Book Review: Collage This Journal, Eleanor Shakespeare (2016)

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Generously sized, with soothing earth tones and inventive prompts.

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Blogging for Books.)

I’ve reviewed several of Potter Style’s journals in the past, and more often than not have been disappointed by their small sizes. (The Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal, for example, is roughly the size of a mass market paperback.) So I was pretty stoked when Eleanor Shakespeare’s Collage This Journal showed up on my doorstep. At 6.5″ wide by 9.25″ high (going by the cover; the pages are just a tick smaller), it’s generously sized and gives you plenty of room to work with.

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As you’ve no doubt gathered from the title, this is an unusual little journal in that it has more of a visual arts focus. Though you can certainly write in it if you’d like, the emphasis is on scrapbooking and collages. Each two-page spread features a prompt of some sort; e.g., “Create footprints using photos of places you’ve been”; “What hand have you been dealt?”; “Fill the lamp with wishes” – with lots of room to record your response. Shakespeare utilizes soothing earth tones to set the mood and provide an attractive yet low-key backdrop for your photos and artwork.

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My main concern is that all the added material will make the book too bulky for its bindings. However, the library binding does provide some flexibility here. And while the book is a decent size, more is always better! This journal would be extra-rad if it was scrapbook-sized (8″x10″).

Even so, I think it’s pretty shiny and can’t wait to start filling it with my own goodies.

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