Friday, March 30, 2012

Sketchbook Pages

As promised, here are some collaged sketchbook pages I created this week:
This first layout was inspired by Donna of Simply Me - specifically, her Collage Monday post this week. Instead of working in my spiral-bound sketchbook, I used an old book that I've been slowly transforming, page by page. I used ledger paper as the background like Donna, though mine wasn't vintage paper (I added in some random numbers here & there). I used copper ink to age the edges a bit.
In Donna's Collage Monday post, she urged us to try using some supplies that have been hoarded for a while. So I pawed through my things & pulled out this antiqued architectural tag & sparkly star. The star is tied to a loop of paper with a piece of string - this originally held some ribbon. I stuffed some dried purple flowers into the ring & glued it all down with acrylic medium.
Donna also used pretty washi tape on her page - so I did too. I started with the polkadots since the purple matched my dried flowers - then I added some green & pink. Since I don't have ink like Donna uses, I doodled with Sharpies in matching lime & purple to tie everything together.
Lastly, I felt the section on the right-hand page needed a little something - so I added some scalloped circles. "Triumph" is a word that has been recurring in my sketchbooks a lot lately.
Sweet & simple - I absolutely love how it turned out!

I still had a piece of ledger paper left over, so I turned to my spiral-bound sketchbook for another page:
I collaged some green construction paper at the top & included washi tape at the bottom because it's so fun. Next, I wrote in a quote that I recently read online & loved:
"Dream" is another recurring sketchbook word, so I pulled out some stamps & went to town. I particularly like how the green polkadots look:
This small envelope was the perfect green, so I glued it down & embellished it with some fancy paper:
Finally, to tie everything together, I used lime green & yellow Sharpies to doodle a pattern that mimicked the pattern on the envelope:
The last thing I did was rip up some scrap watercolour paper & record a few of my dreams on them. I sealed these into the envelope for future reference.

The next day, I created this collage, still inspired by my previous pages:
I used a printed paper bag (from LCBO) & a paper doily as the background. I wasn't sure where to go next, but then I found these stamps in an envelope of ephemera:
I loved the colour, so I went through my files of clippings until I found this flower (originally from a card):
A bit of pink washi tape & a pink Sharpie finished the page nicely.

Last but not least, this page was inspired by another one of Donna's Collage Mondays:
Though my page looks nothing like hers, I accepted her challenge of using up some stickers from my stash. And I really went to town!
I have a lot of stickers, but for this page I tried to restrict myself to orange, blue, pink & cream.
I used 2 security envelopes as the background. I think it's wild, but fun.

Needless to say, if you're looking for some inspiration, check out Donna's Collage Mondays! Her sketchbooks are quite fabulous!

3 comments:

Mattos said...

loving all these collage journal pages, what great colors

Angie said...

Loving all the washi tape!

The Belly Dancer said...

Very interesting and love the colors.