Collage Booklet

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{Editor's note: I've always been inspired and uplifted by the whimsical illustrative art of Violette Clark. I came across her easy-to-make collage booklet and knew I had to share it with all of you. It combines paper, sewing, beads and lots of happy energy. Way to go, Violette! - Kathy }


This is the booklet i created that was inspired by the collage i made the other day – for a tutorial on how to make the collage go here.  Wouldn’t this skinny booklet be great for lists – dream lists, gratitude lists or even just to sketch out your ideas before you lose them? I wanted to try out my new sewing machine Mr. G gave me for Christmas – this is the first project i did with it!



With a zigzag stitch sew collage onto a scrap piece of paper


Place your collage onto a piece of cardstock which has been painted – i used an 8 1/2 x 11 piece which i scrap painted.


Sew your collage onto cardstock – i used a straight stitch this time.


Create a signature – i folded several sheets (5) lengthwise for my signature


Create a template for the position of your holes – i made the template the length of the signature. I poked three holes – you can measure them or simply do what i did – eyeball it! Yay!


Place signature inside collage book cover and put template on top. To make it easier to poke the holes place the booklet ontop of a telephone book


With an awl or pushpin using your template as a guide poke holes through the entire book.  Having the book cradled in the gutter of the telephone book makes this part a breeze!


Cut a piece of embroidery floss 3 times the length of your spine. Using an embroidery needle poke through the middle hole making sure to leave about a 6 inch tail on the outside.


Pull the thread on the inside and then go back through the top hole (hole number 1) and out to the front


Poke needle through hole number 3 – (sorry – i didn’t show this part) Here I am showing you that i’ve still got the tail in tact. Now you’re on the inside of the booklet – poke your needle through hole number 2 (middle hole) and go back to the outside where your first tail is patiently waiting for his friend.


Tie the two little tail friends into a knot! They are tying the knot Smile


The little tails – patiently waiting for embellishments


Hooray…………embellishments at last!  String beads, buttons and broken jewellery parts and knot the ends.


At this point look at your booklet and see what it’s calling for – this one wanted a couple more things added – like the stapled bliss word and the glittery flower added.

Now your booklet is ready for you to pour out your inspiration!  Have fun!

Here is a little youtube video for those of you who like a moving visual view

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!


Violette Clark

My book is available: Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash your Inner Eccentric


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