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Vintage Art for Scrapbooks

Updated on August 29, 2016
Picture of my dashing Grandpa Anderson when he attended university.
Picture of my dashing Grandpa Anderson when he attended university.

True Vintage art usually hails from the 1800s or early 1900s. Vintage art can also be created today with special filters on cameras, film, or software.

I am fortunate to have received several digital files of my grandparents photos which include my great grandparents, cousins, homes, farms, etc. I value these, and I would feel a great loss if I didn't have them. It is fun to see how my ancestors lived and how they dressed in days gone by.

You can use vintage art to create invitations, digital scrapbooks and movies. The first thing you need to do is to scan old photos or take a picture of them. There are also several online blogs where you can download vintage art to spruce up your creations for free or for a small charge. Make sure you check if they are copyrighted before you use them.

I made this vintage invitation to my father's 80th birthday celebration.
I made this vintage invitation to my father's 80th birthday celebration.
This is a picture of my late grandmother in her art class at university. (circa 1920)
This is a picture of my late grandmother in her art class at university. (circa 1920)


For my father's 80th birthday, I looked through the vintage photos that I had and chose my favorite. I used Adobe Photoshop to import them, remove any scratches or cracks, and then added the text.

Photoshop is great because it uses different layers, and you can work on the different images before merging them together. You can also use Photoshop Elements or similar software.

If you do not have Photoshop, you also make an invitation by hand, by making copies of the photos, and then putting them together to make a collage, similar to scrapbooking. Then you could either scan it or take a picture of the final product before sending it as a digital file.


My stylish Grandmother Anderson and a friend in their fur coats around 1920.
My stylish Grandmother Anderson and a friend in their fur coats around 1920.
My grandmother with her horse.
My grandmother with her horse.


Another thing I use a lot in my creations are Photoshop textures and brushes. If you are a graphic art designer, you may want to check out some of these sites:

http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=high+resolution+vintage+brushes

http://sixrevisions.com/resources/20-beautiful-vintage-photoshop-brush-sets/

http://naldzgraphics.net/freebies/50-free-vintage-photoshop-brush-sets-to-download/

http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/vintageresources.html

Just copy and paste the address into your browser.



I also made a movie with many of the vintage pictures. We played it for guests who came to my father's birthday celebration. It showed pictures from when he was a baby all the way up to the modern day. We had several comments of a appreciation for the movie. It was made on my Apple computer on iMovie software.

Free Vintage Fonts

Another thing I use a lot are vintage fonts. They complete the look of the vintage creations, whether it is an invitation, scrapbook, movie or other project. Here are some links where you can find them:

http://www.fontspace.com/category/vintage

http://www.noupe.com/fonts/45-outstanding-free-vintage-fonts.html

http://bluefaqs.com/2010/05/40-free-retro-and-vintage-fonts/

http://www.addictivefonts.com/fancy/retro/vintage-retro-fonts-free/


Vintage Mini Scrapbook - Great gift idea!

One of my favorite vintage photos of my grandparents around 1920.
One of my favorite vintage photos of my grandparents around 1920.

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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you enjoyed it prasetio30. Thank you for your thoughts on vintage art.

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    prasetio30 

    7 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Good information. I love something vintage and I find this through your hub. Thanks for writing this. You have valuable information. Take care!

    Prasetio

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    Elayne 

    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    So glad you liked it RunAbstract. Thanks for your comments.

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    RunAbstract 

    7 years ago from USA

    Such a wonderful idea! I love this concept!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Elayne 

    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you like the vintage art LianaK. They are fun to create with and bring lots of joy to me and those who view them.

    Thanks dsmythe for your comments. Glad you like them also.

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    dsmythe 

    7 years ago

    I love vintage photos. Thanks for posting this :)

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    LianaK 

    7 years ago

    Love your vintage photos. Great hub and way to preserve precious memories and stories of our ancestors. Wonderful job!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I am glad that you felt inspired after reading my hub L.L. Woodard. That is thanks enough for me. Hope you have fun with your projects.

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    L.L. Woodard 

    7 years ago from Oklahoma City

    This gives me some creative ideas for the old family photos. No sense just letting them set in boxes. They should be enjoyed.

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    Elayne 

    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    That would be awesome Song-Bird. Try to surprise them with one of your creations. Thanks for your comments.

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    Renee Hanlon 

    7 years ago from Michigan

    You have some great tips here. I'm going to see if I can get some of my parents old photos and play around with them.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I feel appreciated Hello, hello, Thanks for stopping by to check out my vintage art blog.

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    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    A very good advice and great idea.

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    Elayne 

    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    So glad you liked it floating mind. Have a fun time preparing for your mother's birthday. Thanks for commenting.

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    floating mind 

    7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

    Thanks for this very useful hub. My mother has a birthday in a few months, and she really loves old photos of friends and family. She is going to get a blast out of this.

    Again, thanks.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Hope you get time Chin chin. Memories! Thanks for commenting.

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    Chin chin 

    7 years ago from Philippines

    I think I would also dig up my parents' and grandparents' old photos when I have the time. You are right that they are very valuable for the memories they hold. Great hub.

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    Elayne 

    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    You are welcome Be-Inspired. Glad you can use them. Enjoy!

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    Be-Inspired 

    7 years ago

    Thanks for a very interesting hub, and some great links to free vintage Photoshop brushes and fonts.

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    Elayne 

    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Our memories and ancestors are worth our time. I am glad you agree with me dtchosen. Thanks for your comments.

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    dtchosen 

    7 years ago from Dumaguete City, Philippines

    This is a good way to preserve the memories of people we love. Nice hub..

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