Cut + Paste Therapy

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The first thing was to pick a journal for the occasion. I wanted something BIG and reasonably sturdy that I would enjoy using. I don't know about you but I really need to like the paper in my journals. I found a new 8 1/4 x 11 3/4" Clairefontaine Carnet de Voyage {Travel Album} gifted to me and got to work. The paper in this wirebound journal is lovely for collage at 180g/83 lb.

I skipped the first page. Only because I always skip the first page. Then I started cutting like a madwoman. Really bonkers. I have been wanting to do color-themed cut + paste journal pages for a long, long time and this was the perfect opportunity. So I went with blue for the first set. Blues and blacks, mostly. I glued from magazines, receipts, notes, japanese washi papers, catalogs, ads, brochures, stamps, even clippings from the DIY gel prints I've been printing.

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Soon it was time to go pick up the kids. Then I came back and made another! I started with the woman in the kimono on the left, the yellow pencils and the wavy lines on the right and just kept going. The theme helps me pick images, sort of. This is rainbowy + bright. My DIY pinterest board. An inspiration board. On this page, along with the magazine-stuff, there's hand painted papers, gift wrap, neocolors, doodles, fabric. I scribbled in pencil too.

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And when I got home on Wednesday, another page! I am physically uncapable of doing just one page. This one has the usual suspects plus washi tape too.

This challenge was served at just the right time. I'd been feeling a need to DO SOMETHING with the stacks of magazines in the pantry {Vogues gifted to me by a friend, a stack of magazines purchased in Italy, a stack of magazines my husband brought back from a trip to Japan}, etc. The truth is that I was feeling a little guilty about collecting magazines and not using them to their fullest extent. 

Happy fun.

I went all over the house collecting magazines I'd put away to look at "some day" and I'm going to make more pages. Because I'm on deadline. With something else.

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