Project Hawaii: the Luau


On the paperclipping roundtable this week I was a guest, and had a blast chatting with everyone! The topic? Ephemera/memorabilia and since this Luau seating ticket was STARING at me, and I’d not yet made the project Hawaii page to go with it… well I figured PERFECT motivation and timing to get this page made!


The thing about ephemera, is you need to use it or dump it. What I mean is, I believe having a TON of it just sitting around does nothing but clog up and slow down your process. Be selective, keep really special pieces, and also know how you scrapbook. What I mean is, know what items will more likely get used than others. I keep the important stuff sure, but I also keep stuff that is pretty!

Oh, and never be afraid to chop some stuff up!! You can punch, chop, and otherwise just treat it like regular “craft” stuff. Seriously people just make things too darn hard sometimes. Don’t try to think “oh geez I have NO idea how I’d use a ticket on a layout!” and instead think “well, what could I do with this little stub of paper?” Get more general, get more done!

So this layout is all about the Luau we went to. I also have a big fold-out brochure on amazingly beautiful thick watercolor paper – I can’t cut it up. So, it’ll go in a pocket on the memorabilia “other” page. (more on that another week).
The last thing I will leave you with this week, is to remember that you will get life details on these real items like nothing else. Seriously – I would NOT have remembered the exact date or seats we had… but I don’t have to. The ephemera is helping me tell my story…

To hear the episode of PCRT you can check it out here.

8 thoughts on “Project Hawaii: the Luau”

  1. Nice layout, May, and really good advice regarding ephemera. That’s one thing I have enjoyed about doing Project Life in addition to other scrapbooking is that it makes adding ephemera easy. I must say I haven’t considered using the ephemera the same way I would any other piece of paper, punching it or altering it or whatever – great idea!

  2. You always have such great advice love it. Today . I took out some scrapbook paper to cut up and put on
    some quilted cards I like to make. Your post today confirmed my idea about cutting that paper up.
    Thank you.

  3. Do you treat things like ticket stubs in any way with a spray that I have seen in stores to make them acid free OR do you just use ephemera pieces as is and don’t worry about it?

  4. Wonderful layout and I love how you used so much of your ephemera and still included so many great pictures. I hope I can listen to the recording soon.

  5. that looks great May.
    I really need to go through all my memorabilia and either use it or get rid of it I think

  6. I am really enjoying your project hawaii! This is a great way to use the memorabilia, regardless of the size!

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