Vintage Findings Day 2
Vintage Findings Day 4 and a Challenge...

Vintage Findings Day 3...

Are we having fun yet?  I don't know about you, but I sure am!!  It feels like I've been collecting and hoarding vintage goodies for so long without having time to really play with them.  This week's series has given me the excuse to take the time to really dig into them! 

Today I have some projects that feature vintage paper goods.  I have a pretty large stash of things to keep me entertained...old magazines, books, sewing patterns, notepads, vintage stationery, and children's books.  I keep my eyes out for these things whenever I stop in the thrift stores, garage sales, antique stores, or auctions.  It's surprising what you can find...and many times at great prices! 

My first card today features an adorable image from a children's art book.  I LOVE this silhouette image...this look is SO popular right now and I was thrilled to find a vintage book that had several images like this!  That's the fun part about shopping for vintage goodies...the thrill of flipping through a book to find treasures like these! 


I also used some old pattern tissue to create a handmade flower.  I love the way these turn out...and they are SO easy!  I used the Beautiful Blooms II #2 dies in all three sizes.  I ran them all through my Cuttlebug at once, cutting through several layers of tissue.  I then stacked them all, spritzed them with a bit of Bubblegum Glimmer Mist, then dried them with my heat gun, fluffing the petals with my fingertips as it dried.  They almost look like fresh-picked cabbage roses!


Next, I dug into my stash of old magazines.  These are filled with neat ads and illustrations.  Some of them are great just for the entertainment value!  I came across one that I just had to scan and share with you...OMGoodness...something about this just doesn't seem like a good idea....


Anyway :-) ...while the pages of these old magazines are fun and interesting, they can sometimes be challenging to use in your papercrafting.  Sometimes using the ad in its entirety can be a bit intimidating.  So how about breaking them down and using bits and pieces to make unique embellishments?  I used the circle from my new Papertrey Limitless Layers die set to create some chipboard buttons which feature just bits and pieces of the artwork from these old magazines.  Now they will be easy to incorporate into my projects!


The idea of diecutting the images started me thinking of them in a whole new way!  Here is a card I created using the santa button...I was going for a 50's holiday vibe.  This image came from a December issue of Parent's Magazine, dated 1948.  This was an ad for Roadmaster bikes...the bicycle button above was cut from the same ad.


When you're flipping through old magazines, also keep an eye out for article titles and headings to use as sentiments on your cards.  The sentiment for this card was the title of an article from the same issue of Parents' Magazine.

I layered my chipboard button over some new Girls' Paperie and Basic Grey paper, a chipboard snowflake, vintage button and mica flakes.  Isn't it funny how these old pieces fit just perfectly with my favorite NEW paper goodies?  I just love's like the best of both worlds!


Well, I hope you've been having as much fun this week as I have!  I hope to return on Monday with Day 4 of my Vintage Findings series.  I'm toying with the idea of making it a weekly feature...what do you think of that?  I thought it might be fun to have Vintage Findings Fridays or something...tell me your thoughts! 

See you Monday!

P.S.  Did you see that Paper Crafts has a new call for submissions?  They're looking for projects for the upcoming June/July 2011 issue.  All of the details can be found HERE!  Check it out!