Free Illustrated Template with Old Paper Texture for Walk / Hiking Journal or Travel Notes - 1


I might walk vast expanses of earth and
always be beginning and I love beginning
or could learn to love it.
S. Jane Sloat

A walk journal (or travel diary) template with illustration of two Victorian ladies, one of whom is carrying a parasol. You can download the high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG here.

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Art for Inspiration: Natural History Studio at RCA by Richard Bell


Natural History Studio at RCA
by Richard Bell (Image source: here)

Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
John Muir, Our National Parks

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Inspiration from the Vintage Garden: Three Sisters with Plant, Hoe, and a Watering Can

With rake and seeds and sower,
And hoe and line and reel,
When the meadows shrill with “peeping”
And the old world wakes from sleeping,
Who wouldn't be a grower
That has any heart to feel?
Frederick Frye Rockwell, “Invitation,” Around the Year in the Garden

It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference.
My little thing is planting trees.
Wangari Maathai

I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter's tough, but spring's coming. I believe that there's a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better.
Steve Southerland

Art for Inspiration: Hydrangeas by Louis Icart

Hydrangeas, 1929
by Louis Icart (1888 - 1950)

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust

Dare to Be
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Art for Inspiration: Serenity by Robert Payton Reid

Serenity, 1913
by Robert Payton Reid (1859 - 1945)

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
James Allen

Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
Joseph Addison

We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?
Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

Free Illustration for Garden and Nature Journals, Scrapbook Page or Card Making: Birds Exchanging News of Spring


Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time.
Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient.
The storm will pass. The spring will come.
Robert H. Schuller

Antique illustration from the late 1800s showing a wren coming to the robins' icy perch with news of spring - it seems that spring will be late this year! Delicate and subtle sprigs of spring blossoms surround the borders of this image. A great whimsical graphic for nature or walk journals, collage, scrapbooking and card making projects. You can download the high-res 6" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Art for Inspiration: A January Evening in the Haagse Bosch by Louis Apol

A January Evening in the Haagse Bosch, 1875
by Louis Apol (1850 - 1936)

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

I love to watch the fine mist of the night come on,
The windows and the stars illumined, one by one,
The rivers of dark smoke pour upward lazily,
And the moon rise and turn them silver. I shall see
The springs, the summers, and the autumns slowly pass;
And when old Winter puts his blank face to the glass,
I shall close all my shutters, pull the curtains tight,
And build me stately palaces by candlelight.
Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal

Inhale and hold the evening in your lungs.
Sebastian Faulks, Engleby

Free Antique Illustration for Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Victorian Ladies in Ice Skates 1

Society is like a large piece of frozen water; and skating well is the great art of social life.
Letitia Elizabeth Landon

An antique illustration from 1886 that shows two Victorian ladies in warm winter outfits and wearing ice skates on their feet. Use together or separately to decorate journal and scrapbook pages or in graphic design projects such as gift tags, bookmarks, cards, labels, brochures or reports. You can download the high-res 12" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Art for Inspiration: The Widower by James Tissot

The Widower, 1876
by James Tissot (1836 - 1902)

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

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.
W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sorrow that comes to us without warning.
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Art for Inspiration: Ephemeral Joy by Charles Edward Perugini

Ephemeral Joy, 1901
by Charles Edward Perugini (1839–1918)

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

In fact no one recognizes the happiest moment of their lives as they are living it. It may well be that, in a moment of joy, one might sincerely believe that they are living that golden instant "now," even having lived such a moment before, but whatever they say, in one part of their hearts they still believe in the certainty of a happier moment to come. Because how could anyone, and particularly anyone who is still young, carry on with the belief that everything could only get worse: If a person is happy enough to think he has reached the happiest moment of his life, he will be hopeful enough to believe his future will be just as beautiful, more so.
Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation.
André Gide

Inspiration from the Vintage Garden: Victorian Ladies in the Garden under Moonlight


Don't be ashamed to weep; 'tis right to grieve. Tears are only water,
and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water.
But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does,
the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.
Brian Jacques, Taggerung

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see
that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Kahlil Gibran

“Weeping is terrible for the complexion,” said Leonie, holding Shayndel close,
“but it is very good for the heart.”
Anita Diamant, Day After Night

Art for Inspiration: Tea on the Terrace by Frédéric Soulacroix

Tea on the Terrace
by Frédéric Soulacroix (1858 - 1933)

My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
R.J. Palacio, Wonder

Inspiration from a Vintage Landscape: Moonlight Stroll Across Snowy Fields


We feel cold, but we don't mind it, because we will not come to harm.
And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn't feel other things,
like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the aurora,
or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It's worth being cold for that.
Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

The true joy of a moonlit night is something we no longer understand. Only the men of old, when there were no lights, could understand the true joy of a moonlit night.
Yasunari Kawabata, Palm-of-the-Hand Stories

i want to be
in love with you

the same way
i am in
love with the moon

with the light
shining
out of its soul.
Sanober Khan

Art for Inspiration: In the Park by Giovanni Boldini

In the Park
by Giovanni Boldini (1842 - 1931)

No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish - consciously or unconsciously - that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Free Illustration for Garden and Nature Journals, Scrapbook Page or Graphic Design: Antique Christmas Rose Floral Border


The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Wonderfully drawn antique border featuring early blooming Christmas roses (Hellebore orientalis) that have come into flower even with winter chill and snow falling around them. You can use this to decorate a journal or scrapbook page, as a gift tag, for an invitation card or to embellish a photo. You can download the high-res 6.5" x 9" @ 300 ppi .PNG file with a transparent background here.

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Art for Inspiration: Antique Landscape with Olive Trees by Henryk Hektor Siemiradzki

Antique Landscape with Olive Trees
by Henryk Hektor Siemiradzki (1843 - 1902)

The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere - in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion, and in ourselves. No one would desire not to be beautiful. When we experience the beautiful, there is a sense of homecoming.
John O'Donohue

“Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.”
Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it
but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.
Charles Lindbergh

Art for Inspiration: A Winter Woodland by Karl Rosen

A Winter Woodland
by Karl Rosen (1864 - 1934)

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
John Muir

The places of quiet are going away, the churches, the woods, the libraries. And it is only in silence we can hear the voice inside of us which gives us true peace.
James Rozoff

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.
Theodore Roosevelt

Free Vintage Bird Illustration for Greeting Card, Scrapbooking or Gift Tag: Messenger Doves with a Ribbon of Pink Envelopes


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

First-generation digital scan of a vintage postcard from 1906. It shows an illustration of a flock of doves flying towards the recipient with love notes in little pink envelopes strung on a red ribbon. This would make a lovely greeting card for Valentine's or Mother's Day but you could also use it to decorate a scrapbook page or as a gift tag. You can download the high-res 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Art for Inspiration: Wildflowers by Anna Stainer-Knittel

Wildflowers, 1889
by Anna Stainer-Knittel (1841 - 1915)

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

Art for Inspiration: Camelias, Amaryllis, Hyacinth and Violets in Ornamental Pots by Johan Laurentz Jensen

Camelias, Amaryllis, Hyacinth and Violets in Ornamental Pots on a Marble Ledge, 1836
by Johan Laurentz Jensen (1800 - 1856)

Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier...'
Alfred Tennyson

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do It.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
Neil Gaiman

Antique Illustration for Garden Journal, Scrapbook Page or Card Making: Elegant Lady in the Garden 2


I am never alone wherever I am. The air itself supplies me with a century of love. When I breathe in, I am breathing in the laughter, tears, victories, passions, thoughts, memories, existence, joys, moments, and the hues of the sunlight on many tones of skin; I am breathing in the same air that was exhaled by many before me. The air that bore them life. And so how can I ever say that I am alone?
C. JoyBell C.

An elegant lady getting some fresh air in the winter garden, carrying a small muff to keep her hands warm. You can download the 6.5" x 12.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here. Can be used as a bookmark or to embellish walk journals, garden journals and scrapbook pages.

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Free Illustration for Garden and Nature Journals, Scrapbook Page or Spring Announcements: Cheery Robin Decorative Border

“Birds know themselves not to be at the center of anything, but at the margins of everything. The end of the map. We only live where someone's horizon sweeps someone else's. We are only noticed on the edge of things; but on the edge of things, we notice much.”
― Gregory Maguire, Out of Oz

Lovely antique border showing a cheerful robin perched on still-bare branches singing a song to welcome in the spring. You can certainly use this to decorate a journal or scrapbook page but it is also useful for spring-themed announcements such as for baby and wedding showers, yard sales and community get-togethers. You can download the high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Art for Inspiration: Green Lattice by Charles Courtney Curran

Green Lattice, 1919
by Charles Courtney Curran (1861 - 1942)

I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.
Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

I go to sleep alone, and wake up alone. I take walks. I work until I'm tired. I watch the wind play with the trash that's been under the snow all winter. Everything seems simple until you think about it. Why is love intensified by abscence?
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife

You felt a deep sorrow, the kind of melancholy you feel when you're in a beautiful place and the sun is going down.
Thrity Umrigar, The Space Between Us

Art for Inspiration: Christmas Roses by Paul Kirnig

Christmas Roses, 1923
by Paul Kirnig (1891 - 1955)

Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven't the answer to a question you've been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you're alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

For the first time, she did want more. She did not know what she wanted, knew that it was dangerous and that she should rest content with what she had, but she knew an emptiness deep inside her, which began to ache.
Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott

Art for Inspiration: Still Life with Snowberries and Poinsettias by Cecil Kennedy

Still Life with Snowberries and Poinsettias
by Cecil Kennedy (1905 - 1997)

They wore their strange beauty like war paint.
Holly Black, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I love the scent of winter. I love the scent of winter enough to suffer the cold for it.
Tiffany Reisz, The Scent of Winter

Take the time to celebrate stillness and silence and see the joy that the world can bring, simply.
Tony Curl, Seriously Simple Stuff to Get You Unstuck

Art for Inspiration: Winter Landscape in Areskutan by Carl Brandt

Winter Landscape in Areskutan, 1921
by Carl Brandt (1852 - 1930)

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.
Yoko Ono