I've been collecting various bits of paper ephemera and craft supplies for quite some time. Years in some cases. I find it impossible to walk out of an art or craft store without taking home something that may come in handy. Like the tags and labels in the above photo. I had no idea what I was going to use them for but I just couldn't resist. I mean how could I? They look so evocative and welcoming, just sitting there. You can imagine them as part of some bygone store or era. Luckily for me vintage, is in. But really, does it ever go out of style?
You'll be pleased to know that I have actually used all of the items for a new project. Of course it has to be The Circus of Similes, my current obsession. The cardboard label has become a nameplate for the Circus of Similes. I don't know where it's going yet but figuring it out as I go is part of the fun!
Repurposing old items and giving them new life is something I've been trying to do more of lately. Whether that's turning clothes into cleaning rags or using old jars to store herbs, there's something deeply satisfying about using what you've got to make what you need.
I originally created a ticket design for The Circus of Similes to post on this website's home page. Then idea was that it gave the visitor a free ticket to enter to The Circus. At some point I had the brainwave of printing out these tickets and pasting them on to these baggage tags.
I also added the tickets to these teeny tiny wooden tags. How cute do they look?
Creating all these vintage styled items has combined my twin loves of digital and handmade. Making things for The Circus is proving to be a bridge between designing things online and crafting things with my hands. And going back to childhood with the glue and the scissors. Looks like cut and paste is back in people!