Friday, February 25, 2011

Free Vintage Post Card Backs

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We are all very fortunate indeed, because a donor who wishes to be known only grannyso @ yahoo. com (spaces added to thwart spammers) has scanned her collection of vintage postcards and greeting cards and is allowing me to share them. These are the real deal; there's been no digital enhancing, other than to remove the backgrounds so you can layer them if you'd like. The first of grannyso's images I'm going to share are three vintage post card backs. These would make wonderful backgrounds or, if layered and repeated, borders. The first one could also be used as a scrapbook journaling card, because it's more or less blank. 

Here are the post cards:

These post card backs aren't necessarily pretty, but they have that gritty vintage feel that can lend a sense of realism to whatever you're working on. Please restrict their use to personal projects only. Thanks and happy scrapbooking!

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More of grannyso's vintage post card and greeting card collection will be posted soon!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Free Vintage Christmas Angels Scrapbook Element

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This vintage Christmas angels scrapbook element started out life as what looked like a sticker. It had a blah colored background and a pointy circular border that I didn't care for. I thought the little angels looked much prettier -- and would be more useful -- with just the gold border. So here they are, all pretty for the holiday! I hope you find a good use for them. Please remember that this image is for personal use only.
Vintage Christmas angels scrapbook element
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Friday, September 3, 2010

Free Vintage Back to School Scrapbooking Embellishment

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Vintage back to school scrapbook embellishment
This free vintage scrapbook embellishment features a pile of leather-bound books, a ruler and what I assume is a pencil box (?), all held together with a leather belt or strap. Since most kids have returned to school within the last two weeks, I thought this image was appropriate.

I can't read the titles of the books, except for Lights to Literature, Book Five. I imagine the others are just as serious! And I don't know the original source of the image, but I got it from Skimersan of FarFarHill.Blogspot.com. Thanks, Skimersan.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Note and Envelope Scrapbook Journaling Card

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Vintage scrapbook journaling card
This free vintage scrapbook embellishment features a vintage envelope in distressed antique ivory, paired with a note card of the same color to form a scrapbook journaling card. It's subtle floral design makes it feminine, but it can also be used for men. The image is a 300 dpi PNG file, so it's large and has a transparent background. That will make it easy to layer it over other elements.

The components for this scrapbook journaling cluster come from Skimersan of FarFarHill.Blogspot.com Many thanks to her for providing so many lovely images!

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Free Vintage Japanese Fan Scrapbook Element

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Vintage Japanese fan scrapbook element
This free digital vintage Japanese fan scrapbook element consists of a photo of a real vintage fan, plus some flower photos that have had a little Photoshop magic done to them to look like they're faded and from a bygone era.

I'm just now learning Photoshop Elements, so I'm having a blast playing with it. I used to use an ancient version of Fireworks to make my images; going from that to Photoshop Elements is like the difference between driving a car and having a seat on the space shuttle.

The photos that went into this image came from Simersan of Far Far Hill (the fan) and Lesley of Scrappiness Downunder. I think them both for providing the freebies that made this image possible.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Free Vintage Engraved Portrait Scrapbooking Embellishment

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Louise Bendicte De Bourbon
This free vintage engraved portrait of Louise Benedicte De Bourbon hails from the 16oos and it's a beauty. The details in this black and white engraving are wonderful. Ms. Benedicte De Bourban must have had to sit for a very long time to allow the artist to capture her likeness through the tedious medium of engraving! You can't tell by the look on her face though. She looks quite content and at peace.

This black and white engraving came from the Wikimedia Commons portraits of women section, which has plenty of other public domain images that can be used for vintage scrapbooking.

For those who have the skills and are so inclined, the background could be knocked out and the main image used as part of a vintage vignette for a blog header, scrapbook paper or an embellishment. It's also cool just the way it is. I hope you find a good use for it.

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Free Vintage Map

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This free vintage map is really vintage, because it dates back to the 16th Century. It was created by Abraham Ortelius and includes the North Atlantic, Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland -- and according to the description on the Wikipedia where I found it -- some fantasy islands in the Atlantic. It also has some lovely depictions of old sailing ships, some sort of a half-man, half-sea monster playing a musical instrument, a monkey, a whale and several other interesting creatures. It would make a great component for a travel journal or scrapbook, or for a handmade card.

This vintage map is considered to be in the public domain in the United States, but may not be in other countries. If you're concerned about its copyright status, you can read this Wikipedia page for more info.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Free Ornate Black and White Victorian Border

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This ornate black and white Victorian border comes from the 1860 book The Art of Illuminating As Practised in Europe from the Earliest Times. It was scanned and made available for free by the From Old Books site, which offers free public domain images that have been -- you guessed it -- scanned from old books. You can find instructions for making different colored versions of this border at the link above. There are also brown, red and green versions already posted on that site, along with many other images extracted from a large archive of old books. To see them, click the "FOBO" link at the top of the page.

I hope you love this Victorian border as much as I do. It reminds me of the reproduction Sears catalog from the 1800s that we had sitting around our house for years as I was growing up. Not that they would have probably put something like this in the Sears catalog, but it's certainly in the illustration style they used.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Free Vintage Sheet Music Scrapbook Paper

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This free vintage scrapbook paper began its life as the first page of the sheet music for the patriotic song America the Beautiful. It then had some vintage magic done to it to make it perfect for vintage-themed scrapbooks, handmade cards or other crafts, particularly if they're focused on the upcoming American patriotic holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, the 4th of July or Veterans Day.

I made this scrapbook paper design in a subtle sepia tone, so it won't fight with the other vintage images you're using. It should provide a nice backdrop for diverse applications.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Free Vintage Seed Packets Scrapbook Paper

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This free vintage scrapbook paper design is comprised of authentic vintage seed packet images from approximately 1910. In their day, a packet of these Burt's seeds cost 5 cents. Now you have to pay relatively big bucks to buy an empty Burt's package or even download one of the images online! But you don't have to do that, because you can just download this free scrapbook paper, which features images of 10 antique Burt's seeds packages, which once contained seeds for beets, parsnips, watermelon, two types of carrots, two types of onions and three types of radishes.

I thought this vintage seed packet scrapbook paper would make a great backdrop for summer scrapbooks,because the images remind me so much of the horticulture classes I used to take during the summer when I was high school. (I didn't go to school in 1910 when these seed packets were first printed, mind you, but you get the idea.) We grew huge amounts of vegetables and I'll never forget what it was like to cook with food I had grown myself. It's been a long time, but that fond memory lingers on!

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