Gluebook — Orient Express

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The next installment of the gluebook swap I was working on was a trip on the Orient Express! This theme was a bit of a challenge, as I did not find many vintage images via my internet searches that were specifically of the Orient Express. I used several images from Deviant Scrap, as well as the Orient Express poster and trunk I found on the internet.

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April in Paris — Gluebook Pages

Oh my poor neglected blog!! I have been busy, but too busy, it seems, to post the projects I have been making. I was chosen to be on the Clean and Simple design team at Splitcoaststampers (SCS) for the past 3 months, so most of my paper creating was done as cards. I also made 100 inchies for a swap at SCS, but I’ll save those pictures for another day.

I am currently participating in a Gluebook swap where we make postcard-size collages with minimal embellishments (the idea being to make the cards into a book when we are finished). The on-going theme is a honeymoon trip around the world with the first stop in Paris. Perfect for spring!

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This theme gave me a good excuse to go shopping at FrenchKissed for some new digital images. Both of the backgrounds (front and back) are postcards from Tricia’s shop, and the beautiful woman is a third image I purchased there. The French receipt is from Digital Collage Sheets and the flowers are some German scrap I had in the house. I also digitally added a couple images from Deviant Scrap: the flower branch to the front and back, and the grey wallpaper design to the back of the card. Next month we travel on the Orient Express….. I wonder what I will come up with for that? Thanks for looking!

June Bride

June — “Here Comes the Bride”

The June gluebook page for the BlissfulART swap group was “Here Comes the Bride”. I knew I wanted to use an image of Elizabeth Taylor from the movie “Father of the Bride”. I found this image on the internet and added a vintage bouquet (The Graphics Fairy). The sentiment is actually something Spencer Tracey said in the movie, which just happened to be on TV before I completed this page (and that’s the only reason I knew to add it). I love the remake version of this movie even more. I think I can relate to a more modern Steve Martin as the bride’s father, since I have two teenage girls of my own!

Vintage Gluebook Pages

April — “Springtime”

I recently made a couple of vintage gluebook pages for a monthly swap with a Yahoo group. These pages are 4 by 6 inches, and they are meant to be bound along the left side (which is why that side of the page is free of embellishments, more or less). The theme for April was springtime, so I used this adorable image from FrenchKissed and pretended I was making a vintage scrapbook page. I added a few more ephemera images and an appropriate quote. The background is actually an old ledger page that I’ve had in my stash forever. Finally, I found a use for this paper — isn’t the handwriting beautiful?

May — Shades of Blue

The page I made for May also uses a FrenchKissed image, this one in beautiful blue tones. I made a small envelope out of vellum and put a paper flower in it to appear as if the flower was “pressed” for preservation. The embossed violet on the envelope is from a small area of an older stamp by Stampa Rosa (had to have this stamp and am just now using it for the first time). The fake (and hence, flat) button at the top is an image from Deviant Scrap that has glossy accents and blue glitter spread in the center. It’s fun to imagine what a scrapbook from yesteryear would be like!

Big Blue Bird

There is a color swap every month at the Vintage Photo Image ATCs Yahoo group. The format varies, and for February we swapped postcards that were predominantly blue. This is the postcard I made using digital images from Deviant Scrap (Tumblefish Studios). The design is mostly digital, but I did add a little cut&paste to get the arms to wrap around the bird. The clouds were die cut (Papertrey Ink) and glued on, too. I can certainly get carried away playing with these great digital images. It’s so nice to be able to resize the pieces before I print them out!!

French Postcards

If you love vintage French postcards, please stop by the FrenchKissed blog this month where the fabulous (and very generous) Trishia is posting a new scan every day that you can save and use in your art. I have purchased several of her postcard scans through Etsy and Zibbet, and they are of the highest quality, not to mention beautiful! This beachy ATC uses one of her adorable images. Just click on the button I have in the sidebar and it will direct you to the FrenchKissed blog. Enjoy!

Vintage Witch

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I just finished this postcard using stamps from the Artistic Outpost Halloween set. There are so many great vintage images, it was hard to know which (witch?) one to start with! The postcard was stamped using StazOn and colored using my Stampin’ Up watercolor crayons. The grass stamp is by All Night Media, and the paper is by Carolee’s and Coredinations. Also used: Nestabilities, Martha Stewart bat punch, black waxy flax, and buttons from my stash.