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We’re on vacation for the next two weeks, but we’re leaving you in good hands with guest posts everyday AND regular Nerd Nest scheduled posts on weekdays. Today’s guest post is by Trina from Nest 924. She’s vintage lover and Project Life junkie like us and she’s here to share how she incorporates vintage papers into her Project Life!

Hello there, Nerd Nest Readers! I’m excited to be able to post here while Megan and Jake are on vacation. I’m Trina, and I’ve been blogging for quite some time, first at Feed the Birdies, and then when a new chapter in our lives unfolded, I moved to Nest 924. I’m a lifestyle blogger, and I’d love for you to read the story of our move from a large home to a tiny apartment. It took quite a bit of courage to leave behind what we did, but what a transition for the better! The one thing that you will notice about what we enjoy most is vintage, and we adore visiting estate sales. The main thing I look for? Paper. I am a collector of vintage papers and ephemera. And I have a HUGE collection. There is just something about the nostalgia, the smell (yes, I said that), and the beauty of old papers.

I found The Nerd Nest a few months ago while catching up on blog reading, and after being away from paper crafting for some time, Megan’s Project Life pages inspired me to give it a whirl again and use what I had collected to share my family’s story. I love to read Project Real Life Redo posts on The Nerd Nest, but one of my favorite posts of Megan’s work is here. Want to know why? Because it is a page full of collected things that she loves. I love collections! And I need to use some of mine…

Vintage papers are great to incorporate in your Project Life pages. There are so many ways to use them! Because I am new at Project Life, most of my papers have been used in mini books, like the one here. But look what else you can do!


Here is a layout from a recent Rockabilly party that we go to every year. Since the hot rods, WWII soldiers, and big band music were plentiful, it is only fitting to add some vintage paper flair to the layout, don’t you think?


Sometimes it is hard to cut those pretty papers, but put those fears aside and do it. They can become page inserts or embellishments, or the main attraction of your page. Don’t be scared! This one was a birthday card!



On the next page, I used an old playing card, a vintage valentine (those are my favorites), and then cut up a playing card from an old Happy Days board game. The Fonz would have loved that red car, right?



A favorite from the party was the fly over show from the WWII aircraft. We took tons of pictures. I love old air mail envelopes, and this one made the perfect journaling card. Snip off the end to fit and write directly on the envelope. You could also hide little mementos inside and put a note on the back.

Now, you may be wondering about where to find some unique ephemera for your own pages, so I thought I would give you some tips:

1. Look for estate sales in your area. One of my favorite sites is EstateSales.net. Look for homes that are full of mid-century, and it is almost a sure bet that you will find some neat things.

2. Be prepared to dig. This is a big one. If you don’t dig…in boxes, garages, crates, open drawers, etc, you might miss out. We found an entire collection of WWII photos and letters buried in the box of an old drill INSIDE the owner’s manual. No lie. We have letters with “Heil Hitler” as the complimentary close that were typewritten, some photos, and some negatives. All original. The estate sale team didn’t even find them, and we did.

3. If there is an office space, chances are you can come away with some sweet Dennison labels, pens, and other office supplies. Swoon! I found Pan Am letterhead and a pencil not too long ago.

4. Look at local thrift shops, ask relatives, or beg on Facebook. My friends and family know what I love, and they are more than happy to ship it to me to get it out of their hair.

5. Last, watch my blog for my shop to open soon, and you will have so many pretty things to choose from!


Have a splendid day, and good luck on your vintage paper hunt!