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Scrapbook page fit for a Vintage Home

I have wanted to display some scrapbooked elements in my Tearooms for some time as I thought it would be nice to embellish the place with some hand made decoration.

The Beauty of China Cups - Page by SundayL

Obviously I want to stay within the theme of all things tea related and/orVictorian (as it has a Victorian Theme to the tearooms), and so I made this layout to reflect a bit of both.

I took the photograph the summer we opened (2010) of a tower of mixed teacups that we have here and have kept things very simple in design with the emphasis on the photo and the collection of embellishments to add colour and texture.

The patterned paper (from My Minds Eye) is ‘doing the rest of the work’ in the background.  The extended mat for the photograph has been distressed around the edges and lightly inked, a fave technique of mine and includes feint pictures of Victorian ladies to add to the vintage feel. That was from a 6×6″ collection pad called ’5th Avenue’ by Melissa Frances.

The title has been printed onto a piece of scrap coloured paper. Here is an article on how to do this at Triple The Scraps Blog.

Here is a closeup of the butterfly…

SundayL China Cups Page Butterfly closeup

You may notice that it’s glossy… yes I have had the Glossy Accents out!  I cut the butterfly from another piece of paper from the same collection as the background paper and covered most of it in Glossy Accents.  I only ‘striped’ the liquid on the wings from centre to outer edge to give some difference in texture, and I wasn’t sure if the fairly thin paper would take a complete covering of the stuff anyway!

Also the Gloss finish has deepened the colour of the butterfly, as it always does, so that’s a bonus.

You can just about see on the main picture, that on the bottom left of the embellishments I have included a teeny cup and saucer.  This I stamped onto shrink plastic and after heating has shrunk to a cute little embellishment.  I stamped quite a few of them actually and have added them to beads to make bag and phone charms which I sell here in the tearooms.  There is a little bit of Glossy Accents on those too, just to seal in and intensify the colour.

I’m currently in the process of  ’fiddling’ with a deep frame to put this layout into so that it can be hung on the wall.  I will tell you how I managed it using an ordinary frame (ie not one bought as a box frame thereby a lot cheaper, even more so if you buy a ‘seconds’ frame!).

FREE Download – Genuine Vintage Letter

I’ve had a request for some Vintage letters for use on cards and scrapbook pages!  I mentioned a while ago about some Very old Genuine letters my husband had in his possession. (click here for the article and video)

sundayl_vintage_script_let1Anyway Sue, from Canada, has asked if I could let her know where she can download any of the scans I made. 

Well, I did use one of the letters in my downloadable “Colourful Beauty” Collection of Printable Papers over on the ICanCraftNow.com website.

And two of the Subscriber Freebies were made from that collection of papers (June and July 2009).

However, as the Subscriber Freebie for the Aug/Sep 2010 Issue of my Newsletter, I have included a raw scan of one of the letters!  Subscribers can just print this out and use it as a background for a number of different projects!

So to take advantage… you need to subscribe!

Day 17 – folded layers Card

This is a sweet picture of a little girl, and one that I would think, would definitely appeal to Grannies everywhere!  Ooh, is that being ageist?

Anyway, I used a whole 6×6 piece here and border punched opposite sides and then put in graduated folds for interest.  I suppose I got the idea so that it was a little like folded material (as that’s what the pattern is on the paper, I believe.) 

Folded Layers card by SundayL

So here are some close ups, to give you a better idea of what I am taking about.  Do remember that all these cards are quite simple really! Click on the images to enlarge.

Folded Layers card by SundayL (detail)

Folded Layers card by SundayL (more detail)

Day 16 – Blue and the Big hat again

Simple, but made much more effective by the layering of a couple of contrasting layers of border-punched patterned papers.

Blue Vintage card By SundayL

Day 15 – Using up the left overs for Vintage Cards

I realise I said I would put these up “tomorrow” and it’s a bit later than that, but se la vie!  I only have so much energy!

So here are the two cards I made using the left overs from the cards in the previous post!

Using Leftovers - Vintage Cards by SundayL

Day 14 – 2 for the Price of 1

My original idea was to create a load of cards for sale in the Tearooms, and to make a number the same so that I could make cards quicker.  Well it didn’t really work because the papers I had bought only had one page of each design!  Plus I was trying to use up scraps, so I was making each card differently – which as you probably know takes up time.

Anyway, I did manage to make two identical cards by using 2 pieces of 8×8″ paper on small card bases. 

Tomorrow I’ll show you the other two I made from the left overs of these two!  Talk about frugal!

Vintage Style Cards by SundayL 22 Aug

Day 13 – Lady with a Big Hat!

This is just a small card – 4×4″, or a little over, I used all three Martha Stewart punches I bought as a set from QVC recently, on this one!

The Belly-band punch in the darker blue, the border punch in the middle at the top and the corner punch.  I particularly like the way you can punch the corner nearest the fold too.

Vintage Style Card by SundayL 20 Aug

Day 12 – Sepia Tone Card

The image for this card was fairly brown (ie, sepia as opposed to black and white) so I went with the colour theme on the background colour and the embellishments.

Another lesson in layering there… a bit of lace gathered into a flower with a flower on top (white one coloured with an ink pad) and then a couple of buttons on top.

I’m often asked what I use as an adhesive in this situation and I use silicone.

Vintage Style Card by SundayL 20 Aug

Day 11 – One more for the Road

So this image is the same as the last couple of cards, but I want to show you how the same picture can be used in many different ways, even more so when it is a black and white picture.

I have printed this image slightly smaller to fit this size card, which is only about 4 inches square, but with the darker background colour and blues used, the whole feel of the card is different to those that have gone before.

Vintage Style Card by SundayL 19 Aug

Day 10 – Same again, but different

Ok, so this is the same image as yesterday’s card, but look at the difference in treatment and colours!  Agais a single piece of patterned paper wrapped around the card front and a little matting and embellishing.

Vintage Style Card by SundayL 18 Aug