Title: Collage This Journal
Author: Eleanor Shakespeare
Publisher: Potter Style
# Pages: 112
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies, Journaling
Why I Picked It: I might have more Pinterest-fails than the average person, but I love crafting and creating. With my littles running around, my brain is running low on sleep and high on caffeine more often than not. Inspiration and motivation tend to be lacking, and the prompts in this book seemed like an excellent motivator to try my hand at creating collages as a form of journaling (think, scrapbook marries journal).
“This irrisistibly interactive journal is filled with dozens of clever ideas for recording your life, such as ‘Make balloons out of photos from special and happy occasions’ or ‘Fill the genie’s lamp with wishes.’ The author/illustrator’s wonderfully layered photo-illustration montages invite readers to mix media, too, and make this keepsake truly their own.”
What I Thought: My initial impression was correct—this book is filled with so many amazing inspiring ideas to turn memories into collages. If only I had the time—and could trust my littles around glue sticks and scissors. The hand-lettering is gorgeous and the prompts themselves are so fun! It is apparent the author and illustrator put a lot of effort into creating a product the audience could use to fall in love with being creative. (Note: at times, the author’s montages are also a bit intimidating when you are just starting out. Nothing like ruining a beautiful page with glue and pen marks to make you feel like a preschooler learning to draw once again.)
That said, some of the pages are a little too busy for my liking—if I am going to add to them, I want to start out a little more simplistic. (Then again, I get easily overwhelmed by clutter and mess.) While the book and its pages are decently sized, I worry about the binding thickness—if I add too many materials, will the book lose its ability to close properly, ultimately ruining the binding.