The inspiration for this project came from the book Scrapbooks: An American History by Jessica Helfand. The book will inspire you to show evidence of memories with personal ephemera and narratives. Rich in emotional content with an authentic style, Scrapbooks: An American History is a must-have for the scrapbook enthusiast.
The newspaper clipping I used for this project is from my birth announcement. Using personal ephemera in your scrapbook pages or projects is a great way to bring a raw, authentic style to your projects and simply bring back the basics. Saving ephemera like this is something we should all do for ourselves and our children so that you can look back at ephemera or photos and enjoy that nostalgic feeling of the past. This project could simply be a scrapbook page on its own or turned into a decorative wall hanging as I have done by incorporating the hanger.
I began by painting a piece of brown cardstock with blue paint. Once the paint had dried I stamped the script on the right side of the page using the Collage Cube stamp and Brown StazOn ink. I then took the newspaper clipping that my mother saved and attached it the cardstock using the tan colored Happytape. To create the focal point where my birth announcement is I used Black Scrappers Floss and created a circle and taped it around the birth section. I painted a wooden hanger from my personal collection of supplies with black acrylic paint and once the paint had dried a sanded it lightly with a sanding block.
I wrote on a strip of the Happytape and added it to the center of the hanger. Then I punched two holes onto the top of the cardstock and threaded through some light blue Seam Binding Ribbon and attached the page to the hanger. If you don't have mini wooden hangers you could alternatively use the vintage wire hangers from The Shoppe at Somerset.
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