If you are going to be trimming vintage paper to use in craft projects, its time consuming and you'll need company to talk to so you aren't too bored. Luckily, I have Twinks to hang with.
For me, vintage wallpaper is simply a billion times better to use in art projects than any scrap booking paper could ever be. Now, I'll scan a really, really wonderful piece before cutting it up, so I'll always have it, but honestly, I don't much like using the copied pieces. The feel just isn't right.
Trouble is, vintage wallpaper can be a LOT of trouble. Its usually curly from being rolled up forever and it is often brittle.
Ironing it makes it much easier to work with.
I kind of go back and forth on what is the best way to iron and cut it. If it is really fragile, or I am just cutting a few pieces, I'll cut it right off the roll, then iron the pieces. If I am on a marathon of ironing and have good movie to watch while doing it, I'll iron it directly off the roll, like the first photo.
Here are some tips for cutting:
Keep a fresh blade in your exacto knife, or the edges of the paper will shred.
Find something the right shape and size to cut around. I use the glass from an 8 x 10 frame. That makes a good size bit to work with for most projects, and if I am making up packs to sell, its easy to mail.
Self healing cutting mats are wonderful! My blade doesn't get dull too fast and I don't slice up the table underneath. I used to try to measure the paper by the grid on the mat, but that was way too much work. Now, I just line up my 8 x 10 piece of glass with the straight edge of the paper and zip the blade around it. Much easier.
Iron the back side of the paper. Old paper is not prepasted, so the back is safe to iron on. If yours is gooey and gluey, its probably not very old. And your iron will be messed up.
The paper is often painted, if you want to protect your ironing board cover, you can lay a sheet of clean paper, or fabric over the board.
Ironing is almost as bad as sewing, but sometimes it has to be done. But ironing paper isn't nearly as bad as ironing clothes, since there are no cuffs or collars. At least, that is what I tell myself to get through it.
The iron can be left on its highest setting and some cut papers can be ironed in a stack of two or three pieces at a time to speed things along.
It has taken me most of the day to do this pile, but I'm still in my organizing mood, and it is rainy outside, so it was a good day to do it. I might even pull out a few more rolls to cut up before I start making up packets to sell. (this is just a fraction of the in my obsessed collection)
I'll let you know when I get them packed up and photographed and listed in the shop.
EDIT- I was able to add a few packs of wallpaper to the Boutique tonight
Man, there are a lot of steps aren't there? Sometimes I wonder why I don't get a real job... but then, I get to play with and sort out all these pretty papers while I sing to the Dorkie who never leaves my feet and think that this isn't such a bad job after all.
Before the skies turned gray and the rain started, I got a few photos of things to add in to the Boutique.
Slowly, but surely, I am getting some new things in there.
And I am trying to build up the Etsy shop too. Mostly supplies over there. But an assortment.
Wall paper packs will be coming soon, probably in both shops. If you see something you want in both, please email me before paying, so I can combine your shipping costs!
(There are some cute vintage swizzle sticks in both right now)
Some one asked me the other day if I wanted to trade links. You know, I rarely update my Pretty Places and am missing out on lots of good blogs.
If you want to trade links with me, JUST WHISTLE!
Also- one of my Etsy listings is in this pretty treasury, if you'd like to take a look.