Thursday, September 17, 2009

Free Tea Party Vintage Scrapbooking Paper

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This tea party-themed vintage scrapbooking paper is my favorite of all the papers I've ever designed. Not only does it have bright colors and the vintage look I love, but it features teapots and teacups -- a few of my favorite things.

My own collection of real teapots are in storage until we move, so I haven't seen them for a while. They used to line the tops of my kitchen cupboards, surrounded by flowering vines and antique knick-knacks, and always made the apartment kitchen of my single years look so homey. So I miss them. That probably accounts for my special affinity for this vintage tea party paper design.

Another thing I like about this scrapbook paper are the special touches on some of the pieces of vintage art used to create it. There's an ornate tea pot with gold accents and hand-painted flowers that was used as a printing sample for and/or a card sent by the Charles Brehm Printing Company. (Not to be confused, of course, with the Charles Brehm who witnessed the John F. Kennedy assassination. He was a carpet salesman for Montgomery Ward.) There's also a teacup filled with flowers that has "To Greet You" printed on it. Most mysteriously of all, one of the fruit clusters has two little tags jutting out of it. One reads "8 EB Co" and the other is a simple but mystifying "479." That piece was also used on my vintage fruit scrapbook paper, so you might like to mix and match that design and this one. There's nothing mysterious about the remaining piece of art, though, other than that the grapes look so shiny that they could be lit from within.

I find all the little quirky details about the vintage art just enhance my appreciation for the compilation that created the final design. I hope you feel the same and will enjoy using it!

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