Wednesday, August 1, 2007

KAYA! Four

Hey, Pinoy Scrapbookers! Hope you're ready for a new challenge and you know how excited we are to see your creations!

Kayang-kaya kaya?

Have you ever kept a ticket stub from a special date or looked twice at a Starbucks cup holder before throwing it away? Then this challenge is for you.

Let’s start off with some definitions:

EPHEMERA – noun.

Something transitory, lasting a day. (Webster)

Something short-lived or transitory. Especially all types of paper documents, both printed and handwritten, produced for a specific purpose and intended for disposal, i.e. baseball cards, tickets, advertising signs and packaging. (

Paper items (as posters and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles. (Merriam-Webster)

Transitory written and printed matter, not intended to be retained and preserved. Scrapbooking in its earliest form was a way to blend ephemera, memorabilia collections and journaling. Examples of ephemera are trade cards, airsickness bags, baseballs cards, bookmarks, cigarette cards, greeting cards, letters, photographs, postcards, posters, stock certificates, tickets, zines. (Wikipedia)

COLLAGE – noun.

Comes from a French word that means “to paste”. (

Any piece of art with an additional layer glued on the surface. (National Collage Society)

A picture or design created by adhering such basically flat elements as newspaper, wallpaper, printed text and illustrations, photographs, cloth, string, etc. to a flat surface, when the result becomes three dimensional (


In an artistic sense, indicates the use of an object which has not been designed for an artistic purpose but which exists for another purpose already. (Wikipedia)


At its most basic, it gives a new artistic life to old and/or used mundane, utilitarian items through the applications of techniques and combinations, some recognized as standard artistic methods, some not. (

ALL these definitions can be applied to the KAYA! Four challenge, which, is:
Use ephemera in a 12 x 12 traditional scrapbook layout.

Take the ordinary, mundane things and add it to your layout, like the postage stamp from a letter or the paper bag from your last trip to the bookstore. Or go totally off the beaten path and use vintage ephemera, whether you got it from an antique shop, downloaded the images off the Net or used a scrapbooking manufacturer’s product. Anything goes.

There are artists who’ve picked up a feather and called it “a found object” or used an old coin as part of a collage. Feel free to use these if you want.

There is also a sub-genre of found art (which is art you make from found objects) called “trash art” or “junk art” because, sometimes, you literally get the items from the trash.

So, be creative. Look at the objects around you with new eyes. And before you throw away the next item in the trash, take a second look and see if you can give breathe new life into it by adding it to a layout.


Kayang-kaya kaya? Kaya! Four challenges you to use ephemera in a 12 x 12 traditional layout. Deadline for entries is at 11:59 p.m. of August 28, 2007, Tuesday. Voting for your favorite layout will be on August 29 and 30. Announcement of the Kaya! Four favorite is on August 31. KAYA!

Note: Some people may have concerns of using non-acid-free items in their layouts. You can take photos of your ephemera and use those instead. Or use ephemera which you’ve tested as acid-free or spray them with an acid-neutralizing spray. And, yes, you may also use scrapbooking manufacturers' products, such as Rebecca Sower's Nostalgiques and Paper Pizazz's Ephemera collection.

We look forward to your creations. Good luck and hope you have fun with the challenge!


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