Sunday, May 31, 2009

Free Vintage Hawaiian Poster Scrapbook Embellishment

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With summer just around the corner, I'm sure this Hawaiian vintage travel poster scrapbook embellishment will set the right tone for your vintage scrapbooking. And if you'd like to bring the islands to your home, this poster is actually large enough to print and frame.

I just love the travel posters from the early to mid-20th century, because they were usually comprised of colorful illustrations that presented an idealized view of the destination. Although illustrations are still used in travel advertising, it's rare to see the level of innocence and wonder that came from the mid-century period.

This vintage Hawaiian poster comes from a larger collection of free American vintage travel posters, which includes gorgeous and quite colorful posters from many cities and states. (There's also an Asia vintage travel poster on this blog.) You can see a whole bunch more from all over the world by clicking the Vintagerio ad in the sidebar. They have a large selection of vintage theatrical and war posters that are worth a look too.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Free Ornate Vintage Scrapbook Journaling Cards

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This ornate vintage scrapbook journaling card is the perfect addition to any vintage-style scrapbook. It also would be wonderful for making a handmade card.

I've provided two versions: one with lines for writing and one without, I assume you will find multiple uses for this exquisite piece of art. When you click on the smaller version to the right and see the larger versions, you'll notice that there's a lovely mottled golden background in the center. So if you want some matching background pieces, you could just print extra of this area and cut out that part.

I'm not sure of the origin of this particular piece of art, other than it came from Vintagerio's huge collection. At first I thought it might have come from an altered cigar label but I doubt the golden center area would be intact if that were the case. Maybe some artist of old created it just for Victorian scrapbooks! I kind of doubt that, too, but you never know. Wherever it came from, I hope you enjoy making fun things with it.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Free Vintage Fruit Scrapbook Paper

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This vintage fruit scrapbook paper reminds me of wallpaper you might have seen in Lucy and Ricky's kitchen on I Love Lucy. (This look also had a resurgence in the 1980s and 1990s, which gave it a whole new life.) The pears, apples, peaches grapes, strawberries, cherries and other vintage fruit designs used to create this scrapbook paper make the fruit look good enough to eat -- even if most of these illustrations are more than 50 years old!

This scrapbook paper would give a lovely retro look to a Thanksgiving scrapbook or handmade greeting or recipe card. The individual fruit vignettes can also be used as clip art or scrapbook embellishments if you crop the images. However you use it, I'm sure the vibrant colors and painterly style will enhance whatever you use it on.

If you like vintage fruit, you might want to visit my vintage fruit and flowers hub, which has lots of free images you can download. Also, Vintagerio has an unbelievable selection of similar images. Click the ad in the sidebar to take a look.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Free Vintage Travel Poster Scrapbook Embellishment

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This gorgeous vintage travel poster for Pan American Airways (also known as Pan Am) has such beautiful colors in the design, I just had to post it. I love the interplay of the periwinkle blue, red and yellow-orange; and the way the airplane is just gliding above all that colorful activity below.

Although I would date this vintage travel poster somewhere in the 1930s or 1940s, the image of that small plane reminds me of the 1990s and the one and only time I rode on a small plane. A friend and I were going from Fort Lauderdale to to Bimini in the Bahamas, so we decided to fly rather than take a boat. For some reason it never occurred to me that we would be flying in a small plane. So when I stepped out of the "terminal," which looked more like an office building lobby, and onto the tarmac, I almost had a heart attack when I saw an eight-seater plane.

There wasn't really time to have a full-on reaction; I had to get on the plane because it was getting ready to go. Suffice it to say, I had white knuckles the entire way. I don't remember how long the flight was but it felt like an eternity. I was literally sweating as I grabbed the back of the seat in front of me and listened to the very loud roaring of the engine.

Before we got to Bimini, we had to make a stop on Cat Cay, which is a Bahamian Island that if memory serves is where Sydney Poitier grew up. It was no more than a small strip of land floating in the ocean, which was both beautiful and frightening. We touched down only briefly to let someone off. Then, as casually as a bus leaving a curb stop, we took off again. At last we landed on Bimini and we had a wonderful time for the three days we were there.

On the way back, I had an uncharacteristic attack of bravery and decided I wanted to sit in the co-pilot seat. I can't imagine why someone who was so terrified when sitting in the back of the plane would think it would be less scary to look out the windshield as we flew over the ocean. It wasn't. I was terrified and nauseated. I'm not sure whether the nausea was caused by air-sickness or just fear eating at my belly. My vivid imagination convinced me we were going to have to make a water landing, so I spent the entire journey trying to make peace with the fact that I was about to die. That's an exhausting task under any circumstances but it's even more so when you're nauseated and have a splitting headache.

As you can probably tell, I didn't die and I actually made it home. Looking back, the sun hitting the ocean as we flew over it was beautiful. But I've got that image stored neatly away in my memory, so it's not necessary to see a repeat performance. Believe me, I'll never go on a small plane again.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Free Good Luck Horseshoe Scrapbook Embellishment

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This beautiful vintage "good luck" horseshoe scrapbook embellishment is the perfect way to wish a graduate or a bride and groom well as they step out into new adventures and challenges. Whether used in a graduation or wedding scrapbook or on a handmade card, this gorgeous image will deliver your message with class.

I adore the way the purple, blue, gold-orange and other colors work together with the silver-gray horseshoe. You don't really see horseshoes used to convey the concept of luck that much anymore. That fact makes this scrapbook embellishment have a truly vintage feel, because it harks back to another time.

I downloaded this image from Vintagerio, which you can visit by clicking the ad in the sidebar. This is only one of the 15,000 vintage images you'll find there. You can also access lots of other vintage images by clicking any of the graphics in the sidebar.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Free Victorian Flower Basket Scrapbook Embellishment

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I just love this gorgeous Victorian flower basket scrapbook embellishment. To me it personifies Victorian and vintage art: it's colorful and exists just to make any place it graces more beautiful.

I'm not a flower expert but I can identify some of the flowers in this beautifully woven basket. There are pink, red and yellow roses, and I believe the small blue flowers are forget-me-nots. Forget-me-nots were very popular in the Victorian era and are thus commonly seen in vintage flower art. The words "Forget me not" are also frequently incorporated into vintage designs. Maybe people from that era had bad memories and needed to be reminded who their friends and family were. ;-)

You'll be able to use this scrapbook embellishment for more than just scrapbooks because the artwork is extra large. Just click the smaller image to access the larger version. It would make a lovely Mother's Day, birthday or even new baby card, and I'm sure you can think of even more uses. Please just be sure to honor the terms of use, which allow you to use the art as much as you like for yourself but not to make items for sale or to form your own collection of images to sell or give away.

This lovely floral basket came from Vintagerio, which has an unusually large selection of vintage and Victorian flower art. You can also find more vintage flowers by clicking on the "Free Vintage Flowers and Seed Packets" link in the sidebar or by downloading my Free Clip Art Sourcebook.

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Contest: Win Access to Over 15,000 Vintage Art Images

Vintage Holiday Crafts and Vintage Scrapbooking Supplies are holding a vintage art contest that will open up a treasure chest of vintage art for the winner! If you love vintage art, have a blog or Web site, and/or participate in forums, this contest is for you.

Here are the prizes:

First prize
The person with the most points will win a one-year subscription to Vintagerio, which will entitle them to download over 15,000 vintage images and keep them forever. These images include black and white and color vintage clip art; movie, magic show, travel and other types of posters; perfume and fruit crate labels; greeting cards; postcards; and many other images any vintage scrapbooker would find useful!

All other qualified entrants
Anyone who meets the minimum requirements (see how to qualify by going to the link below) will win five vintage art images that aren't available in my Free Clip Art Sourcebook or on any of my blogs or sites!

It's a great prize and the contest is easy to enter, so check out the link below:

The contest will run from December 15, 2009 to January 15, 2010.

Free Scrapbook Embellishment: Vintage Poster for "Over the Garden Wall"

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I thought this vintage poster was a riot, so I wanted to share it. I don't know if this gentleman is Mr. George S. Knight or if he's the Snitz who took "a smile over the garden wall." If he's Snitz, it looks like he took more than a smile over the wall, more like a guffaw. Whoever it is, he's having a good time.

I don't know a lot about this vintage theatrical poster, other than what I can see on the face of it. It was created and printed by W.J. Morgan & Company in Cleveland, Ohio. (The appearance of the word "lith," which is short for "lithographed" or "lithography," indicates that.) An Internet search for Mr. and Mrs. George S. Knight unearthed a scanned New York Times newspaper entry from 1885 that said the couple had had popular success with "Over the Garden Wall" at the Boston Globe Theatre and were going to open at the Fifth-Avenue Theatre on March 23 of that year. I don't know whether this poster came from runs in New York or Boston or another city, or if it was used in all of them.

A search for W.J. Morgan & Company reveals that they printed a lot of theatrical posters and maps during bygone eras. According to a scanned excerpt from the Annals of the Early Settlers Association of Cuyahoga County, W.J. Morgan, a civil war captain, opened W.J. Morgan & Company Lithographers in 1870 and continued to run it until his death in 1904. The Annals also say that at the time of publishing, W.J. Morgan & Company was one of the largest lithographers in the world.

None of the aforementioned information means a thing if you just want to use this as a fun element in a scrapbook or craft project, or on a handmade card. But if you're a history buff like me, you'll enjoy knowing at least some of the background of this unusual vintage theatrical poster.

I hope you enjoy Snitz or whoever he is and make something fun out of this vintage poster.

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About the Vintage Scrapbooking Blog

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Welcome to Vintage Scrapbooking!

The name is just as it suggests: vintage images for scrapbooking. But what the name doesn't tell you is that I'll be giving away lots of free images and that the images also have plenty of other uses for craft projects, handmade cards, holiday decorations and anything else your imagination can dream up. Each post will contain at least one vintage art gem that you can download free! The free Peter Henderson & Co. vintage seed packet art to the right is a perfect example of the many vintage images I have in store for you. Some other examples of the vintage art types you'll see are Edwardian or Victorian calling cards, product labels, gorgeous vintage flowers, holiday and birthday cards, vintage photos and even old posters.

In addition to the freebies we'll post on this blog, you'll find links to more incredible free resources in the right sidebar. I have a vast collection of free vintage images and I design my own contemporary clip art, and links to those will rotate in the sidebar. And if you'd like to see all the free images in my collection, you'll want to download the Free Clip Art Sourcebook. It's free to download and there's no registration required.

You'll also find links to Vintage Holiday Crafts, my free vintage clip art blog; and to Vintagerio, which I proudly feature because it's an unbelievable resource for vintage art lovers. There's a nominal charge to download images on Vintagerio but there are over 15,000 of them and more will be added soon. Once you're a subscriber you can download as many as you want! Most of the images on this blog will be from Vintagerio, so that will give you an idea of the quality they offer.

As with all good things, there is usually a rule or two. But mine are simple and you'll find them in the sidebar. If you'd like to contact me with special requests or questions, you can reach me at info[@]

I hope you will enjoy the vintage scrapbooking images I'll be featuring and that you'll come back often!


Carla Chadwick

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Friday, May 1, 2009

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