How and Why to use Paper Ephemera on Scrapbook pages


Paper Ephemera adds a delightful touch to scrapbook pages, giving them a sense of nostalgia and uniqueness. If you’ve ever wondered why this is so, here are just 4 reasons why:

  1. Vintage Charm: Ephemera pieces, such as old letters, handwritten notes, and vintage photographs, evoke a bygone era. They lend an authentic, timeless quality to your scrapbook pages, making them visually captivating.
  2. Storytelling: Each piece of ephemera carries a story. Whether it’s a faded postcard, a ticket stub, or a yellowed recipe card, these items provide glimpses into the past. By including them, you tell stories that resonate with viewers and add depth to your memories.
  3. Texture and Dimension: Whether you create digital or paper scrapbook pages, ephemera introduces texture and dimension to your layouts. The slightly worn edges, creases, and ink stains create visual interest. Layering ephemera elements, like vintage book pages or antique music sheets, adds depth and richness to your pages.
  4. Emotional Connection: Ephemera connects us to our heritage and personal history. When you use a handwritten letter from a relative or a sepia-toned photograph of your grandparents, you infuse your scrapbook with emotion. I love to include scans of letters I have from my great-great-grandparents on my pages, and also to create brushes from their handwriting to include as well.

So you have some ephemera, now what?

Here are a few ideas on how to use ephemera on your pages:

  • Layer ephemera and apply shadows to create a 3D look.
  • Connect layered ephemera together with stitching, paperclips, staples, or other fasteners.
  • Place them under photos, frames, and/or embellishments.
  • Apply filters to give ephemera a different or aged effect.
  • Use to design tags, labels, or journaling spots.
  • When using larger ephemera, use them to create interesting backgrounds.
  • Use Blend Modes on ephemera to give your background different looks.

Examples using Paper Ephemera 01:

In her layout, Renee has used Ephemera #10 to create a unique background. She used additional Ephemera pieces from this pack to stack and tuck behind this fabulous photo of her grandfather.


Kay layered multiple ephemera pieces to create a beautiful background for her page. This easy and quick technique looks so good with her photo and would be suitable all types of themed pages.


Norma mixed the old with the new in her stunning Superpower layout. I love the contrast of the vintage ephemera with the mixed media paper and the sketched photo.


Find Paper Ephemera 01 at my shops:

Karen Schulz Designs |  Oscraps  |  GingerScraps  |  MyMemories

I would love to see what you create using Paper Ephemera 01. Please show off your work in my Facebook Group so we can inspire each other.

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