One of my favorite sources for interesting and beautiful images are my Anthropologie catalogs. Anthrop0logie is one of my favorite stores, all of their clothing is different, yet stylish. I drool over the unbelievable store front displays as I walk in, setting the tone for the rest of their products.
As I enter an Anthropologie I allow myself, just for a moment, to look around. I pause as I walk through the doors, glance around the store, and identify all of the items I want to take home. After that brief moment, I put my blinders on, and look at nothing else on my way back to the sale section.
As much as I love everything Anthropologie has to offer, their prices keep me from stocking my closet with their items. I am a sale section only shopper, which still limits me to only purchasing an item or two when I go in. Although their prices prevent me from purchasing every article of clothing I fall in love with, it does give me something to look forward to. I look forward to the day I can splurge, and buy a full price item. I look forward to the moment I hit the lottery and can go on a shopping spree.
Their prices also make me cherish every shirt, skirt, and dress I discover buried in the sale section. While other clothing in my closet is donated after a season or two, my Anthropologie pieces stick around year after year. I carefully hand wash, hang dry, and baby my Anthro clothes.
Since flipping through their catalogue, and drooling over every full priced item, is not compatible with my budget, I solely began getting the catalogue for my visual journaling needs. They take their beautiful clothes and pair them with unbelievable photography. Interesting backdrops make their clothing pop. A combination of old and peely, and exotic, yet homey creates a feeling that sucks me into the images, causing spontaneous clothing and vacation daydreams.
As I began flipping though the pages of one of these catalogues I discovered the most beautiful, fluffy dress. It looks like it was made of clouds. It was the perfect blend of comfortable, yet stylish. I wish all of my clothes could be like that, every time I slip into them it feels like I am laying in a pile of pillows.
- Visual journal
- Rubber cement
- Magazine cut outs
This particular Anthropologie catalogue provided a unique opportunity. The cover of the magazine displayed this amazing dress, and a larger, identical photograph was included on the inside. I already loved the dress, but I loved the opportunity this duplicate image provided even more.
I carefully cut out both images of the dress, and the dark background behind it. I decided to cut the background out to create just enough space between it and the dress for me to include words. I glued the dark background with rubber cement first, then the larger image of the dress. Next I glued the smaller image of the dress on the right side visual journal page.
With the dress image mostly on the right side of the visual journal, the left looked a little empty. I decided to use an extra piece of the dress and glue it on the left page to create a more complete look. Last but not least I added the words with sharpie… I wish all of my clothes felt like I was laying in a pile of pillows…
Create a visual journal page about your favorite store.
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