaving a spot open for the balloon. I soon realized that was a mistake because as soon as I added more confetti to the top, it went down into the vellum area where I didn’t want it. I’m still learning from my mistakes, just as children do! I got as much as the confetti out of that area as I could and then used 1/8 inch red line tape to close that section off. I added more confetti and sewed the top shut. It’s not perfect, but that’s okay. I enjoyed making it and will definitely make a shaker pocket again!
Behind the shaker pocket, I added a black and white photo of myself as a child. I love this picture because it is so “me” as a child! I’ve got my arms wrapped around my baby doll and my cat! I had a mother’s heart, even back then. I took a white gel pen and wrote some positive affirmations to my younger self around the perimeter of my body. “You are sweet. You are lovable. You are worthy. You are perfect just the way you are. You have a tender, loving heart, a gentle spirit, a creative mind, a beautiful smile.” And I added a small cluster of embellishments at the top.
I loved looking at the photos of my younger self and wanted to add some more. So, I created a collage using the Pic Frame app and did some more embellishing.
I really got to thinking about how I’ve changed for the better, and for the worse as I’ve grown up and matured and got some life experience under my belt. I did quite a bit of journaling and included some of that here. For the worse, I’m definitely not as trusting, and some of my light was dimmed. I was a very fancy, girly-girl, who loved glittery things, frilly dresses and singing and dancing. Somewhere along the way, I became very timid and afraid of being judged. I tried to stay as quiet and unnoticeable as possible. And that stuck with me for a very long time.
For the better, I’m much wiser (aren’t we all?). I’m much more intuitive and honest about my feelings. And if that “makes waves”, so be it. I’m learning how to express myself better and I’m more willing to step outside that box. I know that I’m strong and resilient and worthy of respect and kindness. And I’m getting back to my fancier ways! Dangly earrings and red lip gloss for the win!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post! I encourage you to take some time to walk down memory lane and reflect on your childhood and how it shaped you, for better or for worse.