Taking A Trip WAY Back To Collages and Notebooks. Hello, 2000!

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

Last night, I pulled out an old hard drive and started digging deep for some ancient photos that I ended up not finding…because a decade ago, I didn’t yet understand the fine art of file organization!

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

All that digging ended up paying off in an unexpected way when I found a treasure trove of hand-collaged pages I used to put together in an oversized sketchbook I’d christened the Fashion Notebook. The Fashion Notebook was my style bible I kept from 2000 to around 2008.


Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

Long before Pinterest existed, I’d spend my nights and weekends collaging into the Fashion Notebook, pulling pages of inspiration from the stacks of fashion magazines I always had in my room. To give the pages structure, the focus was always on specific themes, whether it was all black and white, a pop color or a style I was draw to, like plaid, stripes or polkadots.

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

I started these collages years before I was a graphic designer and in a way, making these layouts trained my eye to zoom in on specific details and play around with compositions long before I knew what the “rules” were. There’s nothing like the art of exploration with no clients, no deadlines and really, nobody watching (social media wasn’t around yet).

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

It was pure and fun. There were no likes, there were no followers. Looking back, it’s so nice to have something from those years. I actually still have the notebook here in my office and it’s tattered but somehow intact after many moves.

I miss the OG Pinterest! Did any of you keep similar notebooks / scrapbooks?

Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me!

Here’s to creating…just for fun.

9 Responses to Taking A Trip WAY Back To Collages and Notebooks. Hello, 2000!

  1. Brianna says:

    These are so amazing! I actually used to do the same thing in my art journal in high school. So much clipping, arranging and rubber cement. Ha, takes me back.

  2. Esther says:

    I love this! I used to rip words and quotes from magazines and turn covers of planners and notebooks into a jumble-word collage. Looking at your pictures I think I might start doing that again. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your pages with us! 😀

  3. Annie says:

    this is so fun to look through!

    it definitely reminds me of a similar thing I used to do when I was a teen. I was obsessed with fashion magazines and had stacks on stacks of them in my room because they were too precious to toss. I’m cut out interesting bits and arrange them into collages in my diaries and write my entries around them…..sigh, good times.

  4. Anonymous says:


    Would you show us recipes for quick snacks you make during your work week?

    Also curious about how you recommend getting organized in day planner and client notebooks!

    The reason I ask is because you seem to have a system down that works for you and it is always so inspiring to see how successful people organize themselves.

    Love you!

  5. I definitely did this, and still have the notebooks too! My collages were less elaborate though, and less focused on composition: it was mostly pretty stuff arranged by loose themes (“sultry”, “schoolgirl”, “pastels”… what have you). I still enjoy taking them out and looking at them sometimes. Somehow, magazines rarely provide me with the same inspiration these days :-/

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