Thursday, March 31, 2011

But Enough About Me.....

Over the past 11 months or so (far more in the last four), I've been expounding on MY favorite ephemera items.  And god bless you, you've actually read what I have to say.  Thank you so much for that, by the way!  Your readership means so much to me!

But enough about me for a day - what about YOU?  I want to hear what kind of ephemera floats YOUR boat, and I would love for you to include a link to either your stash o' goodies or your artwork created with your stash o' goodies!  Let's do some idea & art sharing!  Also, if you have an idea for an ephemera subject, I'd love to hear those too!

I know that I usually talk about my vintage stuff, but nowhere in the "rules" does it say that ephemera, by definition, has to be vintage.  So if you find a cool candy wrapper on the street and you think it's the coolest thing you've ever seen, give us a link to the photo of it!  :D

If you've read this far, I know you're as serious about your ephemera as I am.  So I'm going to sweeten the pot a little - if you post a comment about your favorite things/art, you will automatically be entered to win an ephemera pack from Yours Truly.  That's right!  I'm not telling what will be included, because that's half the fun.  But rest assured it will be good. 

*SHAMELESS PLUG TIME* If you're so inclined, let your friends know about my blog too!  The more the merrier in Ephemera Land! 

Okay, let's go!  You have until 5 p.m. CDT on Saturday to post a comment, and I'll pick a winner then.

Best of luck, and thanks for reading!  :D

24 comments:

  1. I'm on a bit of a 'sewing' theme kick. I do like vintage. Old dress patterns, Buttons, Rick-rack, lace, needle packages, spools of thread... Goes well with the dress-form dies & stamps. Odd, I'm not even a sew-er!!!

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  2. I'm passionate about old books: dictionaries, medical textbooks, foreign language books, primers, even old Harlequin romance paperbacks. I go digging at least once a week in the book bin at my local recycling center. I also am fond of the yearbooks I find occasionally. Some of the older ones were full of innuendo and sassy connotations--surprising, as I thought some of those decades were more...prudish.

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  3. Thank you so very much for sharing your creative journey here.
    Currently using citrasolv papers with my favorite ephemera of bingo cards and old business receipts.

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  4. Anything Letterpress...that's what I LOVE! Spread the Letterpress Love.
    Tail Wags,
    ~moose

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  5. thank you for agreeing that ephemera doesn't have to be old or antique to be cool. i tend to save (read: obsessively hoard) anything from other countries that have cute graphics or interesting fonts/foreign words on them. :)

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  6. Anything and everything.. ha ha.. I tend to just go with whatever I have and try to create with it. I love doing collages so you can see why it's all good to me.....

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  7. Not to shamelessly plug right back atcha, but I think one of my favorite things lately is vintage game cards - the images are perfect for ATCs because the cards are all 2.25" x 3.5". Here is a pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/49507201@N00/4252249271/
    And on Etsy... http://www.etsy.com/listing/58436320/serendipity-pack-set-of-25-assorted
    I love any ephemera that is sized well for ATCs, so postage stamps and matchbook covers (the cool collectible vintage ones) are also right up my alley... ohhh, and wrapping paper! I love 50s-80s era giftwrap for collage, it's lightweight enough that it doesn't bulk up your collage like the gorgeous but too-think cardstocks at the craft stores these days. I could go on and on, I am an ephemera junkie to be sure!!!

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  8. Some of my favorite bits of ephemera are tags from new clothes--great colors, graphics & fonts. I do 4x4 chunky pages quite a bit and the tags often fit well on those pages. Also the ribbons and threads are great for danglies. I have lots of shopping rubber stamps that go well with these in collages too.

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  9. Hmmm - well I have a stash of everything it seems but right now old wall paper is showing up in a lot of my stuff - you can check it out on FLICKR here (hope it works)http://www.flickr.com/photos/42364083@N07/

    Mel you will see my "Kodachrome" ATC i commented about awhile back!

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  10. Well link did not work (I'm not a techie) so clikc on my pic and go to my blog - I have a FLICKR link there!

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  11. I really like vintage images-especially humerous ones but I also LOVE cutting up words from magazines to add text to my ATCs ( ransom note style).Recently did an art related quote for an ATC. It really can be time consuming however-who da thunk the word 'lovliness' would be so hard to find in a bunch of fashion mags!

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  12. my faves are postage stamps and ticket stubs!

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  13. I am new to making ATC's so anything old like sheet music, old book pages, actually everything as I keep coming across all sorts of goodies. Oh I'm using my hubby's google account, my name is Christine.

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  14. I'm with Wendy (above), love old books, dictionaries, primers. I hit the library Big Book Sale every year and usually score. (hey Wendy--I'll trade with you if you want). Love to collect old recipe cards. Collect old photos of things like weddings, baptisms, confirmation, etc I collect old stamps, old letters and envelopes and I love paper -- all kinds. I am a mail artist so i use a lot of this in my mailart....(love your blog)

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  15. I'm all about paper. I love old books, particularly fiction, which I enjoy reading...and old cookbooks...and cards or letters...old handwritten stuff....old photos...that kind of thing.

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  16. I love it all!! My favorites are old photo's, bits of lace, old books and my memories.
    Just found you, so I'm a new follower. Please visit me as well.
    Hugs, Amy

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  17. I'm such a serial dabbler that my stash is very eclectic! Old books have a certain special appeal to me as do maps. I like the way they look as accents but lately I've had the urge to do an entire piece with old book paper or maps. Here's an example where words are cut from an old book: http://www.flickr.com/photos/15946115@N02/5294268499/ and here's another with portions done with maps: http://www.flickr.com/photos/15946115@N02/5390921055/in/photostream/ I haven't started one entirely with maps yet but it's percolating.

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  18. There are *so* many forms & places I love to find ephemera that I think my list could go on forever... from junk mail to parking lot litter ~ the treasures never end!
    One unique place and favorite that I found & began collecting from is ~ my washer & dryer! While doing the laundry a couple of years ago and doing the usual "pocket check" of my kiddos clothes, I thought ~ "HEY! This could work!" My rule has always been ~ "If I find it in the wash ~ it's mine." ~ (in hope of having them clean out their own pockets ~ yeah, right!)
    This is a "work in progress" assemblage made entirely of "Laundry Day Remnants". :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/openwindowstudio/5579715978/

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  19. Foreign language dictionary pages, vintage wallpaper scraps, food labels, anatomy text book pages, candy wrappers and antique photographs are just a few of my current favorites.

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  20. I would have to say I lean towards things with handwriting on them ~ old letters, envelopes, accounting journals, etc. I also like postage stamps. I just used these types of items on a wooden purse for a friend's birthday present. I haven't taken a photo of it yet.

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  21. Favorite emphemera? I'd say "anything shiny" for a start, but also old books and photos and postage stamps.

    Also bottlecaps, but that's probably because my husband collects them. He also collects pre-1975 nickels, and 1959 baseball cards, but that's another thing entirely - I can't collage those.

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  22. I love vintage ephemera and goodies! I thrive in incorporating them into my projects whenever I can. :)

    Here is an example of one of my more recent "vintage" themed projects...

    http://curlyqmosaics.blogspot.com/2011/02/vintage-chalkboard-calendar-2.html

    Enjoy!

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  23. My favorite ephemera are vintage photos, especially children and animals. Live cats and dogs were often photographed with children and these are beautiful in mixed media art.
    Linda - MidwestieLady on Etsy and ArtFire

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  24. This is hard. If you look at my stash I have books, bird books, sheet music, sewing patterns, photos, etc. But my true treasures and ones that make my heart skip a beat is anything hand written. I love the penmanship, so letters, ledgers, diaries, etc. come home with me. Sadly, finding them is difficult, so I have only a few pieces, but I love each and everyone.

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