To celebrate the launch of the official Babbling Books shop I want to share all my top tips on how to journal with vintage papers and ephemera. Whether you have picked up a paper pack in my shop, or want to use things you have already collected, let’s explore the joy of vintage papers.


any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved.

The incredible textures, faded colours and layers of history make vintage ephemera so much fun to work with. Many of the things I come across and love to use can no longer serve their original purpose. Ephemera is, by definition, fleeting, temporary, impermanent. Old maps which are many years out of date. Encyclopedias which have been replaced by the internet. Non-collectible postage stamps. Even old newspapers and catalogues. And there is something so wonderful about being able to give them new life.

In this post I have a video that shows in details some pages from my journal that I created using items from The Curator, The Marquis and The Voyager vintage paper packs. This is followed by photos of each spread so you can look at all the details or pin them to Pinterest for future inspiration.

Vintage paper collage workshop

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Video tutorial: How to journal with vintage paper ephemera

Jump to journaling start- 3:00
First spread – 3:38
Second spread ‘Autumn’ – 7:04
Third spread ‘Spring’ – 9:01
Fourth spread – 11:31
Fifth spread – 13:48

Vintage paper & ephemera: Photo gallery for inspiration

All the vintage papers in these photos- both in the background and in the journal spreads are from paper packs available in the shop. The relevant packs are listed below each spread.

Keen to learn more about journaling?
Check out my other journaling posts and videos.

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How to journal with vintage papers and ephemera - Video tutorial and photo gallery for inspiration.
Tamsien - Babbling Books
Photographer, stylist, blogger, and digital influencer from Melbourne Australia. Avid reader and lover of creative journaling.


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