Photos inspirations from by-gone days

Hello my friends !

I had another nice surprise last week when Crabtree & Evelyn’s public relations and marketing specialist in Connecticut sent me an e-mail to thank me for a post I made featuring their products.  She said their products blended beautifully well with my photos and she really liked that post.  How cool is that ?  🙂  I’m glad my post could reach her.  The same day, I had 13 views on this post, probably other employees from the same office.  It’s very kind of her to have sent me this e-mail, Thank you !

When I finish a post, most of the time I don’t know what I’m going to show and talk about in the next.  I have a few ideas I save in case I really don’t know what to post, but surprisingly something always comes up to spark my interest or creativity and that’s when the inspiration begins.  It could be something I saw on TV or the internet, heard on the radio, and sometimes it can be just a glimpse of an image I saw.  When that happens it’s as if all my creativity is suddenly awakened and from there I can start working on a new post.  Two weeks ago I received an interesting e-mail from my aunt  about some vintage 1930 catalog images from Montgomery Ward. 

Looking at these images I had the idea of creating vintage style photos.  I had much fun taking these photos and creating collages.  Also, I finally learnt to work with layers and textures with my photo editor Corel Paint Shop Pro X4.  I must admit I was intimidated at first , layers seemed so complicated to me, but it turned out to be not so complicated at all and now I really love working with them.  I like to give an artistic touch to some of my photos and for these one I used textures from Kim Klassen and Sarah Gardner.

I hope you enjoyed these photos, and until inspiration strikes again for my next post I’m wishing you a nice sunny week !

I’m linking to The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday and

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday


32 comments on “Photos inspirations from by-gone days

  1. I love your photography. I helped several ladies sell wonderful antique doll collections on ebay and developed a real appreciation for them. Your photography is dreamy.

    • Thank you so much for your nice compliment Linda ! It means a lot to me, these are my first attempts with textures. I really like those dolls too and vintage Teddy bears. I should check e-bay next time I want to purchase one.

  2. You did a lovely job giving all your photos an old fashioned feel. My favorite is the basket of flowers. Margie

    • Thank you Margie ! That’s what I was aiming for, an old fashioned feel, I’m glad you liked them. I love how the basket of flowers turned out with the texture on it, it’s very different from the original photo.

  3. Wonderful work, Jocelyne ! I’m very glad for you that Crabtree and Evelyn congratulated you. I like the “atmosphere” of your photos. Have a nice and creative week. Amicalement. Evelyne

  4. I really must sit down and learn how to use layer one day. Or several days! Your photos are lovely and have a romantic feel to them.

    • Thank you Karen for the nice compliment ! You definitely should learn layers, I’m sure you would adore working with them. From what I see on your blog you are very creative and like to create collages and play with images, so learning layers is the natural next step for you. If you want to learn it easily, the better advice I could give you is buy the guide explaining all your photo editor, don’t solely rely on the little booklet that comes with the editor when you buy it, it’s not enough. I found mine on Amazon, it has 400 pages !
      You would love it, I’m sure, and it is very addictive !

  5. Your photo effects have created wonderful soft images. How nice of C & E to recognize your post; some companies use a feature to pick up on anything on the internet that mentions their name.

  6. Jenna says:

    What fun to get such praise for your blog post, Jocelyne. Congratulations!

    I absolutely love these vintage photos! What an amazing old-time feel these have. Great work on them all! I really love the boy on the bike and the girl in the car. Great composition and feel. I love the lamp, candle and photo image, as well. Excellent feel of antique and age to it. Well done! I’ve only begun to toy with layers in PhotoShop, and they are intimidating, but I have had a lot of fun with them.

    Awesome old advertisement, too. I believe my grandparents have the same old silver flashlight that is being advertisted in the upper left corner. 🙂

    Beautiful post, and congratulations, again! I hope the inspiration for more posts come to you soon!

    • Jenna…thank you so much for all your compliments on the photos. These are my first attempt at textures and I was so glad to see I obtained the look and feel I desired. The boy on the bike and girl in the car is an image that comes from a little book I had, and still have, when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I just loved this little book and couldn’t parted with. The image in the frame, with the lamp and candle, is a photo of my mom and dad when they were in their twenties. This photo is important to me, I have just a few photos of my mother, we lost her when I was only 5 years old.
      Isn’t the advertisement fun ?! I have lots more images, some of clothes, shoes, and even one where you could buy little chicks, wire and other items.
      Keep playing with layers, there’s so much we can do with them, I have had lot of fun too and I’m not intimidated at all now.
      A nice evening to you Jenna !

  7. Georgianna says:

    Beautiful and so charming, Jocelyne! What a great idea you had to create these scenes. And great on hearing from Crabtree and Evelyn – so cool!

    Thanks so much for your enthusiastic comment on the roses and mood boards– much appreciated! 🙂

  8. Hi Jocelyne – Well done on the recognition from Crabtree and Evelyn, and I have to say that your ‘vintage’ photographs are ace! I think you have a natural talent for photography! A really interesting and beautiful post! I enjoyed it!



    • Thank you John ! What nice compliments, it made me very happy to read this ! I’m glad you enjoyed it, I wasn’t sure if all of my followers would like that, especially men, because this post is so girly !

      • Yeah! Ok! The content is somewhat girly but the quality of the text and the photography is what makes it interesting to me! Having said that, I really like the content of the photographs as well! Must be my ‘feminine’ side kicking in! Just don’t tell my other half, Penny!

      • Ha ! Ha ! Don’t worry, I won’t tell, my lips are sealed 🙂
        It’s good for men to have a bit of feminine side and also good for women to have a bit of masculine side either.

  9. Judy says:

    Jocelyne….I just love your photos, images, collages and all your techniques. I wish I knew how to do collages and how to do layers in Photoshop. I’ve always wanted a drawing program too. I’m truly envious of your expertise! I sure wish we were neighbors so I could learn from you!

    I think your photos are just outstanding! But, then again, I adore anything vintage! So they really appeal to my heart! Today I found some more vintage linens…I was so excited. 😉 You can relate!

    • Thank you Judy, your compliments are much appreciated 🙂
      Yes I can relate, I love everything vintage !
      If we were neighbors it would be a pleasure to teach you how to use Photoshop 🙂
      But really, it’s not that complicated. Buy a good book that explains all of Photoshop, and just follow the step by step explanations and you will see that layers aren’t that complicated. If you try to learn it by yourself, it will drive you crazy ! I tried that and got discouraged, but with the book it was much easier. When you begin, you feel a bit lost with all that technical language but when you start to figure it all out it becomes much more easier. There’s also many tutorials on the net, I found some for beginners with Corel Paint Shop Pro X4.
      You should try it Judy, I’m sure you’d love it, it’s very addictive !

      • Judy says:

        Thanks, Jocelyne…I’ll bet I can find some tutorials on Pinterest too. I’ve found a bunch of photography tutorials that are great. I took a photoshop class once and came out of it with my head spinning! 😉 Thanks for your help! BTW….I subscribe to a great photo newsletter by Digital Photo School…they have awesome tips and info on a variety of photo stuff. Not sure if you’ve heard of them.

      • Yes, I’ve heard of them but I didn’t know they had newsletters. I’ll subscribe, I’ll definitely need some tips because I’m finally buying a DSLR next month and I just can’t wait !
        Thanks for telling me !

  10. Gitanjali says:

    I love your vintage shots! I am experimenting myself and I really love seeing how other bloggers experiment 🙂
    Have a great week!

    • Thank you so much Gitanjali ! I too love to see how others work with textures. In fact I think it is part of the learning process. Seeing other people’s work inspire me and help me discover new ways to work with textures.
      Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it !

  11. dianne - life as i see it says:

    beautiful vintage Inspirations..

  12. Hi Jocelyne! These are just so cute! Keep showing us some more 🙂

  13. niasunset says:

    Dear Jocelyne, your beautiful photographs almost took me to my memories… You are so creative, I loved them all. Thank you, Blessing and happiness, with my love, nia

  14. JimR says:

    Excellent post Jocelyne. The vintage images are superb.

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