Create a Collage (1)

Scrapbooking has expanded in many ways, and the styles are constantly changing. I am firm believer in doing what you feel most comfortable with, and what you like best.

Collage: n 1: a paste-up made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form an artistic image; “he used his computer to make a collage of pictures superimposed on a map” 2: any collection of diverse things; “a collage of memories” 3: An artistic composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface, often with unifying lines and color. 4: A picture or design created by adhering such basically flat elements as newspaper, wallpaper, printed text and illustrations, photographs, cloth, string, etc., to a flat surface, when the result becomes three-dimensional.

Collage scrapbooking entered the scrapping world several years ago and has recently made a comeback, along with some other styles. However, the art of collage has been around a lot longer. The very earliest examples that have been found seem to come from twelfth-century Japanese calligraphers. They prepared surfaces for their poems by gluing bits of paper and fabric to create a background for brush strokes. Today’s collage isn’t much different.

The best part about collage scrapbooking, is that there is no wrong way to do it. It’s a creative, fun experience and you wind up with a real piece of art at the end.

So what do you need for collage scrapbooking? Some photos, scraps of ribbon, paper, cardstock, magazines, cards, letters – so I think you get the picture. You just need several different items.

Oh, and grab some adhesive. I recommend any scrapbooking acid-free glue. You could use adhesive squares but it takes longer and isn’t as effective. A paintbrush is a good idea too. Find one that you can use for glue only.

Now, to get started. First you need your background. You can either use a piece of cardstock or patterned paper. Patterned paper works well, because it already has some pattern on it.

Go through your scraps looking for some unique paper scraps. Try to find different textures, colors, etc. And while you’re at it, look for some interesting patterns and colors on cards, or in magazines. Cut them out. Be creative, and cut out different shapes, tear the paper, etc.

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