Yes, I understand completely!! Everyone makes jokes that scrapbooking is cheaper than therapy, but I think a lot of people take for granted how therapeutic it really is. My plan in life is to hopefully get my M.Ed. in Art Therapy and work with troubled kids and teens. For some it's a LOT more therapeutic than others (I think you and I fall into that category) but it has calming qualities for everyone if they choose to take advantage of it. I knew immediately when I couldn't pull myself out of my slump I was in that this is what I needed, then it took me forever to get the inspiration and motivation back. But it's here and I'm embracing it before I lose it again!!
You should post pics of what you've done so far!! I'd love to see it. And yes, the girlfriend will be extremely touched!!