Art Journaling – Making Memories

If you have memories of a lovely day out that you want to treasure then art journaling may be for you!

A lovely day out may not fill a whole scrap book, but dedicating a page in journal to a wonderful day is a perfect way to make use of all the ticket stubs, photos, souvenir post cards and other memories that may otherwise get put in a box and forgotten (or even thrown in the bin!).

This week’s art journaling prompt is all about journaling our memories. Using memories in art journaling has some subtle differences to traditional scrapbooking.

With a scrapbook we may be focussed on the layout and appearance of our items. The objective may be to make something structured and beautiful that is going to be looked at by many people. In the case of an art journal, it may be that you are creating the work just for yourself alone. This removes the constraints of a structured layout as you only have yourself to please. 

Scrap booking may have very little or even no writing. Whereas memory pages in your art journal may feature writing as the main focus.

Writing in an art journal can take many forms. You may want to look at all of the things you are going to put on the page individually and record the memories that they bring, or how they make you feel. You might want to record how the memories inspire you to create new things or try new styles or colour schemes. You might want to write about what you did on that day. The choice is entirely yours.

Gather together some supplies, including adhesive (acid free so it does not damage your photos), scraps such as bus or train tickets you kept, a photograph and some patterned papers, stamps, coloured pens and anything else you want to decorate the pages with.

Follow our video tutorial and see how to create your own memory pages, or do something completely different! Either way we would love to see what you create!

Here are some of our top tips for creating memory pages:

  • Before you glue/stick anything down permanently  lay everything out and decide what you think looks like the best arrangement
  • When you are happy with your layout, use your phone to take a picture of where you have positioned everything
  • Remember to leave space to write your thoughts
  • Consider using a theme to tie all of the elements together (e.g. seaside, fairground, birthday etc)
  • Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect or if you make a mistake, you can always stick an embellishment over the top of any mistakes anyway!
  • Enjoy yourself. It doesn’t matter what it looks like so long as you enjoy making it and looking at it!

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