I am having a very traumatic time with my oldest daughter. I want to go home and bury my face in pattered paper and punches, but I am not sure I will be able to. Have you ever scrapped during sad times?
no I do not THINK I have, I might have when my grandfather died. If I were you I would just take a little break.
Now that I think longer I have some trouble with my Son (age 13) and he is having major trouble at school too, so I guess I have let it be an escape for you if you choose to continue scrapping,
GOD BLESS YOU and I really Hope things with your daughter get a lot better!!!
Sometimes it helps just to clear my head and focus on something besides the heavy issues of life. I go in my room, shut the door and leave the world outside for an hour or two. If you think it will help you feel a little better by all means, do it.
I think it would depend on what you mean by traumatic, if it's just normal teenage angst acting out behaviors then yes I was able to scrap, but when my daughter was in the hospital and then intensive therapy because she had been suicidal, no I couldn't sleep or eat let alone do any scrapping.
I've created art journal pages about really sad times. I've created scrapbook pages about unpleasant life lessons for DS. It has been a little therapeutic to get messy and tear/crumple paper. Writing about the situation and my feelings was also helpful because it allowed me to think things through and get ideas on what to do next about the problem.
I did scrap a page of my mom after she died. She was 86 so that's different from the emotions you are going through. Having said that, it might be good therapy. Scrap something that you would not normally do for fun.
Oh Donna, I am so sorry that you are dealing with this. I do have a grown dd so I understand about the teen issue. I have scrapped many times when I have been sad or mad or upset. Just being in my room makes me feel peaceful & happy. I am JEALOUS of your fountain. I learned to love them because my mom had some in her entry way surrounded by real plants & beautiful silk flowers. She adored them so I do too. I am glad that you posted that you feel better in there. DO WHATEVER makes you feel better.
I think creating art can be very healing and calming. Taking the time to step away from life's struggles and immersing yourself in something you love can bring you a lot of peace. Pour all your frustration, pain, and angst into something that will get you out of your head and your mind focused away from that which is causing it.
I'm not sure that I have ever scrapped during a sad time but I know I have scrapped MAD. My scrap studio is my place of calm, quiet, and peace! If I'm not feeling any of those then I will shut my door and immerse myself in creating until I do!!
I have found that sad can take days if not weeks to work thru and after years all is better and half forgotten. Which helps me knowing that the next sad thing to come along will eventually be OK given enough time.