Making A SoulCollage® Card: Step-by-Step Instructions
The most important thing to remember while you are making SoulCollage® cards is to Honor Your Own Process. In other words, go with the flow of whatever is happening for you in the moment.
So… please keep in mind while you are reading the steps below that they are only guidelines. Feel free to deviate from them at any time and in any way!
And don’t forget to… HAVE FUN!!!
Before You Begin
Please read these KaleidoSoul pages before beginning to make a card:
Ready… Set… Create!
- Clear a workspace for yourself. Be sure you have enough room for all of your materials as well as space to spread out your images.
- Create sacred space for your SoulCollage® work by lighting a small candle and/or putting on some soft music that delights your soul. Or you can create sacred space by spending a few quiet moments of conscious breathing, or saying aloud a short quotation or prayer that inspires you. Anything you can do that will set the intention for conscious creating and delicious time with yourself is just fine.
- Gather your materials and put them on the table in front of you. You should have the following: a piece of 5” x 8” mat board, a pair of scissors, some kind of adhesive, your frame, and several magazines or images that are already torn out.
- Spend a generous amount of time (at least one hour) going through the magazines. Tear out any images that you like, that seem to appeal to you for any reason. Don’t question why you might be drawn to certain images. Simply rip them out of the magazines! It will be helpful to have large images that completely fill the frame, and smaller ones as well. You can use the larger ones for backgrounds.
- Once you have 50-100 images torn out, take a few deep breaths and pause a moment. Give yourself a little space. Drink some water or make a cup of tea if you like.
Spread the images out around you as much as you can. Gather them into smaller piles, sorting them by colors, energies, themes, or patterns. For instance, you might notice that you have lots of images of stairways, or windows, or birds, or people who are frowning. You might have several images that show a great deal of movement/action, or stillness. You might see several images that just seem to go together for some reason. You don’t need to verbalize a reason for grouping some images together. Remember: trust the process. There is no right way to do this!!!
- When you have a few different piles sorted by theme, choose one of them. Choose the theme that intrigues you the most. Or choose the pile of images that you already know the meaning of. It doesn’t matter which pictures you work with first. Just choose some so you can begin to make your first SoulCollage® card.
- Push the rest of the images aside or put them in a manilla folder or other storage device. Move them off of your workspace so they don’t distract you.
Start playing around with the images that you have chosen. Lay them on top of one another, or beside each other. Arrange and rearrange them until you come to a layout that you like. Trust your intuition. You will know when it looks “right” and when you need to add another image. Use the Frame if you like so that you can see how it will look on the card.
- When the images are arranged “just right,” you can glue them onto the mat board. If you are using the Frame, you might want to mark the corners of the images in the upper right and left, and lower right and left corners of the frame, to make placement easier for you.
- If you have a brayer, use it to smooth out the images.
- There! You have made your first SoulCollage® card!
- Now you might want to go ahead and make another one. Or two or three or…?
- You might want to read Seena Frost’s article for some more great ideas and suggestions: 15 Hints (Not Rules) On Creating SoulCollage® Cards
- Another great resource for you is this KaleidoSoul E-Book:
What to Do Next
Now it’s time to do the I am the one who… exercise with one of your cards to deepen your experience with it, and to begin to integrate its meaning into your life.
Please visit this KaleidoSoul page for step-by-step directions on interpreting the card(s) you’ve made.