How to Make Collages

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There are many ways to make collages, but here are some basic steps that can be used as a starting point:

Step 1 – Gather materials: Collect a variety of images, pictures, and other materials that you would like to use in your collage. These can include magazine clippings, photographs, postcards, and other ephemera.

Step 2 – Prepare your surface: You will need a surface to work on, such as a piece of paper or canvas. You can use glue, tape, or a glue stick to attach your materials to the surface.

Step 3 – Start arranging: Begin arranging your materials on the surface, experimenting with different combinations of images and colors. Move things around until you are happy with the composition.

Step 4 – Secure your materials: Once you are happy with the composition, use glue or tape to secure your materials in place.

Step 5 – Add finishing touches: You can add additional elements such as paint, text, or other embellishments to give your collage a more finished look.

Step 6 – Let it dry: Allow the glue to dry completely before handling your collage.

There are many ways to be creative when making collages, here are a few tips:

  1. Experiment with different materials, such as magazine cutouts, photographs, or found objects.
  2. Use a variety of textures and patterns to add depth and interest to your collage.
  3. Try using an unexpected color scheme or composition to create a striking visual impact.
  4. Incorporate words or phrases to give the collage a message or tell a story.
  5. Take inspiration from other artists and their techniques, but put your own spin on it.
  6. Have fun and don’t be afraid to make mistakes, as they can often lead to unexpected and interesting results.

Remember that collage is an art form, so there is no right or wrong way to do it, just enjoy the process and let your creativity flow.

What is Vintage Collage Work and Junk Journaling?

What is junk journaling

What is Junk Journaling?

Similar to a scrapbook, a junk journal is a notebook made from many types of papers, from daily shopping receipts, fabric, recycled materials, newspapers, brochures, and ticket ephemera. It varies from person to person, you can use your creativity to hand-make a crafty journal booklet in any form you like.

A junk journal is a type of art journal that is created using a variety of materials, including vintage papers, found objects, and ephemera. These journals are often decorated with a variety of techniques, such as collage, stamping, and hand-lettering, and can be used for a variety of purposes, including journaling, scrapbooking, and art therapy. They are often created using a variety of materials, including vintage papers, found objects, and ephemera.

What is Vintage ‘Collage’ Work?

The word Collage means ‘gluing’ in French. It is the act of layering and arranging different images and/or materials to make a piece of art.

Collage is a technique for making art from the beautiful old things around us such as postcards, greeting cards, and photographs to letters and scraps of cloth.  You can easily get this vintage stuff from antique stores, flea markets, second-hand shops, and even our homes.  The techniques include painting with gouache and altering the background of your collage; transferring images; pressing and preserving botanicals; and aging and scumbling, which help to emphasize the vintage quality of your materials and to unify the piece as a whole.

Ephemera refers to items of paper that were not meant to be kept for a long period of time, such as ticket stubs, postcards, posters, and other types of printed materials that were intended for temporary use. In the context of stationery, ephemera can include items such as old letters, postcards, and other types of correspondence. These items may be collected as a hobby or for their historical or sentimental value.

Ephemera collages are artworks created by arranging and gluing various types of ephemera, such as old letters, postcards, ticket stubs, and other types of printed materials, onto a surface, such as a canvas or board. These collages can be used to create a nostalgic or historical theme, to tell a story, or to create a unique visual composition. The materials used in ephemera collages are often chosen for their aesthetic qualities, such as their colors, textures, and patterns, as well as for their historical or sentimental significance. Ephemera collages can be created by individuals as a form of self-expression or by professional artists as a medium of art.

We offer a variety of paper goodies in bundles which include papers & envelopes, postcards, handmade paper, stamps, newspaper articles, vintage stickers, washi tape, tickets,  journal cards, tags, die cuts, and many more. These goodie kits can be used in many different crafts and decorations including scrapbooking, journaling, planners, card making, collages, nature journals, travelers’ notebooks, mixed media arts, pen pal letters, and gifts.


How to Clean Rubber Stamps After Use

Wooden rubber stamps are a popular tool in art journaling and can be used to add texture, pattern, and design to your pages. Here are some tips for using wooden stamps in your art journal:

  1. Choose your stamps: There are a variety of wooden stamps available, ranging from simple shapes and patterns to more detailed images and illustrations. Choose stamps that reflect your personal style or that complement the theme of your art journal page.
  2. Ink your stamps: You can use a variety of inks to stamp your wooden stamps, including acrylic paints, pigment inks, and dye inks. Experiment with different colors and inks to find the look that you like best.
  3. Stamp your pages: Apply ink to your stamp and press it onto your page. You can stamp once or repeat the process to create a pattern or design. Try stamping in different directions or layering stamps to create more complex designs.
  4. Combine with other materials: Wooden stamps can be combined with other materials, such as washi tape, stickers, and collage elements, to add even more interest to your pages.
  5. Experiment: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different techniques and approaches. Try over-stamping, masking, or using multiple stamps to create unique designs.

Keeping your rubber stamps clean is important in order to maintain the good quality of stamped images and preserve the stamps in good shape for many years. Otherwise, you will find the details of the stamp becoming unclear and fading out.

Material:  Oil-based cleaning solution, baby wipes, water and soap, cloth.


1.Spray the alcohol onto the rubber surface.

2. Rub and clean the ink away from the rubber using a cloth immediately.

Other Tips

  • Do not soak wooden stamps in water, this would damage the wood materials
  • Avoid using alcohol as it causes the rubber to dry out
  • Store the wooden rubber stamps properly when they are dry.

These cleaning instructions can be used on acrylic clear stamps as well.

What is Washi Tape?

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What is Washi Tape?

Washi tape, also known as Japanese tape, is a type of decorative adhesive tape made from natural fibers, such as bamboo, hemp, rice, and the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree. Washi tape is known for its unique texture, thinness, and strength, and it is often used for a variety of creative and decorative purposes. It’s often used in scrapbooking, card making, journaling, and other papercraft projects. It can also be used to decorate walls, furniture, and other household items. It can also be used in packaging as well. Washi tape comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and designs, and it can be easily torn by hand or cut with scissors, making it easy to use and versatile.

Working with Washi Tape

Washi tape can be hand-torn or cut using scissors or a dispenser. It can be used for largely designed home decor or small shapes like triangles, squares, or arrow tips.

It has a waxy surface that allows permanent inks. Washi tape is fun and inexpensive, it is available everywhere. One should get the chance to play with the designs and colors.

Washi tape is a versatile and easy-to-use crafting material that can be used for a variety of projects. Here are a few ways to use washi tape:

  1. Decorating: Washi tape can be used to decorate walls, furniture, notebooks, journals, picture frames, and other items. Simply cut or tear off a piece of tape and apply it to the surface you want to decorate.
  2. Scrapbooking: Washi tape is a great tool for adding color and interest to your scrapbook pages. Use it to create borders, frames, and other embellishments.
  3. Card making: Washi tape can be used to create unique and colorful cards. Use it to create designs on the front of the card, or use it to seal the envelope.
  4. Wrapping presents: Washi tape can be used to wrap presents in a unique way. Use it to create patterns and designs on the wrapping paper or to seal the edges of the gift wrap.
  5. DIY projects: Washi tape can be used to create all sorts of DIY projects such as decorating a lampshade, creating a picture frame, or designing your own phone case.
  6. Planner: Washi tape is a great tool for decorating and personalizing your planner. Use it to create different sections, highlight important dates or add a pop of color to your pages.

When using washi tape, it’s important to note that it can be removed and repositioned easily without leaving residue, but it can’t be repositioned as much as regular tape. Also, it’s not suitable for permanent or heavy-duty tasks.

How to Store Your Washi Tapes

Once you become a washi tape addict, you might find yourself surrounded by piles of colored rolls.

There are a few ways to store washi tape, depending on the amount you have and your personal preferences. Here are a few options:

  1. Washi tape dispenser: This is a small plastic or wooden device that holds a roll of washi tape and has a built-in cutter. It allows you to easily tear off a piece of tape and keep your rolls organized.
  2. Washi tape organizer: This is a plastic or cardboard container with individual compartments for holding different rolls of tape. It can be portable and easy to store in a drawer or on a shelf.
  3. Washi tape book: This is a small book-like holder with pages of clear plastic pockets, each of which can hold a roll of washi tape. It’s easy to flip through the pages to find the tape you want, and the book itself can be stored in a drawer or on a shelf.
  4. Storing in a plastic container: This is a great way to store and organize a large collection of washi tape. You can use a clear plastic container with a lid, so it’s easy to see what you have and to keep your tapes protected from dust or damage.
  5. Hanging them on a hanger: You can also put them on a hanger and hanging it on a wall or closet, this way you can see all of the designs and easily grab the one you want to use.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to keep your washi tape in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat, so it doesn’t lose its stickiness or fade over time.

Which Planner Notebook are You?

Traveler’s Notebook

Traveler’s notebook is perfect to create, write, sketch, and plan neatly. You can fill it with grid, blank, lined inserts to organize your days.

A5 Quilted Spiral Personal Planner

Enjoy your time with the soft-touch A5 personal planner that comes with customizable tabs, stickers sheers, notepad,s and more.

Leather Bonded Notebook

This notebook has everything you need to start your days and plan your schedules.