Does ephemera mess up the pretty design of your pages?
Do you tend to stick to just photos and scrapbooking products because the memorabilia doesn’t fit in?
I’ve felt this way at times.
Not long ago I took all the stuff my parents had saved for me and organized it into a system to make it easy for me to pick through for scrapbooking. As I did this I found myself feeling so completely loved by my parents on a whole deeper level than what my childhood photos do for me.
There’s something exquisite about an item you or you parents held in their hands twenty, thirty, or forty years ago.
There’s something intensely special about having an everyday handwritten note that Mom or Dad scribbled on a scrap of paper that was lying around the house.
You feel truly loved to know that all those little things in your life were important enough for Mom to save up for you.
I could tell you that my dad and Grandma called me Lisa for a while because they hadn’t yet committed to my mom’s idea of calling me by my middle name instead of my first. But it means so much more to actually see the name, “Lisa,” instead of “Noell” on cards and notes about me in my first few years.
If the desire for a pretty design has been keeping you from including ephemera on your layouts, just know that all those design principles I talk to you about also apply to making even the most problematic ephemera fit beautifully into your pages!
Once you figure out how to make it work, you will love it.
So go have fun paperclipping with the real stuff from your life!
P.S.> I just released a new video tutorial that shows how to design great-looking pages with ephemera. I share 4 different types of ephemera that can be difficult to work with and you’ll see me make 3 pages with it.
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