Free Illustrated Template for Journal or Scrapbook Page, Card Making or Graphic Design: A Garden Scene with Children and Elderly Lady


Defend the weak, protect both young and old, never desert your friends.
Give justice to all, be fearless in battle and always ready to defend the right.
Brian Jacques, Lord Brocktree

A garden scene with an elderly lady and several children, two of them looking on as a boy bends down on one knee to kiss the hand of a little girl. You can download the free high-res 12" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG here for use in mixed media collage, scrapbooking, card making or graphic design projects.

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Printable Vintage Poetry for Scrapbooking, Card Making or Graphic Design: Song and Soul (Illustrated Poem)


SONG AND SOUL
by Robert Nichols

See the lark leap,
Scattering dew -- one vault!
Singing, he takes the steep,
Nor to sing need halt.

O laden heart,
Which would to the height
So speed, with what ill art
Thou takest thy flighr!

Stubborn thy will,
That, despite weak wing,
Thine be the miracle
Both to climb and sing!

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Art for Inspiration: Woman Sewing in a Garden by Marie-François Firmin-Girard




Life is better when we don’t try to do everything. Learn to enjoy the slice of life you experience, and life turns out to be wonderful.
Leo Babauta

In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.
Eckhart Tolle

In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility.
Victoria Moran


Diary of a Nature Lover, April 6, 2018: Renewal

RENEWAL
by Dora Read Goodale
(first published 1887)

There's magic in the air today,
There's promise in the sun;
The very brooks begin to play,
And frolic as they run.

The hive is all astir with bees,
The slender willows shine;
The sap is mounting in the trees,
And swelling in the vine.

The swallow comes from far away
To seek her summer nest,
Whose narrow hanging walls of clay
Await the welcome guest.

At ease upon the cottage floor,
His head between his feet,
The shaggy setter guards the door,
Or dozes in the heat;

And there beneath the fitful ray
Of many a yellow beam,
His aged master, bent and gray,
Is laughing through his dream.

O, pleasure pricks in every vein,
And grief is turned to joy,
For Earth herself is young again,
And Time is but a boy!

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Diary of a Nature Lover, April 5, 2018: Imagine a Tree

"Imagine a Tree"
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The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way.
Some see nature
all ridicule and deformity...
and some scarce see nature at all.
But to the eyes
of the man of imagination,
nature is imagination itself.
William Blake

Vision is the art of
seeing things invisible.
Jonathan Swift

Victorian Sheet Music for Crafts, Mixed Media Collage, Scrapbooking, Card Making or Graphic Design: The North Wind Doth Blow

The North wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will poor Robin do then,
poor thing?
He'll sit in a barn,
And to keep himself warm
Will hide his head under his wing, poor thing!

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Art for Inspiration: Spring by Harald Slott-Møller


Spring, 1896 by
Harald Slott-Møller
(1864 - 1937)

To find the universal elements enough;
to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter...
to be thrilled
by the stars at night;
to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring
- these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
John Burroughs (1837 – 1921)

Victorian Public Domain Poem for Garden or Nature Journal, Scrapbooking, Card Making or Graphic Design: Who Taught the Birds? by Caris Brooke

WHO TAUGHT THE BIRDS?
by Caris Brooke
(originally published June 17, 1893)

To and fro, to and fro,
From the chestnut tree to the meadow grass,
Day after day I watched her pass;
Where did the little birdie go?
With drooping wing and ruffled breast,
Hopping along with a broken leg,
She came to my window, as if to beg
Crumbs for the little ones up in her nest.

Far and high, touching the sky
Where the chestnut flowers are pink and white,
Every morning and every night
She carried worms, or grubs, or fly,
To a nest that was woven of moss and feather,
Where the little bird-babies chirrup and cheep,
And over the nest-edge try to peep --
Five little yellow bills open together.

Slowly, in pain, in sunshine and rain,
The mother-bird went on her weary way;
But the little ones waited that summer day,
And chirruped and called for her -- all in vain.
I opened my window, and found her lain
Just where the sunlight touches the sill --
Not waiting for crumbs, but cold and still --
Never to fly to her nest again.

Little mouths to be fed, and their mother dead --
Must the poor wee birdies with hunger die?
Watching, I saw another bird fly
Straight to the nest with a crumb of bread.
To and fro, without staying to rest,
She carried them morsels of dainty food,
Till she satisfied all the hungry brood;
Then gathered them warmly under her breast.

* * * * *

Now tell me, Who had whispered to the little birdies's heart
To fly to those forsaken ones, and take their mother's part?


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Free Vintage Illustration for Nature Journal, Scrapbooking or Card Making: A Girl's Morning Hymn

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity,
and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

An illustration of a girl greeting an early morning dove at a cottage window, surrounded by thickly flourishing grapevines heavy with fruit. The drawing was done by Emily Macirone to accompany a poem entitled "A Girl's Morning Hymn," originally published September 22, 1883. You can download a 6.75” x 9” @ 300 ppi JPEG (without watermark) here.

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Free Illuminated Initial for Crafts, Scrapbooking, Card Making and Graphic Design: Upper Case T with Blooming Oriental Lily (Flower Illustration, Flower Graphic)


The light of love, the purity of grace,
The mind, the Music breathing from her face,
The heart whose softness harmonised the whole —
And, oh! that eye was in itself a Soul!
Lord Byron

From an 1893 publication, here is a beautifully illustrated capital "T" that can be used in crafts, scrapbooking, card making, bookmarks, gift tags and many other graphic design projects. To download the high-res 6.5" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark, please click here.

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Free Vintage Illustration for Mixed Media Collage, Nature Journals, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Colourful Hummingbirds from 1904

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Antique illustration of colourful hummingbirds in the rainforest by Ernst Haeckel (1834 - 1919), originally published in 1904. You can download the free high-res 5" x 7" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for moxed media collage, nature journals, scrapbooking, card making and other graphic design projects here. This would also make a lovely art print.

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Free Victorian Clipart for Crafts, Scrapbooking, Card Making and Graphic Design: Colourful Roses and Tulips in a Fluted Vase (Flower Illustration, Flower Graphic)


The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves,
the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.
If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves,
then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

From an old Victorian trade card in my collection, here is an illustration of colourful spring (tulip) and summer (rose) flowers in an elegant, fluted vase. Can be used in crafts, scrapbooking, card making, bookmarks, gift tags and many other graphic design projects. To download the high-res 7.5" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark, please click here.

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Art for Inspiration: The Old Stairs, Raixa by Santiago Rusiñol

The Old Stairs (Pedres velles), Raixa, 1907
by Santiago Rusiñol (1861 - 1931)

The painting:
Santiago Rusiñol's burgeoning success as a painter enabled him to concentrate almost completely on the subject closest to his heart, Spain's gardens and landscapes. When Rusiñol travelled to Mallorca, he sojourned in the locality of Bunyola whose opulent gardens became the inspiration for works such as this.

The present work depicts the upper half of the flight of stairs dedicated to Apollo in the Raixa Gardens, north of Palma de Mallarco. Originally laid out by the Moors, the Raixa Gardens were redesigned by Cardinal Antoni Despuig i Cotoner during the eighteenth century. Begun in 1902 and completed in 1907, Pedres velles is one of four pictures Rusiñol painted of the steps.

The artist:
The charismatic leader of Catalan Modernism, and a founder of Els Quatre Gats in Barcelona, Rusiñol travelled widely and spent extended periods in Paris. Notwithstanding his position as a leading member of the international avant-garde, however, it was in Spain that he was able to explore the full range of his resonant palette and where many of his most powerful and evocative works were completed.

Source: Sotheby's.

Art for Inspiration: Gray Day on the River by Frederick Carl Frieseke

Gray Day on the River
by Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874 - 1939)

The painting:
In Gray Day on the River what is presented to the viewer is so evanescent as to be almost illusory. The surface of the water (fully half the painting) is not visible, but only to be inferred from the presence of transitory shadow, light and reflection. Much of the remainder of the painting’s surface represents the shimmering greenery of what grows randomly along the river’s bank. Only the certain lines of the boat give us enough reassurance to trust the identities of the two small figures. We know their story is a peaceful one. Everything tells us that. Still, there is energy here; an energy barely contained.

The artist:
Frieseke’s early works, before Giverny, are disciplined, not only towards accuracy, but toward a strict limitation in permitted color harmonies. The model, the costume (if any), and any associated objects (hatbox, doorway, necklace, dressing table, lamp), are selected with an intent determined by design. And the design in turn is determined by a stern control that is frequently belied by the tenderness of an image’s effect.

For Frieseke, the move toward plein air painting necessitated his abandoning much that he had relied on when applying structure toward his vision. In Gray Day on the River, perspective does not apply. Instead, the painter is confronted by an anarchy of nature whose organizing principles have little to do with what makes a picture. In both this painting and in its sister, Before the Bath, the foreground is simply the undetermined, plane of water on which the boat rests: a plane that takes light, shadow, and reflection without confessing either its depth or its extent.

Excerpt Source: Sotheby's.

Free Illustrated Template for Scrapbooking, Card Making or Graphic Design: Blue Campanulas on Aged Paper


Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you,
and to give thanks continuously.
And because all things have contributed to your advancement,
you should include all things in your gratitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Campanulas, a popular flower in traditional cottage gardens, are often associated with gratitude. They are also given as symbols of affection, as they represent constancy and everlasting love. Here is a pre-made template that merges a botanical illustration of a blue-purple campanula with various aged textures. You can download the free high-res 12" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here. This graphic resource can be used as a background for art journaling or scrapbooking as well as in various card making and graphic design projects.

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Free Victorian Clipart for Crafts, Walk Journal, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Portrait of a Victorian Girl in Winter

It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself,
than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you.
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

A black and white illustration from 1882. This image shows a portrait of a Victorian girl set against a winter landscape. The portrait is enclosed within an oval frame decorated with early spring flowers. You can download the free high-res 8" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for use in crafts, a walk journal, collage art making, scrapbooking or card design projects here.

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Art for Inspiration: Blue Morpho Butterfly by Martin Johnson Heade

Blue Morpho Butterfly, c1865
by Martin Johnson Heade (1819 – 1904)

The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life activity; it affords protection to all beings, offering shade even to the axe-man who destroys it.
Buddha

There is a deep interconnectedness of all life on earth, from the tiniest organisms, to the largest ecosystems, and absolutely between each person.
Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.
Kahlil Gibran, The Broken Wings

Free Vintage Illustration for Crafts, Garden Journals, Scrapbooking or Formal Invitations: Pair of Magnificent Peacocks (Wedding Clipart, Romance, Romantic Lovebirds)

He knew one of the women well, and had shared his universe with her. They had seen the same mountains, and the same trees, although each of them had seem them differently. She knew his weaknesses, his moments of hatred, of despair. Yet she was there at his side. They shared the same universe.
Paulo Coelho, The Valkyries

Antique engraving originally published in 1893. This illustration shows a pair of peafowl (a male peacock with magnificent tail feathers and a female peahen) perched on the balustrade in a formal English garden, flanked by a grand ornamental urn, lush trees, foliage and flowers. You can download the free high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for crafts, journals, scrapbooks, wedding invitations and all kinds of other design projects here.

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Vintage Nature Poem for Garden Journal, Framed Poetry, Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Winter by Frederick Miller


Like a blushing maiden
Nature hides her face,
But by what she loses
Gains an added grace.
While the snowflakes thickly
Flutter through the gloom,
Let the dancing fire flames
Cheer our cosy room.
And though it be winter
We'll not think of sorrow,
For from friendship's hearthstone
Summer warmth we'll borrow.

The poem is enclosed within an illustrated border that shows three fluffy birds in their winter down huddled together on a branch of a tree thick with pinecones. Below the tree, at the bottom of the border sprigs of wild holly reach up, offering a cold weather bounty of luscious berries. You are welcome to download the free high-res 8.5" x 11.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for a garden journal, scrapbooking or graphic design project here. You could also print it out and frame it - it would make a nice gift to put atop someone's mantlepiece.

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Free Victorian Clipart for Crafts, Walk Journal, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Victorian Girls Dressed for Rainy Weather from 1886


Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.
Vladimir Nabokov

A collage sheet with two black and white illustrations from 1886 showing a pair of Victorian teenage girls dressed for rainy fall (autumn) weather. Both are carrying umbrellas and wearing thick woolens. You can download the free high-res 10" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for use in crafts, a walk journal, collage art making, scrapbooking or card design projects here.

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Art for Inspiration: Garden View with a Dog by Tomás Yepes

Garden View with a Dog, c1665
by Tomás Yepes (1595 – 1674)

All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.
Charles M. Schulz

Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.
John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

People leave imprints on our lives, shaping who we become in much the same way that a symbol is pressed into the page of a book to tell you who it comes from. Dogs, however, leave paw prints on our lives and our souls, which are as unique as fingerprints in every way.
Ashly Lorenzana

Art for Inspiration: Elegant Ladies at Rest Beside a Pond by Louis Emile Adan

Elegant Ladies at Rest Beside a Pond
by Louis Emile Adan (1839 - 1937)

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.
Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

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, The Use Of Life

Friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, "What? You too? I thought I was the only one."
... It is when two such persons discover one another, when, whether with immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical speed, they share their vision - it is then that Friendship is born. And instantly they stand together in an immense solitude.
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Vintage Outdoor Graphic for Walk Journal, Scrapbooking, Card Making or Graphic Design: Edwardian Ladies Ready for April Showers 1


If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.
Hippocrates

An antique engraving in colour from April 1904 that shows two Edwardian ladies in their spring dresses out for a walk around the park or garden. Both ladies are carrying umbrellas, quite prepared to fend off any April showers. You can download the free high-res 8" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for use in a walk journal, collage art making, scrapbooking or card design projects here.

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Free Vintage Postcard for Collage Art Making, Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Romantic Couple in the Garden of a French Chateau


You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most.
I treasure each side, just as I have treasured our life together.
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Ooh la la! Look at this tender, romantic scene from an old tinted French postcard. A pretty young lady, wearing a yellow and pink dress, is having sweet nothings whispered into her ear by her dashing beau, a handsome young man in a well-cut brown suit with an eye-catching red tie. They are standing in the garden of a French chateau (likely a studio background but we can always dream), in front of a vintage mint-green garden bench. There are pink climbing roses everywhere and you can imagine their light fragrance sweetly surrounding this courting couple on an idyllic summer afternoon. You can download the free high-res 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here. Great for a Valentine's Day greeting or to embellish a nostalgia-themed scrapbook page.

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Art for Inspiration: Unconscious of Danger by Seymour Joseph Guy

Unconscious of Danger, 1865
by Seymour Joseph Guy (1824 - 1910)

You can't prepare for everything life's going to throw at you. And you can't avoid danger. It's there. The world is a dangerous place, and if you sit around wringing your hands about it, you'll miss out on all the adventure.
Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

There are two types of visions. Those that will happen no matter what, and those that can be stopped. Now more than ever, I wish I could tell them apart.
Emlyn Chand, Farsighted

Things never go wrong at the moment you expect them to. When you're completely relaxed, oblivious to any potential dangers, that's when bad things happen.
C.K. Kelly Martin, I Know It's Over

Free Vintage Graphic for Collage, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Spring Doves with Basket of Forget-Me-Nots


I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates,
or love at first sight.
But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life,
if you were lucky,
you might meet someone who was exactly right for you.
Not because he was perfect, or because you were,
but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way
that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.
Lisa Kleypas, Blue-Eyed Devil

A vintage postcard from 1908 that shows a pair of white doves flying aloft as they carry a basket of brilliantly blue forget-me-nots contained within a basket with pink ribbons tied in bows for handles. To download the high-res 6" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark, please click here. You can use this as the cover of a greeting card to a friend or loved one but it can also be used to embellish a journal or scrapbook page as well as in other graphic design projects.

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Free Pre-Made Journal or Scrapbook Page with Flower Embroidery Design and Subtle Old Paper Texture


“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you simply, without problems or pride:
I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this,
in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,
so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

A flower embroidery border originally published in an antique 19th century ladies' magazine. I have incorporated it into a template that you can use for journaling, scrapbooking or graphic design projects. It might make a lovely card or menu for Valentine's Day? You can download the free high-res 10" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG here. Add your own words by opening up the file in Photoshop or importing into Microsoft Word. I recommend printing on high-quality heavyweight cardstock or hot-pressed watercolour paper.

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Art for Inspiration: Butterflies by Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson

Butterflies, 1891
by Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson (1847 - 1906)

I tell of hearts and souls and dances...
Butterflies and second chances;
Desperate ones and dreamers bound,
Seeking life from barren ground,
Who suffer on in earthly fate
The bitter pain of agony hate,
Might but they stop and here forgive
Would break the bonds to breathe and live
And find that God in goodness brings
A chance for change, the hope of wings
To rest in Him, and self to die
And so become a butterfly.
Karen Kingsbury, Oceans Apart

She liked being reminded of butterflies. She remembered being six or seven and crying over the fates of the butterflies in her yard after learning that they lived for only a few days. Her mother had comforted her and told her not to be sad for the butterflies, that just because their lives were short didn't mean they were tragic. Watching them flying in the warm sun among the daisies in their garden, her mother had said to her, see, they have a beautiful life. Alice liked remembering that.
Lisa Genova, Still Alice

Free Decorative Border for Journaling, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Owls of Tanglewoods Template w/Old Paper Texture (incl. PNG file)


The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

A wonderfully drawn frame from a 1909 design book that shows a parliament of owls perched in the tangled branches of an ancient forest. Great as a background for art journaling, scrapbooking or card making (invitation card for a kid's birthday party, perhaps?) projects with vintage or nature themes.

You can download the high-res:
* pre-made invitation template on old paper texture as an 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG here.
* black and white frame on a transparent background as a 6.5" x 8.5" @ 300 ppi .PNG file here.

Add your own words by opening up the file in Photoshop or importing into Microsoft Word. I recommend printing on high-quality heavyweight cardstock or hot-pressed watercolour paper..

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Free Vintage Postcard for Crafts, Walk Journal, Scrapbooking or Card Making: A Snowy English Country Lane


I find more pleasure in wandering the fields than in musing among my silent neighbours
who are insensible to everything but toiling and talking of it and that to no purpose.
John Clare

A vintage postcard from c1905 with a landscape scene of a country lane covered under a heavy blanket of snow. Hedges beside the narrow road separate the path from a couple of Arts and Crafts-inspired houses while the rising sun tinges the sky pink and yellow in the background. You can download the free high-res 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here. Use as a winter greeting card or incorporate into walk journals, scrapbooks or card making projects

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