June 19, 2012

Vintage Classifieds memory Box

When it comes to vintage images & graphics my favorites to collect are the old Advertisements, Classifieds and commercial art.  We have many in the workshop and we keep collecting more and more especially in digital formats, when we don't get access to the real newspapers.  I really find them very charming and unique.  

Then one day I was going through my collection and wondering, what would it be a nice way to keep a collection always visible?  and my answer was a memory box decorated entirely with vintage commercial art.  Here it is:

It is a sort of a collage of old advertisements in all the box, the inside as well as the outside of the box.

I chose the most colorful advertisements I could find to enhance the box and printed them with the "vivid" option of my canon printer.

On the inside of the box, the bottom was painted in brown acrylic color and one vintage stamp was stamped on it.

Then for the embellishments some ribbon, a french coin, old buttons and a small frame.

We added the word "Vintage" with alphabet stencil on the lid.

This decoupage project was made using the wonderful and versatile ModPodge.  The materials you need are:

  • Cardboard box or container that you want to use
  • Cuts of Vintage advertisements, classifieds or commercial art
  • Acrylic paint in brown color or any other color that will suit your design
  • ModPodge
  • Rubber or clear stamps & ink (*optional)
  • Ribbons, buttons, coins (*optional)
  • Fixative spray for photos or prints
  • Alphabet Stencils

This is how the box looked before.  It was a simple cardboard box containing a cd and other computer software:

Step by Step:

1. Prepare the surface.  If the box has been previously used and it has glued paper, remove it completely.  If the box is brand new, leave it as it is, it does not require further preparation or painting because we are covering it all with paper.   For this particular box, I cut a piece of the lid, to make it shorter.

2. Cut the advertisements and spray them with a fixative if necessary, to prevent the ink from running.  Let it dry and plan their distribution on the box. 

3. Glue the images on to the box with ModPodge, at the moment apply it on the back of the images (not the front).  Once all the cuts are glued outside (top, below and sides), proceed with the inside of the box.  

4.  Paint the bottom of the box with the acrylic color and once dry apply the stamp with your favorite vintage image on it.

5.  Paint the lid with the word Vintage and for an aged look, paint around the edges of the box a border with the same brown color.  Let it dry.

6.  Once all is dry give the whole box 2 layers of ModPodge to seal it and protect it.

7.  Add some ribbons,  buttons, coins or other embellisments according to the design and voilà! the job is done.

Now the vintage advertisements, classifieds and commercial art are not only on a cd but also displayed nicely in a colorful memory box that we can enjoy looking at.  I hope you like this project and would try it at home it's very easy, I certainly enjoyed working on it. 

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Every week we have the honor and pleasure to participate and share our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating.  They are not in a particular order, just from the oldest I found till the newest I found:

Brag Monday @ The graphics Fairy  
Vintage style link party @ Debbiedoo's 
Market yourself @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff  
Link party @ The Girl Creative 
Making Monday marvelous @ C.R.A.F.T.  
Boggieboard Cottage @ Masterpiece Monday 
Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life  
Meet me Monday @ You're Talking Too Much
Calling All Crafters Monday @ All Things Fee  
CraftOmaniac Monday @ CraftO Maniac 
More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  
Make-it-Yourself Monday @ An Original belle 
Amaze me Monday @  Dittle Dattle
Under 300 Followers Blog Hop @ Pinkapotamus  
The Cure for the Common monday @  Lines Across

Get your craft on @ Today'screative blog 
Knick of Time tuesday @ Knick of Time 
Tell it to me Tuesday @ Creatively Living 
Tutorials & Tips Link Party @ Home Stories A2Z  
Cowgirl up Linky Party @ Cedar Hill Ranch 
Tuesday’s Treasures @ My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia
Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday @ Kammy's Korner 
Be inspired link party @ Elizabeth & Co
Coastal Charm @ Nifty Thrifty Tuesday 
Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking 
Take the Time to Challenge @ Raising 4 Princesses 
Turning the Daunting into the Do-Able @ Project Queen
One project at a Time @ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Linking Pary @ Passionately Artistic
Take a look Tuesday @ SugarBee crafts 
Open Call Tuesdays @ Salt Tree
Show me what you got @ Our DelightfulHome
Wow us Wednesdays @ Savvysouthern style 
Primp your stuff Wednesday @ Primp
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm 
Share the love @ Very Merry Vintage Style
It's a Party @ DIY by Design 
Whatever goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts 
What is it Wednesday @ http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Whatever you want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things for You
Wicked Awesome Wednesday @ Handy man, crafty woman 
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely 
Show and Tell @ SNAP 
It's a Party @ CreativePrincess
Wildly Original Round Up @ I Gotta Create
Waste Not want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby Uk 

Catch as Catch Can @ http://www.myrepurposedlife.net
Open House Party @ No MinimalistHere
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground 
Hookin' up with @ House of Hepworths
Time Travel Thrusday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
20 Below Thrusday @ Cristinas Adventures
Home and Garden Thrusday @ A Delightsome Life 
Made you Look @ Maid in a Day 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From my front porch to yours 
Thrifty Thursday @ Saved byLove Creations
Show off your stuff party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest 
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now 
Inspirational Friday @ At the picket Fence 
Do something Crafty @ See Vanessa Craft
Friday feature @ Redoux Interiors 
Once upon a Weekend @ Family Ever After
Friday Fun Party @ Craftionary 
Finished Lit and Laundry for Friday @ Lit and Laundry
Feature yourself Friday @ Finger Prints on the Fridge 
Look at Me I'm so Crafty @  Fun to Craft
It's a Hodgepodge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge life 
Friday Flair @ WhipperBerry
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff& Nonsense 
Simply Link Party @ SimplyDesigning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage   
Happy Hour Friday @ Happy Hour Projects 
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home  

Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter 
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different act Normal
Site Nite special @  Funky Junk Interiors 
Get schooled Saturday @ Too much time on my hands
Scrappy Saturday @ CandaceCreations
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Check me out Saturday @ Iam only 1 Woman 
Serenity Saturday @ - Serenity You
Saturday Seven Party @ Positively Splendid 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters' Stuff
Saturday Showcase @ Bowdabra Blog  

What's Your Sunday's Best! @ My 1929 Charmer 
Weekend features @ Sisters of the Wild West
Simply Klassic Sunday @ Simply Klassic Home 
Sundae Scoop @ I (Heart)Nap Time
DIY Project Parade @ DIY showoff 
The Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table andDreaming 
Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things

Thank you very much and have a wonderful week,



  1. You have a style all your own, another great project!

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  3. looks so wonderful - love this project :)

  4. You always have the coolest vintage things. Love the look of the ads on the box and that you provide the directions! Thanks for posting this!

  5. AnonymousJune 19, 2012

    Love love how this turned out. Just may try one myself! Found you via a blog hop and am now a new follower!

  6. Your box is beautiful inside and out. Timeless! Thank you so much for sharing just how you did it.

  7. Erika this is so creative to display your collection!! I love the vivid colors!

    Art by Karena
    2012 Artists Series

  8. Super creative, the colors are to die for !
    New follower from the Blog Hop
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  9. What an amazing little box. The colours are fabulous.

    Thank you for linking to Waste Not Want Not Wednesday at http://prettyshabbyuk.blogspot.co.uk

  10. I love vintage and recycling. This project brings it together beautifully. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  11. Gorgeous! I just adore all of the vintage ads you used.. such a brilliant way to upcycle a sweet little box! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can't wait to see what you share next!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  12. What a Pretty way to display the things you love! The cut little clasp is just adorable! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Ivy and Elephants, we're your newest followers!

  13. What a wonderful memory box! You have such a good eye for the graphics!

  14. What a fabulous work of art! I want to do one with my vintage sewing ads. How do you get the papers to lie flat when you are applying them? I have had issues with that. Happy creating!

    1. Dear Mary, thank you for your comment, I am glad you liked it. On this particular project I applied the Glue to the surface and then place the image quickly but carefully and pressed around it to eliminate the bubbles, one image at the time with lot of patient. Try it and let me know.

  15. It really turned out nice! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

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