I've done a lot of heritage/vintage type layout, and I use a lot of tearing and inking. I make a lot of the embellies, but you can also use old buttons and lace. If you'd like to see some of my heritage, check out my heritage album in my gallery. I don't know if this link will work or not, but maybe.
I have some truly OLD pics of my grandparents (made in the 1800s) so I've been working on them for a while.
My gallery might not help, but maybe you can see a technique you'd like to try. If you have any question, I'm happy to answer them for you.