Vintage Ephemera Haul for Craft Projects and Journals

Check out my latest vintage ephemera haul from Marie’s Instagram shop!

To find out more about why Marie sells vintage ephemera, check out my other Vintage Ephemera Haul for Craft Projects and Journals blog post!

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Working Through the Pages

When I’m creating journal pages, I don’t really work in order by the day of the week. I create a layout based on inspiration, mood, and/or based on the mediums I’m using. One of my go-to in creating is working with collage and using vintage papers and newer papers. Also, I like to add stickers, ephemera. paint, ink, stamps, fabrics, chipboard, and what-not.

After I filmed my latest video, I realized the word “of” didn’t belong in the words I added to the page. It now reads, “From this place, in the face of uncertainty, I build courage and compassion.” That sounds much better!

Do you journal? What do you gravitate towards the most when you’re working in your journal? Please let me know by leaving a comment on this post or on my YouTube video! -Stephanie Hopkins  

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How to Make Mixed Media Bookmarks

Great Tips for Beginners

Over the weekend, I have been working on bookmarks for an upcoming bookmark swap on Instagram and I have made three-part videos on this endeavor. Each video shows different mixed media techniques you can use in your crafting. They are simple to follow and they give you a beginner look at creating Mixed Media.

Mixed Media is visual art that uses a mix of materials (usually non-visual) and combine them to create a finished piece. The general rule is using two or more materials such as collage, paint, inks, fabrics, buttons, metal, thread and the list goes on… You can really get creative with this style of medium. This process (besides painting) is my absolute favorite way of creating and I use this method in various crafting endeavors.

Part I: I show how to create a painted background using different color paints and a Dollar Tree cutting mat.

Part II: I show how to use a collage of fabric scraps as a background.

Part III: I show how to use a collage fodder background. In part one, I explain a little bit about how I start the collage fodder process.  

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I’ve decided to create a separate IG account for my art, journals and other Mixed Media products I sell on Instagram. I’d like to keep @stephsartjourney a bit more personal and to not flood my feed with my products. Please follow my shop @layeredfindsshop for updates on my professional art and products for sale! -Stephanie Hopkins

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of being and ideal grace.

I love thee to the level of every day’s

Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

I love thee freely, as men strive for right;

I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use

In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.

Sonnets from the Portuguese 43, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The lady in the photos is my grandmother. The picture was taken in the 1940’s in Miami, Florida.

Creative Journaling and Journals for Sale

Yesterday, I created this collage page in my current personal journal. I love the layered look and the process of creating it is enjoyable and relaxing. You can use your tags for tucks and pockets in your journals. It doesn’t matter the size of the tags. I’ve used my mini tags as tucks all the time.

Adding pockets to journals is a great to use as hidden spots for your writing. I would have to say it is my favorite form for my journal writing. I like those secret spots because sometimes you might forget about them and it’s is fun to discover them again.

The image of the girl is my grandmother from the 1920s. The picture was taken when she was 16 years old. Her image among others are in many of the journals I’m selling at my Etsy shop! -Stephanie Hopkins

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Collage Journaling for Beginners

Collage art in my journals has been my favorite method of creating journal pages for a long time. There are times where I create a simple layout to a more elaborate one. It really depends on my mood, time, and what I’m wanting to convey in my spread. There are moments when less is more and you can obtain a lot of inspiration from simplicity.  

Start with the basics. Oftentimes, I see crafters talk online about being intimated by a blank page or collage work in general. It’s understandable and can easily be solved. Quite often you ask yourself, what if I mess up my papers, where do I start, and will the design look right? How can I make it look elaborate? Or, does it have to look elaborate? How do I find my own style? These are a lot of questions to go over and I will cover every one of these questions for the next year.

First things first. Don’t compare your work to others. That is the quickest way to get frustrated and give up. Which defeats the purpose of the craft in the first place. Start with the minimum amount of supplies. Grab your journal, glue, scissors and paper. Not a lot of paper, mind you. While placing your paper to the page, think about what you like most about them. How do they speak to you? Do they bring you joy? Think about what your focal point and placement. It doesn’t have to always be in the middle of the page. Do you want your background to be neutral? A good way to get started is to use neutrals to break the blank page and build from there. You don’t like how something you did looks? You can easily cover it up. Start simple with the layers and breathe.

You’ve got this!

Stephanie Hopkins

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Ebay Shop Update: Up-cycled Fabrics for Mixed Media Projects

A big part of my mixed media art adventure is to use all sorts of up-cycled fabrics. I have an endless supply of then and you can get a ton of use out of them. How do you use them in your craft? There are a lot of different ways to use fabrics.

Lately, I have been using my fabric squares and scraps for making journals, notebooks, journal and art tags, artist trading cards, bookmarks, altered playing cards, greeting card making, and collage work. These projects are great for any age, even two-year old’s!

Buying fabrics in retail stores are super expensive and many times the fabrics are only available in yards. Plus, one doesn’t always want to use new materials for these sorts of projects I mentioned above. That is why I have put together different size lots of up-cycled fabric cut offs and scraps bundles for sale at my ebay shop. I will do my best to provide a mix of fabric patterns weekly. All my material is in great shape and I make sure there are no stains, holes, or pilling. I do accept all reasonable offers on the price, so be sure to check out my store weekly!

Stephanie

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Exploration of Journal Making

A page in my new fall journal I’m currently working in. I’ll show the whole journal once it’s completed. I really enjoyed putting this page together and the bookmark I made for the book. The bookmark is made from an image out of a magazine, scrapbook paper and a piece of left-over fabric.

The journal page is simple with a touch of paper collage, postcard and a authentic 1940s photo of a group of ladies. I’ll add a journal label to the bottom left of the page. The actual page I’m working on is from my 12” x 12” scrap-booking paper stash from the early 2000s and what a great way to use those big sizes of paper! I wonder who those ladies are and what their story is or was.

Journaling fills one’s soul with gratitude and healing calmness. It’s an appreciation for the old and the newness of life’s journey.

Happy crafty Friday!

Stephanie Hopkins
Mixed Media Artist/Abstract Painter/Book Maker/Book Blogger

Morning Journal: Memories

This is the last page in this morning journal I’ll decorate. I wanted it to be extra special. A memory of what I created the most in my childhood. I was always coloring, painting, sketching, doodling landscapes, water and skies whether it be at home, church, school, camp or at friends’ houses. I never thought about it really, I just created them. Maybe it’s being in the constant frame of mind of nature and God’s glorious creation. This page is a dedication to those memories.

The flower stem is from one of my painted papers I love to create and every time I glance at it, the stem reminds me of a zucchini peal. Ha! The ephemera in the pocket to the right side of the spread is for journaling. I like to keep my journaling hidden for the most part.

I really enjoyed working in this journal I made and I cherish writing in the morning time. Every morning is a new day with endless of possibilities. It is also a fresh start. Why not make the most of it?

I made this journal from scraps of paper that I collage onto a bigger piece, from mail packaging, for the cover. The signature is a selection of scrap papers, including vintage papers. I would say that this journal comes very close to be considered a junk journal. It is definitely a mixed media journal of created and found objects.

Do you journal? What do you like most about it and how does it impact your life? These are questions to think about.

My wish is for you to be encouraged and inspired.

Stephanie Hopkins

Art in Motion Glue Book

There are so many pages you can create with a glue book. The purpose for this medium is to glue things to a base to make a collage. You decide how you want to design your layouts and what book(s) you want to use. It can be a blank book, altered book, notepads, blank art books or anything thing you see fit. There really are no rules to this creative endeavor. It is for your wish alone to come up with your own ideas. That is the wonderful thing about glue books.

I made this glue book, that I altered, using a magazine by cutting it in half through the middle. Then I folded the pages to create a base for my layouts. This book is getting chunky and grungy! Love it! Sometimes, gluing paper to a page is the best medicine. What do you like most about collage work? Have you tried this form of medium before?

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art gallery here at Layered Pages! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged.

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