Ephemera Extravaganza

This week, I thought I would talk a little about my obsession with vintage paper and ephemera. When my crafty friends and I get together for a weekend, we typically like to go to flea markets and antique stores to find new things to add to journals, scrapbooks, and craft projects. A lot of the items we love are things others would overlook or throw out.  

Here is a quick list of some of the things we look for:

  • Old books – dictionaries, children’s books, books with fun fonts or foreign languages.  
  • Sheet music
  • Vintage post cards
  • Vintage Valentine cards
  • Vintage labels
  • Vintage tickets
  • Black and white photos
  • Vintage playing cards
  • Vintage lace and ribbon
  • Vintage buttons
  • Vintage board game pieces or Bingo cards
  • Vintage advertisements
  • Vintage stamps
  • Vintage paper – almost every kind of paper including old lined paper, accounting paper, grid paper, journal paper, etc. If it has handwriting on it, it’s even better!
  • Vintage bling - any kind of vintage tinsel, glass glitter, or shiny object can be used.

The great thing about collecting these types of items is they are typically inexpensive. You can gather a lot of post cards or sheet music for just a few dollars, but they add a lot of character to a journal or scrapbook page. Next time you find yourself at an antique store, remember to look for items you can use in a project. Before you know it, you will be obsessed with finding vintage ephemera like my friends and I are.

Next week, I will show you some of the ways to use items like these in a cute scrapbooking project.