On the cover
e-Magazines - Issue 18 (Jan 2009) (Public)
Thursday, 01 January 2009 22:00

Vintage imagery are all the rage today. We find ourselves longing for the romance and beauty that these beautiful and sometimes quirky images portray and bring into our hectic modern lives. For this issue we downloaded this image. Download your own free images and create beautiful pages of times gone by today.

imagine e-Magazine Issue 18 (January 2009) Cover
imagine e-Magazine Issue 18 (January 2009) Cover (Styled Photo)

Souvenir by Jowilna Nolte
Vintage photo image by www.scrapologie.com. Flower by Petaloo. Flower brad by Chatterbox. Journaling strip by K&Co. Glitter by The Glitter Factory. Gesso by Winsor & Newton. Other: Book paper, sheet music, pattern sheet, chipboard stars, diamantes & vintage buttons.

Souvenir by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 1)
Souvenir by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 2)

Re-purpose old pattern sheets
The perfect accessory for a vintage look is old clothing pattern sheets. The colour and texture will compliment all those beautiful vintage photos, postcards and letters that you may have collected over the years. For this piece the pattern sheet was used to create a beautiful dimensional paper ruffle. I roughly cut a strip the width I wanted, added a strip of double sided tape to the back of my photo and then created the ruffle directly onto the double sided tape. Simply trim off any unwanted edges afterwards.

Souvenir by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 3)
Souvenir by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 4)

Combine old and new together
A popular look in scrapbooking that comes directly from the world of decorating is combining old and new products together for a fresh look. The old vintage photos, music paper, book paper and glitter compliments the silk flowers and metal floral brads perfectly. There is always the option of aging your products using paint, walnut ink, rust, sanding and inking to create a vintage look throughout. Distressing techniques are great ways of making your new stash look old.

Souvenir by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 5)
Souvenir by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 6)

Use ready made products
To save some time on this project I opted for journaling strips that has been in my stash for a few years now. My first instinct was to stamp a beautiful title or cut some words from an old book, but as part of my new year's resolution of "use what you have", I grabbed these instead. It ended up working out perfectly. The lesson here is to use embellishments that are already in your stash instead of always buying something new. Using ones that are ready made can also save a lot of time and effort.

Souvenir by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 7)
Souvenir by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 8)

Make your own and alter it
Make your own background for projects instead of using patterned paper. A firm favourite of mine is recycling old news papers, yellow pages and damaged books that I buy from the local Hospice. Not only am I giving something back to the community, but I am creating something new and meaningful in my own life and in the lives of those that I love. By using old paper and a light colour wash of acrylic paint you can easily create a beautiful background to suit any look.

Souvenir by Jowilna Nolte (Close-up 9)

How to create seamless joints
When you are working with different papers such as newspaper, cardstock, maps, yellow pages and sheet music on a collage, you can create a seamless join between all the different paper types using Gesso. Tear all the different papers into strips and adhere them to a piece of cardstock using a glue stick. Once the glue is dry paint a thin layer of Gesso over the entire surface paying special attention to where the paper overlaps. Make sure that you fill in the areas around the overlaps thoroughly. Leave the Gesso to dry and your surface is now ready to be stamped on or painted without any bumps in it.

This article is an online reproduction of page 6-11 of imagine e-magazine issue 18 (January 2009) as released by Studio J Media. The original magazine can be ordered on digital compact disc directly from them on their website. Information shared in this article is deemed correct at the time the original magazine was released and may have become outdated or products referred to unavailable. For the sake of reference the publish date of this online article on our site is the date the original publication was released and times are for internal sorting purposes only.