5 Easy Steps for Using Collage In Your Journal

It’s so easy to come up with excuses to avoid something.

A journal page created with collage, inspired by the calendar.

We’re tired, we have housework to do, or the worst—we’ve found a comfy spot on the couch in front of the TV. But why do we even avoid doing things we love? I guess because it’s part of our nature, but Gina Rossi Armfield won’t let us get away with it. Armfield is the author of No Excuses Art Journaling: Making Time for Creativity. In it, she breaks down ways to use the beautiful daily moments of our lives (that we may take for granted) and incorporate them into our journals. It’s a win/win: we take a few minutes for ourselves while also preserving memories that so easily slip away into the past.

I wanted to share with you a little snippet from No Excuses Art Journaling, which is part of an exclusive Art Journal Junkies Collection that Interweave is offering (scroll down to see everything that’s included). In this section on collage, Armfield breaks down the process into five simple steps.

Arrange collage images in your journal and adhere with a glue stick.

Collage Idea in 5 Easy steps (from No Excuses Art Journaling: Making Time for Creativity by Gina Rossi Armfield)
1. Look through magazines, photos, or your “nest” to find images, designs, or colors that fit the month.
2. Use a circle punch to cut out circles of those images.
Tip: Place a piece of heavier-weight paper behind your magazine image when punching your circle to get a clean cut.
3. Select a page from your journal and add a watercolor background wash in a color that represents that month or complements the images you’ve cut out.
4. Arrange the circle-punched images on the page in a grid-like fashion. Glue them in place using a glue stick.
5. Add notes or details with a pen about the images or your day. For added interest, use a variety of pens, colors, or handwriting styles.

So what are you waiting for? When you get the entire Art Journal Junkies Collection, you’ll have No Excuses Art Journaling at your fingertips, where you’ll find accessible ways to incorporate your daily story in your art.

Without excuses,


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