Ain't No Ninny

Where Creativity and Everyday Life Collide

Art Every Day Month – Day 22


Okay, it’s Day 5 of Jenniebellie’s  (7 art journal pages in 7 days)  challenge.  I’m officially getting tired of working on the same seven pages every day.  But the end is in sight.

Today I selected one of the two remaining techniques/methods from my box:


Ephemera, it is!  That’s usually a fun technique and is very intuitive.  My partner just gave me some ephemera from his trip to Phoenix this week (light rail passes, movie tickets, etc.) and I have plastic shoe boxes full of other small items so off I went to affix ephemera to my pages.  Here’s what I ended up with.

I added a coupon, a small map of Russia and some ‘holey’ ephemera across the top.

I added part of a menu from a retirement complex, a movie theater stub, and some ribbon across the top of both.

I added words from Tim Holtz cardstock; printed words; and the tops of two note pads from the dollar store.


I added cacti from Phoenix light rail ticket stubs; a piece of scrapbook paper with circles on it; the Holiday Inn logo from their notepaper; a punched watercolor circle for the sun/moon; and printed text.

I added the words ‘Stay Organized’ from some Holiday Inn hotel stationery; a small heart cut out from a gelli print scrap, a piece from some hand painted & stamped paper (near her left hand).

On this one I added square-punched scrap from spiral-bound mixed media paper and circles punched from gelli printed tissue paper.

All I added here was a label from my Sakura souffle pens and small scrapbook journaling square.

Well, that was fun.  Tomorrow I will be using a pen to shade and doodle on the pages (the last technique) and Monday I will do whatever I need to finish up them up.  That might include more paint or collage or journaling or shading or fixing up boo-boos.  Can’t wait.

I hope you find something creative to do today too!


Author: aintnoninny

I write poetry and fiction; create doodle art; do genealogical research; take photographs of the world around me; think about odd things; hike the red rocks; and obsess on food.

5 thoughts on “Art Every Day Month – Day 22

  1. haven’t been looking at your daily posts on your work… I like what you’ve done! I just started art journaling myself… but I do it w/a guide. I told her I was ready to start again! nice thing about it is she only does these ‘classes’ for a short time— 4-6 weeks. Which is good because I could get bored with it!!

  2. Laura, are you posting your art journals on your FB page or in a blog or what?? I want to see them!

  3. wow, love this!

    why is it called ephemera?

    • Ephemera is something of no lasting significance ; paper items (as posters, receipts, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectible or can be used in a different way. Thank you!

  4. I am thoroughly enjoying following this project. I like what you did with the ephemera.

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