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Collage, Construct & Affirm

This Course Has Been Retired

Welcome to my biggest, jam-packed most ambitious workshop to date! Join me for new techniques and tips, new products and five (Yes, FIVE!) ARTastic projects to keep for yourself or give as gifts.

In 25+ videos, you will see my step by step process illustrating how we will work together to create multi-layered, yummy collaged canvases that will then be transformed as we construct a large, pocketed, clutch style journal with inspiring affirmation cards to guide us on our journey as creative souls. Then in three BONUS projects, we will create a wallet styled mini journal, a gift pouch, and a mail art piece to share with treasured friends.

Original Release Date: April 2012

"Thank you for the excellent instructions. I love how this journal turned out. Usually when I try something new I have to make a couple before they are good enough to give away. Not with this is exactly how you said it would turn out." ~Bonnie


"Beautiful! I love it! Thank you for this workshop!!" ~Sue

Workshop Curriculum

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"I loved the class so much I went right to your website and took all of the other classes you offer, lol! You are a very fun, enthusiastic and wonderful teacher, and all of your projects are very cool! " -Malinda


Unlimited Access
Downloadable Collage Sheets
Support Desk
25+ hours of step-by-step video instruction
Three BONUS projects

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish and how long do I have access to the course?
This workshop is completely self-paced - you decide when you start and when you finish. All workshop content is available to you when you register. How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like.
Are videos downloadable and can I watch them on my iPad or smartphone?
Videos are not available for download. If everything is up-to-date on your IPAD and/or smart phone, there should be no problem using them.
Can I share my access and can I get a refund?
The tuition is non-refundable once access has been given to registrants. One student per purchase. No splitting/sharing classes, please!

This workshop is not open for enrollment.

Your Instructor

Roben-Marie Smith
Roben-Marie Smith

Roben-Marie provides ideas, inspiration and quality instruction for hobbyists and art entrepreneurs. She teaches artists from beginners to those making a living from their art through her blog and her popular online workshops.

As an artist, blogger, woman of faith and the owner of Paperbag Studios, LLC, her mission is to serve others and help them get the most out of their art as a hobby, or as a business. Her own desire to learn and unquenchable curiosity keeps her fingers messy and her heart happy.

Roben-Marie has been an artist for the last ten years, and is self-taught, so she believes that anyone can cultivate their creative spark. She’s taught mixed media art workshops and retreats across the U.S. and her work has been featured in countless books and industry magazines including: Journal It!, The Artist Unique, Creative Letting Workshop, Art Saves, Exhibition 36, Journal Revolution, A World of Artist Journal Pages, 1000 Artist Journal Pages, "Somerset Studio," "Art Journaling," "Green Craft," "Artist' Cafe," "Artful Blogging," "Legacy," "Somerset Memories," "Somerset Life," "Somerset Apprentice" and "Somerset Gallery."


Two sheets Canvas Pad - 16 x 20
Two sheets Canvas Pad - 12" x 16"
Bristol or other type of mixed media paper: 5 sheets @ 14" x 12.5"
Wax thread
Bookbinding needle
Book awl/paper piercer
Clear gesso
Sewing machine
Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist (or other inks)
Liquitex Professional Acrylics (or other inks)
Foam brush
Chip brush

Small piece of muslin fabric (about 1/8 of a yard)
Collage papers: old book papers, vintage wallpaper, inky scrap paper, photo copies of your own artwork, etc.
Stabilo All Pencil
Wite Out Shake 'n Squeeze Pen
Water brush small or Water brush medium (I use these but you can use a small paint brush.)
Assorted acrylic paints: Open and Fluid (I use these but feel free to use what you have.)

Oil pastels
Double stick Velcro

*Tim Holtz Distress Stains

Water jar

Affirmations (mine or print your own)

Paper cutter (to trim pages for journals)

*Ice tray

Gel Medium, PVA or other white glue



Spray bottle with water


*Giant Circles Stencil

*Mixed Media Artist Papers Vol. 1

*Used by, me but optional!