I threw down a challenge on the craftalong to post a project on every board, that was to create a scrapbook page using no premade scrapbook elements and on a theme that was different to the usual happy memories type scrapbook pages. I wanted to stay within the scrapbook convention though, but to try and reflect that while someone can be living an ordinary conventional life, inside it can be very different and not always a good different
These are the two that I came up with.
This is 'lovingly' entitled The Bastard files and is an anti-homage to the suckiest guys I have ever gone out with, and lordy there have been some mistakes...these are only the cads, the unfortunate choices dont appear on this page.
I started with a piece of 12X12 board and covered with a map, as I wanted to indicate how lost I was when I was with these guys, picture of a skunk, for obvious reasons, Photos and details of the guys,
poem about a giraffe as they are so good at camouflage, these guys were very good at posing as nice guys. (of course I did choose them and stay with them, but this was my venting page, so i get to be completely innocent in the execution of these)
and then the title of the page from cut out letters from a newspaper, like a ransom note, because I was completely hostage to my feelings of insecurity and neediness, which was why I stayed with them..
The corset represents me constricting myself to fit in to the picture I had of myself being with them..which wasnt me
the second page was a series of, to me, quite shocking photos, they were all taken in the last year or so of my marriage, (not a cad, we just got married too young)
they say the camera never lies, of course it does, often, but not in these shots. the naked pain in my face, the contempt in his as he looked at me (i was holding the camera) was quite shocking once I sat down and really looked at it.
Working on this was very interesting and very revealing. I found a cute little poem in a vintage newspaper that someone sent me, called 'weep no more' Again the background is a map to reflect how lost I was
for the record, all subsequent relationship mistakes have been different. I do learn, just seem to have an awful lot of mistakes to learn!