Free Illustrated Templates for Graphic Design, Journaling or Scrapbooking: Recipe Cards with Vintage Illustrations of Kale

I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems.
Nothing is worth diminishing your health.
Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

If you feel like making something healthy this weekend, here are a couple of recipe card templates to help you jot down your cooking notes and thoughts. The cards feature two vintage botabical illustrations of kale from c1900. The first variety of borecole is a dwarf green curled Scotch kale. Borecole has very frizzy curled deep green leaves held on sturdy plants which need no staking.The older larger leaves will be more bitter so best to use only young leaves. You can find a simple borecole and potato salad recipe here.

The second recipe card features a variety of borecole known as "brown curled kale." I still see seeds for brown varieties of lettuce but I have never come across seeds for a brown kale. This may be an heirloom variety that has died out as it became unpopular? If anyone knows of a supplier, please feel free to leave a note in the comments. Here is a delicious-sounding recipe for kale with browned butter, garlic and pan-fried walnuts.

You could print the cards for recipes but you might also use them for gift tags, invitations, journaling or scrapbooking.You can find the free high-res 7" x 5" @ 300 ppi JPEGs without a watermark here.

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My Photo Journal: Iridescent (1)

"Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss...."
He turned to me. "But every once in a while, you find someone who's iridescent,
and when you do, nothing will ever compare.”
Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped

Flower photo featuring Lilium Lily Looks™ Tiny Padhye. These dwarf Asiatic lilies were developed in the Netherlands and were intended for containers. I have planted them in front of my rock garden where they are partially in shade. They seem to be doing quite well!

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Free Vintage Botanical Illustration for Collage Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Lilies 2

Don't let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions.
It's your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you;
do what makes you feel alive and happy.
Don't let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are.
If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours.
There is more to life than pleasing people.
There is much more to life than following others' prescribed path.
There is so much more to life than what you experience right now.
You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.
Roy T. Bennett

Botanical illustration of eight lilies. Lilies are numbered as follows: Topmost lily (5); second row left (2), second row right (3); centre left (6), centre middle (1), centre right (4); bottom left (7), bottom right (5).
You can download this vintage botanical illustration as a free high-res 9" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here. Great for collage art, graphic design, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects.

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Free Vintage Botanical Illustration for Collage Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Lilies 1

Write it on your heart you are the most beautiful soul of the Universe.
Realize it, honor it and celebrate the life.
Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

To think what is true, to sense what is beautiful and to want what is good,
hereby the spirit finds purpose of a life in reason.
Johann Gottfried Herder

Botanical illustration of four lilies. From the top, first lily on the left is Lilium japonicum or Japan Lily; second lily (on the right) in Lilium lanceolatum or the Lanceolate-leaved Lily; third lily down (on the left) is Lilium speciosum or the Showy Lily; last lily on the bottom right is Lilium thunbergianum or Thunberg's Lily.You can read more detailed descriptions below:
You can download this vintage botanical illustration as a free high-res 9" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here. Great for collage art, graphic design, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects.

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My Photo Journal: Beautiful (1)

It's not my responsibility to be beautiful.
I'm not alive for that purpose.
My existence is not about how desirable you find me.
Warsan Shire

Flower photo featuring a light pink rose in summer sunlight. Available as a high-res download here.

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My Photo Journal: Come Into the Light

COMING FORTH INTO THE LIGHT

I was born the day
I thought:
What is?
What was?
And
What if?

I was transformed the day
My ego shattered,
And all the superficial, material
Things that mattered
To me before,
Suddenly ceased
To matter.

I really came into being
The day I no longer cared about
What the world thought of me,
Only on my thoughts for
Changing the world.
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun

Park bench beside a meandering path at the Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden, surrounded by evergreen and deciduous trees in summertime.

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Vintage Art Appreciation: Geraniums by Childe Hassam

Summer is a period of luxurious growth.
To be in harmony with the atmosphere of summer,awaken early in the morning
and reach to the sun for nourishment to flourish as the gardens do.
Work, play, travel, be joyful, and grow into selfless service.
The bounty of the outside world enters and enlivens us.
Paul Pitchford, Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition

Altered vintage painting titled "Geraniums" by Childe Hassam (1859–1935). You can find the image of the original painting on Wikimedia here and you can download my digitally enhanced version of the painting as a 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG here. Simply print and frame for tabletop or wall artI but could also be used as a cover in a garden journal or scrapbooking project.

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My Photo Journal: Maple in Sunlight and Shade

How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow?
I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole.
C.G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul

So don't be frightened, dear friend,
if a sadness confronts you larger than any you have ever known,
casting its shadow over all you do.
You must think that something is happening within you,
and remember that life has not forgotten you;
it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall.
Why would you want to exclude from your life any uneasiness,
any pain, any depression,
since you don't know what work they are accomplishing within you?
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

A mature maple tree (Acer) casting a shadow as the sun shines against its back.

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Vintage Art Appreciation: A Spanish Garden by Martín Rico

I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days
― three such days with you I could fill with more delight
than fifty common years could ever contain.
John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

A tale begun in other days,
When summer suns were glowing ―
A simple chime, that served to time
The rhythm of your rowing ―
Whose echoes live in memory yet,
Though envious years would say 'forget.'
Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

Altered vintage painting titled "A Spanish Garden" by Martín Rico (1833 – 1908). You can find the image of the original painting on Wikimedia here and you can download my digitally enhanced version of the painting as a 6" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG here. Simply print and frame for tabletop or wall artI but could also be used as a cover in a garden journal or scrapbooking project.

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Free Vintage Outdoor Illustration for Collage Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Ladies with Wildflowers Set 1

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Vintage illustrations of two ladies in outdoor settings who have just gathered bundles of wildflowers.You can download theese images as a free 12" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for collage, graphic design, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects here.

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My Photo Journal: Linden Leaves in Sunlight

leave me a smile
just warm enough...
to spend a million
golden afternoons in.
Sanober Khan, Turquoise Silence

Happiness is not found in anything,
nor can it be achieved by any means;
It is a state of being your true self,
It is your very nature;
Happiness lies in self-knowledge.
Shiva Negi

Newly emerged foliage of the little-leaf linden (Tilia cordata) glowing in the spring sunlight.

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Free Illustrated Template for Graphic Design, Journaling or Scrapbooking: Kids in the Garden 1

However many years she lived,
Mary always felt that she should never forget
that first morning when her garden began to grow.
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Two-page illustrated template featuring Victorian children in the garden. Download and print for announcements, invitations, journaling, scrapbooking or other design projects with a vintage garden theme.You can find the high-res 11" x 8.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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My Photo Journal: White/Pink and Pink/Yellow Garden Peonies

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

Showy and fragrant Paeonia lactiflora 'Do Tell'. Heirloom variety, first exhibited in 1946. Vigorous bloomer.
We applaud in silent awe
at how something as simple
as the alignment of
water
trees
light
creates a masterpiece
every single day,
just by existing.
Heidi Barr, Cold Spring Hallelujah

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development,
invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
Edgar Allan Poe

Still waiting to identify this variety. Possibly Paeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty' or 'Raspberry Sorbet'?

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Free Vintage Outdoor Illustration for Collage Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: The Water-Lilies

If you wish to prove your ability to love, you must go on living
and show that you can sacrifice every day, in the small things as well as the big.
Melanie Cellier, A Tale of Beauty and Beast

Vintage outdoor illustration of a father gathering water-lilies for his daughter. You can download theis vintage illustration as a free 10" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for collage art, graphic design, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects here.

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My Photo Journal: Abstract Views of the Common Pepperweed

If you pursue happiness, you are an ordinary person.
If happiness pursues you, you are an extraordinary person.
Do not chase happiness; let it chase you.
Peter Deunov

Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless,
so that the mind in the presence of the sublime,
attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure
but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.
Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason

Three abstract views of the common pepperweed (Lepidium densiflorum).

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Free Garden Clipart for Collage, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Conversations in the Garden 5

Attention is vitality. It connects you with others.
It makes you eager. Stay eager.
Susan Sontag

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.
Mary Oliver

Vintage 19th century illustration of two Victorian ladies and a girl in the garden of a French chateau. The lady in the green dress is listening attentively to her daughter as she lovingly hugs the girl close to her side.

You can download this garden-themed illustration as a free 8" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for collage, graphic design, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects here.

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Free Vintage Botanical Illustrations for Collage Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Wild Clover Varieties, 1886

When one tugs at a single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
John Muir

Four black and white illustrations of different varieties of wild clover, originally published in an 1886 book. From left to right in the preview picture, these are: Trifolium Stoloniferum, Trifolium Involucratum, Trifolium fucatum and finally, Trifolium megacepilalum.

You can download these botanical illustrations as free high-res 6" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEGs without a watermark here, here, here, and here. Great for collage art, graphic design, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects.

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Free Vintage Outdoor Illustration for Collage Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Into the Woods

Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single friend,
for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore unsuitable.

I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree.
I have my way of praying, as you no doubt have yours.

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible.
I can sit on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned.
I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing.

If you have ever gone to the woods with me,
I must love you very much.
Mary Oliver, Swan: Poems and Prose Poems

Vintage outdoor illustration of a Victorian standing in the deep woods, cradling a bouquet of wildflowers in her arms.

You can download theis vintage illustration as a free 8" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for collage, graphic design, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects here.

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Free Garden Clipart for Collage, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Edwardian Mother and Daughter in the Garden 1

If you are losing your leisure, look out!
-- It may be you are losing your soul.
Virginia Woolf

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds.
Discard them and their value will never be known.
Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Vintage 20th century illustration of an Edwardian mother and her daughter in the garden. The mother is lounging against a garden hammock as her daughter leans in beside her her, holding a racket.

You can download this garden-themed illustration as a free 8" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for collage, graphic design, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects here.

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Free Garden Clipart for Collage, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Big Sister Sheltering Her Little Brother from Rain

The rain set early in tonight,
The sullen wind was soon awake,
It tore the elm-tops down for spite,
And did its best to vex the lake:
I listened with heart fit to break.
When glided in Porphyria; straight
She shut the cold out and the storm,
And kneeled and made the cheerless grate
Blaze up and all the cottage warm...
Robert Browning

Two panel illustration from 1866 showing a young girl (big sister) sheltering a young boy (little brother) from gusty winds and blowing rain with an old but apparently sturdy umbrella.

You can download this garden-themed illustration as a free 11" x 6.75" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for collage, graphic design, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects here.

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Free Vintage Botanical Illustration for Collage Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Common Garden Tulips 1

Nothing retains its original form, but Nature, the goddess of all renewal,
keeps altering one shape into another.
Nothing at all in the world can perish, you have to believe me;
things merely vary and change their appearance.
What we call birth is merely becoming a different entity;
what we call death is ceasing to be the same. Though the parts may possibly shift
their position from here to there, the wholeness in nature is constant.
Ovid, Metamorphoses

You can download this botanical illustration of common garden tulips as a free high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here. Great for collage art, graphic design, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects.

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Free Vintage Nature Poems: The Man in the Sun + Flowers and Weeds

Two vintage nature poems originally published in 1887. The first poem is a short verse called The Man in the Sun written by Jenny Wallis and goes like this:
The man in the sun
Just thought it was fun
To fry a good pan of eels;
When both sides were cooked,
Then at them he looked,
And turned and threw up his heels.

The second poem is called Flowers and Weeds. It was written by George Cooper and goes as follows:
Have you ever heard what the fairies say,
Little girl, little boy? Oh, hear and heed!
For each smile you wear on your face to-day
There's a flower grows; for each frown a weed.

So to make this world like a garden bright,
Little girl, little boy, keep frowns away.
Oh, the loving lips that can say to-night,
We have scattered flowers o'er the earth to-day!

You can download the illustrated poem(s) as a high-res 6" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Garden Clipart for Collage, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Daffy-down Dilly

Cheerfulness, it would appear,
is a matter which depends fully as much on the state
of things within,
as on the state of things without and around us.
Charlotte Brontë

Portrait of a young girl in a bonnet clutching a posy of flowers. The drawing is decorated with a border of cheerful daffodils. A little verse reads:

Daffy-down dilly is just come to town
With a red shawl and a pink gown
And all the flowers are smiling around.

You can download this garden-themed illustration as a free 6" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for collage, graphic design, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects here.

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Vintage Art Appreciation: Joys of Spring by René Lelong

Joys of Spring, (ca 1890-1900)
by René Lelong (1871–1933)

Love is that condition in which the happiness
of another person is essential to your own.
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of.
You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Albert Camus

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice.
Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice.
Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Free Vintage Outdoor Illustration for Collage Art, Graphic Design, Papercrafts or Scrapbooking: Lady in the Spring Garden

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

A vintage garden illustration from the late 19th century. This colour engraving shows a young woman in the spring garden; she is pulling a branch of apple blossoms towards her while daisies bloom in profusion around her in the surrounding area.

You can download theis vintage illustration as a free 6" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for collage, graphic design, papercrafts or scrapbooking projects here.

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My Photo Journal: Red-winged Blackbird in a Wildflower Meadow

FLOWERS AND WEEDS
by GEORGE COOPER
(originally published March 8, 1887)

HAVE you ever heard what the fairies say,
Little girl, little boy? Oh, hear and heed!
For each smile you wear on your face today
There's a flower grows; for each frown a weed.

So to make this world like a garden bright,
Little girl, little boy, keep frowns away.
Oh, the loving lips that can say tonight,
We have scattered flowers o'er the earth today!

The image above shows a red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) perched on top of a wildflower stalk (it looks like a goldenrod not yet in bloom).

These throwback photos were taken in 2012 on a walk through the DuPont Gordon Richards Park located near the waterfront in Whitby, Ontario. The park is a great place to spot many diffent types of birds and wildflowers, such as the strikingly pretty but incredibly invasive broad-leaved everlasting-pea or Lathyrus latifolius (below).
I hope you are enjoying beautiful weather where you are and wish you many hours of walking along happy trails filled with birdsong every step of your way.

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