Art Journaling 101: Visual Journaling Focus

Visual/Collage Journaling Focus

 

Summer Journal by Julie Ann Shahin

I’d love to share with you today my Summer Visual Journal. Inspired by collage, visual journals, and Smash Books – this journal  is still a work in progress.

My journal is more about using ephemera, photos, and journaling – than it is about using paints, watercolors, and getting your hands messy. Although one can feel free to use digitally painted items!

 

Scissors

Since most of the items in my journal were cut out with scissors, let’s talk first about Detail Scissors. I have tried several brands and have my own favorites. The scissors have to be easy to use, the blade has to swivel around fine details easily. Sometimes larger handles get in the way. Here are a few types of Detail Scissors for your review:

 

 

Approximately $9.97

Fiskars 5″ Non-Stick Blades

Fiskars 9994-7097 no 5 Non-Stick Scissors. Non-Stick coating prevents most adhesives from sticking to blades. Great for cutting through glue, tape, labels and more. Compact size allows for detailed cutting. 5 inches overall with 1 3/4 inch blades.

  • I have used these for years are they are great all-purpose detail scissors. I love the non-stick coating feature.

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Source: amazon.com via Julie on Pinterest

 

Approximately $13.00

Tonic Studios 404 6-1/2-Inch Spring Cut Scissors

Kushgrip is a patented soft grip material designed to increase your comfort Locking mechanism for safety

Kushgrip covering allows for better control

Fine tip for extra detailed cutting projects

Kushgrip – make your hands smile

  • This is my newest purchase and I really like these a lot. I reach for these the most and trust them to get the cut I want.

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Source: acehotline.com via Julie on Pinterest

 

Approx. $7.99

Fiskars Fingertip Swivel Craft Knife 01003314 a

Fiskars Fingertip swivel craft knife, paper cutter. Fiskar’s brand ambassadors were wowed when they got their hands on this hot new product! We think you’ll feel the same. It is the latest innovation! For detail-type folks (or those willing to try their freehanding skills) the Fingertip Swivel Knife is ideal for cutting intricate designs and flowing shapes.

  • I received this product for free at a scrapbooking convention and am almost afraid to use it. I haven’t experimented with it enough to be confident with it.

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Source: amazon.com via Julie on Pinterest

 

Approximately $9.00

Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 817 Kushgrip Non Stick Micro Serrated Snips

The Micro Serrated Snips are ideal for detail cutting

Non stick coating makes these scissors resistant to rust and minimize adhesive build up

Kushgrip handles for comfort

Includes protective plastic cap for storage

  • These scissors have been on my wishlist for a long time. I have tried them out and they are ideal. Warning! Don’t be lured by imitators and knock-offs as they are not the same. You will waste your money if you buy an imitator.

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Source: ep.yimg.com via Julie on Pinterest

 

Approx. $3.88

Judikins Detail Scissors

Designed for intricate paper cutting; this fine detail scissors are made from surgical stainless steel to give you trouble-free operation for years to come. Great for cutting lighter weight paper and also works for embroidery! (For best results keep a separate pair of scissors for cloth and paper). Contains one pair of Details Scissors (4×2 inches). Judikins CTS11.

  • I can not recommend these scissors as I’ve never used them or heard of them except from one online message board. I recommend reading online reviews before purchasing.

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Approx. $2.60

Precision™ 4″ Craft Detail Scissors

  • Ideal for very detailed, precise paper cutting.
  • Manufactured to cut effectively and precisely with ease through a range of materials from paper to fabric to leather and cardboard.
  • A great addition for any Crafter’s tools.
  • Right and Left Handed. Lifetime Guarantee.
  • I can not recommend these scissors as I’ve never used them or heard of them. I recommend reading online reviews before purchasing.

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My Summer Journal

Summer Journal Cover by Julie Ann Shahin

This journal is a hybrid journal with lots of paper + printables. Lots and lots of goodies from Tangie’s kits, such as the butterfly and clock on the cover above.

 

 

Inside Cover and Page 1 by Julie Ann

On the inside cover, the postcard folds down. The envelope on the right is from a magazine perfume ad.

 

 

Dedication for Summer Journal by Julie Ann Shahin

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Travel wish list with journaling on reverse side

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Contrast large numbers with handwritten journaling

 

Art Journaling by Julie Ann Shahin

 

 

Summer Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

Mix travel ephemera with scrapbooking ephemera

 

 

Summer Journal by Julie Ann Shahin

Remember to journal about the weather

 

 

Summer Journal by Julie Ann Shahin

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Mix in cut images from magazines with printables

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Use envelopes for hidden journaling

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Feel free to get whimsical

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Use photobooth-style photos for memorable events

 

 

Closeup of Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Capture your love for the beach with printables

 

 

Closeup of Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

 

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Summer Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Mix real vintage ephemera with printables

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Lots of room to add doodling later

 

 

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Inside Cover – collage

 

Thanks for letting me share my Summer Journal, in progress. It has been really relaxing to work on it while watching T.V. or just sitting in my dining room listening to the sounds of nature through the open windows.

 

Remember to shop Tangie’s store for all your printable needs!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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7 Responses to Art Journaling 101: Visual Journaling Focus

  • Tangie says:

    wow awesome pages Julie! I always love seeing your work!!

  • Deborah K says:

    I always leave feeling so inspired. :) the first pair of scissors you listed are my favorite pair. If only I could find them! Loved the gratitude list. :smile:

  • This is so awesomely gorgeous! I’m in the process of trying to create a smash type book for LSNED by http://www.shimelle.com in Sept. This is great inspiration! X

  • kay says:

    I never get tired of looking at your work, Julie. Love your Summer Journal – you give me ideas for my Fall journal … so many things to try so little time. How do you get it all done!

  • Dianne says:

    fantastic collage pages!

  • I love how colorful and carefree this journal is!!! I STILL tend to match colors and worry about “order” even thought I like things more when they look less studied. I also learn more when I think less about design and more about what colors. materials and patterns I respond to- this journal is an inspiration!!
    LOVE the wavy corrugated paper in the front- will need to get some!

  • Shelly says:

    I now have a very excited feeling & smile on my face after seeing your wonderful journal! I just absolutely LOVE your collage journal! This has inspired me & now I want to make one or two for myself–thank you!

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