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GET INSPIRED BY VINTAGE EPHEMERA

People collect vintage paper or “ephemera” for many reasons. But if you like to use it for scrapbooking, or creating Art or “Junk Journals”, I offer several ways to shop for your inspiration. I sell cards, photos, etc individually, or you can buy one of my “Inspiration In A Bag” kits. These kits make it easy to get a new project started, or add to your collection for a great price! For $15 you get over 20 items of cool vintage ephemera and other “bits” (buttons, string, coloured paper etc). Find these kits at one of my local markets, or on my vintage Etsy site. (coming soon.)

Scrapbooking is such a lovely way to put all your creativity to work making something that is 100% unique! Create a theme for each page, or record something cool that’s happening in your life. Or simply let your imagination loose and create something from what you find that inspires you at the moment.

Using vintage “ephemera” (old paper) is a great way to make your crafting experience exciting, because of the stories the images tell… the crinkly old paper, the yellowed and torn edges, the quaint imagery.

WHAT’S INSIDE?

Each Jitterbug Junque Ephemera Pack is unique because it is filled with real Vintage Paper & other Bits. You will get a random selection of 25 inspiring pieces that may include the following:

Vintage Sheetmusic, Sections of old Maps, Greeting Cards, Children’s Book Pages, Magazine Clippings, Collector Cards, Recipe Book Clippings, Cigarette Cards, Ribbons, Buttons, Jewelery or Beads, Sewing Pattern Clippings, Labels, Postcards, Diecuts, pretty coloured paper & more.

There are some “theme” packs, so keep an eye out for those!

NOTE: Please be aware these are vintage papers and it is to be expected that they may have a bit of that “old paper smell” and be tattered and not in pristine condition. This is part of their charm! No valuable old books were harmed in this process. The aim is to salvage things that otherwise were in such poor condition someone might have thrown them away.

I’ve been collecting - as well as buying and selling - antiques for many years. I started in my late teens when I would scout through vintage shops for cool retro clothes, or some mysterious item to use as decor. Later it became a way to earn a bit of extra cash, and during the heydey of Ebay, I was taking a carload of boxes to the post office every week. I have sold everything from barbie clothes to fine china, furniture to old photos and found that I absolutely loved the hours of sorting through boxes and researching the origin of everything. I’ve learned a lot about history, and about different eras of human creativity.

I still love the treasure hunt. I especially love the ephemera - old photos and bits of paper. I’ve discovered photos that have found their way to museums and collections around the world. I’ve even reunited families with photos of their lost ancestors. I like to wonder about their lives and where they were when the photo was taken. I also love old records (I have too many!!) and play my latest (old) tunes while I work.

Before it was trendy I was finding ways to reuse and repurpose antiques. My home is full of treasures I’ve found over the years, from an old barn door I use as a tabletop, dishes from a 17th century castle or my favourite - my fabulous flapper-era beaded curtains. I also often incorporate vintage elements into my mixed media paintings, including bits of old paper, lace, keys etc.

I am working on a new Blog for 2019 about how to incorporate vintage into our modern lives. Sign up for my Newsletter and follow me on Instagram to find out the details.

I still sell antiques at several vintage shows around the Lower Mainland and plan to relaunch a vintage online shop in early 2019.

Check my Events page for details of upcoming markets, or contact me if you see something you are interested in on my Instagram feed.