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Creating Greeting Cards With Vintage Books

Vintage Paper and Books

I have always loved paper and paper crafts. For me, that usually involves scrapbooking. When my sister and I are on one of our vintage treasure hunts, we come across lots of old books. While I love most old books, I am always drawn to old children’s books…it’s probably the teacher in me. Anyway, I would like to share with you a super easy way to create simple greeting cards by using the illustrations from vintage books!

Where to Find Vintage Books

For my purposes I use only old books that are so well loved that they are almost unreadable. You could also use books that you currently have and love and make color copies of the illustrations that you would like to use. This can best be achieved if you have a good color printer.

I currently have PILES of vintage children’s books, especially the wonderful, old, iconic Little Golden Books. Luckily, I don’t have to go searching for them. If you need some vintage books, they can be found at garage sales, thrift stores, flea markets, and even online. It is a rare estate or garage sale that does not have a selection of books.

Supply Ideas

  1. A GOOD pair of scissors designed for cutting around intricate designs. I use these. I have had them for years, and they are amazing!

  2. Blank pre-folded cards with envelopes in whatever size you prefer

  3. Vintage books with illustrations that you love

  4. Adhesives (My favorite is here, but there are TONS of good options that are more affordable).

  5. Decorative papers (scrapbooking paper, mulberry paper, tissue paper, whatever you prefer)

  6. Embellishments (Buttons, paper flowers, stickers, washi tape, etc)

There is one really cool discovery that I made recently that I would like to share. It’s called a Xyron Creative Station Lite. Basically, if you’re a paper crafter it’s pretty nifty! It will create stickers and laminate, and it’s fairly inexpensive. They also make another slightly more expensive version that you can check out here.

In case you’re wondering…No. I am not receiving any kickbacks from Amazon, but if you ask anyone who knows me, I do LOVE Amazon!

Now What?

I’m not about to pretend to be any kind of a super crafter, so at this point, I will just say… go for it! Basically, you just start arranging your illustrations with any decorative papers and/or other embellishments that you choose until you like the way that it looks. Then you adhere it all to the card. Done!

Also, if you’re anything like me, you probably like photos! I have included photos of what I’ve created so far below. The only thing that is somewhat time consuming is cutting out the illustrations. I’m one of those odd people who actually likes to cut things out (Again… probably the teacher in me.) Everything else is really simple and open to your creativity!

Things to Consider

While the idea here is to create greeting cards with vintage books, you certainly shouldn’t feel limited to that! Any interesting illustrations from any source will do! Also, I just happen to love children’s book illustrations, but don’t limit yourself there, either. You might be a fan of florals, animals, or who knows what?

If you have any great ideas for me, or if you end up trying it out, I would love to see what you made or hear your ideas! Be sure and comment below! Thanks for reading!


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