This word collage slash scrapbook page slash vision board thingy hangs above my workspace. Whenever I look at it, it gives me motivation, reminds me of my goals and purpose and makes me smile. Not bad for something I made from free stuff, right? :) I’ll show you how.
All you’ll need is…
- cardboard or a solid colour scrapbook paper for the base (whatever size)
- magazines, catalogues, brochures – anything with potentially pretty pictures, inspiring headlines and quotes, illustrations, or anything you like
- scissors and glue
- 1 or 2 free hours
First, I gathered everything I needed. The main materials were free stuff I collected during a trip to London: a Paperchase brochure, a Monsoon catalogue, free magazines (I especially used a lot from the Tesco one – surprisingly great design, the big Kindness-quote is from it actually). Then I started browsing. (Initially I thought I’d use some traditional scrapbook materials as well, hence the little doilies and my green box o’treasures, that’s why they’re there.)
I didn’t have anything specific in mind — I looked for things that jumped at me — nice quotes, cool typography, colours, pictures and scenery, etc. I let it be a creative, meditative experience — the whole process really soothed my soul, as any type of DIY usually does. I cut everything that could be remotely useful on the spot and discarded the rest to the paper recycle bin.
As I went along, the project started to have a blueish theme and a really uplifting vibe, which I liked a lot. :) I grabbed my standard size yellow scrapbook paper and started arranging the cutouts on it. I began with the background — the big pictures, photographs. I glued them onto the paper when everything was covered and I liked how it looked.Then came the bits of paper. Sometimes I used only one word of a sentence, or rearranged an expression to mean something different. Don’t limit yourself with what you see in print! You could also spell something out from individual letters, ransom-note style. :) Of course, not everything could fit, so I had to say goodbye to a couple of phrases and words. Though looking at the picture now, “Capturing the inner magic” looks really nice. :) After I glued everything on, I flipped the page and trimmed all the little strips of paper that hung over the edge of the page.
And done! You can do a word collage every time you start working on a new goal, or celebrate a new beginning, whether it’s your birthday, anniversary, or New Years Eve. Or when you just feel like it. :) Stick it on the wall with washi tape, so you can easily remove or replace it, and archive it in a traditional scrapbook album, so you can reflect on it later.
I really hope you try this, if you do, please take a picture and let me now! :)
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