What is a Story Book Collage? (2-3 hour workshop)

A Story Book Collage is representative of a timeline of one’s life story, where each collage page is a different chapter in one’s life story. This art project is used to help one examine themselves, bring awareness to, and celebrate the graces in their story.

This project is helpful with an individual or within a variety of groups including (but not limited to): leadership teams, bible study groups, and short-term mission teams.

To create a book of your life, begin by selecting about six of your life stories to create collages of. Then choose magazine pictures, colored papers, or fabric to represent emotions, events, or people within each story. The medium of collage helps one communicate stories in which they have had no words for.

After creating Your Story Book, take some time to share with a safe person or group. Making art often helps reach straight to our soul, and memories long hidden may surface and be brought to the light. It is usually very healing to be heard and seen by others who show you compassion, and grace empathy. At this point, you may want to pray for one another, thank the Lord for times of grace, and bring comfort to the hard parts of your story.

Participants are encouraged to date their projects and journal about the process of creating their Story Book and what they discovered.

Supply List:

  • Blank accordion books, or journal
  • Magazine pictures cut out
  • Words
  • Painted papers or scrap book papers
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

All materials are provided by The Creative Call. A materials fee is included in the workshop costs.

“We wear memories in our faces, in the whorls and folds of our brains; we bear scars and burns on our bodies. Even when we desire to give up the memories that have formed us and even haunt us – we cannot. Nor should we. Patricia Hampl urges us to remember because, “we do not … simply have experience; we are entrusted with it. We must do something – make something – with them . . .” (Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers, Leslie Leland Fields).