I have been looking at different ways people journal or memory keep and have really loved those who art journal combining vintage books and ephemera in a creative way. These can really be anything you would like them to be, using any format or filling the pages with a little or a lot of stuff. I have been collecting a couple... ok, a few, and wanted to share them with you.
I have 4 at the moment. 3 are from BurkeSevenVintage on Etsy and my lastest aquisition is from RadishBlossoms, whom I follow on Instagram.
These books are made using different papers and book pages which you can incorporate with your layouts or totally cover. Half the fun of these books when you receive them is flipping through all the pages. Some give a sense of nostalgia where others are more functional - like ledger paper. You can use blank spaces for your writing or use journal cards for captioning memories. There are also envelopes scattered throughout which you can tuck pictures, notes and such. Here are a few of my favourite pages.
This is all the ephemera that was included in my journal from RadishBlossoms!
I also love the little tabs on a couple that co-ordinate with the covers. Little spcial touches, I can't wait to punch our paper and start filling these up.
I wanted to share about this great sticker club subscription I am in called Pipsticks. I get a great selection of stickers that I use when sending postcards, or in my planner/journal. The above photo was my club kit for December. The kits include themes like travel, food, seasons, vintage etc and I find I get a great selection of both functional and fun stickers. It is nice to add that special touch to a postcard; raise chickens? I have a sticker for that, love the King? I've got those too. Popcorn aficionado? I have just the sticker for you! If you like glitter, puffy, kraft, kawaii, and more, this is a great sticker club to try. Mo designs some herself but most of the stickers are brands you recognize, and good quality. You also get a chance to win an awesome prize each month just for being a member and you get a postcard you can decorate as well, and she has kits for kids too! Here are a few more pictures of stickers from past kits.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Etsy Winter Pop-up Market this past Sunday at the Saskatoon Farmers Market. Jeremy and I had a great day talking about snail mail and meeting everyone who stopped by. Since this was our first sale with Shoebox Post, we weren't sure about our set up but I think we did a good job. Much of our display peices were thrifted and my dad built us a great display stand for our postcards.
I also made a few examples using book pages, embillishments and such in a planner, journal and decorating an envelope. I noticed a lot of people flipped through my travelers notebook so I've decided to make a whole insert full of examples that I hope will inspire others. I also met and talked to fellow Midori users and was able to show off some of my Postcrossing postcard collection.
As usual, there were so many other wonderful Etsy SK sellers in the market, and I was able to do some shopping of my own. Below is a page devoted to fellow Etsy SK team members, each time you reload, a new set of items will appear.