Pretty Things Survivors Do Blog Hop

Pretty Things Survivors Do
Hello everyone and welcome to a very specific blog post. Today I’m not only sharing an art journal page with you. Today is also about awareness. Chrissy asked a variety of crafters to come together and help spread awareness about PTSD. For our blog hop it stands for Pretty Things Survivors do, but the majority probably knows it as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

PTSD is a “psychiatric disorder” that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.” (American Psychiatric Association definition) Although mostly associated with war veterans, it affects 3.5% of the population and 4% of US children ages 13-18 will experience PTSD in their lifetime. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. (Bran and Behavior Research Foundation)

Living with a “psychiatric disorder” or “mental illness” (FYI, I don’t like either of those phrases…) is not easy. The entire year is a challenge, but during the holidays things can get especially challenging. This blog hop is meant to help those who are affected to show that there are people who care and hopefully it encourages you or the ones around you to reach out and just be there. If one person is remembered this holiday season, then we have achieved our goal of spreading awareness.

For this blog hop I created an art journal page that shows the struggle within but also the light that keeps us going. The struggle defines us but it doesn’t need to influence our life. There are ways to continue, to be happy and to “deal” with it. For me, art is a huge relief. It helps me to balance myself.

Pretty Things Survivors Do Blog Hop

You can see the entire process here. I’m sorry about my rambling. Talking about this was harder than I thought it would be.


As part of the blog hop I’d like to share some of the art supplies that I love. Art is a great way to relax, to calm down, to reduce stress and so much more. So, I hope that these will bring you as much joy as they bring me.

I’m giving away a set of ArtFoamies. All you have to do is leaving a comment down below by December 14, 2018 to be entered into the drawing. Don’t forget to join all the other blog participants. They might have something for you as well.

Blog Hop

The blog hop list is as follows:

Thank you for joining us! If you know someone who lives with PTSD and would like ways to support them, please visit the following sites and remember to reach out to a neighbor, friend or family member during this holiday season, you could make a difference in their day.

If you are affected or know someone who is, here are ideas on how you can help:

Supplies Used

Some of my links are affiliate links which means I earn a small commission, if you use my links to shop. No worries though, you won’t pay anything extra. Thanks for your support 🙂

Close Ups

Pretty Things Survivors Do Blog Hop

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Pretty Things Survivors Do Blog Hop

Pretty Things Survivors Do Blog Hop


  1. I love seeing a hop brining awareness to PTSD. So many suffer and no ones talks about it. Thank you!

  2. Beautiful! And not rambly. 😍

  3. stunning page

  4. I love your beautiful art journal page! I also love the idea that there is always hope within u, no matter how dark! Thank you so much for being a part of this!

  5. Beautiful! I think its awesome that you guys are doing this hop.

  6. This is a great hop for a great cause!
    Love your beautiful pages!!!

  7. awesome

  8. Beautiful piece. I agree art is a great outlet

  9. I suffer from PTSD badly so I am so appreciative of this amazing blog hop! Thank you so much for bringing awareness to it. I will remember to also reach out to others who are suffering and could use some kindness including you. And thank you for sharing your lovely art. . xo Andrea

  10. Your art tells a powerful story, gives you strength, and surely helps others too.

  11. I love the idea of using a canvas book. This is a great blog hop for a VERY worthy cause!

  12. stunning work – thanks for sharing your amazing talents

  13. Beautiful page. I’ve never attempted anything like this. I was curious how it was done and thought the process was fascinating. A 9 minute video is NOT rambling. It was perfect.

  14. What a beautiful gift to help others through your art

  15. Awesome project.

  16. Your art is beautiful no powerful. Thank you for inspiring us.

  17. I see inner beauty in it. Very nice. Thanks.

  18. This is beautiful art! Thank you for sharing! I struggle with anxiety and I know how crafting has helped me!

  19. I love your page, I love that you are bringing awareness to such a hard topic. As I said on your youtube, not all of us have the art outlet, nor someone to hear us. We sit alone in the darkness.

  20. Oh wow!! Your art journal page is amazing. It is so reflective of how we tend to NOT put ourselves first when we have PTSD. I have an art journal and should probably break it out more. Thank you for taking part in this VERY worthy cause. ♥

  21. The crafting community has enriched my life in so many ways, and I was touched and appreciative of the way so many bloggers have joined in to support this cause. PTSD is thought of as something that service men and women experience, but we know that it can affect anyone. I had a very good friend who was a police officer and whose family was affected by his PTSD over a period of years. The first step in healing is in realizing that it’s not your problem, but belongs to all of us. Thank you for your inspiration.

  22. Thank you for helping to raise awareness of PTSD and other “invisible” conditions. There are a lot of people who hurt but get no support because their injury/illness is not in plain sight.

  23. What an intriguing and expressive creation…so well crafted. Crafting is such a gift to ourselves, isn’t it? tfs

  24. Cindyellen Robinson

    Blessings to you all for bringing awareness. This community is so kind.

  25. Beautiful journal page,, made me stop and reflect. Thank you for sharing and bringing awareness to this!

  26. Love your pages! Beautiful textures and colors!

  27. Thank you for sharing with us, Josefine. I admire your strength. <3

  28. This is such a gorgeous journal page, and the key word in your project is “imperfect”. Perfection is unattainable, and over-rated. Acceptance and kindness are everything.

  29. That’s a beautiful journal page thanks for sharing you talent
    God bless you and your family

  30. Beautiful Journal page I love it thanks for sharing you work you are very talent I love the page God Bless you and your family

  31. Thank you for bringing awareness about PTSD! It is a very important issue that doesn’t get the attention it deserves! Your journal page is gorgeous!

  32. I think this is utterly perfect as are you my lovely.

  33. That’s a beautiful journal page! And thanks for sharing awareness!!

  34. Gorgeous and inspiring! Thanks for this initiative!

  35. So very well said and pictured, Josefine. Hugs, mama

  36. Did you say there wasn’t a lot going on on this page? For me who makes cards, I can’t begin to imagine how you put all that paint, seemingly randomly, on that page & created something pretty incredible that is also representational of what we, to varying degrees, may be suffering with & showing there is light through it all. Thank you for participating in helping to make people more aware of PTSD.

  37. Fantastic pages. Art is a wonderful
    way to express out hopes and fears.
    thanks for sharing.

  38. Beautiful! I loved watching your process 🙂

  39. Amazing!

  40. Thank you for sharing your story and your art journal. The art conveyed the meaning so well. You are so talented! I really appreciate your willingness to talk openly about your struggles.

  41. How beautiful and love the kind thoughts and idea!

  42. Amazing work and great project!

  43. Your page is awesome. I loved watching your process and hearing you talk. This is my first tme here. I will be back. Thank you for being a strong person.

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