Treasured prints from antique & vintage books

Fort Collins, Colorado · 344 Sales


Treasured prints from antique & vintage books

Fort Collins, Colorado 344 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

thinaircreations is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Hello and thanks for stopping by. We will be out of town for a few days returning on Monday, May 29th. Please stop back then and we will look forward to helping you then.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 22, 2017

Hello and thanks for stopping by. We will be out of town for a few days returning on Monday, May 29th. Please stop back then and we will look forward to helping you then.

Kathleen Schmidtke

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Kathleen Schmidtke


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

smredick on Feb 1, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Just as pictured! Fast delivery with personalized note makes it that much more special. Thank you!

Isabel Janelli

Isabel Janelli on Dec 8, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I bought this gift as a Christmas present for my brother who loves geese. The print arrived promptly and contained a handwritten thank you note for buying the purchase. Very unique gift idea!


rougealizarine on Sep 11, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful print. Very carefully packaged and in perfect condition. I love it!

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Living and Working in the Thin Air

For many, many years while I was working in the high tech industry I told my family and friends that someday I was going to work with old books. For many of those years I wasn't sure doing what but...then one day I came across a wonderful old book at my mother's house that was filled with beautiful botanical prints. The pages were falling out so it was the prefect candidate to become the first book in my upcycling business. Thankfully at the time I started I also found Etsy which made it possible for me to build the foundation of my business online.

Now prints from Thin Air Creations are being sold all summer/fall at Craft Fairs in the Rocky Mountain region, are in retail locations in both Colorado and Wyoming, and of course, fill my Etsy shop. My little shop continues to grow in amazing and different ways that I would have never expected when I started four years ago.

My mother always said, "some times you just need to pull things out of thin air and make them work". That is exactly how my business got started and has stayed afloat - on thin air!


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  • Kathleen Schmidtke


    The greatest pleasure in life is getting to work at something that is always challenging, exciting, and fun. That is what it is like for me as a Master Book Upcycler - the perfect fit for someone that LOVES old books.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 17, 2015
We find "bookart" from the pages of treasured books and offer it to the world. Every print in our shop is the original page from the antique or vintage book. It is carefully matted to protect it during display and shipment but there is no other altering to the actual page (except for removing the rough edge attached to the binding).

In our shop you will find a wide range of matted "book plate prints" that span every type of presentation (engravings, illustrations, black and white photography, B&W photography that has been painted, etc) and every topic from around the world. Most of our prints are from books that were published prior to 1940 and dating back to the 1880's. Although on occasion we will find something that is a little newer (up to the 1950's) that is a real gem and worth sharing.

On occasion we will find a book, or set of books, that is so beautifully outstanding that they are worth finding a new home for them. These gems can be found in our other shop on etsy: old books and such.

We take pride in our product and every print or book is like a friend that we love and value. Once you see our prints we hope you will love them too.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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We accept Etsy Direct Payment, Paypal, personal check or money orders.
Returns accepted within 7 days - no restocking fee.
All Colorado orders will have applicable sales tax added.
We at Thin Air Creations are committed to customer satisfaction. All of our order management and shipping processes are designed to meet your needs as efficiently and cost effectively as possible. While our standard shipping is stated at 1-2 business days we ALMOST ALWAYS ship same day or next.

You will note when your print arrives that it has been packaged in new, industry standard packaging on the somewhat excessive side. We know this adds to the shipping costs but we want to ensure that with 100% certainty that every print arrives damage free. We also hope our customers will recycle or reuse the cardboard packaging.

United States Postal Service is used for all shipments.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please do not return items damaged in shipment, as doing so will void the shipping insurance (if requested).
Damage claims can only be made on items shipped with insurance.
To begin the process, please contact our shop and alert us to the damage.
Claims should be made through the original shipping agent. Guidelines for insurance claims vary by carrier so please check with the carrier for specific instructions.
Be sure to retain all original packaging as well as all pieces of the damaged item, as the shipping agent will request to examine them.
In the event that you, the recipient, files the claim, the shop owner will provide you with the necessary insurance information.
For information on filing a claim through the following carrier, visit:*
United States Postal Service:

We will refund 100% and including shipping if print is returned to us in original shipping package.
Additional policies and FAQs
All items labeled "Antique" are 100 years or older.
Items labeled "Vintage" are at least 20 years old.