Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Scrapbooking | Hobby, Therapy or Both?

As mentioned previously, on a gazillion occasions,
Both for the person with autism and those in the immediate circle of carers.
As the years have rolled by, one thing I know to be true
is that the primary caregivers need an outlet.
One that's independent of other caregivers.
An outlet that offers respite and peace, while relieving tension.     
Scrapbooking gives this to me.
I'll never be an Ali, Cathy or Sian, but that's not the point.
I do it for me, and me alone.
Anyone actually looking at the scrapbooks is an added bonus.

The Brainy One has taken up golf.  

12 comments:

Melissa said...

Oh yes, scrapbooking is definitely great therapy. Plus you'll have a treasure trove of wonderful memories recorded along the way. I really like the map background on the layout depicting life with autism as a journey!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

You're so right. I often say that the UKScrappers forum saved me. I was living in a village and feeling extremely isolated, with a very challenging child to care for, when I came across it quite by accident. Then came Blogging for Scrapbookers and the rest is history. That background paper is just wonderful.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Well, Ali, Cathy or Sian will never be a Ruth either. ;o) I have always loved your scrapbook pages, Ruth, and the fact that you keep up with them is admirable. Your boy will absolutely treasure these someday. What a wonderful "outlet" this is for your entire family.

Linda said...

You are right, scrapbooking is therapy and hobby all wrapped up into one! I have not visited your blog before, but will be coming back! My best friend has a 24 year old profoundly autistic son, so I know some of what you are going through. Really glad that you have this outlet! And your family will treasure the albums! Popping in as part of my blog comment challenge 300 in 30 days!!

Ladkyis said...

I have scrapbooked since my daughter was born and she just had her 50th birthday. Mr M played golfuntil his knees gave up on him. I went with him once and he played 15 and a half holes and then, after losing the seventh ball of the day, threw his clubs into the buggy and drove us back to the clubhouse where he changed his shoes and we went home.
Who knew it could be so ... exciting?

Becky said...

Yes, if I didn't have scrapbooking and Hugh didn't have his model railway I think we would probably not be as good at dealing with Penny and her problems as we are.

Margaret J said...

A wise way to spend time for yourself

alexa said...

Both for me, I think, and a great question, Ruth. I don't think I'd cope without scrapbooking and - more importantly - this lovely community of scrapbookers, of whom you are an important one :).

Gail said...

Yes I have come to realize this year that it is good therapy plus you end up with something to look at later. When you add blogging to it it's even better.

Sian said...

Listen, stand back and take the applause here my friend. Not only do you scrapbook just as perfectly as anyone else you could ever mention..myself included..you do all sorts of other things selflessly and thoughtfully, and the world is a much better place for it x

debs14 said...

Your scrapbook pages are precious Ruth, not just as an outlet for giving your total concentration on something you find relaxing and creative but as family heirlooms for the future.
Hopefully when you are having a bad day with TBC you can look at those pages of happy days out and remember that there are good times in amongst the hard ones.
Looking after a young boy with autism must be more challenging than any of us realise yet you are always thinking of others, the Queen of Happy Mail and thoughtful cards. An afternoon spent engrossed in paper, glue and glitter is time well spent recharging your batteries. The best kind of therapy there is!

Missus Wookie said...

Lovely page (and background paper - so appropriate), glad you have both found things to support you and nourish you. Caring for a special needs person takes so much out of you.

Scrapbooking is a good outlet for me - and as a wise woman told me when I was starting it means that I can remember what I love about Ewok when I'm not feeling very loving...

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