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Crafting With a Vintage Look, Issue #015 - FREE Presidents Day Vintage Images!
February 05, 2009

Issue #015 - February 12 is President Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday! Many Americans won't get around to celebrating until February 16, on Presidents Day, which is the third Monday in February. At the Federal Government, Presidents Day is still called George Washington's Birthday (born February 22, 1732), but with the help of inventive retailers in the 1980s who wanted a snazzy name for weekend sales, Abraham Lincoln (born February 12, 1809) joined the party and it is now commonly known as Presidents Day.

Hey, a party is a party, and reason enough for a Free Gift from Vintage Image Craft! In this issue of Crafting With a Vintage Look you'll find:

  • A rare and FREE vintage memento from 1908, created for Abraham Lincoln's centennial year.
  • Introducing a unique new image book for Presidents Day crafts and cards in our Vintage Image Download Gallery.
  • Opening the book on Anna Corba, author of Vintage Paper Crafts.
We are excited about the classic vintage pieces we are selling now in our vintage image eBay auctions. Many thanks to our thousands of happy customers!

On to the crafts...

Unique Presidents Day Images at
Our Vintage Image Download Gallery

From Presidents Day I image book

Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays were celebrated separately during the Victorian era, and holiday greeting cards were beautifully illustrated and lithographed. Especially lavish were the cards issued for Lincoln's centennial in 1909. We've assembled some of the most beautiful and unique examples for both Presidents for this Presidents Day Image Book. Large, high-quality images in high resolution. Vivid colors and detail. Unusual and whimsical illustrations from those imaginative Victorians. Available "right now" with secure PayPal payment and simple one-step downloading.

Our goal is to create the "picture perfect" image resource for your crafts, scrapbook and altered art projects. We are proud to invite you to browse our first offerings of our Vintage Image Download Gallery.

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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

In 1908, just before Abraham Lincoln's centennial birthday, an enterprising M. T. Sheahan of Boston created a set of "Memorial Cards" with Lincoln pictures and quotes, which he distributed through banks. We have a set of these rare cards, and the most moving is the complete Gettyburg Address. A large, high-resolution image of this card is our gift to you. Mount it on cardstock and embellish with flags for a door decoration! And read it again - we need to hear his words today.

As our free gift to you for the holiday, click below to download a PDF file of this one-page collage sheet, Lincoln's Gettyburg Address:

Download PDF: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

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Inspiring Books 'n Blogs

Today in Crafting With a Vintage Look, we visit a favorite crafting book and author:

Vintage Paper Crafts coverOpen Vintage Paper Crafts and step into the studio of renowned crafter, Anna Corba. This quality book is one of the reasons we got into crafting with vintage images. You can see how a master handles (and alters) illustrations, photos, stamps, advertisements, bingo cards, and all kinds of romantic ephemera. And she loves them enough to want to teach us how to make 37 different projects. This is just one of her books, which also include Making Memory Boxes and Memories of a Lifetime: Alphabets and Ornaments - Artwork for Scrapbooks and Fabric-Transfer Crafts. Visit Anna at her studio at Anna Corba.

Next issue:

This issue was a bit of a surprise, due to Presidents Day squeezing in between Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day.

Our next issue of Crafting With A Vintage Look will be out around February 20 - with a bit of the "wearin' o' the green" for St. Patrick's Day! As always, contact us with your ideas and suggestions!

Many thanks to Julia in Australia who pitched in and helped our friend Jane in Minneapolis figure out Aussie paper measurements for a poster project. I wasn't much help: Julia patiently explained to me that my personal "metric conversion" formula would result in a poster about 2 inches by 3 inches. An itty-bitty poster by any measure!


Scott & Martin

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