Every Artist Needs a Scrap Notebook

Scrap Notebook - on my desk by @ihanna #collage

When you don’t know where to start or what to do with your collage scraps, a Mini Scrap Notebook is the perfect place, get into your scrap inbox and start filling one. Mine is a small spiral bound book that I’ve made myself. In it you add little bits of paper to get started. 2-4 tiny bits on a page is enough. And once you’ve made a mini collage or two you are already in the flow.

At least that is what happens to me.

1-2-3 collage by @ihanna #collage
Recently I made a few start-up collages in my Scrap Notebook. They are like warm up exercises for artists. Gets you going, makes your hands move. Lets your brain wander off.

Here are a few recent ones:

King of the Day collage by @ihanna #collage

Most of these are from my scrap box. The bits in there are perfect for the scrap-notebook!

Shy lady and Blue bits collage by @ihanna #collage

Combining two or more papers makes a new statement. I love when that happens.

Collecting bugs

In a scrap-notebook you should try to be minimalistic. That’s the point of quick and easy collages. Don’t think or over-do it.

Star from Ellinor, photo  by @ihanna #collage

Restraints are good for your art, and for you. Yes, I’m serious!

Bits & Owl Love collage  by @ihanna #collage

I should keep the Scrap Notebook on my desk, always, and do some of these every day. I would love to say that I do, but I don’t. I’m randomly using its pages when I remember.

You can view previous pages from this book in this post!

Happy Glue it Tuesday!

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29 Responses to Every Artist Needs a Scrap Notebook

  1. urshula says:

    RUNOLIST! where did you get that? : DDDD

    i like your scrap book. and the names you gave to your works.

  2. Ann says:

    I love it.
    I like the idea – it’s not a new one but one to be reminded at again and again.
    And I just love the small collages you made out of your scraps.

  3. Lynn Fisher says:

    I love that you show your process, it makes your collage even more special. Awesome collages!

    Happy Glue-it Tuesday to you as well : )
    Lynn

  4. Emily says:

    I love this idea! I have such a collection of little bits that I can’t bear to toss great idea!
    And I really love seeing what you’ve come up each day, really brightens my day! Hugs from the States!

  5. aimee says:

    gorgeous pictures and wonderful ideas for cut & paste… i just love your collages!

  6. Lynn Holland says:

    What a wonderful idea. Collage has always been my favourite media and this idea appeals to me a lot. Thanks

    I am supposed to doing my embroidery course work so why am I messing in my sketchbook. I have collaged some pins to the page though and made them into flowers heehee…
    Lynn

  7. I love this idea too – you’ve taken your simplicity or inspiration notebook (which I still use that idea all the time – I’m on my second notebook) and made it even simpler yet just as striking. Simple is definitely gorgeous…..I’m ready to try it on a few of my 365 collages….

  8. Corrine says:

    I love your building of scraps into something larger and this notebook is a perfect “idea” maker….xox

  9. Andria says:

    Definitely a great idea to use a scrap notebook to get the juices flowing…and to have a place to admire favorite scraps! Thanks for sharing your pages for Glue It Tuesday.

  10. storybeader says:

    I have a box of left-over scraps too. I’m so glad we have Glue it Tuesday, where I can use them all. Pretty yellow round – reminds me of a paper Japanese drink umbrella! {:-Deb

  11. Tammy says:

    Love this idea, thanks once again for the inspiration! I hope it’s ok, I am going to mention this post on my next blog post.

  12. uncustomary says:

    Great idea! So simple and non-wasteful. And beautiful!!

  13. Mary says:

    Hi Hanna….collage is my favorite medium….I love paper and glue! I love all your little collages…simple but very effective! Maybe next week I won’t forget about “Glue It Tuesday.” I couldn’t participate in the postcard swap this time…maybe next time.
    Happy gluing!
    Mary

  14. Such a great idea! You’ve got some great mini collages going on there!

  15. Love your collages and love the idea of a scrap notebook. I tend to keep some postcard-size stock on hand and when I’m finished working on a larger collage I paste all the leftover bits on. It’s fun to see what turns up.

  16. Marit says:

    I LOVE your minimalistic collages – gorgeous! Happy ‘gluing on tuesday’ – although it’s already Wednesday ;)

  17. Ros says:

    Perfect! I love working in small journals, you can tuck them into your bag, in the glove box of the car and even in your pocket. :)

  18. I love this! I, too, have a spiral bound scrap book but instead of making little mini collages, I cover the entire page in my extra scraps. I like your idea much better and will give it a try! Thank you as always for the inspiration!

  19. Tammy says:

    Hanna, Your pages always make me smile and show the joy and simplicity of cutting + pasting. I find your minimalistic collages quite intriguing!

  20. Bonnie says:

    Great idea! So going to try this, thanks for sharing!!!

  21. Bev says:

    Love the idea of amini collage notebook and the minimalist approach. I tend to fill the page.
    Such lovely collages all of them!

  22. Justine L says:

    I have been thinking of ways to “use” the scraps of papers, wrapping things, etc. Thanks for sharing this! Definitely going to give it a try :D

  23. robyn says:

    I love these! Very minimal and yet, all the breathing room allows the individual papers speak volumes. I should keep a book like that on my work table as well. I’m constantly picking up those tiny bits and bobs and can never bring myself to throw anything away. All those paper go into a drawer that is specific for tiny scraps. I could probably fill tons of books this way.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  24. Natasha says:

    Love the idea of mini simple collages. No pressure just exploring and warming up. Sounds perfect for little snippets of time as well!! :) I have a little notebook that has not been started yet… :)

  25. Fran T says:

    oh I like how your pages came out. Super charming and humorous! I like that man and his crown:)

  26. Julie says:

    After reading about your collage technique, I experimented. I made a tinted background by covering the page randomly with a couple colors of water soluble pastels and smeared the colors around with gesso on a tissue. The simplicity of the collage looked well against the colored page.

  27. Patricia says:

    What a fabulous idea! So often these little scraps are quite the gems! Great inspiration!

  28. lovely idea! I am one that fills the page to the brim and then….maybe a little more if I possibly can. my journal does not close all the way. But I to, love others that have a leave the white space, those that let your mind wander in between the images. I also…have a.l.o.t. of little scraps (can we say hoarder of paper?) this is perfect! thanks hanna!!! I am so glad I was sent over here from Daisy yellow…your work is great!!!

  29. Candace says:

    Great idea. I have never been able to do collage. This idea might be just what I need to start. THX

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