Sunday, March 29, 2009

Free Scrapbooking Supplies: Vintage Seed Packet Embellishment

Click on the Victorian seed packet scrapbook embellishment to see it full size

I'm a bit of a vintage art fanatic and have a huge collection of vintage images, but something that never ceases to amaze me is the beauty of Victorian and vintage seed packets. In some cases, the level of detail and quality of the paintings rivals the great masters. The seed packet embellishment to the right is a perfect example of this. Released in 1889 by the D.M. Ferry Company of Detroit, Michigan, this packet of asters is both colorful and whimsical. It also features some gorgeous lettering, the likes of which we don't see today.

This scrapbook embellishment would be perfect for use in a Victorian- or vintage-look scrapbook, or even for a handmade card. And as I always advocate when vintage flowers are involved, the use of a small amount of different colors of glitter glue would make this image really pop. (See the bottom of this post for the kind of glitter glue I recommend.)

This image came from Vintagerio, which is an amazing site that offers unlimited downloads of 15,000+ vintage and Victorian images for either $18 for one month or $36 for one year. It's vintage art heaven for scrapbookers! I have spent many an hour on the site downloading images and I highly recommend it.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Free Scrapbooking Supplies: Spring Butterflies Scrapbook Paper


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Spring sprang a few days ago, so it's only appropriate to post this free spring butterfly scrapbook paper. Featuring pastel colored plaid and fluttering butterflies, this design makes me feel like taking a walk in the sunshine. I hope it brightens your day, too, and that you enjoy using it.

If you're interested in other spring-like papers, be sure to see my Easter scrapbook layouts and embellishments and large collection of brightly colored and vintage butterfly scrapbook papers. They're pretty cheerful too.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Free Scrapbooking Supplies: Vintage Flower Border Embellishments

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horizontal vintage flower border scrapbook embellishmentThese gorgeous vintage flower frames are useful in so many ways for scrapbooking. Of course, they can be used for digital scrapbooking but you can also print them and use manicure scissors or a craft knife to cut around the detailed edges. If you don't want to go to all that trouble, you can just cut a nice rectangle around the art and either paste it as is or frame it with ribbon that will cover up the edges of the paper or card stock. If you cut out the center you can layer it over a photo. A handwritten message in the center would also be lovely. And of course, as with many scrapbooking supplies, these embellishments can also be used on Mother's Day, birthday or anniversary cards, or graduation or wedding scrapbooks.

vertical vintage flower border scrapbook embellishmentTo make something very special out of these, I suggest using several types of specialty glue made by Elmer's. (I've tried almost all brands and Elmer's is the best.) Before doing this, however, you would want the art to be printed on card stock. You can then add small amounts of glitter glue in colors that match the flowers and the leaves. If you want to make the border look like it's encased in a clear coating, use several coatings of Elmer's School Glue Gel, making sure to let the coats dry in between. The gel appears slightly blue in the bottle, but it dries clear and shiny and enhances the glitter underneath it. This technique takes a little practice but can be quite stunning when done correctly. For your convenience, there are different packages of Elmer's glitter glue shown below in the Amazon carousel. Amazon doesn't sell the School Glue Gel, but you can get it at your local discount, craft or drug store.


You might also be interested in these other vintage flowers.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Free Scrapbooking Supplies: Victorian Scrapbook Embellishments

Victorian scrapbook embellishment -- flower calling card
Victorian scrapbook embellishment vintage girl calling cardClick on the Victorian scrapbook embellishments to see them full size

If you lived in Victorian times, you wouldn't have gone to someone's home without leaving your calling card. If you did that today, the person you were visiting would probably think you were trying to sell something! But in days gone by, it was just standard procedure. These calling cards were often ornate and included the name of the caller so there would be a record of the visit. These cards probably more often than not ended up in the scrapbooks produced by Victorian ladies. So these Victorian scrapbook embellishments are a perfect reminder of those days and a great addition if you love to incorporate vintage elements into your scrapbooks.

And if you love vintage, you might enjoy my vintage clip art site, VintageHolidayCrafts.com. The site has a huge selection of vintage clip art, greeting cards and other old-time freebies. You might also be interested in my Free Clip Art Sourcebook, which is available by clicking the ad in the sidebar. Also, be sure to see the sidebar for even more free stuff from Free Scrapbooking Supplies!

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Free Scrapbooking Supplies: Wedding Scrapbook Embellishment


Click on the image to see the wedding scrapbook embellishment full size

There are many styles when it comes to weddings but my personal favorite is a low-key, classic look. That's why I designed a set of free wedding scrapbook embellishments and layouts in timeless silver floral and stripes with a few pastel pieces to accompany it.

Shown to the right is the three-dimensional-looking photo frame from the set. It also comes in a version without the flowers. There are also straight-line borders, layout sheets -- some of which have wedding-themed illustrations on them -- and extra patterned papers. Click the link in this sentence to see and download the free wedding scrapbook layouts and embellishments.

This wedding scrapbook photo frame, along with the rest of the collection, was created in Picnik, the free online graphics software program that anyone can use. To learn how to use Picnik to make your own scrapbooking supplies, read my tutorial that explains how to make your own clip art.

For more free scrapbook papers and embellishments for other occasions and holidays, check out my Free Clip Art Sourcebook, which has links to literally thousands of vintage and contemporary scrapbooking supplies, clip art images, greeting cards, craft projects and gift certificate templates. It's free to download and requires no registration.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Free Scrapbooking Supplies: Graduation Scrapbook Paper

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This 2009 graduation scrapbook paper was designed to be used as a full sheet or as embellishments you can cut apart and layer on another background. Either way you use it, your graduate will see your pride.

The "Congratulations" shield is a photo frame. If you use it as an embellishment, you can cut around the outer edges and also around the edges of the white oval to create a hole for the photo to come through. Alternatively, you can cut out the outer edge in a rectangle shape, which will eliminate the need for cutting around the detailed edges. The "2009" and its seal and ribbon can also be cut out and layered onto a scrapbook page to mark the year of this very special accomplishment.

This graduation scrapbook paper was created in Picnik, the free online graphics software program that anyone can use. To learn how to use Picnik to make your own scrapbooking supplies, read my tutorial that explains how to create your own clip art.

To see the rest of my graduation scrapbook papers and embellishments, visit my graduation scrapbook hub.

For free clip art and scrapbook papers and embellishments for other occasions and holidays, check out my Free Clip Art Sourcebook, which has links to literally thousands of vintage and contemporary clip art images, greeting cards, craft projects and scrapbooking supplies. It's free to download and requires no registration.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Vintage Pink Rose Scrapbook Embellishment

free wedding and Mother's Day vintage rose scrapbook embellishmentClick on the image to see it full size

Love your mother? Then use this beautiful vintage rose scrapbook embellishment to write her a short tribute note in a scrapbook made especially for her for Mother's Day.

You can also use this scrapbook embellishment for vintage wedding scrapbooks or even for birthdays. And you don't have to restrict yourself to using this as one of your scrapbooking supplies. This image can be used to create a handmade greeting card, a table place card, or a wedding invitation or thank you note. You could even cut out part of the note card area of the image and layer it over a photo to make a frame. The uses for this image are practically endless.

I love the gorgeous colors in this vintage painting. Wherever you add this pretty rose will certainly be enhanced by it. And it has been modified to removed the original message, so you can write whatever you want on it.

Also, I hate to be like a broken record because I say this in almost every post, but this would be even more beautiful with glitter glue enhancing it. For me, a vintage image just isn't "done" until it has a little sparkle. See below for my glitter glue recommendation. It's the best!




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Free Scrapbooking Supplies: Santa Claus 3D Stickers

Except for possibly Jesus, there's no more iconic Christmas image than Santa Claus. He was portrayed a little differently in vintage art than he is today, but he's always been the symbol of unconditional love for children at Christmas time.

This vintage Santa Claus 3D scrapbook sticker, which was digitally converted from a vintage Christmas card into a form that can be used in scrapbooks, comes in two sheets. You can cut out and layer as many or as few of the pieces as you want, which will simulate the results of using die cutting machines that are specially made for scrapbooking. Obviously, the more layers you apply, the thicker the finished sticker will be. In addition to using it in your arsenal of scrapbooking supplies, this design is ideal for creating vintage-inspired handmade Christmas cards or shadowboxes. The edges are a little detailed when you get down to the smaller pieces, so you'll want to have your manicure scissors or a sharp craft knife on-hand. But if you decide to use even the smallest level, your patience will be rewarded. The effect of having all those layers will be stunning!

For a 3D effect that won't buckle under pressure in your scrapbook, print the sheet on the heaviest card stock your printer will allow and use foam adhesive tape similar to the kind shown at the bottom of this post. You might also want to apply a little Elmer's glitter glue, which I highly recommend for adding some professional-looking sparkle. I've tried almost every kind of glitter glue on the market and I've never found any brand better than Elmer's. You'll find links to buy Elmer's glitter glue in the Amazon carousel below.

And if you're interested in more free scrapbooking supplies, check out my Free Clip Art Sourcebook e-book. It's free to download and is filled with all kinds of clip art, greeting cards, scrapbooking supplies, coloring pages and other fun stuff. It's all free, so help yourself!

I recommend the following scrapbooking supplies to embellish these 3D stickers:

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Free Scrapbooking Supplies: Vintage Christmas Holly 3D Stickers

Christmas 3D scrapbook stickers scrapbooking suppliesMake Your Own Vintage 3D Scrapbook Stickers
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Although some might think it's a little early (this is being posted in March), in my opinion it's never too early for Christmas scrapbook stickers. And who knows, you might still be working on your scrapbooks from last Christmas, so this post could be right on time.

This scrapbook sticker template was created by cutting apart the individual components of a vintage card. The template sheet can be printed in virtually any size you want, and then you can cut out the pieces and layer them on top of each other. For a wonderful 3D effect, be sure to print the sheet on the heaviest card stock your printer will allow and then use a product similar to the foam adhesive tape shown at the bottom of this post. If you really want these to look great, apply just a little Elmer's glitter glue. I have a reasons for recommending Elmer's. I've tried virtually every kind of glitter glue I could get my hands on -- from the kind you buy at the dollar store to expensive brands available online or at craft stores, and I've never found any brand better than Elmer's.

And if you're interested in more Christmas scrapbooking and craft freebies, check out my Free Clip Art Sourcebook e-book. It's free to download and is filled with vintage and contemporary clip art, cards, scrapbooking supplies, coloring pages and other fun stuff. It's all free, so help yourself to this great resource that's updated frequently with new freebies!

I recommend the following scrapbooking supplies to embellish these 3D stickers:


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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Free Easter Scrapbooking Embellishments

Easter scrapbook supplies -- egg photo frameLittle Chickies Easter Egg Frame Scrapbook Embellishment

Easter scrapbook supplies -- little chick scrapbook borderLittle Chickies Baby Chick and Easter Egg Scrapbooking Border

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The free Easter egg photo frame embellishment and baby chick scrapbook border above are from my new Easter scrapbook embellishments and layouts collection, which includes full-page scrapbook layouts, more photo frames and borders, an Easter sticker and plenty of background paper designs that can be mixed and matched.

There are two sets, "Little Chickies" (the two images above are from this set) and "Happy Pastels." All are in high enough resolution that you can print them virtually any size you need.

I hope you enjoy these free Easter scrapbook embellishments and layouts and that you have a great Easter.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Free St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Scrapbook Paper

St.Patrick's Day scrapbook paperFluttery Shamrocks Free St. Patrick's Day Scrapbooking Paper
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This St. Patrick's Day scrapbook paper design is called Fluttery Shamrocks for good reason, because it features shamrocks falling on a soft background of aqua and subtle scrollwork. Click the link in this sentence for many scrapbooking papers that coordinate with this design, as well as other coordinating sets of free St. Patrick's Day scrapbook papers.

I don't know how the shamrock became a symbol of St. Patrick's Day. Perhaps it was because Ireland -- the home of St. Patrick -- is called the Emerald Isle and is covered with shamrocks. That's a reasonable assumption! Whatever the reason, shamrocks are instantly recognizable as symbols of St. Patrick's Day. So it was a natural thing to add them to this scrapbook paper design and many of the others you can find on the link in the previous paragraph.

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Free Scrapbooking Supplies: Victorian Scrollwork Scrapbook Paper

Victorian vintage scrapbooking suppliesFree Victorian Scrollwork and Stripes Scrapbook Paper
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This Victorian-inspired scrapbook paper was created in Picnik and is free for your use. Just click on the image above to download a full-size version to your hard drive that you can use for scrapbooking, handmade cards, Web site and blog backgrounds, invitations and many other uses. There are also free striped and floral companion papers in blue, pink, green and brown. They were designed to mix and match, and would be perfect for weddings, graduations or any occasion that calls for a little bit of elegance.

Get all the free Victorian Scrollwork and Stripes coordinating vintage scrapbook papers on VintageHolidayCrafts.com.

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Welcome to the Free Scrapbooking Supplies Blog!

This blog is dedicated to providing the best free scrapbooking supplies available. I design many of these scrapbook papers and embellishments myself in Picnik, the free online graphics programs anyone can use. I have a blast creating these and love sharing them, so I hope you'll enjoy using them. I also design quite a bit of free clip art in Picnik, all of which is available through my Free Clip Art Sourcebook. It's free to download and there's no registration information required.

I will also look for other free or low-cost scrapbooking supplies that I can bring to your attention, such as rubber stamps, digital scrapbooking supplies and anything else I think might be of interest.

The History of Scrapbooking

If you're a scrapbooker, you're in good company. Legend has it that scrapbooking began as early as the 15th century with something called the "commonplace book." These books were used to record information that everyone could access, such as prayers, medical formulas, weights and measures and other tidbits that people needed to know. They initially held what was considered to be important information but over time their use expanded to include recipes, articles and other items of a less urgent nature.

In Victorian times, women co-opted the art of scrapbooking and used it to create friendship books that contained memorabilia from visits they received from friends and suitors, places they had gone and life in general. Friendship scrapbooks were filled with photos, poems, engravings, cards, signatures and even locks of hair.

There have also been some famous scrapbookers. Thomas Jefferson kept a scrapbook and Mark Twain actually spent his Sundays creating scrapbooks. He then developed a product called Mark Twain's Adhesive Scrapbook, which included pre-pasted pages and was sold through Montgomery Ward. Although he is certainly a famous American literary icon, his scrapbook was actually one of his most popular books.

When the mini-series Roots came out, a whole new generation of people became fascinated with genealogy. It's not a surprise that a resurgence of interest in scrapbooking followed shortly thereafter.

As you know if you make scrapbooks, scrapbooking has become a hobby that many people passionately pursue. This is probably because people can not only create lasting memories for family and friends, but also because scrapbooks allow people who otherwise wouldn't have the abilities to be artists to be incredibly creative. For a scrapbooker, any time stickers, rubber stamps, ink, paint, ribbons and buttons are all in one place, it's irresistible not to make something wonderful from them.

I hope the scrapbooking supplies you find on this blog will help you be more creative and have a great time!

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