Trendspotting: Vintage and Retro Photography

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This may be hard to believe, but at one point in time it was hard to find scrapbook products with cameras.  Recently, I have noticed that photography-themed items have been making a steady appearance in scrapbook supplies.  Specifically, there has been an increasing trend for retro and vintage photography items in the scrapbook industry.  Today, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the different photography trends.

1.  Filmstrips

This is also an older trend, which I first noticed with Tim Holtz’s Alterations and Ideaology lines, both of which have filmstrip-inspired crafting supplies.  Recently, EK Success released a deep edge film strip border punch.  I have also spotted filmstrips incorporated into some scrapbooking paper lines like Echo Park’s Note to Self and For the Record.

Here is a beautiful layout by Lost Coast Scrapper entitled "Summer Arts" showcasing the use of a filmstrip die to incorporate additional photos with a vintage feel.


2.  Vintage and Retro Cameras

Images of vintage and retro cameras can be found in everything from patterned paper to washi tape and flair. Many of the patterned papers currently available with camera motifs can be used to create camera embellishments by fussy-cutting the images or die-cutting the images out of the patterned paper.  There are also a host of wood veneer and other types of premade embellishments in the shape of cameras.  You can see a selection of wonderul products included at the bottom of this article.

3.  Polaroid and Slide Frames

This is such a popular trend I am sure you have noticed it before my sharing it here.  This trend has become popular along with square photos and can be found in digital cut files, steel dies, scrapbook paper, and embellishments. Slide frames have also returned to the scrapbook industry with some updates.  Specifically, the frames have increased in size, become thinner and have had cut-outs added to them for interest and design.

This layout by Scrapbrarian entitled "Lupton 2012" shows a great way to include Polaroids.

4.  Viewfinder Reels

The viewfinder reels are the most recent addition to the photography trend that I have noticed.  You can find this nostalgic image as a main patterned paper design, as a digital cut file, and even a Tim Holtz Alterations die.

I found this fun little card created by Teriishere entitled "Yay" where she uses the reel as a focal point to her card.

There is a wonderful layout incorporating the same die cut by Gibbst entitled "Friends."


As a scrapbooker who scrapbooks photos, the increased trend of photography elements is warmly welcomed and appreciated.  Additionally, because of the nature of scrapbooking, it is for sure a trend that will not disappear.


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