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I find that collage art is not easy. I love making collages but it doesn’t come naturally to me. Some people can easily throw something together while I take what seems like forever to do a single spread of pages.

I’ve wanted to start using up lots of the bits and pieces of scrap paper I’ve been accumulating over the years. I don’t consider myself a hoarder, by the way. I don’t collect or hold on to scraps or junk mail and papers intending to use them someday. I set aside pieces (magazine images, stickers, receipts, tags, etc) that I like and keep them in a small accordion file folder. When I need something random I go through my file folder and use it. My collection is pretty controlled because the fact that I have a collection of scraps seems a little crazy to me, and I want to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand.

I bought a blank little notebook for a dollar from Target and tore out a bunch of pages to thin it out. When I was ready to start collaging scraps I first used washi tape to reenforce the bind.

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I tried not to over think my layouts. I mostly went with color themes when looking for pieces that would work well together. Sometimes it wasn’t about the coloring but about layers and making them work together.

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This spread has a theme with birds and nature.

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In addition to papers I used stickers and rubber stamps. I also used a few stencils.


This was a great exercise for me. I felt like there wasn’t a lot of pressure to make things look beautiful. I simply wanted to fill pages with whatever scraps I could put my hands on. I tore edges instead of cutting them exactly straight. I used a smeared stamped image instead of throwing it out. I really liked the low expectations I set for myself and how it helped me relax with this.

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For the complete flip through, see my video here.