Vintage Summer Love

I have a secret romance with anything to do with Cape Cod.  Maybe ’cause I was a Nanny on Nantucket for a Summer back in college? Nope- the kids were total Brat-O’s.  Maybe ’cause I spent part of my Honeymoon there?  Kennedy’s of Camelot?   Whatever it is…Cape Cod and my love of Vintage Summer decor has a special place in my heart.

Vintage Summer Decor made with @silhouetteamerica cut files

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The colors and embellishments of the Vintage Summer collection from Little Yellow Bicycle reminds me of clapboard cottages, sandy beaches and the quaint lighthouses of Cape Cod.  {Love, Love!}

My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon on Nantucket and since we recently celebrated our 14th anniversary, I got a lil’ sentimental and decided to make a Vintage Summer home decor project, mixed media style.

Nope, this isn’t a photo of us on on honeymoon either, we’re not even in Cape Cod, I just like it.

Lighthouse Die cut with Silhouette

Since the collection reminds me of clapboard cottages, I choose to include a wood element in my project by painting and distressing a wood board to use as the project base.

I used my Silhouette to cut out a Lighthouse cut file using a variety of the Vintage Summer cardstock, gave the windows texture by cutting small pieces out of a burlap tag and adhered them behind the windows.   Yes, cutting up a  burlap tag was a lil’ hard to do…Gulp!

Vintage Love Deocr

What’s unique about the Vintage Summer collection, is it pairs nicely with the Little Yellow Bicycle Naturals Collection.  I mixed and matched the collections together by combining the cork, burlap and the canvas embellishments. Dimentional Clouds cut with Silhouette


I machine stitched a zig-zag stitch around the edge of blue gingham paper, used my Silhouette again to cut out a Lori Whitlock Clouds  cut file then made them dimensional and  stuck a cute Vintage Summer stick pin and cork heart stick pin from the Naturals Collection.

So, what’s the beach without a cute beach bag?  I did mention how much I love these papers so I couldn’t resist creating another project out of it.



I used my Silhouette again to cut out a Beach Style Gift Bag cut file from Megan Hardy Designs out of a piece of Patchwork Quilt paper then embellished the bag with Vintage Summer paper flowers and a Naturals wood button.

Gift Bag  made with @Silhouettepins
To make the bag even more cute, I added a Burlap tag with a Vintage Summer Verse Sticker,  a Wood Button, cute Stick Pin and a Naturals cork shape.  I seriously wish this a real beach bag too.  {Love it!}


  1. says

    I’m loving every bit of these projects… I specially love the zig-zag. I must confess I’ve been wanting to do this for so long but I’m a bit scared of doing it. I don’t know, I might be silly but I’m scared of screwing it up either the paper or the machine LOL. Your project is so inspiring! Love it!!!


    • says

      Thank you so much Camila! I am by no means good at sewing but I can manage to sew paper. So just go for it and it definitely doesn’t have to be perfect! Also, if you mess up, pull out the thread and use a bone fold to flatten the paper back down, then start over. Will barely notice it. Good Luck- Holly :)

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