Monday, January 7, 2013

Collage in a Flash!

Oh my gosh.  One of the coolest items in my ephemera stash is just sitting here, waiting to be talked about!  I can't believe I haven't mentioned them...until now.


I love these so much.  I got them at my friend Eileen's shop about 2 1/2 years ago.  I think they're so cool just from an ephemera standpoint, but leave it to finding new projects to create for a collage workshop I'm teaching to get those creative gears in motion.

The box doesn't have a copyright but based on the fact that they mention the Elson Basic Readers Primer, I'm going to guess that this set is from the 1930's.  The font on the cards tells me that, too.

"him" collage

Here is the latest collage I've made, and I've FINALLY gotten around to using one of the cards!  I have to say, I'm pleased with how this one turned out.  And as you can see, I've got LOTS of ways I can make new collages!  :D

I'm going to have a pile of these available for collaging during the workshop, so I can't wait to see what transpires!


  1. I love what you're doing with these, Mel!! If you were around in the 30's when they were made you would have given the kids something interesting for the classroom!

  2. oh, this is great, Mel!! that sounds like it will be a really fun workshop!

  3. WOW! I would love to come across a set of these~~so much potential!
    (and yes, I remember my teachers and mom using flash cards)
    Nice work.


  4. Hi ladies!

    WOWIE! Thank you so much for all of your very lovely comments! I think it's so neat that we all share a fondness for these beauts. And they're juuuust the right shade of patina, too! :)

  5. Love your workshop idea Mel. Just discovered your blog today! I really love your work and especially that you use and cherish found objects.

    1. Hi Nancy,

      First of all, thank you so much for finding my blog and commenting! I truly appreciate that! :D

      I really love teaching workshops. I want more and more people to discover the joys of working with ephemera - it's SO fun and rewarding! :D

  6. Another great piece, Mel! You are truly inspiring me to dig through my stash of ephemera to get creative!

    1. Oh, thank you Jayne! That is EXACTLY what I am to do with this blog, so to hear that I've inspired you makes me happy! :D