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Collage style cover for multi-functional journal

I promised a fellow blogger, Eva, I would show her how to do one of my art projects. She is a primary school teacher and I thought of a project she could do with the children.

I recycle magazine pages to create collages. Mostly, I paint on them. Occasionally, I use collages to personalise sketchbook covers. All I need are magazines, a book with a paper cover, glue and scissors. I tear out a story and glue away.

scrapbook, scissors, masking tape, magazines

This is a croquis sketchbook. It is larger than a copy of Esquire or Bazaar (pictured). One book has 100 pages. If both sides are used, you can have 200 entries.

scrapbook, open, blank pages

These sketchbook pages will have many functions, all rolled in one:

  • guest book
  • photo album
  • scrap book
  • notebook
  • journal/day book
  • sketch book

magazine cutouts arranged on the cover

After selecting pictures and cutting out text, I arrange everything loosely.

I sometimes visit homes with official guest books, and I thought it would be fun to modify the idea. For example, you could ask house guests to pose for instant photos. Later, they can add notes for your album pages. Or, young siblings may enjoy updating a book as a yearlong project.

magazine cutouts arranged on the cover

Need it —–> Glue; magazines; notebook or sketchbook with paper cover.

glue swiped on the cover
Opt it —–> Oil markers or acrylics; decorative masking tape; a friend to chat with.

done and taped with decorative masking tape
All done and taped down. Work it —–>

  • Find striking images, words or lettering.
  • Try to tell a story as you search.
  • Tear or cut around text or pictures.
  • Arrange the cutouts for a quick look.
  • Glue cutouts to the cover.
  • Try to cover the entire space, the more overlaps the better.
  • Do not try to be neat.
  • Use decorative masking tape or clear tape to secure weak points.
  • If you like, you could add a painting or drawing with oil markers.

done and taped with decorative masking tape, close up

Use it —–>  One entry page should be as crowded as possible. Share the fun with friends.

open page with welcome message and heart shaped sketch

Thank you for viewing. I realised too late the camera automatically switched to the “hand held night scene” setting, hence the romantic ambience. (Palms forehead). Happy crafting until next time.

By ΠιCΘLΣ

Life is short, so let’s be decent.

89 replies on “Collage style cover for multi-functional journal”

I forgot how much fun clipping and sticking is…I think I will start it again….thanks…..love your blog, not sure why it doesn’t show up in my reader or list…..Wordpress is fickle sometimes….like a good friend…LOL kat

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Kat, I totally understand the Reader issue. Thank you for coming by to see this. I’m hoping you will find some time to enjoy cutting and sticking, too.

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Thanks, •榮 榮. I hope you’ll have fun with it. My current planner is covered with soft 3D stickers and postage stamps from Finland on the original envelope. The paper cover fits inside a clear plastic sleeve so the collage looks ready made.

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Thanks, 榮 榮. I hope you’ll have fun with it. My current planner is covered with soft 3D stickers and postage stamps from Finland on the original envelope. The paper cover fits inside a clear plastic sleeve so the collage looks ready made.

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Thanks, 榮 榮. I hope you’ll have fun with it. My current planner is covered with soft 3D stickers and postage stamps from Finland on the original envelope. The paper cover fits inside a clear plastic sleeve so the collage looks ready made.

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Great idea for an art project. I was thinking today, of how cool it looks, when you paint on magazines or mix different paints. Have you tried painting on prints? Today I melted crayons on canvas. Very fun! Have you done this yet? I think, you would like it.

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Thank you very much. I’m glad you like this one and I’m intrigued by your art project as well. I am sure you’ve seen my paintings that I have done on magazine prints and collages. They’re still here, under the art category and if you go past the photographs, they’ll line right up. This is the link to one I did on a Miu Miu print advertisement.

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