Some old style for the new age

As it’s that time of year when most people try and get away on a holiday for a week or two, it’s also that time of year where we all go crazy taking lots and lots of holiday pictures.

Can we get a show of hands as to who owns a digital camera? Yes us too. Another show of hands for who is always either too busy or too lazy  to keep printing all these great pictures you are constantly taking? Us too and we really want this to change. So, we just had to share this beautiful tutorial we found on Paper ‘n Stitch that shows how to do just that in a very pretty vintage style.

The tutorial is a guest post on Paper ‘n Stitch by Helen Stead of The Creative Diarist.

“Helen Stead is a Mixed Media artist who enjoys experimenting with alternative photography and printing processes. She is inspired by poignant family photographs and creates work that captures the mood and atmosphere of these nostalgic images. You can follow her on her blog The Creative Diarist and on twitter@CreativeDiarist.”


“I miss the days of having a film camera and being able to hold the photographs in my hand rather than clicking through hundreds on my computer. This technique allows me to pick out my favourite digital images and print them in a special and unusual way. The delicate and soft texture of the paper appear so much more beautiful to me than printing images on to regular glossy photo paper.

Another great thing about this technique is that anybody can do it!

Supplies You Will Need: 1. Inkjet Printer 2. A sheet of A4 Mulberry or Handmade Paper 3.Glue Stick 4. Printer Paper

Step by Step Instructions: 1. Firstly scan your image into the computer and save it as a digital file. 2. Next, using a glue stick lightly glue a piece of normal printer paper to the back of your A4 mulberry or handmade paper (both work nicely). 3. Print the image as you would normally but so that it prints on to the sheet of mulberry paper instead. 4. And lastly carefully peel the backing paper off and you will be left with your image on a lovely semi translucent sheet of mulberry paper. If you’re feeling really adventurous you could even add stitch or use it as part of a college. I also really like layering images or text underneath it to add another element to the piece. The possibilities are endless!

Have fun experimenting with printing your photographs on to different surfaces. And for more examples you can visit my blog at www.thecreativediarist.com. I’d love to see what you come up with.”

We hope you get a chance to try this out soon, we are definitely going to!

Happy Crafting

Handsome and Pretty

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