What is ephemera and why use it on scrapbooking pages? ephemera, in the papercrafting world, refers to vintage items that are found in everyday life. Some were meant to have no lasting value, like postcards, button cards and advertisements. Others exist simply to jog our memories of things past. Furthermore, ephemera is familiar, it provides interest and can contribute so much when creating a vintage themed heritage page.

For this heritage page about my mother, I chose to create a border of ephemera using colors from the background papers. In this case I chose ivory, reds and greens. I selected items that were feminine and that had a common theme, like jewelry and accessories. I also printed out a definition of “Mother” from the Words & Definitions book and printed letter cut outs onto striped paper, giving the letters a coordinated custom feel.

The Paper Wishes Web site provides a video demo of how to use the CD and print onto paper other than white computer paper and how to size, cut and paste images. It is a valuable tutorial and just takes a few minutes to watch.

“Mom” page
Designer: LeNae Gerig

scrapbook project
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  1. Place the yellow border paper with the border at the right and bottom edge. Line the back of the bottom right corner with green textured paper and apply black ink to the edges. Fold forward 2 ½” and crease. Glue a 3” square of yellow striped paper to the back of the page, re-creating the background papers full size.
  2. Mat the 5”x7” photo with a thin, 1/16” wide mat, of textured green paper and ink the edges black. Mat with yellow striped paper, leaving a ½” wide border and ink the edges. Glue a 7" square of green textured paper 3/4” from the top and left side of the background paper. Glue the matted photo staggered just below and to the right of the green mat.
  3. Glue a red edged border cut out from the ephemera book (on cd) and glue across the top of the photo and foam tape a button to the left side. Create a border along the bottom edge of the photo, using the “mother” definition and other everyday items that inspire thoughts of a loved one or time and place. When creating the border I made use of the folded flap and tucked images to extend from behind the triangle. I also used foam tape to give life to the smaller times of jewelry that were the last times adhered to the border.
  4. Print onto white cardstock and cut into a rectangle. Glue the white lace to the bottom edge and print the letter cut outs onto striped paper. Glue to the right of the photo. Cut into squares and mat with green textured paper. Glue and foam tape above the journaling.

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