Vintage Evelopes

If you have some old sentimental envelopes or postcards, if you find some in your attic or local antique store, or if you just want to download these, you can get creative with real ephemera!

I began by cleaning up the personal information, but you can leave in as much as you want.

Tips

  • Scan in old envelopes
  • Use graphics program to remove address or other unwanted elements
  • Print with space around the envelope
  • Cut out a generic envelope template shape around the image
  • Add a paint or ink mask over any elements you did not digitally remove that you want removed
  • Add stamps, paint, transfers, and other fun embellishments to the outside
  • If you do not have your own vintage mail, you can download and use the free templates below!
Envelope Template 1
Envelope Template 2
Envelope Template 3
Envelope Template 4
Envelope Template 5

The Home Book

I was lucky and got this wonderful vintage book. Because I wanted to use it and share it, and also keep it I decided to digitize the entire thing!

I added a few sample pages to our Freebies page. If you already have access to our digital library. we added a few additional pages there as well.

For the entire digitized book (700+ pages total!) we have them available on USB flash drives. Each page has been scanned in with high resolution (600 DPI) and available as a single jpg file on the drive.

Entire digitized The Home Book

This book is full of so many fun pages! Drawings and art, stories, information, activities, music, maps, Bible stories, knowledge and so very much!

Whether you want to use an entire page for a scrapbooking project, print and bind the book for yourself or a gift, or use the neat artwork in frames- the possibilities are endless.

Freebies and Downloads page
Digital Library access

Revamped Dollar Tree Board

Look at these boards I found at the Dollar Tree! I thought I could do something else with them. I really like the industrial look. It is simple, black and white with just enough aged look. I used my old dictionary papers and some fun IOD transfers to make these simple boards. You could use your favorite decoupage papers, transfers, stamps, paints, stencils or whatever you like depending on the look you are going for! But for $1.25 you can’t go wrong with this fun work surface!

Tips

  • Don’t forget to sand off the glitter before decoupaging!
  • Water down paint if you want to add a wash
  • Try using colorful transfers that pop against your dictionary paper
  • Try using heat embossing for stamps to add dimension
  • Try using decoupage paper for your background (paint the board a solid color first)
  • Try to frame the board by masking off an edge and painting
  • Add sari silk, ribbon, or jute to the top of the board to hang or embellish

Products I used

Dictionary Pages
Block Type Stamp
Entomology Transfer
Explorations Transfer

Ornate Shadow Box Frames

I used my new metal trim to make these ornate frames. I took some of my Roycycled decoupage paper and made a little piece of art to place in the frame.

Products I used

Wood Blanks
Roycycled Dress Form Projects Blocks
Metal Trim
DIY Paints
  • Use any wood frame of shadow box you have
  • Get a decorative metal trim you can easily cut and maneuver
  • Line metal up on the edge of the wood to give you more dimension and size
  • Use a staple gun, finishing nail gun, or heavy duty adhesive
  • Try using different colors of paint or just use a metallic patina
  • Use DIY paint for the wipe-back method for fun contrast and detail
  • Fill with your favorite art, or make something fun!

Curious Little Pumpkin

I have these cute little paper/plant-based pumpkins in a natural color that are really fun just as-is, but I had other ideas for them.

I painted them orange, sealed them and did a dark wipe-back with my DIY paint. I also used these little wood stands I have to display them. But you could do so many things! They are sturdy, yet can be poked into for embellishing or displaying.

Products I used

Pumpkins
DIY Paint & Gold Wax
Metal Trim for Crown
Frog Clips
Use as a place holder or item label.

Project Video

Easy Metal Crown

I got this new metal trim and found this quick and easy way to make crowns! I used a 2 inch thick metal trim. I cut about 16 inches length (go longer or shorter depending on the size you want). I used wire to hold it together. You could be done there! But I wanted mine to be really fun, so I finished it with my DIY paints and Golden Ticket, sealing it with a heavy topcoat.

Products Used

Steps

  • Cut length of trim a little long for overlap
  • Trim ends so they are not sharp
  • Line up end of pattern
  • Find openings in the pattern to wrap wire through
  • Twist wire tightly in the back, trim and press flat
  • Chose base color, paint
  • Seal well with heavy topcoat (I use poly acrylic)
  • Cover with accent color for detail (Use DIY paint for easy wipe-back)
  • Wipe the dry accent color back, leaving it in the detail crevasses
  • Seal again to keep paint protected
  • Finish with a metallic wax

Fox in a Field

I had fun creating this project. The video is part tutorial, and part creative process. Use whatever media you have to fill in your watercolor vine frame!

Products I used

Whispering Willows Transfer
Junk Journal Project Blocks Paper

Project Tips

  • Spray seal the water color to set the pigment in place.
  • Use a heavier brush seal prior to transferring for better adhesion
  • Use up scraps and a variety of mediums to create a fun collage
  • Use different leaf shapes for fall! Or add flowers to your vine.

If you are interested in learning more about water color, visit Lexi Grenzer, and take one of her courses!

Fox in a Field Video

Fall Freebies

We added some more fall freebie downloads onto our Downloads & Freebies page.

Download and use these fun images on your fall projects. Most of them are FREE!

Fun Embellishments

A little artist fun! I love these paintbrush embellishments because I am an artist and I can add them to so many things. I also like that I can customize the paint color and style. Even if you do not use paintbrush embellishments, you can use the same concept on any clay or resin pieces to show the texture in the piece.

DIY Paint

Plain Resin Paintbrush Pieces coming soon!

Christmas Label Ideas

Download the free Christmas Tags to use as-is, or crop, change the size, and use on your next Christmas project.

Christmas Label sheet
IOD Vintage Textures Stamp

How to use Free Label download

  • Download file
  • Open in your favorite graphic editing tool
  • Crop, resize, or print as-is
  • Print on different papers or label backings (or print on fabric!)
  • Decoupage, sew, or adhere
  • Distress, seal, or simply stick to an item