Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fun With Old Paper

I've been doing some collages in my gluebooks lately. The one above is in my tiny 2 1/2 by 4 inch Moleskin. The background is a real piece of newspaper from 1883. It was a scrap that fell out of another old magazine I have. Since it was already cut I didn't feel bad using it. The old stamp is also real but the other things are copies. The lady is from Steam Tea Travels and I forget where the other piece is from. Have you ever visited Steam Tea Travels? Very creative blog!

This one is in my larger Moleskin. I used a year book from 1936. I'm not thrilled with it because the shiny paper was hard to glue without having it ripple and I was too heavy handed with the distress ink on the side. I bought the yearbook at an estate sale and the National Honor Society membership card belongs to the lady that owned the book.

The background in this one is an actual drafting assignment done in 1915. The little square that says "Practice Sheet" is another assignment from 1917. I like to pick up these old things and put them to good use in something creative. 

I used some advertisements from an old McCall's magazine from the 1920s for this one. It has such pretty images in it!

It was fun playing with paper and glue again (and a little ink) so I'll have to keep it up. There is nothing more relaxing to me!

Have a great week!!


  1. Hi dear Susan, your gluebook collages are so beautifully made, love the newspaper background, fantastic with such an old piece, I also love the image from the old magazine.
    Hugs Anni

  2. Susan how great are your pages - love the pics from the old McCalls magazine! I have lots of stuff on my dining room table for gluebooks but just have not done much lately - your inspiring me to get out the glue (LOL)

  3. Although I have not worked on any pages for along time, I still follow your site and enjoy seeing your stuff. These pages are lovely and I adore the embrodiery and fabric work you showed too.

  4. Your pages are delightful - I especially love the first one, although all are wonderful. I love cutting and gluing, but haven't had much time lately. Looking forward to sitting down soon and getting back to it.

  5. Fab job! I love vintage paper and have quite a stash..I need to play!

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