Something I've been seeing quite a bit of lately is what I like to call Dictionary Art. People are taking vintage pages from dictionaries, books and sheet music and then printing an image on the vintage paper. I've even gone as far as buying some vintage French novel pages off Etsy. I haven't actually printed anything on these yet because I knew it would take some practice to make sure the page would fit through the printer without damage to the paper and get the image aligned properly.
One day I was visiting the Graphics Fairy and found that Karen, being the generous and thoughtful blogger she is, had posted a link to an old dictionary page. You can find it HERE. Just scroll down towards the bottom and you will find the dictionary page and picture of the cow.
Dictionary art can't get any easier than this. I just printed the dictionary page.
Before I put the printed page back in the printer, I made sure I had my image centered and sized appropriately. If you just click on the link at the Graphics Fairy, often you will get something like the image in the upper right corner of this group. I just copy the image and paste into word. In this case, I got the very large Fleur-De-Lis on the left side of this group. I then shrunk the image by playing with the outline box and centered it. It was easier for me to print the image and hold it up against the dictionary print to make sure it would print where I wanted it.
Once I had my image ready, I put the dictionary page back in the printer, and printed my image.
I was very happy with the way it turned out. It looks like a dictionary page and not a sheet of white paper printed to look like a dictionary page. You could also try printing this on parchment paper, or some other paper that looks unique and old. I may eventually get around to trying that, or at least using the French novel pages I have.
This would also be great to do for a theme or holiday. There is no real expense if you do it like I did. I used the white copy paper I had, and some frames I've used for years with various things on display.