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Scrapbooking Page Layout Ideas – The Aged Look

In this article, I am going to give you some scrapbooking page layout ideas specifically relating to giving your scrapbooking pages that antique look and feel.scrapbooking page layout ideas

Scrapbooking Page Layout Ideas

When I started scrapbooking, I had a lot of old black and white photographs, and I grabbed at ideas for layouts with that antique look to them.

How To Make Your Layout Look Aged


Sometimes using a brand new crisp sheet of cardstock just doesn’t suit the old photographs that you want to use on your layout.  There are loads of great scrapbooking solutions to get an aged or distressed look to your layouts.  There are also a number of manufacturers producing printed designs that recreate a distressed look, but it is much more fun and cheaper to create your own.

The easiest way to distress or age paper is to simply crumple it up.  Take the page with both hands and crunch it up into a ball.  The tighter the ball, the softer and finer the finished crumples will be.  Next open out the paper and smooth it down.

You can then create different effects by either applying glaze for a shine or inking lightly over the crumples to create a piece that looks 100 years old.  If you want a smoother result, try ironing the sheet with a dry iron set to medium heat.


Another scrapbooking idea is to lightly sand the surface of the paper with fine sand paper to remove bits of the finishing of the paper here and there.  Paper or cardstock with a white core will work better for this technique.  You can also combine sanding and the crumpling technique above.


If you look at old newspapers or documents you will notice that the edges are never straight and flat.  You can recreate this effect by using the tearing technique.
If you tear the paper towards you, the core of the paper is revealed, and you can highlight the edges with  inks or chalks.

If you tear the paper away from you, the edge will be cleaner and sharper.  You can also try curling these edges inwards for an authentically aged effect.


Most old documents are yellowed with time.  You can achieve this same effect by using the direct to paper inking technique.

Do this by applying the ink pad directly to the paper, obviously using tan or brown ink.  Start by using a light touch of ink here and there, and darken if necessary.

Other colours can also be used for this technique, and white is also excellent for a soft cloudy finish.

Try using a thick makeup brush to apply the ink in a swirling fashion. This will highlight the texture of the paper, or any embossing in the paper.

When creating the aged effect, don’t used brightly coloured card, but if you have to and you want the layout to look aged, you can apply walnut or brown inks to tone the colours down to produce effects that look as though they have occurred naturally over time.

Using Embellishments

Another of my scrapbooking page layout ideas is to use old embellishments that you have collected over the years like old jewellery or brooches.

This will add a personal touch to your layouts, especially if the trinket belonged to the person in the photographs.

There are many aged looking embellishments that one can purchase, but it is much better if you can find your own personal ways to add to the character of the page.

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