Friday, November 5, 2010

Love me some Graphic's Fairy

Oh, I just love the Graphic's Fairy. She uploads these pretty little vintage images for free. And there are so many it's hard to choose!

I searched the sight for seashells and found these. I framed them last night. I took some printer paper, soaked it for a second in my coffee pot (filled with this morning's coffee) laid it in the microwave and zapped it for 1 minute. When I took it out, the coffee stained paper was a little wrinkled, but had lots of character. I then just ironed the paper to get it ready for the printer. This particular image prints with an aged look anyways, as it was scanned out of an old book. But it's even more authentic looking after being printed on coffee (or tea) stained paper.

The frames were 8 x 10, and the image is more like 6 x 10. So I got some pretty paper at my local art supply store and put it under the image to fill in the space. I had the frames stashed in my closet, I just spray painted them to liven them up a bit.

Total cost for this image: $2 for the pretty paper. That's all! And there's plenty of paper left to use on another project down the road.

Thanks for stopping by & thank you all for your inspiration!



  1. The coffee stain idea is wonderful, and they look so pretty in those frames. I love seashells too!

  2. These look great!! I love that you stained the paper first, great idea! Thanks for linking this up to Brag Monday.

  3. Oh I'm so inspired. I love Graphics Fairy too and I was wanted to do something just like this with some of her prints on eggs. I just couldn't envision the end result it in my head. This is perfect thanks! Off to Godwill to find frames :)