Easy Method to Print on Vintage Paper & A Quick Gift Idea

Do you love vintage paper items such as sheet music, old books and old maps? Me too! Now I don’t recommend destroying a good vintage book or old map but you can often find old tattered ones at sales. I want to share with you my easy method to print an image or saying on that vintage paper. I like to frame these and they make great gifts for the friend who loves vintage things.

Materials Needed:

Vintage book page, sheet music, map

A printer and computer

A saying or image

A frame with or without glass. (Tip: I pick up frames of different sizes at garage sales and thrift stores. Then I usually give them a coat of paint and distress lightly).

First I decide what I want to use for my background. Here is a piece of an old map.


I then take a piece of my card stock. I used this in my wax paper transfer method here. I buy packs of 50 pieces of card stock from Michaels when it is $2.00 a pack so I always have some on hand.

I use card stock as the backing for any vintage paper that I want to print on. This makes it sturdy and it does not get stuck or jammed in my printer. I have used this method many times and it is pretty foolproof. I simply use some Scotch tape and adhered it to the top and bottom of my sheet music, book page, map, etc. I use the same piece of card stock over and over.


After I decide on my saying or image, I simply print on it with my printer. Here I have taken the piece of map off of the card stock. The paper does not need to be as big as the card stock. Sometimes my book pages are quite small so I just center them on the card stock and make sure that what I am printing will come out in the middle onto the book page, etc.



I then lay the frame over the saying and roughly cut around it.



Next I had an idea for a gift for a friend. I pulled out a piece of old sheet music without words. I decided Sweet Dreams would be a nice sentiment. Now as you look at the above photo you will see that Dreams ended up on the notes and is harder to read.



So I went back to the computer and put another space between the words and reprinted it. I think this is much more pleasing to the eye.


Here are the two side by side and I think the first one is much easier to read.


Tip: If you have a backing for the frame, tape the paper to a window and stick the backing behind it. Move the backing around until the words are in a nice position and trace the outline of the backing onto the sheet music. Now simply cut off the excess paper and it will fit perfectly!

Here are the finished items that were made using the easy method to print on vintage papers. I have sold these in my booth and I think they make great gifts. So if you need a last minute gift for a friend, find a frame and some paper and have fun!






I hope you will never look at a vintage paper the same way again. Don’t throw it away or recycle it. Frame it! This is such an easy method that you will be wanting to make more and more once you start!

Thank you for taking the time to read this far! I really appreciate it and love to read comments.

Wishing each of you a great journey in your hunt for vintage items and make sure to have fun along the way! Remember you are making memories!

Wishing you many blessings in 2016,



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