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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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Free Vintage Roses Scrapbook Embellishment

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This vintage rose scrapbook embellishment is such a classic image; I just had to post it for Mother's Day. It would be beautiful in a scrapbook dedicated to Mom, and also as the basis for a handmade Mother's Day card. The red and variegated yellow roses on this scrapbook embellishment are perennial favorites, though, so this image would be useful year-round.

I figured it was time to post something other than vintage forget-me-nots! I realized I had already posted two images with them recently, so now I'm giving equal time to roses. Eventually I'll get around to all the vintage flowers out there. :-)

As with so many of the other vintage scrapbook images I post, this art comes from Vintagerio, which has over 15,000 other gorgeous vintage images to choose from.

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