Vintage Winter Photo Labels: FREE Printables

WL-CH-Winter-Photo-Labels_04 I’ve teamed up with my favorite label company again to bring you free wintertime printables designed from my collection of vintage photos. There are lots uses for these and I share a few in my post over at the blog. This set prints to full sheet label stock for trimming out individual labels.WL-CH-Winter-Photo-Labels_01 Head over to’s blog to see more and grab up the free digital download. And while you’re there, please share it with your friends, leave a comment, and start stuffing yourself a nice fat file folder full of the many, many fantastic free printable downloads designed by some pretty talented designers available only on the WL blog.

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Shutterfly Holiday, Gift, and “Craft” Products

I was invited to join ten other bloggers at a Shutterfly Gift Wrapping Party party held at the popular MakeShop by Brit+Co in San Francisco last Tuesday. Prior to the event we were given shopping credit on Shutterfly to order some pretty cool product. I’ve only ever ordered custom Christmas cards from Shutterfly so I was excited to see the quality of their other offerings.Shutterfly-logo Rather than just ordering custom gifts with family photos, I uploaded several high-resolution images from my scanned collection of vintage ephemera and was able to create some pieces that came out beautifully. I ordered an 8″ x 10″ Wood Wall Art with an image I composited in Photoshop and I love the effect of it printed to wood. The bloggers who ordered family photos on wood were just as pleased. The skin colors turned out surprisingly perfect. Even whites were pretty true-white. I don’t know how they do that but they were so impressive. As you can see on my wood wall art the colors are very vibrant, though you can still see the nice wood grain through them.Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_08 I also ordered a set of glass magnets. WOW! I was so impressed with these. Fat, chunky, and dramatic. Some of the bloggers pulled shots from their instagram feed for their magnets, so perfect. I used a recent photo taken of Jeff and me on my iPhone to order a 2014 Christmas tree ornament, and one more ornament for the studio to hang shown displayed here on my sweet little handmade feather tree, a gift from my friend, artist Dennis Haynes of Runamuck Studios.Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_10I also ordered this 5″ x 5″ acrylic photo block with our picture, we have lots of shots of the kids but none of us around the house except our wedding photo from 24 years ago. I sure love this non-framed dimensional piece.Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_01I designed my own Inspired Barn custom gift wrap using their Shutterfly Collage Gallery format. Their website is not only easy to navigate, but uploading photos and arranging them into the many templates available is super easy and quick. Look how fantastic it turned out. I think I was the only one at the party that didn’t actually wrap a gift. I plan to use mine more as decorative craft paper. I’m not sure what I’ll make first with it but I’m pretty excited to have it and look forward to using it soon.Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_07When ordering the wood wall art, I had intentions to craft with the final piece in some sort of collage/mixed media/assemblage fashion. I was recently sent a nice selection of wood pallet canvases by 48 by 40 to try out and decided to pair a 14″ x 14″ canvas with my new Shutterfly piece. I started by stenciling the pallet canvas with one of my custom stencils. Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_17I added some gold foil Dresden trim along the top of the wood wall art after painting with white acrylic paint then rubbing it off for a patina effect.Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_14At the bottom I added a vintage brass tag, drilling pilot holes first then attaching with brass screws.Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_09Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_12I attached the Shutterfly piece to the wood pallet with Beacon’s 527 adhesive and further embellished the whole piece with goodies in my studio. Here is the finished piece:Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_06I enlarged and photocopied a stamp and glued it to the canvas with matte medium, distressed with fine grit sandpaper, and cancelled it with my custom Petaluma postmark rubber stamp.Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_05Here is a close-up of the stenciling. I love the effect on the wood with nails and all.Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_04I attached a brass ID plate covered with a strip of paper copied from a vintage farmer’s almanac, and an old brass double coat hook. I used a toothpick to paint brown and black acrylic paint into the grooves of all of the very shiny new brass screws I used that needed grunging, smudging a bit more across the surfaces.Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_16 This strip of paper is from a vintage roll of transit tickets, distressed with sandpaper and finished with a numbering stamp.Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_13 I gave my art an award made from vintage prize ribbon rosette components, a milk bottle cap piece and one of my Shutterfly glass photo magnets.Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_15The finished piece now hangs from the side of a cupboard at the entrance of my barn studio to serve as a coat rack and displays old lumber bib aprons. Cathe_Holden_Shutterbug_Holiday_11Shutterfly’s products and photo imaging process is such high quality, and I think any of their many products would make the very best gifts for the holidays or any occasion. But I hope you’ll consider Shutterfly as well for creating your own custom art pieces!

You can find some behind the scenes of the gift wrap event and lots of other nice custom pieces on Instagram using the hashtag #ShutterflyHoliday. For even more inspiration, be sure to follow Shutterfly on Facebook. And for more wood pallet canvas ideas, be sure to check out 48 by 40!

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Vintage Book Assemblage: Imperfection Celebrated

Cathe-Holden-Celebrated-Book-02I’ve been trying to take more time to do collage, vintage assemblage, and mixed media art projects. This is one piece I worked on the other day using things from around the studio. Though I didn’t take step-by-step shots of the progression, here are several of the components and supplies I used to make it, and to follow is a description of the techniques I applied.Cathe-Holden-Celebrated-Book-12

  • Thrift-store dish (saucer shown, salad plate used.)
  • Collected moss from the forest
  • Vintage pink velvet ribbon
  • Grungy old pearl necklace strand
  • Large lace rubber stamp
  • Vintage wallpaper border
  • Vintage brass library ID plate
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Florentine Gold Glitter
  • Recollections gold embossing powder
  • DecoArt Mixed Media Titanium White fluid acrylic
  • And two found vintage photographs featuring these lovely ladies:

Cathe-Holden-Celebrated-Book-11Mrs. Thompson, Ruth Fisher, Marge Peterson, Clove Prather, and Celeste Devant.

To create the hole in the book cover and pages, I first disassembled the vintage book cover from its pages. The little book’s cover opened flat was small enough to fit through my Sizzix Big Shot machine. I ran the cover through using the Eileen Hull Recipe Card & Label die from her brand new Vintage Kitchen Collection (coming out this month!) This was my first Sizzix machine attempt with a book cover, and though I had intended the window to be perfectly aligned with the cover, it ended up going crooked. I’m thrifty to a fault when it comes to vintage components, so I decided to salvage the book cover and embrace the error, which ultimately inspired the theme of the entire piece. Then I cut three 10-page (aprox.) stacks from the book contents and fed those through the Sizzix, one stack at a time, lined up with the die to match the (crooked-) cover cut. I then glued all the pages back into the book cover at the spine.

I rubber-stamped the book cover with clear embossing ink and dusted with the gold embossing powder. It’s way too much fun watching that stuff turn to shiny gold using my embossing heat tool- my latest obsession. I used another flourish rubber stamp with white ink to add a bit more decoration.Cathe-Holden-Celebrated-Book-03 I glued a tiny pearl strand around the inside of the book cover window. I added a small strip of pinked-edge vintage wallpaper inside the top of the window. I trimmed out the ladies in the photocopied photographs and tinted their cheeks (and the main gal’s belt) with diluted pink acrylic paint. I added a pressed vintage gold bead cap embellished with glitter as a crown, and one bloom from a bouquet of vintage white velvet millinery Forget-Me-Nots (colored pink with a permanent marker) for a corsage. I added touches of glitter to the ladies’ accessories. On the backsides of the photos I attached toothpicks to keep the paper figures standing upright. I glued the photos within the window area into two different sections of the book pages. Cathe-Holden-Celebrated-Book-05 I used a bit of Dresden embossed foil border, antiqued with the DecoArt Media Titanium White fluid acrylic, by painting over the trim completely then rubbing it off, leaving paint in the crevices. I like to distress with white to create a sort of pickled or white-wash look rather than a darker color making the piece more grungy. I think the white makes the art a bit fresher overall. I used the same white fluid acrylic to stripe the book spine.Cathe-Holden-Celebrated-Book-09For the bookmark, I adhered the velvet ribbon at the top spine area and into the book pages. I attached another piece within the bottom of the book.Cathe-Holden-Celebrated-Book-08 I trimmed out the flowers from the vintage wallpaper border and adhered them about with DecoArt’s Media Matte Medium, my new favorite decopage adhesive. I typed the text on the computer and printed to vintage, yellowed newsprint paper, trimmed and glued the paper strip onto the vintage brass library ID plate and finished with little brass nail heads snipped from tiny nails. Cathe-Holden-Celebrated-Book-06I used Beacon 527 to attach the book upright onto the plate with pages separated.Cathe-Holden-Celebrated-Book-07 I decopaged a vintage trade card image to a piece of matboard also cut from the Sizzix. The shape is an accessory piece from Eileen Hull’s ScoreBoard XL Box Die and was the perfect reinforcement piece for attaching the book to the plate. I finished off the display with some moss I found in the forest.Cathe-Holden-Celebrated-Book-10Now… go celebrate YOU for YOUR imperfections! They are likely what make you so fabulous.


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