I find Victorian Scrapbooks, and Victorian Scrap, to be very inspiring. I especially love vintage postcards, antique calling cards, trade cards, and other colorful little bits and pieces of history. Over the years I have accumulated quite a collection of these antique treasures. One thing I find very frustrating about most scrapbooks is that there is no easy way of using them to display these items so that both sides are visible. I also find it frustrating that most methods of display require you to adhere one side of the postcard or paper to the album page. I really wanted a way of displaying my postcards where I could have them in an album but remove them easily and see both sides of the page. So, I decided to create this album, which solves these problems perfectly.
Photos of the Antique Postcard Holder Album
- Clear Scraps 8” x 8” tabbed clear acrylic album
- 1 Clear Scraps Acrylic Sheet
- Various antique postcards
- Darice Craft Wire in pink and dark purple
- Czech glass cabochon
- Transparency / Overlay: Hambly
- Fiskars Clouds Paper Edgers
- Sharpie Markers
- Zip Dry Paper Glue
- Korker Ribbon: Pink, white, beige, silver
- Fiskars Small Circle / Dot Hand Punch
- Pink floral scalloped Patterned Paper: Creative Imaginations / Karen Russell Narratives
- Wildheart Dreamer Patterned Paper by Fancy Pants
Front cover: Stick the Hambly flourish sticker down first, and then stick the letter stickers onto the front cover spelling out “Antique Ephemera”. Glue on the Czech glass cabochon using Zip Dry paper glue.
Page 1: (front and back.) The Clear Scraps acrylic sheet will be used to create pockets that will hold the postcards. Using one of the album pages as a guide to mark out where to cut, draw a cutting guideline using a Sharpie marker. Then cut the clear scraps acrylic sheet into a triangle that matches up with the album page. I used Fiskars Clouds Paper Edgers to cut so that the pocket would have a fancy scalloped edge. I colored in the area between the cutting line and the scalloped edge with Sharpie marker, and then attached a Hambly clear border sticker.
Next, attach graph paper to the album page using either double stick tape or repositionable adhesive. Use the graph paper as a guideline to help you punch holes evenly around the lower edge and outer edge of the album page. My holes are punched about ¼” apart and approx. ¼” in from the album edge. Next, remove the paper carefully and use the same paper to attach to the triangle piece of acrylic sheet you cut out. I suggest using the same graph paper again in order to help you align your holes exactly. If you make a mistake punching the holes, it will be obvious, so try to be precise.
After the holes are punched, use craft wire to stitch them together. You can then tuck your postcards and ephemera into the pocket.
Page 2: (front and back.) Repeat steps for page 1. The only difference is that this page has a tab. Where the tab is, punch 2 rows of holes so that you have room to “stitch” using the wire. Also, I added a Remarks clear sticker by American crafts on the back side of the page.
Page 3: (front and back.) This page was constructed in exactly the same way, but instead of using a Clear Scraps acrylic sheet, I used a Hambly transparency plus black marker and dark purple wire.
Last page: (front and back.) Trace around the tabbed acrylic page onto Fancy Pants double sided paper. Glue it to the page using Zip Dry paper glue. Cut out the part of the Narratives paper you want to use and adhere it to the page.
Finishing: Attach the binder rings to the album. Cut lengths of Korker ribbon and tie them to the upper binder ring. Make sure your postcards are all tucked safely inside the album. Enjoy!