Thursday, October 22, 2009

Use old books,maps etc as patterned paper

(This is the last post about that card I made.)

Usually I'm drawn to bright and vivid colors when I scrap, but once in a blue moon I like to use more "earthy" tones.

It looks so cool to use papers like this for embellishments or just as a patterned paper.

Some manufacturers make paper like that, but you can also make it yourself.

You can use:
  • books
  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • music notes
  • dictionaries
  • maps
The possibilities are endless!
EBAY is a perfect place to find all these.
I won a bid on an old book from 1940. I think I paid 49 cents for it+ shipping. I never got it though, because this was when we were moving and I had no address in Japan yet, so I just put my old address down. DUH! It never got forwarded here. Not a big deal. I'll try again. I think I want something in French this time. Everything sounds so much better in French, don't you think?
Yard sales and dusty attics can also be a perfect spot to find old books and dictionaries.
Just remember if you DO use something like that, you will need to spray it with anti-acid spray before putting it on a layout or card.

Here's some pretty flowers that I bought. Two are from Prima and the other one I forgot.

Here's some I made with patterned paper looking like maps and books. Strip flower,lollipop flower and fan fold flowers all work good for this.

If you don't feel like looking around for old books with pages that turned yellow, you can just take any book or today's newspaper and print it on yellow paper. Or you can scan your book or whatever and change the colors with a photo editing software.
I think I'm gonna try to make a cardstock rose with newspaper.I'll let you know how it goes.
For the flower center on the card above,I used twine, I think it's called,

and just rolled it up on a small circle of cardstock. Use fast drying glue.

That's it for this time.
Have a great weekend folks. I'm going to a all-day-crop tomorrow. I can't wait!

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pdrnc said...

What a great idea. I'll have to try it. Have a great time at your crop.

Darien said...

Really A great IDEA!!!! Thanks!

Lovin' Life said...

Thanks Helen!! Have fun at your crop this weekend!!!

mustangkayla said...

I just love those flowers! I went to tons of garage sales this summer and never once thought of getting an old book! Man....I hope you enjoy yoru crop!

KellyG said...

Enjoy your crop! Love those flowers you made, they are just as good, if not better, than the ones you bought! Thanks for the ideas!

Mali Pering said...

WOW! Really a great idea! WOW!. Beautyful! Hugs, Mali

Lindsey said...

Wow, I love it!!! I had no idea you could buy stuff to make things acid free- I'm heading out the door to go buy it NOW!!!!!! :o)

Tammy said...

Your flowers are gorgeous. What a great idea.

Calia Yang said...

Congrats on making the LCOM Sketch team!! lookin' forward to work with you!! Your work is just AMAZING!

Guylaine said...

Congrats on making the LCOM Sketch team! you have amazing work!

Tara said...

This is awesome. I am a huge fan and I am honored to be working with you at LCOM!!

LynneForsythe said...

Helen........I LUV THESE FLOWERS!!! Congrats on the LCOM DT...look forward to working with you!!!

Laurence said...

rats for making the DT, it's the first time I see your blog but I love what I see, the flowers are great.

Laurence said...

Oh, BTW, I have a few old books from the flee marcket, in French (I'm French) with vintage illutrations (gravures), if you contact me I would be happy to scan a few pages, if you like them I'll mail some to you, if your problem with your address is fixed.

Flowers said...

I love these flowers. They look awesome. Thanks for sharing the idea, I will put it to test.

Jacquelinemf said...

This are beautiful. I Made Cardstock roses with newspaper and they came out beautiful. I used black chalk on the edges but they looked great. Newspapers, old books, and magazines are definately great tools to use for inspirtation!!

Nina said...

so wonderful Helen!!! thanks!!