Organizing Collage Bits and
A Sampling of Glue Book Junk Journals

by Debbie-Anne

I just wanted to share how I organize my collage art ephemera before I start a project. When I'm creating, I don't like clutter around me. Of course some messiness is expected, but I've found that this little system is working and gives me peace of mind so that I can focus on the project instead of wasting time finding the right paper bit for the page.

I like to work in themes so that I can sort the ephemera and assorted bits by subject. So, I use trays and baskets and just pile things according to theme. At the time of this post, I've got 4 glue books on the go, which means 4 trays of bits and paper.

This is the part of the project that takes the longest because it requires me to sort through my collection of books to find images, as well as my postage stamps which I store in a shoe box. Maybe someday I'll have time to sort my stamps by subject but for now, this works.

Once I've got enough stuff to get going, I organize the pile in the tray. I put the smaller ephemera bits such as playing cards, postcards and postage stamps into a smaller container/box, as well as any washi tape I think I might use. It just makes it easier to reach for if the smaller stuff is together. The larger papers are stacked in the tray very casually according to size.

This allows me to work on a few glue book pages at a time and then put everything away together until the next time I want to play with this particular book.

If you'd like to see the 4 bare gluebooks I mentioned above, here's the video:

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A Sampling of Glue Book Junk Journals

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Aug 16, 2019
Don't forget plastic food containers!
by: Windy City Woman

For a while I packed lunch for work. I bought a number of packages of "lunch meat." Some of these come in very sturdy Tupperware-type containers, strong enough to reuse, and washable; there was a plastic bag between the container and the meat, so the box never got smelly or greasy. They had snap-on lids and of course were see-through. These are perfect for storing ephemera or other craft supplies (washi tape, small punches, etc.) and are free if you are buying the lunch meat anyway. Some brands have less sturdy containers and don't have plastic bags between the food; I tossed those. You could also consider the clear plastic boxes that berries or cherry tomatoes come in, but they usually contain holes, but if the holes are smaller than your items, and you don't buy lunch meat, these are also free and stackable.

Jan 19, 2018
Thank you
by: Tora Geirs

I love this and love how you keep your stuff without clutter. I think I'm going to try to follow how you do it. Thank you for sharing. :)

Jan 11, 2018
Response For Rachel
by: Debbie-Anne

The binding is called pamphlet stitch. If you check the site menu you'll find a few tutorials. Thank you 😊

Jan 08, 2018
by: Rachel lyons

Your books are gorgeous!im curious about how you did the binding as they appear perfect:)

Nov 11, 2017
Response to Beth's question about trays
by: Debbie-Anne

Hi Beth, I raided my storage room in the basement and found several serving trays, and a few shoe box lids that were larger (they were from winter boots).

The get 'nested' or stacked together from larger to smallest. It's for function more than aesthetics because when they're not in use, they're tucked away in the closet so it really doesn't matter to me if they don't match or nest perfectly.

As for storing ephemera more permanently in between projects, I also re-purpose shoe boxes, gift boxes and any container that would suit the items. For example, I have a clear plastic flip-top box that was a gift of chocolates a few Christmas' ago that I now use to store my favorite postage stamps.

Nov 11, 2017
What kind of "trays"?
by: Beth

I may have missed it but I was wondering what kind of trays you use..... I am in the process of getting my ephemera better organized. I like your idea.

Oct 07, 2017
Glue Book Junk Journal
by: Shirley

Love this idea! I was a stamp collector when I was a teenager and now I'll be using some of them in my junk journal.

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