Our February calendar is from the 1927 Postcard calendar available in my e-store...I love the cherry red hearts in the flowers on this one, so I hope you'll enjoy using it!
I'm joining again the year and I'm giving away a HUGE package of ephemera, complete with loads of book illustrations and graphics, cabinet cards and snapshots, photo album pages, trade cards, Logomachy cards, labels, postcards and calling cards...even a sweet little damaged book called The Birds' Xmas Carols by Kate Douglas Wiggins.
Here are some photos of the entire lot:
On February 17th I'll draw one name at random to win the entire ephemera package. So, leave me a comment (just one please, no cheating!) and maybe I'll draw your name.
Oh! And please, take a minute to look around my blog! I'm so happy to have you visit!
I guess I never really thought of this before, but...what did they do before there were time zones? Well, they had handy charts like this to tell them the time in various places.
I thought you'd like it! Click it twice to get the biggest size & please feel free to download and use.
After looking at my art pieces or glue book pages, people sometimes ask where I get the graphics I use, or the handwriting or the illustrations. You might think I have a huge ephemera collection...actually I have a huge book collection.
Here are a couple of inexpensive, innocuous little titles that would be easy to walk past...
They almost sound like we're back in high school, but not so fast...open them up and flip through the pages...
For $4.50, the 1876 Common School Book Keeping yields pages & pages of different ledger examples, with lots of different styles of entries and handwriting
The 1882 Guide to Correct Language is priced at $5.00. This grammar book is chock full of beautiful graphical headings, illustrations and printers ornaments.
Surprised? At the end of the 1800s, many books were highly decorated, no matter the subject. Old business books can be a treasure trove of graphics, illustrations and just plain humor.
I found each of these books in antique stores, where prices can be ridiculous. But there's not much of a collectors market for old accounting and adult grammar books, so the prices are usually very reasonable.
By the way, with about 300 pages between these 2 books, that's 150 pieces of paper, so a little over $0.06 per sheet. I do the math with books all the time.
I have been doing a GREAT job keeping up with my gluebook this month. Since the holidays are over I seem to have soooo much more time to myself. Here are the latest pages....
I hope you're finding time to play too!
A few days ago I threw out a couple old gluesticks that were both empty. At the time I realized I had just one left. Did I go buy more glue immediately? You already know the answer to that.
Wish me luck.
I had a lovely time this afternoon, just playing in my gluebook.
I have a lot of images and paper left over from various classes, plus all of the vintage paper from dictionaries, music books, etc. So, rather than cleaning out my paper bins, I started pulling things out and glueing them down.
Here's my afternoon's production:
You probably recognize some of the imagery - like I said, lots of paper left from classes. Luckily they're all pictures I like so it's fun to use them a variety of times, just to see what I can come up with.
I hope you had fun today too! Big announcement tomorrow - can't wait!
Congratulations to Linda at Lambsworld - she's the winner of the January Collage Challenge! I'm sorry that I'm a couple days late in announcing this; I kept missing the official name-drawer, my son Jack.
I've been staying busy with the Green Paper Collage Club. If you haven't signed up, there's still plenty of time to join for January, or for the year. You'll receive the first edition within 24 hours and the second will be on it's way to you next Sunday.
I hope you'll join us!
It's the first of the month and time for our latest monthly Collage Challenge!
This month we're featuring an elegant illustration from an antique novel, The Inner Shrine. I hope it inspires you, along with the ledger fragment and the roses journaling card.
Capture the collage sheet above, or download the easy-print PDF here: Download Jan 2011 challenge sheet
You remember how the Challenge works?
In one week, on January 8th, I'll draw one name at random. The winner will receive one of my download image collections - any one, their choice.
I can't wait to see what you create!