Monday, March 11, 2013

Inspired By... Retro Branding

The assignment from Get it Scrapped!: Make a page that includes elements of nostalgic branding with the goal of achieving a look inspired by retro branding.

This page is about childhood memories of my dad and his love of bowling. (he's the first one in line) The photo from 1960 set the tone for my retro layout. Looking for further inspiration, I searched Pinterest for retro bowling signs and the Silhouette Online Store for retro bowling shapes. I'm sure you're not surprised I found plenty of ideas in both places!





So what exactly are some elements of retro branding? I'm glad you asked! The most basic elements include: 

  • circles, scalloped edges and other simple shapes
  • two-toned & limited color schemes 
  • retro typography (classic script, hand lettered) 

I worked hard to get all of these on my page. Can you spot them? The finished layout is not my usual style, but I love the way it works with my photo. In the article for Get it Scrapped!, Debbie writes:
Take a look at branding these days and you’ll see plenty of vintage or retro images, typefaces, and layouts. Retro is trendy and retro branding is aimed at offering comfort, of reminding us of a time when things were better.
Since working on this assignment, I've been spotting this retro trend all over the place. You can find more inspiration and examples right here. Do you like the look? Could you find a photo or photos that would benefit from being scrapped with retro branding?


23 comments:

  1. awesome job sue!!! i have tons of bowling photos- going to have to check out the silhouette store

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  2. Great layout! I like the retro look and it feels perfect with your photo. My Dad was a big bowler too. And for awhile when we were kids, my Mom and Dad bowled in a league on Saturday nights. My bro and I spent the evening playing air hockey and foos ball and video games at the alley. Ah, those were the days! :)

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  3. Oh, yes, I love a retro look and I get great pleasure from trying to recreate a certain era or mood on a page. I think you have doen a wonderful job here - it makes me think about watching "Happy Days" in the days when we had no bowling alleys here at all

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  4. Handy that retro is back in fashion ... I've so many old family photos to scrap :)

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  5. This is an awesome page, Sue! You totally captured the retro feel!

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  6. This is such a fun page! You did a wonderful job capturing the look of the era. Your title could have come right off a sign.

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  7. Awesome job! Love it! Takes you right back!

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  8. Great page! My dad used to bowl on Monday nights too!

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  9. What a great challenge and layout!
    Huge fan of retro here :)
    And actually used to bowl myself a back in my 20's.
    My parents were/are huge bowlers and roped me in for a bit :)

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  10. Great layout, love the old photo and retro styling:)

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  11. I love the retro signage and have a couple. Thanks for the ideas on how to use them!

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  12. You really did. Capture the retro feel Sue!
    Alison xx

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  13. What a cool retro layout! So fun! xo Evie

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  14. I love the retro bowling theme you used.

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  15. Oh! This is perfect! Great design for this page :)

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  16. Really awesome page, Sue!! Love the inspiration from the Retro-branding!!

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  17. What a great page to honor that memory!

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  18. This looks great! I love the pins on the bottom right.

    I bet I could find a photo to use on a retro page... x

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  19. That page totally works for that photo. Nicely done!

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  20. Wow! Great retro layout- I really like how you themed this!

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