“Glue/Collage Books”

Hi there

Do you know what a Glue/Collage Book is?

These are my easy steps…………………

STEP 1 –

Find a book – Any book that works for you. Any size that works for you. Any paperweight that works for you. Some gluebookers like composition notebooks, because they’re cheap and easy to get. Some use old printed books. Some make their own journals from folded paper or magazine pages. Whatever book you choose to use is fine, because it’s your gluebook.

STEP 2 –

Find some glue –  Any glue that works for you, and doesn’t make your paper ripple, or make you cuss while you’re working. I use Blu-stick glue when I gluebook. It goes on blue and dries clear. Some people like matte medium, or Elmer’s glue, or rubber cement. Don’t use Mod Podge, because your finished pages will stick together, no matter how long you let it dry. Beyond that, any glue is fine.

STEP 3 –

Find some stuff to glue. Most glue monkeys use magazines, junk mail, and whatever paper fallout they collect during the day. The object here is not to go out and buy stuff like stickers or papers, but to use whatever is headed to the recycle bin. Receipts. Envelopes from bills. Flyers stuck on your front door. I mainly use magazine images as I like the paper and they seem to glue nicely.

STEP 4 –


 Arrange your paper bits on the pages of your book, and glue. Make pretty pictures, or funny ones, or creepy ones. Add words, or make a whole page of words. Use images and no words. Whatever. Glue stuff down so that it says something to you.

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I was first interested in having a play with these 12 months ago and above are a few pages I created. I somehow, I lost my way with them and now I am back…………….. I loved creating these and it is so relaxing………..I like to make a background then a focal point that draws you into the page and then some smaller embellishment.

I think they are like an extension of a Junk Journal as you can recycle ephemera and junk.

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Another way to collage using your paper scraps to make Serendipity paper. These can then be die-cut, stamped, etc to make your own embellishments. I used a small notebook for mine and I am making another small journal from a book also to put my paper in.

To make this paper it is easy………………….

  • Heavyweight cardstock: this is your background or “base” sheet of paper.

  • Scraps of paper: the more variety the better. Select a color theme and get out your scraps of textured paper, vellums, velveteens, handmade papers, tissue papers and more.

  • Paper glue

  • Paper cutter or scissors & ruler

  • Pencil

  • Optional: rubber stamps, inkpads, sponges, embossing powder and a heat tool.


  1. Serendipity paper is usually used as a background or matting paper.

  2. Tear scrap papers into smaller pieces no bigger than 1/4″ x 1/2″. You’ll want variety in the abstract design of the serendipity paper so make different sizes and shapes.

  3. Begin to glue torn paper randomly to your background or base paper. Keep gluing until the surface is covered. This is a serendipity paper. Allow the glue to dry.

  4. If you want to use your rubber stamps, stamp images onto scrap papers. If you want to emboss stamped images use pigment ink, embossing powder and heat tool.

  5. If you want more color variety you can use a sponge to apply inks directly to the paper. Heat set any ink.

  6. Cut your serendipity paper into squares for letters, small photos, borders, pockets and other designs for your scrapbook, rubber stamping or card projects. The random pieces all seem to fall into place creating a very unique paper to use for mats and frames too. No two pieces of serendipity paper ever turn out the sameI hope you may have found some inspiration to have a go at Glue Booking. It is fun and relaxing. Stay tuned as I am making a Glue Book and a serendipity book from book covers!Happy CraftingKerri x