Collage Journal Pages: Inspired by a Holiday Home Catalog

For today’s collage journal pages, I was inspired by one of those expensive holiday home catalogs you get in the mail.

Hearth and Home collage journal page

Hearth and Home collage journal page

I really liked the image of the rustic fireplace and the warmth it evoked, so I decided to use it, but there was text in the upper left corner, so I cut it off and decided to cut the other corner off to make it, you know, symmetrical :0)  What is more perfect in front of a fireplace (other than a comfy sofa) than eating a meal prepared by your mama?  I loved the familial warmth of the black and white photo from Saveur magazine and thought it was the perfect match to the fireplace.

That Magical Season collage journal page

That Magical Season collage journal page

There were a lot of outdoor photos in the catalog with homes and settings all decked out in seasonal splendor.  I thought a photo of someone walking down the stairs would be a cool addition, but couldn’t find the right photo.  When you create photomontages, you need to work with what you have.  I had this image of Kirsten Dunst from that now famous Vogue fashion spread photo shoot.  (If you’ve been following along, I’ve used quite a number of images of the actress from that Marie Antoinette spread – here, here, here, and here).  From the pose to the color of the gown, I thought this image was perfect against the backdrop I’d chosen.  In the magazine spread, the setting was a dark and somewhat ominous one, but this winter wonderland was also perfect.  The color of the gown really blends in well with the silvery white colors of the decorations.  And it looks as if the lady has just come down the stairs and is looking up at the snowy white sky in wonder.  I just thought the entire scene evoked the magic of the holiday season.

I had to trim away some of the width of the train of the gown so that it wouldn’t look as if it was plastered against the side of the staircase.

Trimmed off train

Trimmed off train

Looking at it now, it looks like part of the train is missing, but only if you really look at it and think about it 😉

That’s it for today.  I’ll be back with my continuing love of making collages next time!

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About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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