Wife, Mummy, Nurse: C: Collage this Journal #atozchallenge

04 April 2016

C: Collage this Journal #atozchallenge

By: Eleanor Shakespeare

When I was in high school, I enjoyed making scrapbook and collages (and still do). There were a lot of times where I should have been cleaning my room, but instead I was pulling out pictures I liked from magazines and gluing them onto paper. With scrapbooking, I often wanted to completely redo the boring white background. Now, I don't have time to sit down and sort through my pictures in chronological order and make scrapbooks. 

If you're like me, you will want to check out Collage This Journal designed by Eleanor Shakespeare.

About the Author: 
ELEANOR SHAKESPEARE is an illustrator and designer based in London known for her photomontage imagery. She combines found ephemera with hand-lettering and texture with color to create unique illustrations. She has illustrated for The Telegraph Magazine, Therapy TodayTimes Higher EducationThe BafflerBoneshakerMagazine, and Noble Rot Magazine.
My thoughts: Collage This Journal is very similar to the popular Smash Books, except it does not have the bright colors that Smash Books have. At first I was not a fan of the boring colors, but I as I added a few photographs to it, I changed my mind. Once you add pictures from magazines and personal photographs, the background will not compete with what you put in the book. There are 52 prompts; if you wanted to, you could make this a year long project and do one prompt a week. Since I'm definitely not a Type A personality, I opened the middle of the book and started from there. I love that there are no rules with this book. You can make it your own! 

The one drawback I have found is the binding. I wish it was spiral bound. When I glued in pictures, I had to find an object to hold the book open for the night (which is not cool). Plus I'm worried that once a lot of pictures are added to it, it won't be big enough to hold everything.

 Going to fill the page up with PINK!!!!

So far, I've only added two pictures on these two pages:
1. Left picture: Taken August 13, 2005. Me with my siblings after one of my friends was married. I was her maid of honor in a friend's wedding.
2. Right picture: Black and white picture of my husband and me on our wedding day.

I received this book from Blogging for Books. 
All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any way.

Do you enjoy scrapbooking or making collages? 
If so, check out Collage This Journal.
C of the A to Z Challenge.


  1. I like the idea of scrapbooking but I never did it consistently. I like ring binded books too but it's nice to have a lovely and focused book like this to get more from scrapbooking. #AtoZChallenge

  2. I always though scrapbooking was interesting but I never really got into doing any except a very long time ago when I needed some picture holder. I think my problem is just that I don't really know where to start. Maybe getting a book would be a good idea. Thank you for this post and happy AtoZ.

  3. I've never done any formal scrapbooking since it became popular... though I did some earlier just to be creative... so long ago. Now everyone does it and it is big business. I'm intrigued by this book. Thanks for the review.