As far back as I can remember, the Victorian era has always intrigued me. As an English Literature major in college, I forever had my nose stuck in a book, immersed in Victorian stories, poems, art, fashion, decor, and general lifestyle. In fact, most historical eras, even prior to the Victorian era, intrigue me. Rustling skirts, goblets of wine, and galloping horses just seem to have a soft spot in my heart. When I try to pinpoint its lure, I can’t. But I do think romanticism may have something to do with it. My husband continues to remind me that during these periods, there was no running water for showers, flushing toilets, or toothpaste — and mice frequently made homes in the corridors of castles and cottages.
I choose to look past this unsettling part. 😆
It’s no surprise that the Victorian era is a constant theme in my journals. A few days ago, I was creating some much needed journal cards and I had an idea to use some Victorian poems to cut apart and create unique phrasing to use in conjunction with some vintage illustrations and images.
I created a document using different fonts and styling of four different Victorian writers–Charlotte Brontë, Lewis Carroll, Christina Rossetti, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Once finished, I printed it on some simple white card stock.
As I finished each new journal card, I selected the portions of text I wanted to use, sometimes mixing poems and other times using one or two words, and trimmed them with my paper cutter. Before gluing them down, I applied some distress oxide on top of each phrase and spritzed some water to make them look old and antique.
Watch the YouTube tutorial:
Because I enjoyed the process so much and I forever want to share snippets from the Victorian era, I am offering the PDF here as a free download for you to use on your projects. To download the file, click the button below.
Penned well over a 100 years ago, these words warm the hearts and minds of millions of people time and again. I hope they do the same for you.
Till next time,