Sunday, April 28, 2013

Signs of Vintage Photos

I have been playing over at Pic Monkey again with old photographic images from Karen at The Graphics Fairy.

I took several old photos and if they were not tinted, I tinted them and altered them slightly until I loved them.

Back at Easter I had seen a bunny image in one of those old store sign frames.  I immediately thought of putting photos in them.

Since my family is very camera shy, I had to use other people's photos.

Preferably vintage.  Karen came through.


 I found the store sign frames at Mr. Durland's during Leia's Birthday Crawl.  I bought assorted sizes.

Regular readers will be happy to know these were the ONLY items purchased - ALL other supplies were snatched away from Horror Monster, my beloved craft stash.

 Out came the Rust-Oleum in Heritage White, Slate Blue, and Dark Taupe.

(A warning: HD is discontinuing some of the colors - better check if any of your favorites are on the list!)

 I had printed out a slew of images and narrowed down to seven.  I matched them to the frames.

I then cut the images to fit with a tab at the top so they could be easily removed.

  Of course, I cannot leave well enough alone.  Those images had to be fancied up and then distressed.  After all they are vintage images.  They have to look that way!

I chose some vintage looking scrapbook paper from the mile-high pile small paper organizer box.
 Would I do a paper post without Mod Podge involved?  NO!

The images were glued to poster board along with the scrapbook paper.  

Caution: use thin coats!  You do not want any wrinkles.

 Here they are with paper and distressed ink.

Pretty, but you know I have to take it up another notch.


Out came the ruffled tulle, organza roses, lace, and pom poms.

(HINT:  I soak my white cotton pom poms in cheap dollar store vanilla to distress them!)

The ladies.

The bride and groom.

Arlette Dorgere 1857 - it was written on the image.

A woman who must have had tremendous courage to have a photo taken like this!

She deserved the pom poms!  I save them for special projects.

Twinkle star girl received pink roses.

Gardening girl was adorned with gray ruffled tulle and pink roses.

I made the white organza roses pink by rubbing pink stamping ink on them.

A girl and her cat typing - so deserving of the pom poms.

Why are the pom poms special?  

You really have to search to find the all cotton old ones.

You might as well just sit back -  I love these things and plan to show all of them several times.

I know you are truly grateful of this opportunity to view my wonderfully horrible photography.

My house is dark and it has been raining for several days so I had to brighten these so the colors are slightly wonky.

Not going to stop me from showing them!

I did use that tired phrase "He stole my heart.  I took his name."  That bride and groom looked as if something had been stolen from them!

Pom pom lady is dancing alone.  

Sometimes it is safer that way!

The whole family united as one.

A rather impressive display.

The ladies return.

The two girls keep battling for the front position.

How long did they have to stand there and then look that grim?

Fire the photographer!

Girl with her cat typing is my favorite.

I love her expression.

It says it all.

I often sit and type my blog with Azalee on my lap.

One day I will publish exactly what we type together iwhtout any crorectonis!  :>)

If I seem distant or missing in action, do not get your panties in a wad.  I have several dental torture sessions scheduled over the next few months.  

I am so looking forward to that.

See y'all!

 P,S.  If you know who posted about the black bunny silhouettes in the store sign frames, let me know so credit can be given!

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  1. These are fabulous!! Loved looking at all the images and your treatments of them.

    Sorry about the dental visits. :-(( Good luck.

  2. These are amazing Donna! You did a fantastic job on them and my favorite it the little girl with the cat and typewriter too! What a creative use for those frames...:)Good luck at the fun I know! Hpe everything goes well....:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  3. These are all fabulous, Donna! My fave is "The Ladies." Love the subtle use of pastels. Wonderful! T.

  4. Hey Donna; For heaven sakes girl, I hope that your dental nightmare is not that bad!!!! I noted that you were missing in action, and I hoped that you were relaxing, and enjoying yourself somewhere!
    I am now kicking myself, as I saw a pile of the sign frames, but the ones I saw did not have the stand on the bottom, they were just on a stick. I was gonna buy them, and when I went back the next day for them, they were all gone!!!
    I Love what you have done with yours, and I think that they are just Beautiful.
    Thank-You so much for sharing. You are one very talented lady. :-)

  5. Donna, a man snapped up one of those frames at a yard sale I was at this weekend. I felt like a complete failure for letting that slip through my fingers into the hands of a competitor. This is such a cute idea. I'm thinking the pom pom lady looks like a circus performer. So many fun pics! Sorry about the dentist. I will be in the chair for some major problems myself soon. My biggest fear of the dentist is the bill. I'm not sure which is costlier though, dental bills or car repair bills. When they double team, it's a real kicker. At least at the dentist, you can lie back and take a rest!

  6. Hi Donna, You are a very creative and talented lady. You were really lucky to find those frames. Great job...Connie

  7. This is my favorite project of yours yet!! I adore those cool sign frames and I'm going to be on the lookout for one! What a fun thing that would be to change out seasonally! You've done a bang up job with the photos and trim too! LOVE these!!

  8. What a great find on those signs! Ans such creative displays of vintage photo's.... You are one creative chick!!

    Have a happy Monday…. :)

    hugs x
    Crystelle Boutique

  9. These old sign frames are fabulous, and I love the images you chose. Especially the little girl typing with her little cat beside her. Sooo sweet! You did a great job with all the trimmings too. I've been on the lookout for some of those sign frames since you first posted them. Haven't found any yet, but I'm always hopeful.

  10. Donna - What a darling idea! Love the old sign frames and will be trying to find some of them. You did a great job with them. Love all of the frou-frou!


  11. I love how these turned out! What a great use of so many things that you have on hand!


  12. Now that's creative. I bet you had so much fun making these. Thanks for visiting my blog--I've enjoyed visiting here too!

  13. These are so cute! I want to know how you do the color thing on PicMonkey....

  14. What a neat feature with Picmonkey. Thanks for sharing,

  15. You did a great job Donna! Lovely photos and lovely frames!
    My favorite is the one with that woman dancing alone, I guess she is not shy as your family...LOL.
    Besos! Silvina

  16. Very Creative Donna. Would love to find some of those frames. You dressed them up very nicely. Such a talented lady, you are !!!

    I have not been getting your posts via email, so will have to check that out.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  17. These look great! I have tried Pic monkey a few times, not that good at it though. I would like to have the patience to do more of it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. These turned out cute Donna! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Sorry you are facing dental torture. No. Fun.


  19. These are so charming! What wonderful images! I've never heard of dying with vanilla!

  20. Love the frames, what a lucky find! What you did with the pictures is just amazing. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  21. Donna, I love these. Great job! Did you know I share vintage images every Wednesday? Thanks so much for joining us Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  22. Love these vintage photos and the way you framed them.
    btw: Good luck at the dentist ;)

    Thanks for sharing them at the Wildly Original link party =)

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

  23. They are absolutely fabulous Donna! I love the details on each of them!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

  24. Thanks for linking up to Whimsy Wednesday! Your project has been featured this week!

    Also, you can add your project {or any project} to my website. I feature them on my main slider on the home page...follow this link to submit your project!

    Be sure to stop by and grab a button...


  25. I hope all is going well with your dentist appointments! these are great! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  26. love these, I have one old rusty sign that I need to use more often!


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