Ephemera

Ephemera.  The classic definition of "ephemera" is something lasting only for a day. However,  for paper crafters & artists, it includes items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones. I like to include ephemera when making cards. They may include maps, bingo cards, postage stamps, pages from old books, sheet music, correspondence, and so forth.
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Some ephemera from my files.
Personally, I like to find it myself. One man's trash is another man's treasure, right? The best places to find authentic printed memorabilia are at garage, yard and estate sales, thrift stores, and granny's basement.   You can also purchase items on eBay or etsy if you have a particular item in mind.
www.stevesbookdecor.etsy.com
Found www.stevesbookdecor.etsy.com
And, of course, you can always buy new pieces that look distressed at craft stores. I have always been drawn to Tim Holtz' "eclectic elements" which include inks and pens, as well as paper, and small metal curiosities, which you can buy at Michael's or JoAnn Fabrics as well as on his inspiring website, Tim Holtz. ink
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Thrift Shop Ephemera Pack by Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  In another post, I'll share some of my handmade cards using bits of ephemera. (Also, I would be remiss if I didn't thank my ole' friend, Mo, for introducing me to a higher level of paper crafting and rubber stamping. Check out her imaginative jewelry and cards at her blog, MaureenMeansWell.)

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