Free Digital Ephemera for Garden and Nature Journals, Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Victorian Girls in the Garden Tag Templates (Set #1)


A set of two Victorian trade cards originally published in the late 1880s.

The first card shows a girl in a summer orchard, reaching up to pluck a ripe peach as a colourful bird sings joyfully on a bough. A little verse below her hand reads: "Thy name is music unto me, Thy voice the sweetest melody." Her image is surrounded by a border of garden roses.

The second card shows another girl surrounded by various garden flowers, waving a handkerchief either in greeting or farewell. The verse that accompanies this card reads: "Smile on the flowers, they bring thee Love!"

Both have white space where you can add your own personal message. You can use these templates in garden and nature journals, for scrapbooking or in other graphic design projects such as for gift tags or greeting cards.

You can download the high-res 6" x 3.5" @ 300 ppi JPEGs without a watermark here and here.

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Art for Inspiration: The Edge of the Woods by Charles Courtney Curran

The Edge of the Woods, 1912
by Charles Courtney Curran (1861 - 1942)

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.
Robert Frost

The starting point of discovering who you are, your gifts, your talents, your dreams, is being comfortable with yourself. Spend time alone. Write in a journal. Take long walks in the woods.
Robin S. Sharma

We walked always in beauty, it seemed to me. We walked and looked about, or stood and looked. Sometimes, less often, we would sit down. We did not often speak. The place spoke for us and was a kind of speech. We spoke to each other in the things we saw.
Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow

Antique Victorian Easter Tag: Three Chicks with Wheat, Violets and Rose


An antique Victorian trade card from c1890 with three chicks - the two yellow ones are fighting over a stalk of wheat - and an over-arching border of more wheat, purple violets and one red rose. I thought this would make a fun hang tag or label for Easter baskets and loot bags or a place card for Easter lunch but you could also use it in a spring-themed project. High-res 7.5" x 4" @ 300 ppi JPEG is free to download here.

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Art for Inspiration: Rhubarb by Nikolai Astrup

Rhubarb, 1911
by Nikolai Astrup (1880 - 1928)

The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

It often happens to children - and sometimes to gardeners - that they are given gifts of value of which they do not perceive until much later.
Wayne Winterrowd

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.
Elizabeth Lawrence

Free Illustrated Template 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: Spring in the Forest by George Edward Lodge

Spring in the Forest
by George Edward Lodge (1860 - 1954)

The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
Harriet Ann Jacobs

The forest was not dark, because darkness has nothing to do with the forest — the forest is made of life, of light — but the trees moved with wind and subtle creatures.
Lauren Groff, The Midnight Zone

All forests have their own personality. I don't just mean the obvious differences, like how an English woodland is different from a Central American rain forest, or comparing tracts of West Coast redwoods to the saguaro forests of the American Southwest... they each have their own gossip, their own sound, their own rustling whispers and smells. A voice speaks up when you enter their acres that can't be mistaken for one you'd hear anyplace else, a voice true to those particular tress, individual rather than of their species.”
Charles de Lint, The Onion Girl

Art for Inspiration: A Convent Garden, Brittany by William John Leech

A Convent Garden, Brittany, c1913
by William John Leech (1881 - 1968)

About the painting:
In this picture, Leech’s first wife Elizabeth poses as a novice of the Soeurs du Saint-Esprit, looking up contemplatively from her prayer book, as nuns from the same order, their heads bowed in prayer, process through the shadows in the background. The setting is the walled garden of the nuns’ hospital and convent in Concarneau, in which Leech had convalesced in 1904, having contracted typhoid fever. Elizabeth wears the Breton bridal costume traditionally donned by novices on the day they took their final vows.

About the artist:
The painting reflects ... the artist’s particular love of sunlight and pattern. Leech shows admirable confidence in painting with vigour and freedom on such a large scale, and in managing a complex palette of, among other colours, acid greens, bright yellows, subtle pinks and various shades of white. He displays particular skill in suggesting Elizabeth’s slim, elegant form under the delicate folds of her dress.

Excerpted from: National Gallery of Ireland

Vintage Easter Card Template: Edwardian Girl with Friendly Bunny in Field of Flowers (Digital Ephemera, Instant Download)


We don’t stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw

A vintage Easter greeting card from 1903 featuring a cute illustration of an Edwardian girl carrying a basket of flowers in one hand while she is led hurriedly along by a skipping bunny (clutching a posy of flowers in one paw). Are they headed to a big Easter egg hunt or a festive spring celebration? I've removed the original words so you can add your own in Photoshop or Microsoft Word. To download the free high-res 6" x 4" @ 300 ppi JPEG for your Easter or scrapbooking projects, please click here.

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