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New car scrapbook layout:

Using a vintage image as a centerpiece


Paul's first car was a family cast-off. It got him back and forth from high school and then promptly died of exhaustion. When he bought his first real new car, it was a day for celebration - and a page for the car scrapbook.

We found a vintage image that seemed to sum it all up.  The photo, circa 1900, showed a young boy proudly at the wheel of his "Tin Lizzy". With that photo as a starting point, we gathered a local road map, Paul's own photo behind the wheel of his new Pontiac, and photocopies of the necessities (his car keys on a fuzzy pink rabbit's foot key chain, and the ever-popular pine air-freshener) and created this scrapbooking tribute to the pride of ownership!

Materials

  • Car scrapbook materialsVintage image (Free PDF download).
  • Scans or color photocopies: car keys on a ring and a car air freshener.
  • Background paper: plain 12" X 12" background paper; local road map, trimmed to 12" X 12".
  • Matting paper: red, black and yellow.
  • Embellishment: pink fake fur, 1" X 3".
  • Journaling pen.
  • Glue stick or other non-acid paper adhesive.
  • Decorative-edge scissors.
  • Small scissors, like manicure scissors.
  • Scissors or paper cutter.

Instructions

  1. Adhere road map to plain background paper.
  2. Adhere vintage image to black matting paper.  Trim the edges of the mat with decorative scissors.
  3. Adhere photos to red matting paper and trim to a 1/4" border, leaving 1 1/2" on one side for journaling.
  4. Cut out keys and air freshener as silhouettes with small scissors.
  5. Adhere silhouettes to yellow matting paper.
  6. Cut pink fake fur into the shape of a rabbit's foot key fob.  Glue it to the matted key ring photocopy.
  7. Trim the yellow and red mats leaving a 1/4" border.
  8. Journal the who, what, when, where, why on the photo borders.
  9. Arrange the matted images and photos on the map background, and glue them in place.

Tips

  • When cutting out silhouettes with fine detail, two techniques will help.  First, hold the scissors at a 45-degree angle toward the back of the paper to reduce the white edge that will show.  Second, move the paper as you cut, not the scissors.
  • Whatever you do, don't glue an actual air-freshener onto your page. You will regret it.
  • There are many different kinds of scrapbook covers and bindings, so you will need to adapt your page design.

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