Vintage Squares

Do you have things in your craft stash that you haven’t used because they’re too precious?

This year, one of my goals is to use these items on my pages. So here’s my first one which features some papers from a Vintage Design Pad that I’ve had for a while now; I wanted to showcase them so decided on this square grid design (grin!).

I started by tearing the vintage papers, some recycled Kraft book pages and sheet music into squares and sticking them onto the page in a grid design using a glue stick. I drew lines around them using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker smudging the ink with my finger. Next I applied some Pébéo white gesso using a brayer over the papers and left it to dry. Then I added the delicate silk flowers over the squares and some vintage lace along the bottom of the page.

For the wording I used a Small Talk sticker from Tim Holtz; it reads “it’s always the small pieces that make the big picture” which seemed to fit the square grid design perfectly.

The squares reminded me of this local building, which was built in 1878, with it’s magnificent lion that seems to be roaring – I thought Iris may like this (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday and to continue the square theme, I’m sharing my mug of tea with a shortbread jam square; it’s a tray bake of raspberry jam sandwiched between two layers of shortbread – Happy T Day wishes!

Hope that you’re all staying safe and well!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of the materials that were used to create this art journal page:

  • The Works Design Paper (Classic Vintage CRO707/TW7)
  • Kraft notebook pages – recycled
  • Sheet Music
  • Pritt Stick
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • The Range (Lace Flower Stickers, Crafting Lace)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)

I’m pleased to join the lovely Erika from BioArtGal over at Art Journal Journey and her Favourite Things challenge this month as this page was created to showcase some of my favourite vintage papers.

I’m so pleased to join the Squares Challenge at Country View Challenges with my vintage square design.

I’m pleased to join in the fun over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog and their So Delicate challenge with the delicate flowers and lace on this vintage page.

I’m joining the #136 – Patterns challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my square grid patterned page.

I’m also joining the Make Your Own Background challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the vintage paper background that I created.

I’m happy to join in the LTSCB #141 – Anything Goes challenge over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog with my vintage page too.

31 thoughts on “Vintage Squares

  1. Love the squares on your journal page Jo. I think those little squares pack quite a punch. I wonder if anyone still makes inchies? This is a great page, and thanks for sharing with us at AJJ. I have never heard of a shortbread jam square either, but that looks really yummy. And pretty easy to make to I would guess. Hope you have a wonderful T day and all is well my friend. Hugs-Erika

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  2. I’ve had something we call jam cakes all my life, but the batter’s made with cornmeal and poured thin into a skillet and fried like a pancake. Then jam on top. And I’ve had jam as a spread with shortbread cookies, so wondering if either is like what you’ve got there. I always liked the look of inchies and your assortment of designs is quite pleasing as is the gesso glaze. Have a great week! xoxo

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  3. This is a fab idea! I sometimes just “put/lay” fussy cut things on it to keep the background. Clever idea! I might copy you for the fun and looking at it (no rush, don´t expect anything too soon and I hope you´re OK with me learning from you).
    Love the quote, too!
    Thank you, Henry smiles and roars BIG!
    What a square day, thank you!
    A happy T-day, hugs from Henry and me.

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  4. The connection between your art and the old building is really neat. It’s not my favorite type of architecture, but you show it with new eyes.

    be safe… mae at

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  5. Good morning Jo, I love your art page, and even more after seeing your inspiration. Very beautiful reminds of quilting (smiles) Iris will love the lion.
    your shortbread square looks delicious. Thanks so much for stopping by hugs Kathy

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  6. I love everything about this page! The inchies, the colors, sentiment, flowers and lace! all things that make my heart swoon with delight!! so romantic and feminine ~ Great job! I just completed a Christmas inchie card, and was about to start on some Valentine’s ones, so these small treasures must be speaking to our creative hearts 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  7. Once again, I was in awe of your journal entry. The small squares must have taken forever to put in place and get so precise. Once again, you have not only outdone yourself with the images, but also with the quote you chose. It’s a fabulous entry for Erika;s theme at Art Journal Journey, too.

    As always, you find a way to show how your art imitates your life and things around you. hat architecture is rather different, since it looks more like Art Deco than Victorian, which was dictated by the period. I love how you also tied it to your mug of tea and plate of raspberry jam sandwich. Thanks so much for sharing your incredible art and your tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  8. A great idea, Jo! We all have a stash of pretty papers we don’t want to cut into. I love how you used them in a grid format so you could show off a lot at once. A beautiful stone building for inspiration.
    That shortbread and jam dessert looks like the perfect companion to a cuppa tea.
    Happy Tea Day,

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  9. I love this layout, Jo. Such a clever idea to use up precious pretty scraps and showcase them in a beautiful way. The quote is perfect too.

    I thought of Iris right away too when I saw the lion.

    Happy T-day! Stay safe and well. Hugs, Eileen

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  10. O this is so beautiful this page, how you did it with the squares and different contents with the border, fabulous!
    Delicious with the shortbread and this House with lion is very nice!
    Have a good day , hugs Elke

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  11. What a gorgeous page. It must have taken ages to cut those squares but what a terrific idea. I like the way you used some Gesso to go over lightly and give them that kind of ethereal misty look. The flowers and the lace go so perfectly with the piece as do the words you chose.
    Oh Jo, I wish I hadn’t seen that jam square – I have started a diet today and it reminds me of a recipe I have and my immediate thought was to do some baking – then I realised I am trying to lose some weight for next week. I need to sum up my willpower right now, or stitch my lips together. Maybe I should craft.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  12. Your mission to use up your papers has worked beautifully here – it’s a beautiful big picture! Ohh! seeing your shortbread jam slice reminds me of a bakery we used to visit near my school! A very belated Happy T day, Chrisx
    ps I am hoping to get a catchup here soon!

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  13. I’m so impressed that you arranged these squares to look like ART! If I tried this is would look like a bunch of squares. I love the touches of delicateness to round out those squares with your use of those little posies and the strip of lace. Just so pretty, Jo! Thanks again for sharing your artwork with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog! Hugs!

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  14. I love that you decided to use your wonderful vintage pages to create this stunning page spread Jo. Totally see that magnificent building in your design. And the strong grid is beautifully broken up with the lace flowers. Thank you for sharing it with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog xx

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