Pamela Louise was born on October 16, full-size and raring to go. She was a wonderful surprise, and her parents joked about
"that stork". Well, the traditional image of the responsible
with a baby carriage seemed perfect for a background for Pamela
Louise's baby scrapbook
Using a vintage image as a background takes some consideration. Is it a good background picture; non-distracting, with room
photos and other elements? Can you enlarge the image without
distorting it? A high resolution
(like 300 dpi) may be
necessary. Can you print it the size you need at home, or
will you have to take the image file to a photocopy service? Can you
creatively stretch your small background to fill the page by using
borders, or by tiling or piecing multiple copies (as we did)?
We printed two copies of our vintage stork image as large as possible
on 8.5" X 11" paper, then created a "quilt" effect with pieces of the
picture, ribbons and buttons. Couldn't be simpler, and
Pamela Louise couldn't be cuter.
Background paper: plain or patterned 12" X 12"
paper. Ours was beige.
Matting paper: peach and cream.
Embellishment: 3/8" turquoise ribbon; pastel
Glue stick or other non-acid paper adhesive.
Tacky white glue for ribbon and buttons.
Scissors or paper cutter.
Print two copies of the vintage image and trim
them. Adhere one to the background paper, horizontally
centered and about 1" from the top edge. Cut portions of the
second image into rectangles for the four corners of the background,
and glue them on to form a grid pattern.
Glue pieces of ribbon vertically and
horizontally along the edges of the images.
Adhere your photos on the peach matting paper. Trim them with decorative edge scissors.
Journal the who, what, when, where and why on
the cream paper, trim it, glue it to the peach matting paper, and trim
decorative edge scissors.
Position your matted photos and
journal, and glue them to
Glue buttons on the edges of the photos and the
they meet the ribbon.
add a dimensional element that requires
strong glue. Tacky craft glue is usually enough, but if you
think your page will get a lot of action, use a hot glue gun. More action? Sew buttons onto the page with coat
thread or dental
There are many different kinds of scrapbook
covers and bindings, so you will need to adapt your page design for
your particular book.