I removed all the pages from an old encyclopedia and began stamping all of them. I am using a variety of stamps on the pages, leaving open spaces as well as overlapping the stamps. This is a wonderful way to build a stash of unique papers for your backgrounds, tags, pockets, bookmarks, and embellishments.
I also have a few packages of scrapbook paper which are vintage-feeling. I looked through them today and found several ephemera sheets in each one. I cut them up into pieces and added them to a ziplock bag. My other packs of paper also had tags and things inside them, so I cut those up too. Now not all the scrapbook paper was to my taste-I bought them to make cool paper beads-but I can still use the tags and things. If you hit them with gesso, it calms down the colors. Or just paint over them.
In the last two days, I have filled a plastic 12×12″ scrapbook paper tote with ephemera.
Well, back to cleaning…