Have you ever tried to incorporate found ephemera on your projects? It's a fun way to add interest to your project and use up some of the stuff in your "keep-it-for-a-rainy-day" stash. *winks* Allow me to show you how I incorporated found ephemera on this particular layout. :)
1. Layer elements together to create a custom embellishment.
Here I layered 2 flags [from the restaurant], tied the sticks with twine and added a heart charm [from an old brassierre].
2. Cluster similar elements together to help guide the eye.
The green suede bloom [from old shoes], the handmade fabric bloom [from remnant cloth] and the button form a cluster which help to "frame" the group of photos.
3. Add a cute intereactive element to create interest.
Here I added a bird who is perched on a popsicle stick and added a googly eye. :)
Supplies: Prima canvas letters, Ranger distress inks, Maya mists, Crafter's Workshop templates, Jenni Bowlin stickers, Fontwerks stamps, 7 Gypsies stamp, corrugated board, masking tape, ribbon, buttons, thread, found ephemera.