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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Victorian Scraps

Today's project is a Victorian scrap mounted on to cream card and framed.

Collections of scraps can be found at flea markets or antique fairs, sometimes still in their original album.

Look for a subject you like such as butterflies, birds or maybe flowers. If you wanted to hang your framed project in your bathroom, look for sea shells and crustaceans.

Lella Loves... Victorian Scraps
Victorian scraps are coloured printed papers and are usually embossed. They were used by both children and adults for various past times and collections. Scraps first appeared at the beginning of the 19th century in the form of engravings which were black and white. Colour was added by hand until full colour printed scraps arrived in the early part of the 20th century.

Check that the scraps you are buying are in reasonable condition and, if they have been removed from an album, look for minimal adhesive residues and inspect for damage. 

Obviously the scraps will not be perfect as, if original, they are very old but that can be part of their charm. To secure your scrap, I suggest you use either Spray Mount or just a dab of Pritt stick simply to hold it in place.

This is a lovely way to spend less than £5 and while away an hour framing it up.

*Tip: Remember to keep your framed scrap out of direct sunlight.

Cargo Home have some great offers on their frames and the wooden ranges start from £1.99. Use a wooden frame as it will complement the bright colours of the scrap.

Have fun and feel free to leave a comment.

Lella  xx

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