Crafting with Vintage Typewriter Paper

At every thrift store, garage sale or flea market, you can find me making a bee-line straight for anything that even closely resembles vintage office supplies. One thing I never pass up, if it’s priced right (and it usually always is), is vintage typewriter paper. You know, the parchment like stuff with the great pebbled texture that always has a giant watermark pressed into it. It’s a fantastic for lots of crafts, and in particular, simulating sewing pattern tissue.I used a couple of images I scanned from an old French mail order catalog for this simple idea. These images, which were part of the ordering information, were originally printed on a transparent, tissue-like paper, so you can see some show-through from the other side in my scans which is a major bonus in my book (at least for this project.) I printed the images to the typewriter paper, trimmed out and with spray adhesive, attached them to glass container candles and my glass canister of vintage spools. I love how the glow of the flame can be seen through the image.For the Printemps image, I printed it to plain paper for a more authentic label look. PLEASE use caution when crafting with paper and candles. Never allow your paper to be above the top edge of the glass container.

Here are the images for you to grab and make something with!

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42 Responses to Crafting with Vintage Typewriter Paper

  1. #1 - paperhill says:

    those images are so great! i love what you did with them! i'll have to keep an eye out for the typewriter paper now. have a nice weekend! susan

  2. #2 - HeidiRose says:

    Oh thank you!! I have stacks of this stuff too. The paper section is my first stop at any charity shop.
    I've always been afraid to use it due to the acid content. This project is perfect…as are the images.

  3. #3 - Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ says:

    Never gave that a thought to look for this stuff…but yes, it would be great for crafting.
    Not for archival use tho.

    THANK YOU, Rose

    http://delightfulclutter.blogspot.com/

  4. #4 - bikim says:

    SO NICE OF YOU TO SHARE!!!! THANKS!! GORGEOUS IDEAS!
    HAPPY WK,
    ROSA

  5. #5 - June says:

    Fantastic, this looks so wonderfully vintage
    hugs June xxx

  6. #6 - debb says:

    Thank you for the images! I too go for the old offices supplies at sales – so many treasures!!!!

  7. #7 - druga szesnascie says:

    you are such a generous person… 🙂
    and a neverending source of inspiration.
    thank you.

  8. #8 - Dayhomemama says:

    Lovely images and the results of the jar with thread. Wonder how they would look on my button jars? Thanks Cathe!

  9. #9 - ArtSnark says:

    very cool – thanks!

  10. #10 - Sarah Lou says:

    Oh wow I have never seen taht stuff before Ill have to keep and eye out!

  11. #11 - Secondhandrose says:

    What fun. Thanks for the images. Now we'll be running for the same things at garage sales! Come for a visit. I am having a giveaway.

    karen

  12. #12 - Elaine A says:

    OMG Cathe –

    Finally, something to do with the old typewriter typing paper I've been saving. I have about 2 packages of this from when I was in high school (a long time ago). My husband kept wanting to throw it out and I would not let him. YEAH, now I can do this project. Fabulous idea.

    Elaine Allen

  13. #13 - vintage girl at heart says:

    these are so great and thanks so much for generously sharing them and your tips with us!!!

  14. #14 - Sharron aka Sharrahug says:

    These are great! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Huggies ~
    Sharron ♥

  15. #15 - Whitney @ Whisker Graphics says:

    So cool! I LOVE the ghosting of the images from the other side!
    You ROCK!

  16. #16 - apt3 design says:

    Very cool. If it was sprayed with that acid-ph-preservation spray {sold at scrapbook stores, art stores, and online} I would think it would hold up just fine. Thanks for the images, Cathe!

  17. #17 - Lyn Newhouse says:

    Nice works! And thanks for sharing!!!

  18. #18 - Anne says:

    Love the Printemps one! I used to shop there in the 70's when I visited Paris a lot.

  19. #19 - Anne says:

    BTW, vellum would work well too.

  20. #20 - IndyCinD says:

    Thanks for sharing! I'm always inspired by your blog!

  21. #21 - Christy says:

    what an adorable idea! thanks for sharing!

  22. #22 - Charlene says:

    LOVE THIS!!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas! You are amazing!!!! Also, loved the black & white images you shared!!!!! TAHNK YOU! THANK You! THANK YOU!

  23. #23 - Elisabeth says:

    What a cute idea! I'm so glad I'm not the only person who loves going through the old paper/office supply items at the thrift store! I recently scored some vintage air mail envelopes, and an unopened package of vintage onion skin paper (I think it's the same stuff you used in your project), which I used to make some paper snowflakes & origami projects at Christmas time. Apparently onion skin is somewhat hard to come by these days, so if you can find it in a thrift store, that's great. 🙂

  24. #24 - Createology says:

    You are a crafting genius. Using that old typewriter paper is perfect. I am still in love with the old "onion" paper my father wrote on. I also refuse to throw away my old typewriter carbon paper. Yes I am vintage! Keep creating…

  25. #25 - Peggy of Plush Nest says:

    I LOVE it! I've been to Printemps in Paris, so it made me smile even more!

  26. #26 - Peggy of Plush Nest says:

    I LOVE it! I've been to Printemps in Paris, so it made me smile even more!

  27. #27 - plo says:

    Thank goodness we aren't scouting the same garage/estate sales! Love it!

  28. #28 - Miriam at Made Right Guide says:

    I'm glad your like the show-through of the patterns. I've struggled with this when scanning some vintage printing as well but I finally decided that it added depth and a little mystery.

  29. #29 - Maggie says:

    Love these images, so much so that a while back I bought one of your small journals covered in the women's version of the paper! My soldering classes are going great–we've been working with broken china lately. See the pictures on my blog:
    http://www.themagrag.com
    Still hoping you come visit Portland!

  30. #30 - Dana Prichard says:

    Every day brings another great idea! Thanks for sharing them with us. All I need now is about 10 more hours each day! Dana, Red Umbrella

  31. #31 - My name is PJ. says:

    Love these vintage pages, Cathe! You are such a peach for sharing all these things! Truly!

  32. #32 - kristianne25 says:

    Awesome idea!!Their are endless possibilities!I look forward to each and every idea you share thank you so much!Kristi

  33. #33 - Joani says:

    Super great images! I found you thru Living Locurto and I'm glad I did. Your blogs are AMAZING! I used to live in Elk Grove and have friends in Petaluma ~ what a small world!
    I'll be back for more inspiration for sure.
    Hugs,
    Joani

  34. #34 - chicroses says:

    Love this project and old images…I am always afraid to put different kind of paper through our printer…Ive jammed it several times..so does it go through alright? Or do I need to do something with it to make it stiff??? Was at goodwill today and they had some boxes of typewriter paper..$1.50…I think it was fairly old…at least 20 yrs maybe…I didnt buy it.darn..Will go back.. I want to do this..sally

  35. #35 - chicroses says:

    Love this project and old images…I am always afraid to put different kind of paper through our printer…Ive jammed it several times..so does it go through alright? Or do I need to do something with it to make it stiff??? Was at goodwill today and they had some boxes of typewriter paper..$1.50…I think it was fairly old…at least 20 yrs maybe…I didnt buy it.darn..Will go back.. I want to do this..sally

  36. #36 - Lauren says:

    Cathe, you're the greatest. I admire your beautiful graphic work, your creativity and your generosity. Now, I just have to find time to use all the images and ideas I have found on your site!! You're extraordinary… thanks so much!

  37. #37 - For The Love of Old Books says:

    What great images, and using that paper must give it a lovely old look. Paper is the magic of adding just the right touch.
    Karen

  38. #38 - FleaMarketTrixie says:

    Thanks Cathe, you always have great stuff!

  39. #39 - Wickless in Seattle says:

    I love your work and the vintage flair you used.

  40. #40 - CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave.com in the Printables category today [03 Mar 01:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  41. #41 - Anonymous says:

    I have been doing some things with papermache body forms – I was until i could no longer find them- and these would have been great on the forms-I did do one with aged copies of vintage clothing- and looked all over for old patten pieces to do on one—-but—-

    as so many have said Thanks for sharing -jean

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  42. #42 - chris says:

    These pages look so good the way you’ve used them. To think I have some of these magazines around and have only “seen” the clothing inside. Now I’ll look closer at the information pages and ads! Thank you – you’re so inspiring!