Saturday, 8 December 2007

Challenge #2.... Letter to the past

This challenge comes to us by the fabulous Allyson Bright Meyer, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Scrapbook Projects Illustrated and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Altered Art Illustrated.

Here is the challenge:

"Letter to the Past"Challenge from Allyson Bright Meyer

This journaling challenge should be a lot of fun - your final result will be a layout that provides insight into who you are now, but also who you were "back in the day."

Start by pulling out your box of old photos. Look for a photo of yourself that is at least 10 years old - if possible, look for something from your teen years. You should be the only one in the photo. It's OK if the photo isn't one of your favorites - you can even address that in your journaling. Just look for something "real."

Print the photo - convert to black & white if you'd like - I've found it creates a more "timeless" feel to the photo.

Now, get out some notebook paper or fire up your computer (whichever works best for you). Make sure your printed photo is nearby - it helps to look at the photo when you are writing. What you are going to do is write a letter to the person in the photo. What do you wish you could have known at that age? What do you wish someone would have told you? What are the things you wish you'd done? These are the kinds of things to reflect on in your letter. Don't worry about the final product just yet - just write down everything that comes to mind.

After you've finished your letter, spend some time editing it together if you wish, or just use it as is.

Now combine your letter & your photo on your layout. When it's all put together, you've got a very unique page!

Here's my letter:

Dear Allyson,

You look so happy & confident in this photograph. But I know that your life at age 15 is less than perfect. You're full of these huge dreams, but lacking confidence. You're quite scared, and uncertain about the future. And sometimes the depression that's starting to build inside feels unbearable.

So I thought I'd let you in on a few secrets and give you some advice about the next 10 years – after all, I've lived them. First, be patient. Some of the questions you have now will be answered, and others will keep you searching. But nothing will change overnight. Second, don't be afraid to work hard. The results are worth it. Yes, it's difficult, but that's okay.

Quit worrying about being loved. In about 6 years, you're going to start dating someone who will love you beyond your wildest dreams. Fairy tales don't really come true, but it will be as close as it gets. Don't cut your hair short. You hate it that way. Trying it one more time is not going to change this. Sing while you still have the talent & passion – it's hard to believe, but your dreams just might change. Learn how to pay attention in class, and do your homework. Hope. Lean on God – if there's one thing I've learned, it's that He will never disappoint. Don't be afraid to stand up for what is right.

Listen to Mom & Dad. I know it's hard to believe, but they so know what they're talking about.

Hang in there – it's only up from here.


P.S. Could you start working on some organizational skills? Because the 25-year-old you could really use some help.

For another great example, listen to the song "Letter to Me" by Brad Paisley, from his latest album, 5th Gear.

I will be posting DT examples throughout the week, so be sure and keep coming back for more inspiration.


Stefanie said...

Love the idea, thanks.

Littleone's Scrapbook Journal said...

Fun Challenge, going to start on it today!!

Taryn said...

What a great challenge! Here's my entry:

Shawna said...

I found this on Jamies blog and had to give it a go. This pic is certainly one to laugh at! And i borrowed the title idea because it fit so well :)

Shawna said...

I just realized we were supposed to use a teen pic..oops!

Beverley Todd said...

Fab LOs so far ladies - & so many different styles of journaling! I'm afraid I can't sign up for accounts on every website - so if I didn't leave you a personal comment it's because I don't have an account where your piccie is hosted! Keep 'em coming tho' - I'm loving looking at them all!