Unleash Your Creativity Through
Collage Journaling

Unleash Your Creativity Through
Collage Journaling

Open journal with a collage on the pages

Journaling has always been a tried and true tool for personal reflection. Whether you’re documenting dreams or preserving cherished memories, putting pen to paper has been proven to offer a number of benefits, including reduced stress, boosted well-being and emotional processing. 

More recently, there’s been a surge of people using paper journals as a medium for creative expression through the practice of collage journaling. Here’s what you need to know about the trend so that you can start turning the paper in your notebook into a canvas for creative exploration!

The Art of Collage Journaling

 Collage journaling is a unique form of self-expression that involves combining various visual and physical elements—images, words, textures and materials—into a journal or art book. Its flexibility allows individuals of all skill levels to engage, making it an accessible and enjoyable activity for artistic discovery.

Beyond being a mere creative pursuit, collage journaling has emerged as a powerful form of art therapy. Through the arrangement of visual elements, individuals can explore and document their thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Getting Started 

First and foremost, you’ll need a dedicated collage journal. If you plan on using watercolors and other paints, consider purchasing one with thicker paper so that it doesn’t warp or bleed through the pages. Once you have that, anything can be used as a medium with a little creativity. Here are some suggestions for tools and materials to use on your art journey: 

list of collage tools needed

Remember, the beauty of collage journaling lies in its flexibility and personalization, so feel free to experiment with different materials and find what works best for your own artistic style and preferences. As for the content, you have free range to include whatever you want! Paintings, sketches, stories, reflections, quotes—the opportunities are endless.

Tip: To add some extra flair, print and incorporate your favorite photos and online designs. Drugstores offer same-day print services via an app. You can select favorite shots from your mobile device’s photo library or your social media accounts, submit the photos to print at a nearby location and pick them up later in the day.

Collage journaling tools

Unlike traditional journaling which is often done in private settings, collage journaling can be a fun activity to do in group settings. It can be a great way to bring people together over a wholesome afternoon of crafting. For those who prefer to work alone, it’s perfect for disconnecting from the hustle and bustle of life, and finding connection with yourself through your own imagination. 

Did You know

Using paper is also a smart choice because it’s made from a renewable resource--trees--that are mostly sourced from privately-owned and purposely-grown forests that have been maintained in the U.S. over generations.  And recycling makes further use of those resources

 If you rip out some pages due to a mistake, toss them in a recycling bin to keep them out of the landfill!

DIY Collage Journaling