Project Art Journal: Page 9


Part of the fun of collage is mixing and matching items of different genres.  Maps and keys, Europe and Asia, glitter and antique edges all come together as if they were always meant to be.  On this week’s Project Art Journal, its all about unifying random objects and allowing a quote to travel freely from one edge of the page to the other.

Quote by Rosalia de Castro


  • Printed card stock
  • brown card stock
  • postage stamps
  • fancy flower brads
  • tab paper clip
  • key charm
  • keyhole brad
  • acrylic stickers
  • card board “tile”
  • paper piercer
  • black and brown ink pads
  • scissors/paper slicer
  • double-stick tape
  • glue stick
  • glue dots
  • pencil
  • marker

Layer 1: Foundation

  • Measure and cut a square out of brown card stock that is slightly smaller than the paper bag journal page.

Layer 2: Background

  • Measure and cut a square out of printed card stock (script print if you’ve got it) that is slightly smaller than Layer 1.  Attach it to Layer 1 using double-stick tape.
  • Measure and cut a 2½” wide rectangle out of printed card stock (a map of some kind would work, too) that touches the edges (lower, upper, and right side) of Layer 2.
  • Crumple the paper until it feels “soft.”  Flatten and then lightly run a brown ink pad over the top so the wrinkles pick up the ink.  Tip: To really give those wrinkles some depth, use two different shades of brown ink.
  • Attach to the right hand side using double-stick tape.

Layer 3: Stamps

  • Choose three postage stamps, preferably international and colorful.  Attach in random places on the page using double-stick tape.  Its fun to let one or two wander towards the edge to give the page a snapshot feel.  Simply trim the ends that hang over the edge.

Layer 4: Quote Path

  • The trick with creating a “wandering path” is to cut without a plan.  Take a pair of scissors and just start cutting curves.  Attach the curve(s) to the page using double-stick tape.  Let the ends hang off the page if need be in order to find the right spot for the path.  Trim the ends when everything is secured with double-stick tape.
  • Pencil in the quote along the curves of the path.  This might take a few tries and a willingness to experiment with spacing and size of writing.  Keep an eraser handy!
  • Once the quote is just right, go over it with a marker.

Layer 5: Embellishments

  • Grab a piece of scrap paper and crumple it until it feels like wrinkled cloth.  Flatten it out and rub a black ink pad over the entire surface until it looks like old leather.  Attach the keyhole brad to the approximate center and secure the ends.
  • Cardboard tiles are sold in most craft stores, but they are also easy enough to make from a thick piece of cardboard.  The square should be about an inch, but any size will do.  Cover the top and bottom with glue from a glue stick, (really slather it on!).  Center the keyhole on the square and then wrap the edge of the paper around the tile, like you’re wrapping a gift.  Add extra glue where needed.  Decide where it will look nice on the page, but hold off on attaching.  Set it aside so the glue can dry.
  • Attach fancy flower brads where they look best.  Use a paper piercer to make a hole for the brad. Insert and secure the ends.
  • Attach acrylic stickers wherever they look nice.  Tip: Buttons are a nice alternative to acrylic stickers.
  • Attach key charm using glue dots.  Tip: The key can also be attached using wire or ribbon.
  • Attach tab paper clip to one part of the quote path.  It’s okay if it overlaps some of the writing! If the double-stick tape is difficult to lift, try slipping a small strip of strong card stock under the path to ease it loose.
  • The glue on the keyhole tile should be dry by now, so attach it using either double-stick tape or a glue dot.
  • Attach finished page to the paper bag journal page using plenty of double-stick tape.

Random objects have never been so beautiful!  Stay inspired!

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c.b. 2012

29 thoughts on “Project Art Journal: Page 9

  1. Cassie

    This is gorgeous. I’ve always wanted to do one of these journals. I picked up books about them from the Used Bookstore but I got nothing.


    • Thank you! 🙂

      A large part of doing these is finding the right inspiration. There are a tons of books out there, but ultimately the ideas come from you. I love the books for learning new techniques, but layout and theme only works when there’s a passion for it!


  2. You make it sound so easy . . . and I know it is. I’d like to see how you keep all this stuff where you remember you have it. My supplies keep getting lost in the badlands of boxes and bags.
    Love the page.


    • It is once you figure out how to break it down into smaller steps.

      My craft closet is ridiculously organized. I have rows of bins and drawers each labeled with a category – general tools, 12×12 paper, paper scraps, naturals, sewing supplies, paints, etc. The list goes on and on!


  3. love this. “coincidentally” I just received a book today that I ordered a couple of weeks ago Collage For The Soul by Holly Harrison & Paula Grasdal. In the past i’ve not tried anything like this for fear it would just look stupid. Must be my old art teacher’s voice in there somewhere – the one that asked me to please not return to class! But, having stepped out of my comfort zone a few times this year, I’m ready to actually try this………..soon. well, as soon as I get up the nerve.


    • Oooooo, I will be anxiously awaiting that post! I am going to check out that book as well – what a wonderful title! You might want to check out this one as well, “Personal Geographies” by Jill K. Berry. 🙂


  4. Love collage…I actually did a college on canvas last summer…trying my Jackson Pollack skills with leftover wall paint and then sticking dried prairie grass and a hodgepodge of stuff…I hope to do more with found things this summer ~


  5. The quote is fantastic and I love that it follows the path. There was so much detail, I had to study every inch of it then move back and take it all in. You did a marvelous job! Old maps are a favourite of mine and the postcard and stamps were nice touches. There’s a line of crafting things at Michael’s called Jim Holtz. Most of the stuff is very antique-looking, with old-fashioned metal keys, clock cogs and other such things, many of which are like the items you put on your page, but sometimes it’s better to put things on your page that have meaning to you or brings back a memory. Gorgeous! 🙂


    • I love Jim Holtz! Every once in a while I’ll treat myself to something in his collection. His pieces have so much character and can be used in so many different ways. When the real thing isn’t available, his little trinkets are the next best thing! 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed the page! There is a lot going on, but I couldn’t help myself – I just kept adding until my muse said “stop.” 😉


  6. I like this one!! Love the quote. Billy gives me a hard time because I always want to plan (can you say “teacher”????) and he would rather fly by the seat of his pants. I’m usually up for spontaneity, but there is something about having a direction to move towards. The quote is great-keep going just to see what might be over the hill, around the corner, or what secret treasures might be found under a log or next to the stream. It encourages the reader to keep the wonder of life, in life and the journey as we travel through our days. Thanks for this.


    • I’m a planner, too, but I haven’t forgotten how to wander. Sometimes even the best plans can go wrong, so a little randomness is good for the creative spirit. 🙂

      The quote is one of my favorite as it always makes me wonder where my path is going to take me next. 🙂


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