A couple of months ago, before heading back home for summer, I went on a miniature thrift adventure! My favorite find from that day was this old vintage encyclopedia printed back in the 50s! I love old hardcover books! I know a lot of people find it blasphemous to cut up and ruin an old book, but there's honestly so much more use in its pages! Though, had it not been an encyclopedia, I most likely would have read through the whole thing before snipping it up. So anyways, here's the first project I cooked up using these old pages: vintage postcards!
Here's what you'll need:
1. Cardstock! In any color you want. I stuck with a tan to go with the worn look of the pages.
2. A vintage book to cut up! Or any other magazine, newspaper, book with interesting images.
3. Glue or gluestick
4. A postcard to trace (optional). You can always simply cut out a rectangle within regulation size, I just wanted the rounded corners of the postcards I have.
First off, trace the postcard onto a piece of cardstock. Or if you're forgoing the postcard, simply cut out the shape you want. Then, rip out the desired page. Place your cutout cardstock over the photo/area you want, trace and cut!
If you're using a gluestick: apply liberally on the cardstock, place book page down, then using a pencil or pen, rub down across the entire card. This causes the glue to really mesh into the grain of the paper. It's an easy trick my art teacher taught me back in highschool to get the best hold out of your gluestick, which is a must if you're planning on mailing off the postcard. If instead you're opting for white liquid glue, do this to avoid wrinkles: apply just a bit of glue across cardstock. Then, using your finger or a paint brush, smear the glue out from the center to the edges. Once you've evenly spread the glue, place the page down, wrinkle-free!
These particular postcards were for my boyfriend, who's got a big interest in the WWII era. So I opted for photos of Eisenhower and the landing on Normandy. I'm planning on making a whole lot more of these later on, with all sorts of different photos! If you do make these, we'd love to see! :)