Thursday, August 4, 2011
Stamps & Ephemera from Letters & Journals
I'd like to share this lovely gift that I recently received in a newsletter-only giveaway from Jackie at Letters & Journals. Not only does Jackie hold a monthly giveaway of stationery items on her blog (the August giveaway is on now, so head on over and put your name in!), but she also sends out a monthly newsletter in which she offers additional giveaways for newsletter subscribers. Her blog and newsletter contain excellent posts and articles on stationery, journaling, mail art, and more, so they're well worth subscribing to even without the giveaways!
The item I received is a collection of used stamps and other assorted ephemera, from an old library card to old post cards, business cards, scraps from magazines, and theatre tickets. The stamps are, I think, my favourite. My parents used to collect stamps and still have a box full of stamps hidden away in their basement somewhere. I think that I may have caught a bit of the stamp-collecting bug, since I love looking at stamps and I was thrilled to get these. The used stamps are more interesting to me, since then I can wonder about the envelope that they were originally on, and what that envelope contained, and how many people have handled them before they came to me. I'm sure these stamps could tell many tales of their journeys.
I also appreciate the plastic pouch from Expressionery.com that the ephemera and stamps came in. I've been looking for something like this to hold small paper items for collage, so I'm sure I'll be able to use it again. Thanks very much, Jackie, if you're reading this!
Do you collect old stamps or other ephemera? If so, what do you with them? Do you put them in albums and store them away, or do you use them in art? I'll probably eventually end up using much of this ephemera in collage of some form, but I haven't been keeping an art journal lately, so I'm not yet sure what exactly I'll do with it. I'd love to hear any of your ideas! What would you do with this collection of stamps and ephemera?