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Carol Bastien

Find out what do with all the paraphernalia gathered on a vacation

Our family has traveled and vacationed together over the years, and we typically take a large number of photographs, forget to label and date them, and put them in shoeboxes. If there's time, we stick them in photo albums, which sit stacked in a corner gathering dust.

I've always loved the art form of collage and felt that if our family could create "trip" collages to display in our home, we would have dynamic and artistic reminders of our wonderful times together. My suitcase was the designated collection receptacle for admission stubs, maps, restaurant menus, business cards, and handwritten notes to one another. At the beginning, I was the sole collector, but after doing several collages, my husband and son were also on the look-out for apropos contributions. The collecting is the easy part, but collecting is not enough.

Following the trip, I go through old magazines and cut out expressions, words, phrases, foods, and colors that remind me of our vacation. Sometimes, in new places, we'd pick-up local expressions or try new foods. I try to incorporate these into the collage as well. I also, cut-up some of the photos we've taken, to make sure everyone in the family is represented.

he collage can include treasured items you want to save but don't know what else to do with. A favorite came from a trip to Montreal. One evening, we left our young son with a hotel babysitter for a grown-up dinner out. When we returned there was a picture with a message: "My loos toof just fel out." This lovely note is on permanent display as part of our Montreal Collage.

How to Make a Collage


I like using a large sheet of foam core board ( it holds it shape well.) Rubber cement, scissors, old magaiznes, photos, and trip memorabilia.


1.I often start by tearing large pieces of maps or colorful pages from magazines (without writing) to form the background of the collage. (Though the collection of the collage materials is a collaborative effort. I tend to do the assembly alone; however, if there's interest from other family members, by all means, include them. )

2. Then I overlay all the pieces that have been gathered in patterns that seem pleasing to my eye. I get a general lay-out before I start to glue down.

3. Next , I start gluing. Pieces will move around as they're picked-up, but it all works out. Fortunately, rubber cement is very forgiving, and if you are unhappy with the placement of a particular piece, it's easily moved.

4. I rarely sit down and complete a collage all at once; it's good to take a break and return with a fresh eye.

5. Going a step further, you may want to look at collages done by famous artists like Picasso and Braque and see how their collages were more than the pieces pasted - they became pictures.

6. When the collage is finished and dry, frame it and put it in a place where everyone can enjoy memories of a shared vacation. Our family travel collages have given us enormous pleasure and help us recall the highlights of any given trip.

Carol Bastien
is an Interior Designer who lives in suburban Connecticut with her husband and 16 year old son. A former art teacher with an M.A. in Art Education, her approach to decorating blends a love of color with the whimsy of children's art. She has published articles on crafts and is currently working on a collaborative remnant quilt with her sister-in-law.


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