Public Domain Poem for Scrapbooking, Card Making or Graphic Design: My Love by M. Hedderwick Browne


A Victorian poem titled "Mu Love," written by M. (Marie) Hedderwick Browne, and published in 1893. Here, the author compares the hardy personality of her love to various flowers and finds them wanting until she comes to the resilient and low-maintenance heather which she holds in high esteem. Here is how the poem goes:

I
My love is not like the rose,
Nor the languid lady-lily,
Nor the pansy, pensive-faced,
Nor the drooping "daffy-dilly."

II
She's not like the pale snowdrop,
Fears of frailty in us waking,
Nor the shrinking violet,
For the shade the sun forsaking.

III
I can only liken her
To the brave and bonnie heather --
Hardy, wholesome, and not made
For a hothouse or fine weather.

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Vintage Nature Poem for Crafts, Art Making, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Winter by Louise Bryant


A little-known, early 20th century poem written by journalist, activist and feminist Louise Bryant, entitled simply "Winter." Here is how it goes:

As inevitably
As the leaves fall,
So must the old
To bleak oblivion
Pass.

Shed no tear
For the dying year
Or that sublime decay
Which marks
The ignominious end
Of kings
And worn-out things.

Make way for spring!

While these look to be simple verses about nature on the surface, the words are also reflective of Bryant's socialist beliefs and Bolshevik sympathies. It is a beautifully illustrated poem, however, and would look lovely on a card. You are welcome to download the free high-res 6" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for your next craft, mixed media, scrapbooking or graphic design project here.

Portrait of Louise Bryant in 1913 by John Henry Trullinger (1870 - 1960)

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Free Vintage Border for Gift Tag, Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Fantasic Phoenix with Pink Rose Blank Victorian Calling Card


“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
― Albert Einstein

This was originally a Victorian calling card from the 1880s. It shows an illustration of a fantastical bird with a bright orange tail (perhaps the legendary phoenix) flying towards a pink rose, and there is a blank scroll in the centre of the card for your own greeting or a personal message. I thought this would make a lovely gift tag but you can also use it as a place card or to embellish scrapbooking and card making projects. You can download the high-res 3" x 5.25" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Vintage Clipart for Crafts, Scrapooking or Card Making: Charming Castle by a Lake Surrounded by Wreath of Roses


“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. ”
― Elinor Glyn

A vintage graphic from an early 20th century postcard in my collection. This one shows a pen and ink drawing of a fairytale castle by a lake, enclosed within a wreath of roses. Isn't it such a marvelously romantic picture for a wedding or engagement card? You can download this free illustration as a 6” x 6” @ 300 ppi JPEG (without a watermark) for crafts, scrapbooking and other graphic design projects here.

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Free Vintage Illustration for Crafts, Scrapooking or Card Making: A Pair of Robins on Snowy Branches


“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

A pair of robins perch on snowy branches above a wintry lake. At the left of the card is a perfect pink rose, magically in full bloom even in the midst of winter chill. You can download this free illustration as a 6” x 9” @ 300 ppi JPEG (without a watermark) for crafts, collage artmaking, scrapbooking or graphic design projects here.

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Free Antique Clipart for Collage, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Distressed Red & Gold Rose w/ Worn Border (Digital Ephemera, Instant Download)

“There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity.
"I love you, and I will love you until I die,
and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

“I heard what you said. I’m not the silly romantic you think.
I don’t want the heavens or the shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold.
I have those things already. I want…a steady hand. A kind soul.
I want to fall asleep, and wake, knowing my heart is safe. I want to love, and be loved.”
― Shana Abe

Illustration of a red and gold rose from a 1909 vintage postcard. I have left most of the distressed paper elements intact on this one as I feel it gives the image an aged quality perfect for vintage-style crafts, scrapbooking or graphic design projects. To download the high-res 6" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark, please click here.

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Free Botanical Illustration for Crafts, Mixed Media Art, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Fly Honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum)


Third and last colour plate from an antique French botany book that shows Lonicera xylosteum, also known as the fly honeysuckle. You can download this high-res printable botanical illustration (without a watermark) for craft, art making, scrapbooking or graphic design projects here. Below is a sample journal cover I made with the illustration. If you would like to use the cover, you can find the high-res JPEG here.


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Free Botanical Illustration for Crafts, Mixed Media Art, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Common Hazel (Corylus avellana)

Our world is falling apart quietly. Human civilization has reduced the plant,
a four-million-year-old life form, into three things: food, medicine, and wood...”
― Hope Jahren, Lab Girl

Second colour plate from an antique French botany book that shows Corylus avellana, the common hazel, a species of hazel native to Europe and western Asia. To download this high-res printable botanical illustration (without a watermark) for craft, art making, scrapbooking or graphic design projects, please click here.

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Botanical Illustration for Crafts, Mixed Media Art, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Cornish Oak (Quercus sessiliflora)

“Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb, a lovely garden in a seed,
and a giant oak in an acorn.”
― William Arthur Ward

A colour plate from an antique French botany book that shows the Quercus sessiliflora, the sessile oak, also known as the Cornish oak or Durmast oak. You are welcome to download this free printable botanical illustration (without a watermark) for any craft, art making, scrapbooking or graphic design project here.

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Victorian Nature Poem for Crafts, Art Making, Scrapbooking or Card Making: The Song of the Bee by Nancy Nelson Pendleton


A whimsical poem about a garden friend, the helpful little bee. This is called "The Song of the Bee" and was written by Nancy Nelson Pendleton (1848 - 1902). It was originally published in the September 1897 issue of St. Nicholas Magazine. Here is how it goes:

Buzz, buzz, buzz
This is the song of the bee.
His legs are of yellow,
A jolly good fellow,
And yet a good worker is he.

In days that are sunny,
He's getting his honey;
In days that are cloudy,
He's hoarding his wax;
On pinks and on lilacs,
And gay daffodillies,
And columbine blossoms
He levies a tax.

Buzz, buzz, buzz!
The sweet-smelling clover
He humming hangs over;
The scent of the roses
Makes fragrant his wings;
He never gets lazy,
From thistle and daisy
And weeds of the meadow
Some treasure he brings.

Buzz, buzz, buzz!
From morning's first gray light
Till fading of day light,
He's singing and toiling
The summer day through,
Oh! we may get weary,
And think work is dreary;
'Tis harder by far
To have nothing to do.

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Antique Botanical Illustration for Crafts, Collage, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Flowering Angel Trumpet (Brugmansia suaveolens)

“May I a small house and large garden have;
And a few friends,
And many books, both true.”
― Abraham Cowley

A botanical illustration from Henderson's Handbook of Plants that shows a small flowering tree growing in a landscaped, walled garden. The tree is actually semi-woody shrub called Brugmansia suaveolens, also commonly known as angel trumpet or angel's tears. The remarkably beautiful flowers (usually white but can be yellow or pink) are sweetly fragrant in the evenings so they can attract pollinating moths but hang half-closed during the day. A lovely graphic to embellish a greeting card, mixed media or scrapbook project. You can download the high-resolution 6” x 7.5” @ 300 ppi JPEG here.

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Antique Illustration for Collage, Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Victorian Lady and Boy on a Bicycle 1

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”
― Peter Golkin

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”
― Harry Truman

First-generation digital scan of a black and white illustration from an 1892 magazine. The illustration shows a Victorian woman (a mother?) walking along a country lane with a young boy riding an antique bicycle (well, antique to us but probably the latest and greatest model to the intrepid youngster) beside her. You can download the 10" x 14.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG for crafts, collage, scrapbooking or card making here.

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Victorian Calling Cards for Journaling, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Flowers for Friendship - Set 1 (Digital Ephemera, Instant Download)


My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
― Henry Ford


Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
― Khalil Gibran

Two cards with illustrations that show a lady's hand extending flowers (the first is offering a clutch of pansies, the second a posy of daisies) to the recipient. These were originally used as personal calling cards in Victorian times but you can use them as gift tags, as greeting cards to reach out to someone in love and friendship or as embellishments in journaling and scrapbooking projects. You can download the high-res 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEGs without watermarks here and here.

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Antique Illustration for Crafts, Collage, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Caged Singing Canary (Digital Ephemera, Instant Download)

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill,
of things unknown, but longed for still,
and his tune is heard on the distant hill,
for the caged bird sings of freedom.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

A singing yellow canary in a cage with a bright blue sky and lush green trees in the background. Originally printed on a Victorian trade card from the late 1800s. You can download this free high-res 9" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for crafts, collage, scrapbooking or graphic design projects here.

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Public Domain Poem for Gardeners: A Very Wild Flower by Mildred Howells


A public domain Victorian children's poem written by Mildred Howells and originally published in 1896. The poem is called "A Very Wild Flower" and this is how it goes:

Within a garden once there grew
A flower that seemed the very pattern
Of all propriety; none knew
She was at heart a wandering slattern.

The gardener old, with care and pain,
Had trained her up as she should grow,
Nor dreamed amid his labor vain
That rank rebellion lurked below.

A name sufficiently high-sounding
He diligently sought for her,
Until he thought that "Rebounding
Elizabeth" he should prefer.

But when grown up the flower began
To show the tastes within her hidden;
At every chance quite wild she ran,
In spite of being sternly chidden.

They told her beds for flowers were best;
But daily greater grew her failings;
Up to the fence she boldly pressed,
And stuck her head between the palings.

Then to the street she struggled through,
Tearing to rags her silken attire,
And all along the road she grew,
Regardless quite of dust and mire.

You'll find her now by country ways,
A tattered tramp, though comely yet,
With rosy cheek and saucy gaze,
And known to all as "Bouncing Bet."

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Art for Inspiration: She Loves Butter by Arthur Drummond

“She Loves Butter, 1895”
by Arthur Drummond (1871 - 1957)

“My world was very limited in size and experience. Small things took on extra importance, at least to a child.”
― Dan Groat, An Enigmatic Escape: A Trilogy

“I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Art for Inspiration: Marché aux Fleurs by Jane C. Peterson

“Marché aux Fleurs, 1908”
by Jane C. Peterson (1876 - 1965)

“Buy what you don’t have yet, or what you really want, which can be mixed with what you already own. Buy only because something excites you, not just for the simple act of shopping.”
― Karl Lagerfeld

“On every shopping trip, there is one indulgence.”
― Judy Blundell, What I Saw and How I Lied

“Flowers have the greatest talent in converting an ordinary place into a magical palace!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Art for Inspiration: A Stroll in the Park by William James Glackens

“A Stroll in the Park, c1915” by
William James Glackens (1870-1938)

“I dressed and went for a walk - determined not to return until I took in what Nature had to offer.”
― Raymond Carver, This Morning

“If you seek creative ideas go walking.
Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.”
― Raymond I. Myers

“[Walking] is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside.”
― Elizabeth von Arnim, The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen

Digital Ephemera for Crafts, Collage, Scrapbooking or Card Making: The Snake and the Hummingbird (Natural History, Instant Download)

“Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“Behind all your stories is always your mother's story. Because hers is where yours begin.”
― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Antique engraving originally published in December 1878. This illustration shows a mother hummingbird fiercely defending her nest against a snake who is hoping to feast on her helpless baby. Can this battle end happily for the avian family? You can download this free high-res 8" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for crafts, collage, scrapbooking or graphic design projects here.

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Antique Floral Border for Journaling, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Victorian Window Garden 1 (Digital Ephemera, Instant Download)

“It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses.”
― Colette

A gorgeously illustrated floral border from a Victorian magazine published on April 21, 1883. The drawing shows a profusion of blooming flowers (fuchsias, primroses, morning glories) around an opening in an ancient brick wall, probably in an old-fashioned English garden! I combined the original illustration with an old paper texture to create a template that can be used in vintage or Victorian-themed projects.You can download the high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG here.

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Vintage Natural History Background for Art Making, Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Botanical Forms 1

“Sometimes I wish I could photosynthesize so that just by being,
just by shimmering at the meadow's edge or floating lazily on a pond,
I could be doing the work of the world while standing silent in the sun.”
― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom,
Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

Botanical illustrations from an antique encyclopedia. Among the plants shown are Philadelphus coronarius (sweet mock-orange or English dogwood), a stonecrop, sickle-shaped Mesembryanthemum and a New Holland pitcher plant. You could team the entire sheet with an old paper texture (or overlay several textures for an even more interesting effect) and frame as DIY wall art, or use each flower graphic separately to accent scrapbooking or graphic design projects. You can download the high-res 10" x 10.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Antique Illustration for Art Making, Scrapbooking ot Graphic Design: Victorian Girl in a Moment of Rest

“It's a good idea always to do something relaxing
prior to making an important decision in your life.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage

A black and white illustration originally published October 1899. The drawing was captioned "A Moment of Rest" and shows a teenage girl perched on a bench beside a watering can and a pot of tall chrysanthemums. She looks serious and contemplative - is something weighing on her mind? You can download the high-resolution 4.5" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for crafts, collage, scrapbooking or card making here.

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Victorian Clipart for Collage, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Melancholy Young Girl Picking Wildflowers 1 (Digital Ephemera, Instant Download)


"The word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."
― Carl Jung

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.
― Washington Irving

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A black and white illustration from the September 7, 1873 issue of La Mode Illustrée. This image shows a melancholy-looking young Victorian girl of about 9 years old bundled up in a warm jacket for the fall weather. She is out for a walk in the woods and has stopped to gaze pensively at a small bunch of wildflowers clutched in her hand. You can download the 8" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for crafts, collage, scrapbooking or other graphic design projects here.

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Shabby Chic Garden Graphic for Art Making, Crafts or Scrapbooking: A Branch of Yellow Roses

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

“True love is like little roses,
sweet, fragrant in small doses.”
― Ana Claudia Antunes, Pierrot & Columbine

A branch of yellow Victorian tea roses from an 1880s trade card. To download the high-res 3" x 4.75" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark, please click here. Great as a gift tag or card for sending to friends and loved one but can also be used in scrapbooking as well as other graphic design projects.

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Art for Inspiration: The Garden Parasol by Frederick Carl Frieseke

"The Garden Parasol, c1910"
by Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874 - 1939)

The Garden Parasol evokes the serene pleasure of a summer in the French countryside. The setting is the garden of the Friesekes' house at Giverny, close to the home and gardens of the venerable impressionist painter Claude Monet. The seated woman is the artist's wife, Sadie, and the garden was her special creation. Frieseke depicts her as a cultivated woman of leisure whose reading is interrupted by the arrival of a visitor-or visitors, for it is our approach that distracts Sadie from her book and prompts her to fix us with a questioning stare. Whatever small drama might arise from so genteel an encounter is fully upstaged by the vibrancy of the garden, and especially by the Japanese parasol that spices the scene with swirling colors. [Source: artnc.]

Vintage Illustration for Art Making, Scrapbooking ot Graphic Design: A Family Outing in Summertime (1911)

Rest is not idleness,
and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day,
listening to the murmur of the water,
or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
― John Lubbock

A vintage scenic postcard postmarked May 11, 1911 that shows a family picking wildflowers in a meadow by the sea on a sunny summer day. You can download the 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for crafts, collage, scrapbooking or other graphic design projects here.

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