Review – Collage This Journal

Collage this Journal

By Elanor Shakespeare

9781101905333

The Summary, according to Amazon.com:

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, too, and make this keepsake truly their own.

Review:

Cover – 4.5/5 Dragons

Both clean and whimsical, the front cover boasts a classically creative design with just a hint of whimsy. The back cover pushes that whimsical element just a smidgen more, which is perfect. The blurb on the k is well written and perfectly descriptive on what the journal is about, without being over the top.

Interior – 5/5 Dragons

The idea of this journal is that you use whatever supplies you want in order to create collages in response to each new prompt.

For example, the very first prompt is a framed, blank page that asks you to collage a self-portrait…using images of yourself.

Another prompt asks you to redesign the covers of your favorite book, while still another asks that you write, draw, or collage images of who or what makes you laugh.

There are 52 such prompts, each with whimsical, almost water colored pages that provide a creative muse for the completion of your ‘journey’s’ art.

So be creative, be free, and ENJOY!

Overall Rating 5/5 Dragons (stars)!

Creative Journaling

Most of us have heard the term ‘Creative Journaling’ at some point or another. Some of us may even have attempted it at some point or another. Well let me tell you something…the world of creative journals has advanced significantly since the time I bought a little sketch book and some colored pencils, convinced that I could mix words and watercolors to create something amazing and awe inspiring. (I filled 4 or 5 pages and set it aside).

One of the best things to happen for the creative journaler, in my opinion anyway, is the rising popularity of creative journals. Not just notebooks or sketchbooks that you purchase and then fill as you see fit. No, these wonderful books provide you with specific ideas, prompts, and suggestions for each entry. Some of them are non-date specific, allowing the artist to pick and choose their prompts, moving through the pages on a whim and the wave of your emotions.

However, there is a daily creative journal that does include the dates. In fact, the Q&A a Day for Creatives: A 4 year Journal by Potter Style includes (you guessed it!) 4 years worth of dates. Each page is fitted with its own unique prompt and separated into four spaces. You merely fill in the year and fill out the box.

The prompts vary from the type of medium used, to the type of art created, and even to the type of question asked. Each day is a prompt meant to break you out of your box and allow you to view your day, and maybe even your life, in an inspiringly creative way.

I give the cover art 3 out of 5 dragons, the color blocking just doesn’t do it for me. I love the bright colors but feel the brown should have either gone completely across or not been included at all.

The inside, however, is exciting, fun, and definitely worth 5 out of 5 dragons! If you are a creative type (or if you want to try to be one) this is a great book to start with. You never even have to show it to anyone! If you aren’t an artistic type and don’t want to try this one, don’t worry! Potter Style has several more of these journals, such as the 5 year Q&A a Day that I still fill in every night, or the 3 year for kids and/or the the college student Q&A a Day! Check them out and find something that will fit your life, the questions are always interesting and thought provoking.

*I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review from Blogging for Books. Opinions are my own.*