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Vintage Travel Embellishments

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vintage-travel-paperpackAh, is there anything more fun than a little pocket of vintage travel tidbits? This hand-crafted pouch holds lots of great vintage, travel-themed ephemera-perfect for all sorts of projects!

vintage-travel-paperpack2Each 6×6″ stitched pocket holds travel die cuts, vintage postage stamps, vintage game piece coins, vintage book paper, a vintage game card, a vintage projector wheel, vintage tickets, a vintage-inspired key and a vintage slide holder. So much potential!

vintage-travel-paperpack-3vintage-travel-paperpack-4And, the envelope itself? When empty, punch holes or spirals along one side and insert into a journal for a pocket page. These Vintage Embellishment Paper Packs are now available in the Etsy store. You can find them HERE.

vintage-travel-paperpack-5But, what to make with them??? There are so many ways to use these embellishments to accent a project, but here are a few additional ideas:

vintage-travel-pack-embellishmentPunch a circle from a scrap piece of ephemera, and adhere to the center of the film wheel. A stamp or clock face embellishment adds a nice touch!


Or, make a flip book out of ephemera, and a vintage game card. Simply punch a hole in the top corner and add a brad to make the booklet fold open.

vintage-travel-embellishmentAnother quick idea is to stitch a piece of clear acrylic to the front of a vintage playing card, to create a pocket. A key, vintage ticket and a vintage postage stamp slide in perfectly!

vintage-travel-embellishmentsI hope you’re having a great week! Its so hard to believe that summer is halfway over and the kids will be back in school next month!

Happy Creating!


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Vintage Functional Embellishment Frames

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frames1Happy weekend!

We’re expecting a pretty one here in Colorado. Hopefully, so I can finish up some gardening!

In home decor, I’m sure you’ve noticed how chalkboards and corkboards are being framed in pretty frames. I got to thinking, why not shrink this down a bit, and make functional embellishment frames? And, in vintage style!


Any chipboard frame will work. I took this one shaped like a postage stamp and painted it with acrylic paint. Once dry, I simply adhered it to a piece of black cardstock. To get the chalkboard “effect,” I scribbled with chalk and smeared it around a bit. For more control, and a finer tip, I actually wrote on the “chalkboard” with a white colored pencil.


I turned this one into a pin cushion! To do this, I cut circles out of cardboard and fabric-a slightly smaller size than the chipboard frame. I then sandwiched stuffing in between the fabric and cardboard and wrapped the fabric tight around the cardboard, and adhered it. I then glued the chipboard frame over the top. A decorative pin holds this butterfly in place.


Similar to the framed chalkboard, these chipboard pieces frame a 1/4″ piece of corkboard. This corkboard is thick enough to actually support a tack, and cute tags. 🙂


And, another chalkboard. Chalkboards and functional, vintage style frames make me happy! How about you??? I can think of many possibilities for these embellishments-suspended from the neck of a jar, cute To/From tags on a gift, and of course, scrapbooking and paper crafting.

frames6Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and find time to get crafty!

Happy Creating,


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Create Vintage Crepe Fringe

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vintage-fringed-crepeGood morning!

So, I’ve been on a kick of sharing embellishment ideas. Its always inspiring to see a “complete” project, but its equally as interesting to me to focus on the details. Probably because its those details that make all the difference in a project.


Today, I want to share a very simple and very vintage embellishment that will work in both paper-crafting, general crafts, home decor and gift-wrapping/party decor-fringed crepe trim.

Any roll of crepe party streamers will work for this project, but if you want a really vintage “feel,” use vintage crepe streamers. The rolls I used for this trim are about 20 years old at least, and have a really nice aged quality. The colors are a little less vibrant and the crepe itself is softer. You really can notice a difference.

To begin, I cut four, 1-yard length ivory crepe strips and one 1-yard length of aqua, which I sandwiched between the ivory crepe.


Second, once the crepe strips were stacked, I stitched a straight stitch down the center.

With a small pair of sharp scissors, I then cut slits on each side of the of the running stitch, to create the fringe.


Finally, I gathered the fringe by pulling on one of the threads, then scrunched the fringe. Since I gathered the fringe, I lost some of the original one-yard length. The finished, fringed crepe is about 26 inches. Of course, you can adjust how gathered you want your fringe to be, or, adjust the original cut length.

I wrapped this fringe around a simply decorated card, and pinned it with a straight pin to keep it all together. “Packaging” it this way, would also make this fringe a great gift to share with a crafty friend.


Vintage crepe fringe would look cute on a card or altered item. Or, would look great for holiday or party decor, such as the trim on this simple peat pot basket. And, its just an added bonus that its so easy to make!

Happy Creating!
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