Vintage Printables Free Download – Make a Journal!

Looking for vintage printables free pages to print and make into a journal? Check out this freebie for creating your own junk journal.

Vintage Printables Free Download to make your own junk journal in vintage shabby style.

Vintage Printables Free Download

We all love a bit of vintage, shabby chic style at times and I think it’s a very pretty look for scrapbooking and keepsakes. Here’s an entire set of vintage paper background designs to print, along with some embellishments in the same theme.

Great for holiday journaling, memory keeping and just fun junk journaling and crafting – anyone who loves vintage and the Tim Holtz type of shabby style will enjoy these FREE printables.

I designed this whole set of printables to create a journal of keepsakes – things that make me smile. Originally it was an Etsy junk journal printables product, but it’s retired now and instead of keeping designs on my hard drive, I think it’s a lot more helpful to spread the love and post it here on my blog for FREE download.

The cool thing about printables is the ability to share it freely on the internet, across the globe and no matter what your craft budget might be, it can definitely be easier to get a few prints on paper and be able to make something yourself at home.

All the printable papers are included in printable kit:

  • 10 vintage background pages
  • 10 matching tags
  • 1 cover image
  • 1 cover label
  • 1 interior pocket design
  • 1 blank page and 1 blank tag so you can DIY and create your own unique designs and embellishments

Since this product is printable, you can pick and choose the pages you want to use and print however many copies you need for your particular project. Please note that the cover image size does limit how thick your book spine can be – unless you have access to print larger than a regular sheet of paper or can piece two pieces of paper together – get creative and see what you can make!

Vintage Printables Free Download Instructions

Here’s a quick summary of how I created my vintage journal with this printable kit. I’ll offer alternatives and tips along the process as well.

STEP 1 – DOWNLOAD PRODUCT and PRINT

First, if you want to make this exact journal, download the printables files to your computer or alternatively you can follow these instructions and just use other materials you have on hand.

I have these vintage  printables free downloads in multiple PDF files, so download all of them or just designs you want below…

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The PDFs make it easy to just print everything at once or you can choose to print only certain pages. When printed actual size, the final journal will be approximately 6x4inches.

Vintage Printables Tips

  • consider what paper you would like to use, the thicker the paper the more sturdy your journal will be
  • the thicker the paper, the fatter your journal will be
  • since you are only printing on one side of the page, you might want to consider printing on colored paper or back side of patterned paper, if you don’t want blank backsides. however they are nice for journaling and decorating too!
  • consider adding patterned paper, kraft paper or colored cardstock along with printed pages to expand your journal
  • remember when printing to check your printer settings, use the highest quality possible
  • make sure no parts of the imagery are cut off in printing
  • I recommend using heavy cardstock for your cover image at least, it will protect your journal pages

STEP 2 – CUT and INK

Use your preferred cutting tool to cut out all the printed designs. Note that you don’t have to be super exact, because you can also ink the edges of your pages after trimming to hide any imperfections and finish off your printables, giving it an inked edge look.

For my journal, I also cut some kraft papers to add more blank pages. I also folded my printed pages in different directions, since I only printed designs on one side and the back is blank. To vary how they would appear in my journal, I folded some pages to show design on the front and others on the back and mixed up all the pages to create variety.

More Vintage Printables Tips

  • ink the edges of your pages for a finishing effect
  • consider how many pages you would like in your journal, print more copies if you would like
  • consider adding plain pages, lined pages, kraft paper, cardstock, etc if you would like to expand your book
  • consider cutting pages in different sizes for variety

For your the cover design, I sewed the printed piece onto another piece of kraft paper to make the cover thicker and sturdier. Then I sewed the label for decoration and embellished with alphabet stickers. You can embellish your cover in a number of ways, but creating some kind of border or reinforcement all the way around helps to keep the journal cover sturdy. Not that the size of the cover page is a bit larger than the page size to help protect the pages within.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can easily glue pieces of paper together to get a thicker cover and glue embellishments on the cover to decorate.

STEP 3 – PUNCH and BIND

There are a number of ways you can put your journal pages together. I chose to punch 3 holes (because I had varying paper sizes) and stitched together all the pages folded in half. However, you can also glue your pages back to back – which might be better if you don’t want to see the back sides of your pages if you only printed on one side.  There are many book binding methods out there, so take a look on this blog for other ideas as well. But any basic long stitch or pamphlet stitch will do!

For the cover, I decided to add some eyelets to holes to reinforce the paper. You can also smear some glue on your punched holes and let it dry to reinforce them without eyelets. You can even use nail polish – just something to stop the punched edges of the holes from tearing with use.

Using linen string, I stitched the entire book together, nothing fancy, just stringing through, in and out, long stitching and tied a knot at the end. Super simple.

Final Vintage Printables Binding Tips

  • You can use a hole punch to punch holes, or simply a needle for something smaller. Depending on the thickness of your paper, you might want smaller holes.
  • Consider using other materials such as ribbon to bind your book together. If your pages are all the same size, you can just do two holes as well.
  • Note that I have not folded or scored my cover paper…I want to keep it sort of softly rounded in the spine area

STEP 4 – EMBELLISH

Finally, after making your journal, you can embellish and use it!

For the cover, I used alphabet stickers to create a title. You can also write directly on the label or print out something you have typed on the computer to add on.

For the pocket on the inside cover, it’s best to fold the larger flap behind and up first, then glue the little flaps on either side. This gives you a smooth inside pocket to slip things into. Then glue the whole pocket into your journal. I put it on the inside of the front cover, but you can also add it to the first page of your journal or the back cover instead. You can also print more copies and create more pockets within the journal for more space!

For the tags, I punched holes at the top and added some linen string. Pretty simple, but cute. I’m keeping them int the pocket, before adding them throughout my journal. The pocket is nice for keeping ephemera or to store some materials that you will use in the journal.

Vintage Printables Tips for Embellishments

  • Consider how you would like to embellish your journal cover.
  • Consider what you would like to include in your pocket or print more than one to include throughout the pages of the journal.
  • You can ink up or pre-embellish your tags  as well
  • Many like to embellishment the binding or spine of their journals with fiber, charms, etc
  • Use ribbon or other material to create a closure for your journal (I used braided ribbon for mine)
Above all, have fun with it and make it your own! My goal was to start things up and create a template for the creation of a vintage styled journal…but where your creativity takes you, along with unique supplies… makes it a custom book just for you!
As a final touch, I decided  to braid up some ribbon and wrap it around my journal, to keep it together and to add a little special touch. Whatever crafty supplies you have lying around would be great to use!
I hope my documentation gives you enough instruction to create the vintage journal, but I also hope this has provided some good suggestions and tips on how to make it your own as well.
Enjoy this Vintage Printable Freebie and have fun creating!

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Free Printable Vintage Red Labels

You know those classic vintage red labels? They make great embellishments in papercrafting, but not easy to find. Download and print your own instead!

Download these free printable red labels for your journaling and labelling needs! Multiple shapes included in the free download PDF.

Recently, I was on the search for the classic red label sticker and it seems these days there are a lot of variations and fancy ornamental labels out there. But really, I just wanted to super simple and classic versions. So I thought I could just as well design them up, so here’s a printable version of the classic vintage red labels for your papercrafting pleasure.

This PDF download includes 4 pages of vintage red label designs. From the classic small rectangle label, to a larger rectangle version to a square version and finally a circle version. You can use these printable red labels for so many papercrafting ideas.

I’ve been getting into junk journaling, so created these exactly for that purpose. I think there’s something beautiful about the simplicity and boldness of the red label… so I wanted to incorporate these in my junk journal pages.

However, you can also use these printable labels for your planners, labelling items in the house as well as tags and papercrafting projects. Really the possibilities are limitless with such a classic vintage red label design.

Download Free Printable Vintage Red Labels

Below you can download the printable PDF and notice that each page contains a different shaped vintage red label design. You can print all of them or only the pages you want for your personal use.

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And if you are looking for a more modern interpretation, you can check out my previous blog post about printable pretty labels in multiple colors here.

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Free Printable Vintage Globe Card plus Coordinating Patterned Paper

Download this freebie printable vintage globe card and matching patterned paper for all your vintage paper crafting projects.

free printable vintage globe card and paper

If you love old maps, this printable vintage globe card is definitely the stationery printable for you. Wish someone bon voyage or make some old world papercrafts with this freebie printable card and matching patterned paper.

When I saw this vintage globe map design, I knew I had to create some printables with it. I created this bon voyage travel greeting card printable and I think it can be great for wishing someone a great trip or just to spark conversation about traveling together. Make plans to have an adventure with friends, right?

Additionally, I’ve also created a variation of the vintage globe card design onto a 12×12 patterned sheet of paper, so you can print for all your papercrafting projects. It will be so fun to create junk journals, art journals and travelers notebooks with this design. So you can print at home or readily have it printed at your local print shop for larger prints and different paper.

Doesn’t the vintage globe look just make you feel like flipping through old books in the library stacks? I have always loved the smell of old books. But if you don’t want to destroy actual vintage books, use this printable instead. You can print as many copies as you need.

Download Vintage Globe Card and Paper

Printable Vintage Globe Map Card LETTER
Printable Vintage Globe Map Card A4

Printable Vintage Globes Paper

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Free Printable Vintage Grunge Rose Paper

Check out this free printable vintage grunge rose paper for you junk journaling and other craft paper projects!

free printable vintage grunge rose paper

I’ve always had a love for vintage and all the old book papers and linen paper textures. So riding on that idea in my mind, I created this vintage grunge rose paper design. What do you think?

I thought it would be fun to share with you and would love to see what you create with this design. I think it’s perfect for junk journaling and all kinds of paper craft decor.

Download Free Printable Vintage Grunge Rose Paper

So you can download this high-resolution, 12×12 inch 300dpi paper printable below. Feel free to share a link to this post with all your craft paper friends as well – much appreciated.

vintage grunge rose paper

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Free Printable Little Vintage Label Tags

Free Printable Little Vintage Label Tags

I love creative journaling and memory keeping, so often find myself in need of little labels for notes and captions. I thought the little vintage label look would be super cute and versatile for so many projects, so made myself a million colors.

With these tags printed on some cardstock, I’ve got a whole bunch of labels to use in my papercrafting. So easy and fun to use!

little vintage label tags

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