COMPLETE - Paper Embellishment and Ephemera Swap

We love paper things. We love things made with paper. We want to pump up our art journals and happy mail game with new, fun, and creative paper embellishments. And maybe throw in a few pieces from our stashes of unusual and eclectic ephemera.

What are embellishments?
journal cards
paper clusters
paper flowers
altered tags
small envelopes or bags
library pockets and cards
tuck spots
rosettes and badges
inchies, twinchies, rinchies
ATCs and AT coins
frames or windows
faux Polaroid frames
faux film strip
altered tickets
stamped images
die cuts and craft punches
altered paper clips
hearts and stars
birds and butterflies (and dragonflies and ladybugs and …)
altered playing cards
wonky bits (if you follow willa.wanders on Instagram)
stuff made from book pages
stuff made with dyed paper (coffee, tea, natural dyes)
specimen cards
stitched paper things

Ephemera ideas
vintage photos
paper dolls
seed packets
vintage sewing patterns
transit tickets
maps and travel stuff
other souvenirs
used postage stamps
playing cards
things with numbers (like parking valet tickets)
pressed flowers or leaves

Ready for some paper crafting fun? You will craft 7 paper embellishments for your partner and you will include 3 - 5 pieces of ephemera from your stash. You can make 2 or 3 of the same type of embellishment or create 7 different things. Let’s go!

Swap name: Paper Embellishment and Ephemera Swap - May/June 2021
Lettuce Craft member who is organizing this swap: Smmarrt
Sign-up date range: 5/14/21 - 5/24/21
Send out Date: June 14, 2021
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional) No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? LC rules

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:

Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:

Has been a member for at least one month: YES
Has posted at least 15 times: YES
Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Paper Embellishment and Ephemera Swap Questionnaire
LC name:
Real name:
Address (include country):

Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO

Favorite themes: (Birds, Star Wars, pop art)
Favorite colors:
Anything you DON’T want? (fur, feathers,grunge, neon colors)

How do you plan to use your paper embellishments? Art Journal, scrapbook, card making, other

Link/s to your Pinterest or Instagram or other site

Anything else you’d like your partner to know?

Has posted a comment in this thread and will check regularly for swap updates YES?NO
If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO



Paper Embellishment swappers:

  1. @Smmarrt
  2. @Magpie
  3. @geekgirl
  4. @jemimah
  5. @Reinikka
  6. @Bugaboo
  7. @thanate
  8. @kayrun
  9. @loves2experiment


loves2experiment >><< Magpie
kayrun >><< geekgirl
thanate >><< Reinikka
thanate >><< jemimah
Smmarrt >><< jemimah
Smmarrt >><< Bugaboo

I will add to the lists above - I started one but it is buried on my desk.
Please add your ideas.



I’ll send in my questionnaire sometime this weekend!

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Thanks for thinking of me, but I’m super busy right now, so I think I’ll sit this one out.

I did not think I wanted to swap at all right now but… it’s just paper right? I’m in! I’ve been sending prefab cards, I’m out of everything else! I gotta sit down & make some makes.


So glad to see that this is finally happening!!
I’m on the fence about joining because the last week of May is gonna be really crazy…but the sendout date is not till the middle of June. Hmm.

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My next 2 weeks are going to be super busy but I figured 2 weeks in June should be plenty!


True…2 weeks seems to be more than sufficient time to make a bunch of embellishments :slight_smile:

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lengths of handspun yarn?
handmade stickers?
photo corners?
gelli prints?
collage masterboards?

receipts and accounting ledger papers?
telephone book pages?
product packaging?


Yes to all for me! And whatever else you can think up.
I mostly asked for stuff that can be used to make or embellish happy mail.

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My boss calls it the 90 days of May because everything happens in late May and early June. I am usually on vacation at that time so it works for me. I know it’s a busy time but I hope it still works for some people.


I stole this from the Art Journal craft-along thread. These are fast and easy, right @geekgirl?


On my radar! I haven’t been able to do DCs, but going into the PO might finally be an option again…

I can’t wait to see the gallery for this one!

I love these fish. There were some scrappy houses posted somewhere recently, I can’t remember or find with a search who made them or where they were though…

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I made the houses - on the paper and mixed media craft along thread.
Here’s a pic.


I love your houses!!

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Thanks for tagging me! I’ll read the info tomorrow or Monday then probably sign up :slight_smile: I love me some paper goodies!!! And triple YES to these fish I so want some to swim my way! :kissing_heart: