I remember the first time I heard the word “ephemera.” I had to look it up. It was on a scrapbooking website where a reader was asking for tips and ideas for all of the things you tend to collect on a vacation. I’m still trying to figure this out!
But one thing I have learned is to not bring home too many 3-D things. I try to focus on flat things – business cards, takeout menus, matchbooks (not too many of those any more, but I still check), and paper placements. I love incorporating these into my layouts.
For this month’s layout, I had some wonderful photos from a food tour in Napa Valley. I couldn’t remember everything, but because I kept the handout from our guide and had grabbed takeout menus from several of the restaurants, I was in great shape.
Gourmet Walk by Moanica Caston. Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Bella Blvd; Journaling card: My Mind’s Eye; Letter alphas: American Crafts Thickers.
The journaling card is a list of all the restaurants we visited and I cut out the description of the taco we sampled and put that right across the photo. I’m so glad I kept those items and they came in pretty handy to help with my journaling.
So, after you’ve enjoyed a meal or visited a pretty shop, look for a business card or some other way to help capture the memory. Safe travels and…