Review: Collage This Journal by Eleanor Shakespeare

Collage This JournalCollage This Journal by Eleanor Shakespeare

This title will be released on March 15, 2016.

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This irresistibly 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 and make this keepsake truly their own. (Amazon)

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Collage This Journal by Eleanor Shakespeare is reminiscent of the wildly popular Wreck This Journal books by Keri Smith. Collage This Journal, however, focuses on the art of collage rather than wrecking methods. It encourages you to:

Collage this journal with photos of the people you love and places you dream about. Paste in tickets and notes. Doodle on the pages. Jot down secrets and hopes. Discover what you want to carry from your past into your future.

There’s a couple of things I like and a few things I don’t like. The cover although thicker than normal paperbacks is stiff and easily creased. It also makes it harder to open initially and actually start making the collages. So you need to take a bit of time to open each page and almost break the spine in before getting started. The prompts and vintage-styled pages are decent. The paper is thicker so it will stand up to a bit of wear and tear. However, I was hoping for a bit more color. I suppose that’s what the person will be adding once they start collaging. I probably would not buy this myself but I could see myself having fun with it if someone gifted it to me. If someone has made their way through all the Wreck This Journal books then this would be fun for them. Or if they like collages it would be a nice present. Not for everyone but could be fun.

I was provided a copy for review purposes from Blogging for Books.

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