Art for Inspiration: June, 1876 by Fidelia Bridges

June, 1876
by Fidelia Bridges (1834 - 1923)

And since all this loveliness cannot be Heaven, I know in my heart it is June.
Abba Woolson

June falls asleep upon her bier of flowers;
In vain are dewdrops sprinkled o'er her,
In vain would fond winds fan her back to life,
Her hours are numbered on the floral dial.
Lucy Larcom

Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.
Al Bernstein

So sweet, so sweet the roses in their blowing,
So sweet the daffodils, so fair to see;
So blithe and gay the hummingbird a-going
From flower to flower, a-hunting with the bee.
Nora Perry, In June

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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Art for Inspiration: The Nasturtiums, No. 2 by Thaddeus Welch

The Nasturtiums, No. 2
by Thaddeus Welch (1844 - 1919)

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Lines to a Nasturtium
by Anne Spencer (1882 - 1975)

A lover muses

Flame-flower, Day-torch, Mauna Loa,
I saw a daring bee, today, pause, and soar,
Into your flaming heart;
Then did I hear crisp crinkled laughter
As the furies after tore him apart?
A bird, next, small and humming,
Looked into your startled depths and fled...
Surely, some dread sight, and dafter
Than human eyes as mine can see,
Set the stricken air waves drumming
In his flight.

Day-torch, Flame-flower, cool-hot Beauty,
I cannot see, I cannot hear your fluty
Voice lure your loving swain,
But I know one other to whom you are in beauty
Born in vain;
Hair like the setting sun,
Her eyes a rising star,
Motions gracious as reeds by Babylon, bar
All your competing;
Hands like, how like, brown lilies sweet,
Cloth of gold were fair enough to touch her feet...
Ah, how the senses flood at my repeating,
As once in her fire-lit heart I felt the furies
Beating, beating.

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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Vintage Postcard with Coastal Landscape: Cottage by the Sea Cheer-up Greeting


A charming vintage greeting postcard from c1910. It shows a cottage by the sea with a lushly blooming garden. There is a winding path between the cottage and the beach on which someone is traveling along in a horse-drawn buggy. A short poem reads:

If 't were only in my power
To make all good things come true,
Then I'd start this very hour
And bring happiness to you.

You can download the high-res JPEG without a watermark here.

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Art for Inspiration: An Afternoon at the Beach by Hermann Seeger

An Afternoon at the Beach
by Hermann Seeger (1857 - 1920)

A bond between souls is ancient - older than the planet.
Dianna Hardy, The Witching Pen

We've got a bond in common, you and I. We are both alone in the world.
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

It is often the moments of silence that strengthen the friendship between two people. When friendship is bound by companionship… intertwined with love, secured by mutual understanding…
A.J. Vosse

Vintage Botanical Illustration for DIY Wall Art, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Dandelion Forms Digital Paper (Printable Ephemera)


Dandelions, like all things in nature are beautiful
when you take the time to pay attention to them.
June Stoyer

Botanical illustration of dandelion forms from a 1901 textbook on textile designing. I have digitally combined it with an old paper texture for a vintage-style composition that you can print and frame for DIY wall art, use as a background in scrapbooking or as part of a graphic design project. You can download the high-res 5" x 7" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Antique Decorative Border for Garden or Walk Journal, Scrapbooking and Card Making: A Little Happier Journal Page or Card Template


This image was extracted from an art nouveau style vintage postcard in my personal collection. The decorative border shows an L-shaped row of stylized red poppies with a lush summer meadow and billowy clouds in the background. On the upper right side of the page is a little verse that says:
“A little happier, a few more friends,
A little richer, In the blessings Heaven sends...”

I think this would make a wonderful background for a journal or scrapbooking page but you could also use it in a greeting card project. You can download the high-res 12" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG here.

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Art for Inspiration: Young Lady in a Flower Garden by Tivadar Zemplényi

Young Lady in a Flower Garden
by Tivadar Zemplényi (1864 - 1917)

Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty.
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
Franz Kafka

Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no.
But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes.”
Stephen Colbert

There is a certain part of all of us that lives outside of time. Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless.
Milan Kunder

Free Vintage Illustration for DIY Wall Art, 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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Antique Decorative Border for Garden Journal, Scrapbook Page or Card Making: Art Nouveau Sundial with Garden Hollyhocks


An art nouveau style illustration from a vintage postcard dated December 27, 1916 in my personal collection. I love the depiction of the sundial and hollyhocks underneath a shady tree. It is such a quintessential cottage garden scene. I think this would make a really pretty greeting or invitation card but you could also use it as a background for journaling or scrapbooking. You can download the high-res 7" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without any words here.

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


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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Vintage Illustration for Art Making, Scrapbooking or 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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Antique Floral Border for Garden Journal, 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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Armchair Travel: A Tour of Château de Grignan in France

An elegant Edwardian lady visiting Château de Grignan in February 1904.

A Visual Tour around Château de Grignan, France

View of the lavender fields around Grignan, France:

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Exterior and formal garden surrounding Château de Grignan, France:

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Another view of the exterior and formal garden surrounding the château:

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Here is a brief video tour of the castle and its interior:


Armchair Travel: A Garden Tour of Château de Langeais in the Loire Valley, France

Two Edwardian ladies strolling the grounds of Château de Langeais in January 1904.

A Visual Tour through the Grounds of Château de Langeais, France

Exterior and formal garden surrounding Château de Langeais, France - image source here.

Close-up of the castle facade and its grounds - image source here.

A ruined 10th century keep on the grounds of Château de Langeais, France - image source here.

Scaffolding and lifting machines faithfully reconstituted behind the keep show the construction methods of builders in the year 1000. From the top of the scaffolding you can see the medieval inspired gardens - image and description source here.

A 6-storey treehouse built in a majestic cedar several centuries old. The treehouse offers unobstructed views over the park and the ruins of the 11th century chapel - image and description source here.

The promenade, between cedars and sequoias, ends up at the belvedere with a telescope over the Loire, a cultural landscape today listed as world heritage by UNESCO - image and description source here.

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 Illustration for Crafts, Garden Journals, Scrapbooking or 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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Printable Vintage Postcard for Crafts, Collage or Scrapbooking: Shabby Chic Swallows with Horseshoe-Shaped Rose Wreath


Shabby chic vintage postcard from 1909. The image shows two swallows with a horseshoe-shaped wreath made of roses and topped with a forget-me-not bow. The greeting reads:

"Brightly for you speed lifes gay hours,
And your pathway be blessed with Luck in rich showers."

Both the left and right borders of the card have brightly-coloured roses on a gold background.

To download the high-res 5" x 7.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark, please click here. Great for sending to a friend or loved one but can also be used in scrapbooking or other graphic design projects.

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