A Mini Journal Project
Creating the Signatures
The datebook had enough pages to make at least 60 signatures. I decided to divide these signatures to make 20 mini pocket journals. Each journal will contain 3 signatures for a total of 36 pages.
CREATING THE MINI COLLAGES
To make the journals fun and interesting, I decided to fill each illustrated page with a mini collage, taking this opportunity to use up my seemingly endless collection of small paper scraps. (Yes, I’m one of those who saves every bit of paper scraps. I’m sure most of you can relate.)
I wanted a focal point for each collage, and, when I was deciding what to use, these manga cutouts that I like to collect came to mind. You see, I like buying used manga books so I can cut out the images and use them in my personal journals. I find this a fun and easy way to add visual context to some of my journals that are otherwise simple diary entries. I keep a handful of these manga images in a tin container. These are tiny cutouts, and so I thought they would be perfect for my mini collages. The manga images I ended up using in this project are from Hidamari Sketch by Aoki Ume. Her character drawings are super adorable and the plot of the manga is interesting as well. It’s about the everyday life of a group of students who go to an art school and live in the same apartment building.
So with my manga cutouts and a bin full of small paper scraps, I went to town creating the mini collages. When I was done, I had made 360 unique pieces to fill up all 20 journals!
CREATING THE Journal Covers
Looking for more reasons to use my fabric scraps, I decided to make signature wraps for the journals. And I’m glad I did because they add another level of interest to the journals.