Specific decades or eras of time are often associated with particular textures, music, fashions, art, food, and so much more–all of these making up this time period’s style. You can draw inspiration from any of those elements to evoke a sense of that time on your scrapbook page.
Our creative team took a look at our detailed “decades” pinboards on Pinterest, and made their own pages full of texture, color, motif and other elements chosen to trigger a sense of four past decades: the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
See what they’ve done and then get to work on your own vintage-styled pages.
Evoke the 1950s on your scrapbook pages
Find fashion, decor and other inspiration on our 1950s Pinterest Board.
Karen Poirier-Brode says, “This page is about my grandson’s obsession with robots and his father telling him the bidet function on the toilets at my home was a robotic toilet.”
“Robots and space and comics were great themes of the 1950s, and this style worked well with my story. I used 1950s images from Shutterstock and retro-styled fonts to evoke this era on my page. The photo of my grandson in his superhero outfit was stolen from his mom’s Facebook page, so coudn’t be enlarged too much, but he fits well on the small planet Mars in one of the images I used. The cutout trimmed photos were part of 1950s ads and busy backgrounds. Text blocks with strokes were also popular then.”
Shanna Hystad says, “Last year my husband and I stopped for burgers at an old Drive-In that we used to go to when we were in high school. It was fun remembering old times and tasting those delicious burgers again.”
“I love the 1950s. I often think that I should have grown up in that decade. It seems like life was simple and the style was classic. I incorporated the 1950s style by using retro fonts in my journaling. I also printed my photos in a photo-strip arrangement, converting one copy to black-and-white and the other to vintage color. I added 1950s elements from a scrapbook collection by SEI: the Mayberry Collection, which I love.”
“I knew these Drive-In photos would be the perfect fit for my 1950s theme. I enlarged and edited the photo of the Dicks Hamberger sign and printed it directly on white scrapbook paper. I wanted the sign to be the focus of my layout.”
Evoke the 1960s on your scrapbook pages
Find fashion, decor and other inspiration on our 1960s Pinterest Board.
Stefanie Semple says, “My parents separated when I was 4, and it wasn’t until I was in my 40s that my Father gave me slides he’d taken, including these photos here. I have very few photos of me and know only a few of the stories associated with them. These are of me playing swingball, and the journaling comes from my mom’s recollections when I showed her the photos.”
“I designed to evoke the 1960s as I was a child of that time. The clothes I’m wearing in the photos are reminiscent of that era–way too short for my liking now–but stylish then. Woolen and crocheted clothing was in vogue then, and I remember a green crocheted dress that I adored. The doily at top on the page reminds me of it. Colors in fashions then could be bright and bold, and nothing was very matchy-matchy–like the color choices in the layout. I overlaid a map on a wood grain to add to the faded feeling of an era gone by.”
Amy Kingsford says, “This page is about my grandmother and a specific memory I have of spending the night at her home. I wanted to recreate the same 60’s inspired look that was prevalent in the colors and motifs that decorated her home and her closet. I used a strong retro color scheme, and accented it with several 60s-inspired motifs and embellishments.”
“Though this particular photo of my grandmother was taken in the eighties, everything from her glasses, to her hairstyle, to her mustard colored couch and her flowered wallpaper was representative of the sixties.”
Evoke the 1970s on your scrapbook pages
Find fashion, decor and other inspiration on our 1970s Pinterest Board.
Cynthia T. says, “We went to see Hair the Musical when the Broadway Cast came to London’s West End. It is something hugely important in our lives: to me it was the musical that made me into a performer, and I had told my daughter all about it since she was three years old. At age six, she could sing all the lyrics, and she ended up following a career in the Performing Arts, so this was like a dream come true to both of us.”
“The musical is from 1970, and reflects one of the most important times not only in the US but in the whole world’s history. It made sense to reflect the decade not only with photos but with the page design.”
“Still being a bit of a hippie at heart, I love the colorful tie-dyed effect, which I incorporated with the background paper and the slide viewer element. It not only brings the 70s feeling onto the page, but let me include several photos without crowding. The paper with swirls, and the font for the title (Psychedelia) added more 1970s touches.”
Amy Kingsford says, “This page is about an apartment my husband and I almost rented that was carpeted entirely in green shag.”
“To transport my viewer back to the 1970s, when green shag carpet was all the rage, I used several 70s-inspired motifs and patterns including color blocking, viewfinders, vintage cameras and other little vintage snippets.”
Evoke the 1980s on your scrapbook pages.
Find fashion, decor and other inspiration on our 1980s Pinterest Board.
Megan Blethen says, “I have been going through old photos from when I was a kid, and I found this one from a Christmas Day, when my sister and I were toddlers and got Cabbage Patch dolls for Christmas.”
“Cabbage Patch kids were a big thing in the 80s, and it’s fun to look back on these older memories. I had a collection in my stash that I knew would work perfect with this story.”
Devra Hunt says, “This page is about a the night my friends and I took over the photo booth at a sorority reunion. We were celebrating 30 years of friendship, that began in the mid 80s, making this an easy decade to inspire this layout.”
“I grew up in the 1980s. My memories are of music icons, fashion influenced by them and fun slang language, some that I still use today. I used these influences in color, texture and motif on this page. Neon colors of pink, green and turquoise are grounded by black and white. Records and cassette tapes reference music. The lace represents fashion influenced by Madonna and Boy George. Some my favorite slang words and phrases are also scattered throughout the page.”