Recycled Collage Journals

In the spirit of recycling I was looking around my studio to see what I could use for journal covers. I had a large collage left over from a workshop I’d taken. Actually it was already a piece I had cut from another collage that I wasn’t really thrilled with as a piece on its own. I also had some lovely scraps of handmade paper that weren’t big enough for a whole piece on their own. Ahhh, time to recycle! Everything seemed to be begging to be part of a set of smaller journals. Follow along below to see the process.

I started by slicing up the largish collage piece into 4.25 x 8.25 inch sections.

I tore the handmade papers into 7.5 x 3.75 inch sections using a piece of mat board as a guide.

A bit of collaging and painting livened up the inside covers.

Similar livening of the inside pages so all would go together.

Using an awl I punched three holes. I used a pamphlet stitch with waxed cord to create one signature attached to the cover. I used this method on three of them but one has two eyelet holes on the spine instead.

I used various buttons and hand twisted cord to create closures.

These are the perfect size to tuck into a purse or pocket to journal any small adventure! Thanks for looking and now go make your own so you can join the challenge over at Mini Album Makers blog. This month our sponsor is The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

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8 Responses to Recycled Collage Journals

  1. These are gorgeous Heather! The collage papers make wonderful covers and I love the torn natural pages inside. A great bit of recycling! Jennie x

  2. Anne R says:

    I am so pleased you gave that unloved collage sheet another chance because you have created four gorgeous mini albums Heather. I really love the colour tones and your doodling and mark making on the signatures and inside covers really does bring the pieces together beautifully. Love these! Anne xx

    • Heather Maxwell says:

      Thanks so much Anne! I am trying to keep myself from cutting up all my collages to make books! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Tracey says:

    In the spirit of recycling you have done us very very proud Heather. A genius way of displaying what we have laying around us and we are all guilty of how easily we can over look these things. I’m loving your painty doodles, like little pops of Picasso.
    Each album makes it’s own statement, perfectly executed!
    Thanks for the inspiration.. I love them all.
    Hugs Tracey xx

    • Heather Maxwell says:

      Thanks Tracey! I love the way you phrased that…painty doodles… sounds like a manga character! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Heather, these are really fabulous, and I love that you’ve used your leftovers to create these beauties! How inspiring!

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