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DIY Vintage Book Page Art

From our diy/craft contributor, Sarah Milne.

DIY Vintage Book Page Art

Vintage Book Page Art

In my Pinterest travels, I stumbled upon a pin that led me to this site, Vintage Printable. Vintage Printable provides free, public domain/out-of-copyright images for you to print or download. Many of the images are vintage naturalist or scientific illustration, but there is a huge collection of other images too.

The site has been sitting in my bookmarks and I wanted to attempt an easy DIY using the gorgeous artwork. Coupled with my huge collection of vintage Reader’s Digest hardcovers, I’ve created some beautiful Springtime art to hang in your home, use for cardmaking or crafts.

There’s a handy search tool on the website. I searched for Springtime terms such as butterflies, eggs, rabbit, botanical etc. and found a beautiful assortment of images. I downloaded a collection of images I wanted to print.

Using a stack of doubles of my vintage Reader’s Digest collection, I tore out pages and trimmed the ripped edges for easing feeding through my inkjet printer. Ideally your pages should be an approximate size of 5 x 7 inches.

vintage hardcover reader's digests

how to DIY vintage book page art

To print your images, you’ll have to set up a custom size if your printer settings don’t already have a 5 x 7 option. In your printer’s settings, I set a custom page size for 127 mm x 177 mm which translates to the 5 x 7 page size. Select your custom page size, and check off your “scale to fit” and “fill entire paper”. Load your book pages into your printer tray. (My printer was a little finicky in grabbing the vintage book pages, so I actually fed one page in at a time.) And, print!

Vintage Book Page Art DIY

DIY Vintage Book Page Art

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Published March 17, 2014 by:

Sarah Milne

Sarah is a stay-at-home mama of three little ones with an overflowing passion for design, both online and offline. The family of five lives in a creative, happy, healthy home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Sarah is the creative mind behind Daffodil Design, an independent design studio, and a brand new blog, SarahMStyle, a delightful little space where she shares ideas, inspirations, loves and bits of her every day. Sarah spends the majority of her time keeping her family happy and full-bellied. When she’s not building Legos or jumping on the trampoline, she loves to soak up a good home décor magazine, dream up interior projects, mamarazzi her kids, sip a hot latte, craft the night away, or release energy at the gym.

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