The Vintage Scrapbook - nine creative
ideas for using vintage images in your scrapbooks
Scrapbooking is a way of life, and a way of preserving treasured
memories for your family and friends. There are many
excellent websites devoted to the craft of scrapbooking, and many more
books, so we
won't attempt a comprehensive instruction on the process. We
have a bias, you should note, for hand-making virtually everything.
Why buy stickers and pre-printed papers when you can
create your own?
Vintage images are
naturals for scrapbooking. They provide instant artwork to enhance your
photos and memorabilia. They capture a moment in time; the
of an occasion or
emotion. And they lend perspective; verifying that
things in life don't change over time.
There are many ways to use vintage images in your scrapbooks.
are nine ideas with sample pages, instructions and free image
the full image as a centerpiece.
A vintage image captures a moment in time, and a feeling.
A photo, postcard or advertisement can be
incorporated to set the theme of your scrapbook page. Our new car sample page
the day Paul bought his first car. The central
is a vintage photo of a young boy, circa 1900, proudly driving his toy
Lizzy." We also offer some ideas on incorporating other unusual
memorabilia into your page.
an image to be a background.
Many images lend themselves beautifully as backgrounds.
Choose a snow scene for a winter page. Create a
romantic setting with a Valentine image as the background. Display your
first Christmas photos on a background of Santa and children.
our example we used the timeless symbol of the stork to herald the
of Pamela Louise! Ribbon and button embellishments are the
finishing techniques here.
out "scraps" and use them as
Cutting out small illustrations and pasting them in books and
objects was a major pastime for Victorian women
- the pictures were called "scraps" and that's where we got the name
for scrapbooks. Many vintage postcard
scenes include comical figures, holiday symbols, good-luck
animals, and more. Resize and print them from your
and cut them out with manicure scissors.
Our sample page celebrates Roger's
victory using a scrap from a vintage football
postcard by F. Earl
Christy. Our "pigskin" background technique is one you'll
want to try.
or borders from
the images for pictures or text.
Many vintage postcards were designed with fanciful decorative
borders. Resize them on your computer, cut
out the center, and you have an ornate vintage frame for your photos or
text. As an example, a week's vacation
Anguilla gets a tropical scrapbook treatment with beautiful shell
design photo frames. This page also has some interesting
and material ideas (yes, that's sandpaper on the beach!).
vintage written sentiments as
an inspiration for your journaling.
Long before Hallmark,
postcard illustrators included sentimental verses and messages with
their pictures. You can use these verses as the start of your
personal journal of events. We found a lovely children's
greeting to set the mood for our scrapbook page for Ella's 1st birthday
party. Cake was a BIG issue! We also
offer you some
making a successful photo collage.
the colors from an image to set
the palette for your page.
This is perhaps the most useful role of vintage images in scrapbooking.
Choose an image that entrances you with colors, bright or subdued, or
even a strong black and white picture. Use those colors in
background, framing, borders and texts to create a harmonized,
coordinated presentation. Our example shows how powerful that
be. The Christmas
postcard is illustrated in
bold colors of
red and green, with metallic silver. Just by chance - Tim,
and Becky were wearing the same colors! Here, we also give
technique for making your own simple rubber stamp!
vintage images with paint, ink, rubber
stamps or other treatments.
"Altered art" is very hot these days. The concept is simple;
take a basic image and start adding mixed media techniques such
as painting, foiling, cutting, folding, rubber stamping, embellishing
with decorative objects, embossing, burning -whatever pops
your head. Altered images often take on a new meaning; comic,
ironic or nostalgic. We chose one of the most basic
altering techniques for our sample scrapbook page; hand-tinting a black
and white illustration. This wedding
page also features some
embellishment tips using paper lace and ribbon.
Let your photos
"interact" with the vintage images.
Okay, this is our favorite page.Three beach scenes
illustrate how Millie and Bea have shared a long friendship and a
of the ocean for over 40 years. The two bathing beauties in
the vintage postcard could have been them 100 years ago.
be. For this scrapbook page, we also show you ways
distinctive backgrounds that reflect your photos.
a collage of vintage images for visual impact. Clustering
"scrap" images can lend color and excitement, or a nostalgic aura, much
like wandering through a cluttered antique store. This page celebrates
Linus' first day of school,
and we love the lineup of Victorian school children across the bottom
of the slate-like page. The blackboard effect is easy with black paper
and a white paint pen!
These pages are designed for 12" X 12" books, but the ideas can be
adapted for any size pages. We recommend scanning or
original photos, both to protect the originals and to allow
cropping and resizing on your computer. Non-acidic papers and adhesives
will give your scrapbook a longer life.
you want to learn more about scrapbooking, either as a beginner or a
seasoned "scrapper," I want to recommend a leisurely visit to Everything About Scrapbooking.
Fiona has compiled a wonderful resource, with ideas for layouts and
design, tips and techniques, journaling, video tutorials and quite a
bit about digital scrapbooking. Visit her Contact Us page and let her
know you were there!