“Respond to the projects in an order that feels best for you,” Eleanor Shakespeare writes in the introduction to her book, Collage This Journal.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-twelve-page hardbound targets those interested in journaling using visual aids instead of typically writing them out. Containing fifty-two projects, the book’s pages have simplistic directions to “fill-in-the-blank” with drawings, photographs, illustrations, or words.
This book promotes making collages on every page in a journal. After an introduction and basic principles of creating a collage, the projects cover two opened pages with a few words to stimulate creativity regarding a theme. With the backgrounds already complete with photographs, colors, designs, and notes, the reader can design whatever they want on the pages.
~ Why ~
Although I am not a scrapbooker but an artist, I appreciate the creative value of this book in that it promotes thinking outside of the box individually. I liked the topics stating “Tell the story of your favorite record,” “Create your perfect view,” “Who or what are your major hang-ups?” and “What hand have you been dealt?”
~ Why Not ~
While the questions to answer are interesting and thoughtful, the font they are in is a little hard to read, sometimes taking up too much of the page that is to be collaged. Many may become frustrated trying to add papers, stickers, or objects to the pages as the book cannot lay completely flat so will get bulky when closed.
~ Who ~
From London, Shakespeare is an illustrator and designer that uses colorful photo montage imagery, hand-lettering, and texture in her artworks. She has done illustrations for several magazines.
~ Wish ~
I wish the book was spiral bound or somehow laid flat so could be worked on more easily. I found a few of the pages were too busy.
~ Want ~
If you enjoy scrapbooking but want some of the work pre-done for you, this would be a viable option. It would make a nice gift for someone who has time on their hands to think and create as they explore their inner self while making collages.
Thanks to the Blogging for Books for offering this book to read and review for my honest opinion.
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