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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Scrap lovelies

Do you know what this is? It's reproduction Victorian scrap. In the early days, original scrap was first printed in black and white, sometimes embossed with relief, then hand-tinted with color. Victorians saved these beautiful bits of paper and cards, often pasting favorite pieces into scrap albums.

In more recent years, Victorian scrap has mostly been used in decoupage craft projects, holiday decor, and card-making.

I have my own collection of reproduction Victorian scrap, that I've secreted away, to pull out for special projects or gift cards. If my daughters got their hands on my scrap, there's no telling what would be left!!

You can buy books or sheets of scrap, or nowadays, with home printers, you can print images directly off your computer. The book in these pictures is titled Old-Time Romantic Vignettes (Dover Books). If you google it, you would find it still available for purchase.

With a book of scrap, you first, roughly cut around the image you wish to use, then with fine point scissors, cut carefully up against the image. (The piece on the far right has only been roughly cut, and next I shall carefully trim away all of the white background.) It can be glued with glue stick to paper (for cards or stationery), or Mod Podged onto painted surfaces for crafting.

I searched and searched, but could not turn up some collage-style Valentines that I made many years ago. (You'll just have to take my word for it, but they were charming.) I cut small cards out of white heavy stock paper, used scissors which make a scalloped edge to trim out the edge of the cards, then collaged pieces of scrap to the front of the cards.

I've also used some of the scrap for craft projects. This is a jacket/sweater rack, which shall be repurposed to the kitchen, shortly, to hold my apron and a few other hanging bits and bobs. The rack was painted with acrylic paints, then the scrap Mod Podge-d onto the front, and finally the entire front was "varnished" with more Mod Podge.

I retrieved my collection of scrap this afternoon, to work on a Valentine decor piece for this year. I'll show you my finished project soon.

Until then, happy scrapping! I'm off to find my good scissors. . . . .



  1. I love these images, Lili. When I was a teenager I used to get Victoria magazine and just pour over it for hours. I just loved it. I still like it today too although I like the new shabby chic decor nowadays too.

    1. I like shabby chic, as well, Belinda. It feels so relaxed and cozy.

  2. So this is a new term for me --Victorian scrap or scrap. Now I know that it can have a specific meaning as well as a general meaning. Thanks for the education, Lili.

    1. You're welcome, live and learn! It's always fin to learn something new.

  3. Like Belinda, I used to get Victoria magazine, too. I remember an article in which someone made collages out of what you are calling Victorian scrap (I've also never heard of the term). Sounds like this is fun for you.

    1. Hi Kris,
      I actually find it relaxing to cut out and arrange the images, I've drool over my share of Victoria magazines as well.

  4. Beautiful! I have a stack of old calendars I found at the thrift store full of Victorian images, but I've been afraid to cut them up. Can't wait to see your project.

    1. What a treasure, Shara! It would be hard for me to cut them up, too!


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