Tagged: ephemera

I’m Not Buying It!

I’m writing this post so that I will feel accountable for my next sentence. I am NOT going to BUY any new craft supplies in 2017 unless they fit the two specific criteria I have laid out here. First, I am ALLOWED to buy the NECESSITIES if I run out. By necessities, I mean things like paint, glue, artist pens and pencils, gesso, etc… Second, I CAN BUY art supplies if I find them ridiculously CHEAP at thrift shops, yard sales or flea markets. That’s it! I am not going to go to Tuesday Morning, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or any other store just to browse and see what they have. Browsing usually ends up costing me a lot of money!

So why am I making this bold statement? When I was crafting for Christmas, I found I had so many Christmas items in my stash that I didn’t need to go out any buy anything. I made lots of December Dailies, cards, tags and embellishments without purchasing a thing. The amazing thing is, I still don’t need to buy anything for next year either. I have so many supplies I’m drowning in them. Ditto for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer, Fall and you get the idea.

Now here’s where it hurts. I’m going to expose my shame and show you all the stuff I have to craft and make mixed media with. Ready?

Shelf full of card stock, stencils, journals, and books and files of ephemera.

Shelf full of card stock, stencils, journals, and books and files of ephemera.

Storage cubby filled with everything imaginable under the sun!

Storage cubby filled with everything imaginable under the sun!

Rolling cart filled with punches, oil pastels and TWO drawers of stickers.

Rolling cart filled with punches, oil pastels and TWO drawers of stickers.

The surface of my desk. There is so much stuff on it I only have about two square feet to work on!

The surface of my desk. There is so much stuff on it I only have about two square feet to work on!

Under my desk are paper collections, paper pads and suitcases full of embellishments.

Under my desk are paper collections, paper pads and suitcases full of embellishments.

A Rascog cart from Ikea filled with paints, markers and more embellishments.

A Raskog cart from Ikea filled with paints, markers and more embellishments.

A metal shelf from Ikea filled with stamps, scrap paper, beads, lace and other "stuff".

A metal shelf from Ikea filled with stamps, scrap paper, beads, lace and other “stuff”.

A vintage cabinet stuffed to the gills with items for making Junk Journals and Christmas projects.

A vintage cabinet stuffed to the gills with items for making Junk Journals and Christmas projects.

More books for ephemera.

More books for ephemera.

Another Raskog cart filled with Junk Journal fodder and a plastic drawer unit filled with jewelry making supplies.

Another Raskog cart filled with Junk Journal fodder and a plastic drawer unit filled with jewelry making supplies.

Sadly, this is not all. There are some drawers in my studio and other places all over the house that have craft supplies in them. Now you can see why I don’t need to go shopping anytime soon. Everything I have I liked enough to purchase or save, so now it’s time to use it all up. I’m excited about the thought of actually having room to breathe in my studio.

Okay, so it’s confession time. I already did buy something this year. This is what I bought.

Two old reference books.

Two old reference books.

My justification is that they were cheap (only $1.00 each) and….

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They are filled with pages and pages of these beautiful nature graphics! I can use these for so many projects. 

So there you have it. I feel better after this photographic confession and goal for 2017. Hopefully you will be seeing a lot of posts showing the stuff I have been making.

If you feel like you’re suffocating in your supplies, or you want to save some money, craft from your stash and have fun with the supplies you already have on hand. Good Luck!

From Flat to Fat

Happy New Year everyone! I know it has been a long time since I last wrote a post but you know how busy the holidays are. I am betting that all of you were too busy to read blog posts anyway, right? Well, now that the holidays are over for the most part I will show you something that I made to help me remember this wonderful Christmas time. If you have read my blog for a couple of months or more you will remember seeing my December Daily in the post, “Out of the Mess”.

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This is the unfinished version. The pages were all there but none of them, including the cover had been decorated. Well everyday in December I wrote down a little something I did and put aside some ephemera that corresponded with what I wrote down. Then every other day or so, I played with my December Daily and all the embellishments and ephemera I had so I could go back to it in the years to come and remember the fun times.
This is what my December Daily looks like now!

I didn’t show you all the pages but you get the idea. This is the second year I have made a December Daily and I love them. I had so much fun reading what I did at Christmas time last year I know this is a tradition I will hold on to. So now you can see how my December Daily (and my waistline) went from flat to fat over the holidays. Later this year I will post a blog when I start constructing my one for Christmas 2015 and I hope some of you will come and play along!

STUFFED!

A little over a year ago on May 27th, I posted a blog about smash books. I even showed one I made  myself. Smash books and junk  journals are what I call, ” Scrapbooking for the rest of us”. I haven’t gotten into proper scrapbooking yet, although I’ve seen some awesome mixed-media type layouts. Most of my photos are still lingering on my computer’s memory.The ones I have actually printed out are lingering away in photo boxes. “One day,” I tell myself. “One day!”

But what about the ticket stubs, playbills, receipts, candy wrappers, maps, postcards and other ephemera you want to hold onto?  All of life’s little papers hold memories that deserve to be remembered. That is what junk journals and smash books are for. And the best part of junk journals is that there is absolutely no talent required to fill one. You can tape, glue or staple your papers in. No particular order is required. Then you can add doodles, stickers, sentiments or nothing. It’s entirely up to you.

I have filled up the junk journal I made a year ago and there is absolutely no empty spaces for anything else. IT IS STUFFED. So here are some random pictures from my stuffed junk journal.

 

In my next blog post I will show pictures of the awesome new junk journal that I got from my friend Camilla in a swap. And if you’d like to make a junk journal for yourself, see my post from May 27, 2013. If you’re not inclined to make  your own journal, but still want one to fill, please visit my Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MossyCottage?ref=si_shop where I have many to choose from. Once you start “smashing” things into a journal you’ll see why it’s become so popular!

 

 

 

 

A Smashing Time

As some of you already know, we just returned from a 7-day cruise to the Bahamas. We had a lovely time and Royal Caribbean really knows how to keep people busy and entertained. I actually need a vacation from my vacation because I did so much!

A while ago I wrote a blog post about making a smash book. I believe it was call “Get Smashed” or something like that. Anyway, I took my homemade smash book on the cruise AND I actually worked on it.  I didn’t get everything in it on the cruise though, so I have worked on it a little at home too. Here are pictures of some of my cruise pages, and don’t worry, there are no family photos involved!

Our Cruise Was Postponed!

Our Cruise Was Postponed!

 

As you can see, our original cruise date was pushed back.

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Some of the first paper “stuff” we got on the cruise.

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The airboat ride was really fun as were all our shore excursions.

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Yeah, you can read it right there, I only worked out three of seven days on the cruise. I paid for it at the gym this morning though!

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Not working out did NOT stop me from eating lots of food and drinking fruity “mocktails”.

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The trivia games were fun, but Martin and I were horrible at it. Only 13 out of 40 right on the ’50s and ’60’s rock game and 26 out of 40 on the classic rock game. In our defense though, we only had little 2 or 3 second snipettes from obscure parts of the songs.

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Nothing really “smashed” here. I took the daily activities schedules, folded them in half (so they fit in the book) and punched holes in them. I put number stickers on the top of each day. Oh and see the yellow rubber bracelet on the right side? That was flung into the crowd by the cruise activities staff during the 70’s Line Dance Party! I had forgotten all about the Hustle!!!

Well the summer is half over folks, but that still gives you plenty of time to go out and have some adventures of your own. Just remember to keep everything you get so you can have a “smashing” time too!

Get Smashed!

I recently came across and idea (the idea is not new, only new to me) that I think is really appealing and fun. It has to do with archiving things like ticket stubs, play bills, receipts, cool graphics and other interesting ephemera (this is a 5 cent word for paper items). What I’m talking about are Smash Books. These are not scrapbooks or journals as we know them. This is more like a place to store the little oddities you don’t usually include in scrapbooks. Most smash books have little journal passages, doodles and other artwork added among the  “smashed” (glued or taped) ephemera.

There are many smash books available for sale in craft shops and through websites. I, however, wanted to make my own. After watching what seems like thousands of “How to Make Your Own Smash Book” videos on YouTube, I started creating my own. What appeals to me most about smash books are the envelopes, flaps, tags and hidden spots they have for storing your junk treasures. Here are some pictures of my smash book. Please keep in mind that this is only the book itself and I have not “smashed” any bits into it yet!

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Front Cover

Inside front cover has a pocket to store extra papers to use while "smashing'

Inside front cover has a pocket to store extra papers to use while “smashing’

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Page stamped with boxes ready for quickie journaling.

Bingo card with clear enveloped attached to stuff bits into. Also paper clip to attach stuff outside.

Bingo card with clear enveloped attached to stuff bits into. Also paper clip to attach stuff outside.

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Page with a pocket made from a game card washi taped to the paper. A blank tag slips into pocket and can be journaled on or covered with ephemera.

Vintage green envelope to fill with treasures. A butterfly cutout makes it pretty.

Vintage green envelope to fill with treasures. A butterfly cutout makes it pretty.

Back of the envelope with text from an insurance ad attached. Also another tag. This one also has a small envelope pinned to it for more storage.

Back of the envelope with text from an insurance ad attached. Also another tag. This one also has a small envelope pinned to it for more storage.

A bingo card with file tag adhered for quickie journaling.

A bingo card with file tag adhered for quickie journaling.

 

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A piece of vellum that has been stamped two ways!

A manilla envelope that has been aged and stamped. The two paper bands hold the game card in place. I can glue stuff to the back of the game card.

A manilla envelope that has been aged and stamped. The two paper bands hold the game card in place. I can glue stuff to the back of the game card and store stuff in the envelope.

An aged manilla tag that has a metal file drawer tag. The paper in the metal can be taken out and written on the other side.

An aged manilla tag that has a metal file drawer tag. The paper in the metal can be taken out and journaled on the other side.

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Inside of back cover has a pocket to hold more goodies to use for “smashing’.

Back cover

Back cover

Various pens, water color pencils, hole punch, small scissors and other tools to use for "smashing".

Various pens, water color pencils, hole punch, small scissors and other tools to use for “smashing”.

Glue stick, washi tapes, paper clips, etc. for adhering stuff into the book. Also more paper bits to make my "smashing' more interesting.

Glue stick, washi tapes, paper clips, etc. for adhering stuff into the book. Also more paper bits to make my “smashing’ more interesting.

Again, keep in mind that this is the book only. I have not added my ephemera yet. I hope to fill it up with things I collect this summer. I will post some “smashed” pages when I get them done.

If you are interested in starting your own smash book or still don’t understand the concept, check out the multitude of videos on YouTube.

I wish all of you, my dear readers, a “smashing” summer!