Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Vintage Valentines

Happy Thursday, blogging friends. Hope everyone is doing well and staying warm.
Here's my monthly spread in my faux travel notebook journal. I decided to document what was a favorite childhood memory for my parents, which when explained to me made me delight in them. I think Vintage Valentines were my gateway drug to my developing like of vintage style. I don't have any one particular style (I say I'm eclectic), but I have made art in a vintage style for many years now, enough to feel pretty comfortable with it and to also collect many vintage stamps and images. So, I'm happy to claim it as a favorite style of mine. Plus, it complements my love of history, especially cultural history (how folks lived).
For my layout design, I used the current sketch at TN Time with Lisa and Lori.
I have a Valentine's Day paper stash drawer, so I pulled out some rocket red copy paper and a sheet of Jenni Bowlin designer paper for my background. I used a Martha Stewart XOXO border punch along the left side. I used a scallop dot border punch on the blue paper scrap. I fussy cut the girl and the bird house from Gecko Galz' Valentine Wishes collage sheet. The bingo card may be Gecko Galz as well. I found it in my drawer already cut out and I ink-distressed it with some vintage paper Distress ink. I used My Sentiments Exactly alpha stamps and tulip red Versafine Clair ink to make the words on the kraft card sentiment strips. I traced over the letters with my white gel pen, then ink-distressed the edges with turquoise chalk ink. I added some white candy heart die cuts made with Cheery Lynn's Sweetheart Candy dies, some red foil hearts and some red enamel dots from my stash.
I found a faux postage stamp in my drawer and added it on this side, along with more Gecko Galz images and a blue punched scallop dot border strip. I used my Quickutz George Washington font alpha dies to cut the white Love.
The foiled hearts give off a nice little shine. I bought those long ago from an online german scrap shop.
And a final view. When I look at this, I will remember my parents, their many stories and my love of history. So, time well scrapped! Thanks for visiting me today and I hope your week ends just how you need it to. XOXO

Explained in above post
I used images from GG collage sheet Valentine Wishes; birdhouse and bingo card from monthly sheets
I used images from GG collage sheet Valentine Wishes; birdhouse and bingo card from monthly sheets
I've used digital collage sheet images


Anet's Crafting said...

Just beautiful Aimeslee, love all the pretty detail. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at The Paper Shelter. We would love to see you again ... Anet DT

Elkes Lebensglück said...

Your valentine's journal pages are so cute!!!!
Have a good day, hugs Elke

Meggymay said...

A fabulous journal spread and I can see your style on these pages. the layers and detail are so interesting. Thank you for linking to the current theme over at AJJ.
Yvonne xx

Donna Walls said...

I love seeing journal and scrapbooking layouts and I too love vintage style although I'm not good at creating it. I love your thought process and appreciate your love of history - I like history too! This is a lovely layout, thanks for sharing with us at The Inspiration Station! Donna

My name is Erika. said...

This is a fun Valentine's Day journal page Aimeslee. Those vintage Valentine card images are fun and heartwarming too. They remind me of being a kid when we had the Valentine's exchange at school. The blue really pops off the page also. Nice color choice. I might have those same little hearts too. They are lots of fun to use, aren't they? Thanks for sharing with us at Art Journal Journey and also at Try It on Tuesday. Hope your week is going well. Hugs-Erika

Lori Podolsky said...

What a treasured keepsake you have created, Aimeslee. Love it! So glad that you've joined in the fun at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. Good luck with your entry, and hope to see you again. Enjoy your day. Hugs, Lori - DT

Zoechaos said...

Now this being a journal would be a really good entry for River of Creativity. We really are about all types of craft. It is also a wonderful spread and works a treat for us at Inspiration Station, thank you and good luck xx

craftytrog said...

Your Valentine memories pages look amazing Aimeslee!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

How amazing to gather these images and make memory pages, that will bring them back each time you look at it. Happy colours and images Aimes.
Faith x

Pamela said...

Great notebook pages - so colourful!
CD Sunday Plus DT.

Bethie said...

Gorgeous. Love, Love, Love! I'd agree with you in that you are eclectic. We need more of those around.

You always surprise me when you show us the sketch you follow. You have such a wonderful way of making things so beautiful.

Have a great end of week and whoop up the weekend!

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous journal spread Aimeslee, love the vintage/retro feel to these pages with those adorable images, and of course the wonderful backgrounds. Loving all the little extra details.
Hope you're well,
Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday, Avril xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You always come up with the most beautiful and incredible spreads, Aimeslee. I was actually thrilled to see a beautiful journal entry. The vintage Valentines were incredible and that background paper was simply perfect. This was a beautiful entry both as a Valentine memory and a journal spread. Thank you ever so much for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey using Bleubeard's and my theme.

Diane said...

Fabulously fun pages! Thank you for joining our fun at Double D!
Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}
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Darlene said...

Oh my friend, this is AWESOME! Absolutely adorable!! So many wonderful memories of handing out those cute little valentines to my classmates and of course designing the shoe box that they would be housed in. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Hearts’ challenge as well as the challenge over at Inspiration Station! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
DOUBLE D Challenge Blog

P.S. Are you aware of the new color challenge called COLORFUL OPTIONS CHALLENGE and the February color is RED … I hope you’ll come share this beauty with us.

Carole J said...

Such a fabulous and fun double page spread, Amy! Beautiful papers and die borders and perfect little vintage valentine images. Thank you so much for sharing at Gecko Galz - we are always delighted to see your projects. x

Makira said...

This layout is spectacular! Love the vintage vibe. Thank you for joining us at the Colorful Options Challenge. I hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Makira CO DT

Vicki said...

Beautiful journal pages in your treasured keepsake. Love vintage Valentines. Thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create.

brenda said...

As Zoe said, this project really is perfect for River of Creativity and it's clear so much lovey and thought went into it. It really is lovely and my thanks for sharing with us there.

B x

Zoechaos said...

Thank you for sharing this with us it is way out of my comfort zone but I do admire your art work xx Zoë River of Creativity DT

Jocelyn said...

Great pages and a lovely story to go with it. Thank you for sharing with us.
Jocelyn x
CD Sunday Plus DT

Margarets designer cards said...

Interesting journal pages, lots of different elements, certainly a lot of thought and work went into your pages
Thank you for joining us
CD Sunday plus DT

Darlene said...

Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at Colorful Options!

Jenny L said...

Hi Aimeslee,
this is such a wonderful page in your faux travel journal and what a great idea too.
Love your wonderful design and all the lovely elements used on this gorgeous creation.
Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L DT

Diane said...

Thank you for entering your awesome journal pages into out challenge at Colorful Options!
Diane CO DT {Nellies Nest}
{Colorful Options}

ahlers5 said...

Wow, I love these antique Valentine pages. They're so dang cute.

Chana Malkah said...

You did an outstanding job of communicating your design POV! I am not good at vintage creations but have great admiration for those who bring these old images and designs to life. This is an awesome concept for your TN and it is beautifully executed!

Thanks for hanging out on our front porch at 613 Avenue Create !
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Deanne Saunders said...

Lovely creation!!! Thanks so much for participating in my PINSPIRATIONAL challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Stay safe and healthy!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Kathy Krug said...

Wonderful take on your layout inspiration. Thanks for joining us at Double D Challenge Blog. Hope to see your designs in future challenges.


Lori said...

I love this spread! All the red with the pops of blue is just so pretty! And those vintage Valentines...I just wish I'd kept some from when I was a kid! Thanks so much for playing along with us at TN Time With Lisa & Lori!

Nicola Gold said...

What a wonderful journal page. Thank-you for joining us at The Paper Shelter for our Red Or Pink challenge and good luck with your entry.
DT Nicola (Amethyst Lily Designs )

Janis Lewis said...

Super cute! Thank you so much sharing at Crafting Happiness Challenges.
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Jana Forrest said...

Aimeslee your vintage style is gorgeous. Love all the layers. Also just wanted to say how much I like the way you explain your project. Thanks for sharing over at Penny's Challenge. Best of luck, DT~Jana Forrest

Diane Louise J said...

You have made a beautiful card using a lovely design... Thanks for playing along with the challenge at Moving Along With The Times, good luck and hope you will join us again next month.
Diane Louise, Team Leader at MAWTT xx

nwilliams6 said...

Fun sketch and lovely pages full of fun details!!! Perfect for Valentines Day! Fun.

Seafield Jo said...

Wow, this is lovely. So bright and cheerful and so much detail.

Thanks for sharing with us.

CD Sunday Plus DT

Ellibelle said...

So beautiful! Love these vintage-y images!
Thank you so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge this month!
Ellibelle's Corner

Vivi Casale said...

such a gorgeous creation!
Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create!
Vivi Casale

Mary Anne said...

I have such a stash of scrapbooking papers that I really love seeing them used in creative ways. Vintage is lovely when done right and you do it great!
Happy journaling.
Mary Anne

Claudia Martins said...

It's amazing!! I loved!! Thank you for entering our Challenge in Through The Purple Haze. Claudia Martins DT/Coordinator.